NRCHA Open Bridle Champion Crowned

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By NRCHA
Smartly Starstruck and Todd Bergen Dominate NRCHA Open Bridle Finals at the Snaffle Bit Futurity ®
The Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire cow work preliminaries wrapped up today in Justin Arena officially setting the field of Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Finalists at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Will Rogers Memorial Center. When the dust had settled, an Amateur Futurity champion was also named today.
 
The Amateur Non Pro Champion was crowned upon conclusion of the Non Pro cow work preliminaries with Amy Lund taking the title and $6,509 home to La Cygne, Kansas. Amy scored a 642.5 (212 herd/ 213 rein/ 217.5 cow) riding Bet Hes Got Style (Bet Hesa Cat x Genuine And Stylish x Playin Stylish), owned by her husband Brad and bred by Melissa Ann Miller. Amy’s 217.5 down the fence sealed the win and topped the Amateur cow work go round for an additional $1,000. Her decisive fence run was also second in the Novice Non Pro cow work prelims for $500, and split third with Jens Naglestad and Seven S Kid Rock (Blind Sided x Seven S Docs Cowgirl x Genuine Doc) in the Intermediate for $250. As icing on the win, Amy also qualified in the ninth hole for the Non Pro Futurity Finals, sixth in the Intermediate Non Pro and third in the Novice Non Pro. Amy was presented a Don Rich Custom Saddle donated by Larry and Ellen Bell, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, a browband headstall with rawhide accents and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, a $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS and 10 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Joint Supplement. Keeping it in the family, Brad and Amy’s son Garett won $1,132 for ninth overall in the Amateur Futurity. Garett rode his 2016 mare Voodoo Checks (Im Countin Checks x Ms Mimosa x Freckles Playboy) to a 625 (208 herd/ 205 rein/ 212 cow).
 
Reserve champion of the Amateur Futurity was Julia Winders riding her 2016 gelding Chics Smart Elan (Chics At The Doc x Miss ElanADual x Elans Playboy), bred by Lucas D. Jochem, with a 641.5 (214.5 herd/ 210 rein/ 217 cow). The Texas cowgirl won a $5,094 paycheck in the aggregate and added $2,617 in preliminary round earnings to her total thanks to solidly placing through the week in the Amateur, Novice Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Non Pro. She also qualified for each respective Non Pro Finals. Winders was presented with a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 1 gallon of UltraCruz Liniment Wash.
 
Taking command of the field of 18 bound for the Non Pro Futurity Finals was Myles Brown of Stinnett, Texas, who rode Twice In A Blu Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona) to a 651 (215 herd/ 217.5 rein/ 218.5 cow). Twice In A Blu Boon is owned by Rob A. Brown and was bred by Diamond LK Cutting Horses. Brown showed to great success today, placing two horses in the cow work preliminaries—he did in fact tie with himself for third and fourth with identical scores of 218.5 aboard Twice In A Blu Boon and Ranchin Royalty RAB—to earn $1,000 and finals qualifications on each horse. The cutoff to advance to the Non Pro Futurity Finals was a 635.
 
The round-winning score in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro cow work went to Dillon Cox riding Circle C Ranch’s 2016 gelding TimeForLightening (One Time Pepto x SDP Gretchens Kitty x Hydrive Cat), bred by Rebecca Elliott, to a 223 worth $4,200 ($2,250 Non Pro, $1,200 Intermediate and $750 Novice). Carmen Buckingham and her 2016 gelding Bend It (Metallic Cat x Little Exotic Dancer x Smart Little Lena), bred by Lannia Mecom, finished second with a 219 for $1,750, plus $800 in the Intermediate.
 
Buckingham is tied with Abbie Phillips and Center Ranch-bred CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody Be Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey), for second and third in the Non Pro Futurity composite with a 650. The two accomplished horsewomen are also tied for first and second in the Intermediate Non Pro composite. It took a 633 to advance in the Intermediate.
 
Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses rank first in the Novice Non Pro Futurity composite and have earned $8,650 (unofficially) already thanks to leading scores in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro preliminaries. Second in the Novice Non Pro field of 11 advancing to the Finals is Tori Simons riding PRF Peptos Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal), bred by Peter De Leeuw, to a 646 (214.5 herd/ 216.5 rein/ 215 cow).
 
The Finals of the Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire gets underway on Thursday, October 17 beginning with herd work in Will Rogers Coliseum. Non Pro Finalists will perform their rein work on Friday, October 18 in the Coliseum and a separate cow work later in the day also in the Coliseum, at which time more lucrative checks will be awarded as championship dreams come to fruition.
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Open Hackamore Champion 
 
Following the Non Pro Futurity cow work prelims, the Open Hackamore and Open Bridle Finals got underway before an enthusiastic crowd in Justin Arena. As voice of the NRCHA, Darren Moore, opened the event he explained that the evolution of the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore class as we know it today began in 1972 when entries were open to the previous year’s top 10 futurity horses. Some of the best 4- and 5-year-old horses in the business did indeed thrill the crowd today. 
 
