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Lyle Lovett and Smart Shinetta Win First 2009 NRBC Ancillary Class

Lyle Lovett did not have firm plans to show Smart Shinetta in the National

Reining Horse Association ancillary classes at the National Reining Breeders

Classic when his friend and trainer, Todd Crawford, brought the talented

mare to Katy, Texas, for Lovett to ride. He decided to go ahead and enter

the Limited Non Pro just a short time before the entries closed for the

ancillary classes that are held in the East Arena.

That decision resulted in a win for the Spring, Texas, competitor - making

Lyle and Smart Shinetta the very first Champion named at the 2009 NRBC. Todd

Crawford has shown Smart Shinetta, by Shining Spark and out of Smart

Hickory, to major earnings in National Reined Cow Horse Association

competition, and Lovett has occasionally shown the mare in the Non Pro

Limited at NRCHA events. "Todd has done a great job with this mare. I

appreciate everything he has done," noted Lovett.

There are prizes aplenty at the NRBC, and the country singer collected an

NRHA pewter trophy and home accessory items from Home Branded. The first win

puts him in an advantageous position for a shot at one of the beautiful Gist

Championship Buckles that will be awarded to the high point winner of each

ancillary class.

Another one of Lovett's horses, Shiners Nu Lena, by Shining Spark and out of

Annies Nu Lena, also won the Rookie Professional class under the guidance of

Nicolas Howard. That win was also good for an NRHA pewter trophy and two

home accessory items from Home Branded.

Gabriel Diano rode Whiz Shady MA, by Gizmo Whiz and out of Miss Shady

Pepsan, to win the Limited Open and the Intermediate Open ancillary classes

for owner Robert Ribas. Along with the two NRHA trophies and home accessory

items from Home Branded, Ribas also collected more than $1,000 in earnings.

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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