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Mandy McCutcheon And I Spin For Chics Win NRBC Non Pro Championship

The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finals were held Friday, April 18 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

The Intermediate, Limited, and Prime Time Non Pro finalists went earlier in the day, with the top 25 Non Pros competing in the evening performance. The awards ceremony took on a familiar feel.

In 2007, Mandy McCutcheon won the Non Pro Championship on Rawhides Banjo, and earned the Reserve title on I Spin For Chics, by Tangys Classy Peppy and out of Chics Koko Angel.

Although Rawhides Banjo was sold after the NRBC last year, I Spin For Chics returned for another year.

Coming in as draw 6, McCutcheon and I Spin For Chics marked a 224. Although the pair had some difficulty in the first go, McCutcheon had used strategy to remedy that. “In the go round I was a little nervous – in his way almost. In the finals I just stayed out of the way and let him do his thing,” she said, smiling.

Not that Mandy had any reason not to smile – she had, for the second year in a row – won the Non Pro Championship, which paid $39,220. And for the second year, she also won the Reserve title

The Reserve title came on Dun It Found A Star, a 6-year-old gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Dont Miss This.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said, referring to her score of 223.5. “I’m a little surprised, but very happy.” The Reserve Championship brought her an additional $23,873.

And in the Intermediate Non Pro division, it was another repeat of last year when Andi Paul and Darlins Not Painted, a 6-year-old mare by Smokin Chic Olena and out of Mi Hollywood Darlin, took the title. They collected $12,121 for their score of 220.

“I was pretty nervous before I went in,” she admitted after her run – the last of the finals. “I hate waiting to go – so going last was really tough.”

Paul also won sixth in the Non Pro, worth $11,936, and gathered even more cash – $5,800 – for placing second in the Non Pro Mare Bonus.

Although the two familiar names won those divisions, a new name graced the Champion slot of the result’s sheet in the Limited Non Pro. George Lawrence – the only Limited Non Pro to make the Non Pro finals – rode his horse This Chicsdundreamin to a 217.5 and a check for $5,891.

“I haven’t been showing reiners much at all,” he admitted. “To come to one of the largest and best horse shows and do well is really rewarding.”

But George’s run continued to reap benefits – he earned the Intermediate Non Pro Reserve title, and tied for tenth in the Non Pro, for $12,920 in additional earnings. This Chicsdundreamin is a 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Hermosa Dun It.

Dr. Jim Morgan earned the Prime Time Non Pro Championship on Chexouthisreminic, a 5-year-old gelding by Von Reminic and out of Miss Celebrity Chex. Morgan marked a 220 to take home $1,725 in the Prime Time division. The high score also garnered a fifth place check in the Non Pro division, good for $13,642.

“He finally learned to turn around right before the first go-round,” admitted Morgan. “I’m really proud of him, and glad he finally figured it out.”

The NRBC’s Non Pro Mare Bonus program paid out $19,335 to the four top placing mares in the Non Pro division.

Josh Hattig and Chics Miss Snap, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Miss San Snap, took home first place honors in the Mare Bonus with a score of 221. First place was good for $7,734.

Second went to Andi Paul and Darlins Not Painted for their score of 220, worth $5,800.

Samantha Griffin and Kachina Oak Olena won $3,867 for third in the Mare Bonus with a 219. Kachina Oak Olena is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Kachina Oak.

Earning $1,933 for fourth in the Mare Bonus was Ginger Schmersal and Oh That Whiz, by Topsail Whiz and out of Shiners Valentine. Schmersal and Oh That Whiz marked a 218 in the finals.

The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just 11 years, the NRBC has grown to include almost 300 subscribed stallions and over 20,000 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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