Nick Dowers, Dyer, Nevada, earned the second Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore title of his career with a brilliant 221 rein work and massive 227 on the cow for a total on two of 448. The win added $10,980 to Santiago Time’s lifetime earnings prior to Fort Worth of $27,297. The 2014 stallion by One Time Pepto is out of the Dual Rey daughter Reymanising and is owned by Clinton Marshall. Championship awards included a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle from Center Ranch and Finis Welch, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
MoonshineAndTwoAdvil (Metallic Cat x Little Short Stuff x Shorty Lena) was ridden by Shawn Hays for owner Angela Massey to a tie for reserve honors in the Open Hackamore with a 442 (219 rein/ 223 cow). Splitting the win with MoonshineAndTwoAdvil and Hays was Bet He Sparks ridden by Clayton Edsall for K&L Phillips, LLC with a 442 (219.5 rein/ 222.5 cow). Each team was awarded $7,549 and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS. In what was truly a spectacular set of finalists, last year’s Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Plain Catty and Jake Gorrell placed fourth with a 441 (219.5 rein/ 221.5 cow to earn $5,490 for owner Kalpower Quarter Horses. 
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Open Bridle Champion 
 
Action only intensified as Open Bridle finalists took their turns. Thanks to Holy Cow Performance Horses adding $25,000 to the Open Bridle Finals in honor of their late, great stallion CD Survivor, the winners were well rewarded for their efforts. Since 1974 the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle class has been a place for the highly respected finished bridle horse to shine. This year’s Open Bridle Finals featured a star-studded cast of elite horse and rider pairings. The Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Champion was the 2012 stallion Smartly Starstruck (Very Smart Remedy x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight), ridden by NRCHA $2 Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, Oregon, for McSpyder Ranch. The team dominated, with Bergen guiding Smartly Starstruck to a 222 in the rein work and taming a hard-charging cow to score a 224 down the fence. Their total of 446.5 was worth $10,460 to add to the stallion’s lifetime earnings prior to Fort Worth of $47,329. The champion was presented with a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Rent A Stall Mat, a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle from Center Ranch and Finis Welch, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS
 
Reserve honors in the hotly contested Open Bridle went to Hez The Kats Meow (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Lucky Starlight x Grays Starlight), ridden by Ashley Deacon for owner Dustin Deckard to a 444 (221.5 rein/ 222.5 cow). Deacon teamed with the 2012 gelding to earn $8,368 plus a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS. Third belonged to Short N Catt (Sophisticated Catt x Shortys Sugar Sue x Shorty Lena), a 2011 stallion ridden by Phillip Ralls for owner Sarah Davis. Scoring a 442 (218.5 rein/ 223.5 cow), the team earned $7,322. 
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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Sale Incentive Results 
 
Significant checks were awarded today as results of the NRCHA Sale Incentive Program for the Open and Non Pro Futurity became official. 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 an impressive $120,000. Purses are 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. 
 
Sale Incentive Open Composite:
  • 1. Playgirls Merada Cat (Cats Merada x Playgirls Miss Grace x Mister Dual Pep), bred by WW Ranch, LLC, consigned by Pro Fit Equine as agent for WW Ranch, owned by Good Ole Boys, ridden by Luke Jones, 657 (222.5 rein/ 215 herd/ 219.5 cow), $34,048;
  • 2. Seven S Reyzor (Dual Smart Rey x Seven S Stylish Page x Peptos Blue Oak), bred by RT Stuart Ranch, LLC, consigned by Stuart Ranch, owned by Kristy Kay Miller, ridden by Matt Koch, 656 (219.5 rein/ 216 herd/ 220.5 cow), $25,536; 
  • 3. Hipcat (Metallic Cat x Hip Hip Sue Rey x Dual Rey), bred and consigned by Flag Ranch, LLC, owned by Larry Rice or Shawn Madden, ridden by Todd Crawford, 655.5 (220.5 rein/ 216 herd/ 219 cow), $17,024
  • 4. Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Sta Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), bred by Rob A. Brown, consigned by Myles Brown, owned by Rocking BS Ranch, ridden by Lance Johnston, 654.5 (221 rein/ 217 herd/ 216.5 cow), $8,512. 
 
Sale Incentive Non Pro Composite:
  • 1. Dualin ALittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep), bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, consigned by Arcese/Oswood, owned and ridden by Debbie Crafton, 646 (215.5 herd/ 218.5 rein/ 212 cow), $14,592;
  • 2. LG Cookin With Sugar (Kit Kat Sugar x Cookies Cookin x Docs Hickory), bred by Leslie Graor, consigned by Pete Branch, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas, 634.5 (211 herd/ 209 rein/ 214.5 cow), $10,944;
  • 3. This One Is Shiny (This One Time x Lil Shiny Long Legs x Shining Spark), bred by Michelle Cannon, consigned by Cannon Quarter Horses, owned by Dean Rand and Megan Ciana, ridden by Megan Ciana, 633 (213.5 herd/ 208.5 rein/ 211 cow), $7,296;
  • 4. Loves Blu Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Loves Etch x High Brow Cat), bred and consigned by Cowan Select Horses, LLC, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas, 631.5 (212 herd/ 216 rein/ 203.5 cow), $3,648.
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