Tammy Jo Hays has won the Non-Pro Championship at every National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event except one: the Snaffle Bit Futurity. That all changed Friday, Oct. 4 when Hays claimed the Futurity Non-Pro title on SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey), a mare she owns with her father, Walter Greeman.
In his first trip to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals, Nick Dowers, Dyer, Nev., claimed the $100,000 Championship aboard Time For The Diamond (One Time Pepto x Diamonds With Style x Playin Stylish), a horse he owns under the name of his family's Triple D Ranches, LLC.
They cut in the herd work, they spun and slid in the rein work, and they galloped full-throttle down the fence. Now, the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity preliminaries are over, and Open riders know who will compete in the clean slate finals this Saturday, Oct. 5. Blind Sided, shown by Jay McLaughlin, won the rein work preliminaries and the preliminary composite in the Futurity Open.
Sheza Roo Retires on a High Note, Winning the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Bridle Championship
Standout performer Sheza Roo (Gallo Del Cielo x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, Weatherford, Texas, made her final trip around the show arena in Reno, Nev., Tuesday.
When Tara Sagniere, of Canyon, Texas, brought her homebred mare and first futurity horse, Spark A Sunrise (Lena Spark x Kona Sunrise x SMF Lenas Award) to the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, she never dreamed she would bring home the Amateur Championship.
When Kelly Valdez schooled Smart Tic Tack (Smart Mate x Tic Tackatoo x Freckles Playboy) the night before the Youth Bridle class, things didn't go according to plan.
The first test of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is over for all the three-year-old horses here in Reno, Nev., as the herd work preliminaries concluded today in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro, Amateur, Non Pro Limited and Level 1 Limited Open divisions.
The first day of Open, Intermediate Open and Level 1 Limited Open preliminary competition at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is complete, with 95 3-year-old horses testing their herd work skills at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev.
The competition at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity is always an intense presentation of some of the world's best 3-year-old reining talent. Prestigious titles are up for grabs and the entire week is a showcase of the new stars emerging center stage.
Clinician Clinton Anderson will present a three-hour colt starting demonstration at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Friday, Oct. 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The demo is free with the price of a $15 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity daily admission ticket.
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