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Mandy McCutcheon and Rawhides Banjo Lead NRBC Non Pro Classic First Round

Mandy McCutcheon put together an exciting run to score 220.5 on Rawhides Banjo and top the first section of the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro preliminaries.

Rawhides Banjo (Dunit Rawhide X Barb A Cita) seems to like the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Last year, Mandy rode him to the Co-Championship of the Non Pro division, sharing the title with Kim Dooley on Smokin Dually. Rawhides Banjo was also the 2005 NRHA Futurity Non Pro Champion.

Placing high in the go, if the score holds up, would put Mandy nearer to an awesome career milestone. The All Time Leading NRHA Non Pro Rider, Mandy is less than $27,000 away from becoming the first Non Pro in NRHA history to become a million dollar rider. With the large purses up for grabs at the NRBC, and a little luck, a little more history might be made in Katy.

Holding second place in the go is another former NRBC and NRHA Futurity Champion, James Morgan of Pilot Point, Texas. He rode Hesa Friendly (Hesa Smart Chic X Seduction) to a 219 score. That score also tops the Prime Time standings.

In the Intermediate Non Pro division, the leader is Michael Garnett of Lincoln, Nebraska, on 5-year-old No Ordinary Kid (The Great Kid X Solanos Skip Brick). Garnett’s score of 216.5 was 2 points ahead of Arizonan Andi Paul on Darlins Not Painted (Smokin Chic Olena X Mi Hollywood Darlin). Garnett is currently second in the Prime Time race, as well.

In the Limited Non Pro, Cathy Hern of Turner Valley, Alberta, leads the field on Star Spangled Whiz (Topsail Whiz X Sheza Shady Slider), after marking 214 in the round. Shaunda Ruckman scored a 211 on Starbuck Dry (Smart Starbuck X Miss Taylor Dry), to be sitting in the number two spot in the Limited Non Pro.

The top 25 Non Pro finishers out of the field of 133 will compete in the Non Pro finals, slated for the afternoon of Friday, April 20.

And news from the late-night on Sunday night, for the third consecutive year, the NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament, sponsored by Jim Pierce, was the site of a head-to-head contest between some of the industry’s top reiners and Dell Hendricks earned the bragging rights for the coming year. The tournament benefited the NRBC Youth Scholarship Fund.

The show continues on Tuesday, beginning at 9 am with the second section of the Non Pro First Round. Following the second round, the Point Bank Welcome Back-Gate Pizza Party will begin about 5 pm.

The NRBC show runs through Sunday, April 22. Admission is free.

The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program and horse show in reining history. In just ten years, the NRBC has grown to include nearly 300 subscribed stallions and over 18,000 enrolled foals. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at http://www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.

 

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