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The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Makes Its Debut by Christy Egan

It is a game changing moment for the Arabian reining horse and perhaps, for the Arabian show horse as well, at the debut of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) during the NRHA High Roller Reining Classic show. The High Roller Reining Classic is currently ranked the number four leading event in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) after only five short years in existence. This year the High Roller Reining Classic will offer cash payouts of more than a half-million dollars. The 2014 show runs eight days, from September 13th to 20th, at the South Point Event and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. 2 • ARBC | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

The “Big Show” includes the added NRHA approved $77,000 ARBC Futurity for Arabians and HalfArabians, slated to run midway through the show on Wednesday, September 17th. Competition for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses at the show also includes a full complement of classes, beginning with youth reining and short stirrup Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th. Non-Pro competition is scheduled for Monday and Thursday, the 15th and 18th. The format for the ARBC is patterned after the highly successful, extremely popular NRBC, with stallion and foal enrollments, soon to be followed by a stallion service auction. Though heavily encouraged through the offering of incentives, it will take a few years for the ARBC to achieve full enrollment, expected around 2018. Meanwhile, horsemen entering horses will do so based on class and judges’ fees alone. There will be no nomination fees for horses showing in the ARBC Futurity up until 2018. This year’s ARBC Futurity boasts $77,000 in prize money in the Arabian and Half-Arabian open and non-pro 4- & 5-year-old classes.

Arabian Horse Times - Vol45 No2  
Arabian Horse Times - Vol45 No2  

July 2014 issue