Shining Lil Nic Bridle Spectacular Returns to the Hackamore Classic in 2014


The NRCHA welcomes back Shining Lil Nic and his owners, Janiejill and Bill Tointon, as the sponsors of the 2014 Hackamore Classic Bridle Spectacular. Kimerlee Curyl photo.

Although the 4- and 5-year-old hackamore horses receive top billing at the upcoming National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic, they will share part of the spotlight with the cow horse world’s most highly-trained athletes, the bridle horses, competing in the Shining Lil Nic Bridle Spectacular on Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2.

The Shining Lil Nic Bridle Spectacular offers $10,000 in added money, thanks to a sponsorship by Shining Lil Nic’s owners, Janiejill and Bill Tointon of Diamond Double T Ranch, Longmont, Colo. Competitors show in three demanding events – herd work, rein work and cow work – and the combined score determines the Champions in the Open, Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited divisions.

Shining Lil Nic (Smart Shiner x Dig A Lil Nic x Diggers Rest), a 2002 buckskin stallion, has earned more than $100,000 in his stellar performance career. His record also includes 134 American Quarter Horse Association performance points in cutting, reining and working cow horse; an AQHA Performance Register of Merit and Superior Working Cow Horse award; and his NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse designation. In 2009, as
 6-year-old, “Nic” became the only horse to win both the Open Bridle and Open Two-Rein Championship in the same year at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Learn more about Shining Lil Nic, his champion offspring and the Tointons’ performance horse program by visiting their web site:!