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Christy McElreath Leads 2009 Non Pro Finals on Gimme Major Bucks

In only her second time to compete at the National Reining Breeders Classic,

19-year-old Christy McElreath did something many competitors only dream of -

she earned a spot in the Non Pro finals by marking the high score of the

preliminary competition. But McElreath, who rode Gimme Major Bucks, was also

entered in the Intermediate Non Pro, the Limited Non Pro, and the Non Pro

Level 1.

"I'm so excited. I am so pleased with Money (Gimme Major Bucks) and can't

wait to show in the finals," she noted after the scores were finalized. The

young rider was quick to thank her trainer of five years, Pete Kyle, for his

help, and gave credit to her horse, a son of Smart Starbuck. "He's just

cool. He always performs so well."

The first place in the four divisions amounted to a total of $10,887 earned

in the first go, which she will collect during the Platinum Performance Non

Pro Draw Party, held at 7pm on Wednesday upstairs at the Great Southwest

Equestrian Center.

Lori Getzwiller's score of 220.5 in the Non Pro Prime Time led the division,

and she and her horse, Smartest, by Smartest Chic Olena, made all five Non

Pro division finals.

The top thirty Non Pros, including ties, earned Final's berths, with the

bubble score landing at 215, and in the Intermediate Non Pro, 214.5 was the

magic number. It took a 212.5 to make the Limited Non Pro finals, and a

score of 212 was good for the Non Pro Level 1. Non Pro Prime Time riders

needed to mark a 211 to make it back to Friday's competition.

The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion

incentive program in reining history. In just twelve years, the NRBC has

grown to include upwards of 275 subscribed stallions and in 2009, there were

over 2,800 enrolled foals. Annually, the payout at the National Reining

Breeders Classic exceeds $1.25 million. For information on the NRBC, visit

the web site at http://www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.


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