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Paint reiners score big at 2019 NRBC with APHA buckle incentive program

One of reining’s most popular events—the National Reining Breeders Classic, which took place April 14-21 in Katy, Texas—boasts an exciting roster of events, awards and hefty payouts, and the 2019 show also featured special awards for high-scoring Paint Horses in five events, thanks to APHA’s reining buckle incentive program.


The APHA buckle incentive program rewards APHA members riding registered Paint reiners—participation is free; exhibitors just sign up in advance of their classes, and must have a current APHA membership. APHA selected five events in which to award beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles to the high-placing Paint participant. Winners were:

  • Youth – Emma Lane and Gunner Gump, a 2008 bay solid gelding by Colonels Smokingun x Little Patrasha Gump
  • Rookie – Courtney Linde and Little Donna, a 2013 bay solid mare by Colonels Nite Special x This Chex On Top (QH)
  • Non-Pro – Kristen Avila with Gunnersspecialplayboy, a 2013 sorrel overo gelding by Colonels Nite Special x Shameless Playgirl (QH)
  • Non-Pro Classic – Kylie Warn and Lenas Shining Gun, a 2014 bay solid stallion by Colonels Nite Special x SL Leans Chic (QH)
  • Open Classic – Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay, a 2015 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya x Rondas Tio (QH)

The APHA reining buckle incentive program is on tap for five events in 2019—those remaining include the RMRHA Summer Slide in July (Denver, CO), the Low Roller Reining Classic in October (Nampa, ID), and the NRHA Futurity in November (Oklahoma City). Classes are selected by APHA and include a mix of Open and Non-Pro events. To sign up for the buckle incentive program, look for our APHA booth on site at those evens, or email [email protected].

Questions? Contact APHA Director of Shows Amanda Cormack at [email protected] or (817) 222-6416.

These events are part of a select group of NRHA shows approved for APHA World Show qualification, too!  The APHA World Show features more than $40,000 added money for reiners in leveled challenge classes (no qualifying required) in addition to world championship events—the 2019 World Show takes place September 19–29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Do you have a horse that’s eligible for APHA registration? Let’s take care of getting your paperwork up-to-date before the event—you can email most work to [email protected] or take care of simple transfers of ownership online. Double-registering your eligible reining horse with APHA is especially easy — include a copy of his AQHA registration certificate with the registration application, photos and fees. Email [email protected] for details.


[Reprinting all of part of this story is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provide back to apha.com.]

About APHA
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.