WooodYa and Justin Wright lead the NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, after two events with a 440.5.
Day six of the $1.2 million National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, saw a shift in Open Futurity standings as riders continue to battle it out for a spot in the Open Finals on Saturday, October 19. Each Open Futurity entry is gunning for the $125,000 first-place paycheck available at the 50th running of the Western performance horse industry’s ultimate equine triathlon.
WooodYa (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Justin Wright for owner Eric Freitas, overtook the Open composite lead with a 217.5 out of the herd to combine with their round winning 223 in the reined work for a 440.5. The 2016 mare was bred by Center Ranch.
Jordan Williams and RPL Boon • Photo by Primo Morales
Duallicious (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno), ridden by Robert Smith III for owner Becky Smith, is currently splitting second and third in the Open rankings and remains in the top spot in the Intermediate Open Futurity composite with a 439.5 (219 herd/ 220.5 rein). Nineteen Ten (Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), bred by Carol Rose and owned by DT Horses, LLC, was ridden by Kelby Phillips to a 216.5 out of the herd for a combined 439.5 (223 rein) placing them second and third overall with Smith.
RPL Boon (Boon Too Suen x RPL Ich This x Cat Ichi), owned and ridden by Jordan Williams, captured the Open Futurity herd work preliminary round win with a 222.5, worth $6,000. This team also topped the Intermediate Open herd for another $2,250. The 2016 stallion was bred by Bobbie Arnold Atkinson.
Second in the Open Futurity herd went to Sixteen Carat Cat (Metallic Cat x All That N Cat x Highbrow Cat), ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, with a 220.5 worth $4,000. Sheehan earned $1,750 for second in the Intermediate Open herd, $1,000 for first in the Limited Open herd and leads the Level 1 Limited Open herd.
Taking over the top spot in the Limited Open composite today was Logicality (Magicality x Boonlight Angel x Boonlight Dancer) ridden by Gusti Buerger for NRCHA Hall of Famer Anne Reynolds to a cumulative 434 (215 herd/ 219 rein). One Time Up North (One Time Pepto x Our Special Kitten x High Brow Cat), ridden by Chet Martin for owner Up North Quarter Horses, is second with a 433 (215 herd/ 218 rein). One Time Up North still leads the Level 1 Limited Open composite with three sets of herd work remaining tomorrow.
Here Comes The Boon and Lance Johnston lead Western Bloodstock NRCHA Open Sale Incentive
Not to be overlooked, another lucrative futurity race is on as part of the Open and Non Pro Futurity action. All weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-old horses sold at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales are eligible to participate in the NRCHA Sale Incentive Program. In 2019, the NRCHA added $25,000 to the purse, which is combined with pay-in fees from owners and consignors to bring the payout at this year’s Futurity to a whopping $120,000. Purses will be paid to the four highest-advancing eligible foals in the Open and Non Pro divisions based on preliminary composite scores--$85,120 total in the Open and $36,480 in the Non Pro. First place in the Open Sale Incentive payout is an estimated $34,048, while first in the Non Pro will award $14,592.
Currently leading the Sale Incentive Open composite rankings is the 2016 stallion Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Sta Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), ridden by Lance Johnston for Rocking BS Ranch, with a 438 (221 rein/ 217 herd).
On Thursday, October 10 Non Pro Limited Futurity and Non Pro Hackamore Classic riders will take their shot at the herd work phase in Will Rogers Coliseum following the three remaining Level 1 Limited Open sets. In the Justin Arena the Beginning Fence Work class begins at 1 p.m. with riders who are ready to test their abilities to move from Limited, or box only, competition to NRCHA’s signature event—the fence work—in a box-drive-box-drive step up class. The Cowdog Rodear Fall Bash Finals will follow..