Four Paints and their exhibitors took home some extra bling at the 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic, which took place April 15-22 in Katy, Texas. The following winners scored beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles, courtesy of APHA’s Reining Buckle Incentive Program.
- Open Classic: Epic Titan, ridden by Andrea Fappani
- Non-Pro Classic: Baileys Not Painted, ridden by Mandy McCutcheon
- Non-Pro: Jewels Little Indian, ridden by Kelsey Bohannon
- Youth & Rookie: Shes A Shining Gun, ridden by Ava Bush
APHA’s popular reining buckle incentive program, which recognizes the high-placing Paint Horses in select classes, is earmarked for five select National Reining Horse Association events across the United States in 2018. Upcoming events are: the Carolina Reining Classic in Tryon, North Carolina – May 2018; the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide in Denver, Colorado – July 2018; the Low Roller Reining Classic in Nampa, Idaho – October 2018; and the Southwest Reining Horse Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma – October 2018.
Classes are selected by APHA and will vary from show to show, but they’ll include Open and Non-Pro aged events as well as ancillary classes like Non-Pro, Green Reiner, Rookie and/or Youth in an effort to reach a wide variety of competitors. Learn more about the Reining Buckle Incentive Program here.
And remember, these events—along with tons of other NRHA, NRCHA, NCHA and ACHA competitions, count toward APHA World Show qualification requirements. Read more at apha.com/oawcs/qualifiers.
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