For the first time in the NRBC’s history, there are Open Level 4 Co-Champions, with each taking home $63,000.
Jason Vanlandingham and the 4-year-old National Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion “A Vintage Smoke” and Nathan Piper and 4-year-old “Patriot” each scored a 227.5 to tie for first place in the 2019 NRBC Classic.
Vanlandingham and Piper decided for the sake of their young horses to not do a run-off battle for first place, but instead to share the 2019 NRBC Classic Championship and the prize winnings.
As reported in Quarter Horse News, Vanlandingham said, “As soon as Nathan walked out, I said, ‘We have something to talk about,’ Jason Vanlandingham said of tying with Nathan Piper at the NRBC. “He said, ‘You’re two thirds of the way to the Triple Crown, and I’d like to leave it and save my horse.'”
Besides the money, prizes for the 2019 NRBC Classic included a year’s use of a custom 3-horse Sundowner trailer from Twin Cities Trailer Sales/Twin Cities South and Gary Raak, a saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack, an SPH saddle pad, boots from Anderson Bean, a custom vest from Palmer Performance Horses and Glycoguard Paste, product from Santa Cruz Biotechnology and Back On Track, and numerous other small prizes from NRBC.
This year’s NRBC was certainly one that will go down in history!