By the NRCHA
Debbie Crafton and Dualin Alittle Time are champions of the NRCHA Non Pro Futurity ®, presented by Discount Tire
The hopes and dreams of 19 finalists in the NRCHA Non Pro Futurity ®, presented by Discount Tire, hinged upon one final fence run—as is customary in reined cow horse competition. Finalists in the Non Pro Futurity opened the day with their rein work in Will Rogers Coliseum here in Fort Worth, Texas, as excitement intensified to see the championship race unfold. The Non Pro rein work was followed by Intermediate Open and Limited Open rein work before action wrapped up with the Non Pro Futurity Finals cow work and the crowning of another champion the $1.2 million dollar National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat.
After scoring a winning 219.5 in the rein work finals to combine with her high score of 221.5 out of the herd, it was Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody B Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey) in the driver’s seat with a 441 prior to the cow work. Debbie Crafton, of Ordway, Colorado, entered the third and final leg tied with herself for second and third in the composite with a 432 on each of her finals qualifying mounts—Dualin ALittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep) and Stylish Spender (Im Countin Checks x Sly Angel x That Sly Cat).
When Crafton mastered a challenging cow aboard Dualin ALittle Time to the tune of 223 points, she had set the bar high at a 655 (215 herd/ 217 rein) composite. Immediately following Crafton, who was third out in the working order, Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses took their turn, posting a 213.5 for a 654.5 that would come up a mere half point shy of first place in the ultra-competitive Non Pro division. The Scottsdale, Arizona, horsewoman and her exceptional equine partner did, however, dominate the Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro standings, as they have since the outset of the event.
Crafton enjoyed a lucrative trip to Fort Worth with her 2016 mare Dualin Alittle Time, having already banked the first-place $14,592 paycheck in the NRCHA Western Bloodstock Sale Incentive Non Pro composite. The Non Pro championship paid $25,058, plus $3,000 in preliminary go round money. The 2016 gelding was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses. Crafton’s second horse Stylish Reys tied for 10th and 11th overall with Julia Winders and Chics Smart Elan for additional earnings of $3,337.
In an emotional post-win interview, Crafton described her mood as “ecstatic”—through her tears. Of the winning mount she purchased as a yearling through the Western Bloodstock Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale, Crafton says, “He’s always been special, since day one, he’s always been a team player. The runs, I had a good herd work, a good reining…I was not real happy with my prelims fence run, so my goal today was just come have a fence run like I know I can do, like I know he can do, and he sure enough delivered today.”
When asked about riding amongst her heroes and coming out the champion, Crafton says, “There’s just no words, I have always loved the cow horse and for this to really be me this year, it’s incredible. He’s been such a great horse. I’m blessed to have him.”
Crafton added thanks for her hard-working and supportive family, as well as appreciation for NRCHA Professionals Matt Koch and Luke Jones for their help and advice.
Crafton carried home a plethora of first-class awards including a Bob’s Custom Saddle donated by Discount Tire, an original CR Morrison bronze trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, pair of Lucchese cowboy boots, 100X custom cowboy hat from the Western Legacy Company, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 10 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Joint Supplement.
For reserve in the Non Pro Futurity Phillips was awarded $16,990, plus a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, pair of Luccese cowboy boots, $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.
Placing third overall in the Non Pro Futurity with a 649 (220 herd/ 211 rein/ 218 cow) worth $13,956, was Parke Greeson riding SCR BetThisTime. The Bet Hesa Cat son out of the mare PRF One Time Candi, by One Time Pepto, was bred by Milton and Bridey Greeson and is owned by Sarco Creek Ranch. Greeson, of Victoria, Texas, was awarded a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 5 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Gastric Support. Greeson finished as reserve champion of the Intermediate Non Pro for earnings of $6,707, plus a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
As champion of the Intermediate Non Pro, Abbie Phillips cashed in for $8,943, plus a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Reined Cow Horse Training Online, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
Phillips’ first-place finish in the Novice Non Pro Futurity awarded her an additional $3,457—bringing her total from nearly sweeping the Non Pro division composites to $29,390 (unofficially), without go round money included. She also won a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Carol Rose, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
Tori Simons, Santa Ynez, California, rode her 2016 roan stallion PRF Peptos Smart Cat, bred by Peter De Leeuw, to reserve in the Novice Non Pro Futurity. Simons hustled her way to a 215.5 down the fence for a 641.5 (220 herd/ 206 rein), and was paid $2,766 for her efforts. As the Novice Non Pro Reserve Champion, Simons received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, and product from Platinum Performance.
NRCHA President Corey Cushing presented several special awards upon conclusion of the Non Pro Futurity. Daryl Davis Stirrups went to the Non Pro High Point Horse Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona)ridden by Myles Brown. The 2016 mare is owned by Rob A. Brown. The Non Pro High Score Fence Work Award was presented to Dillon Cox who rode Circle C Ranch’s TimeForLightening (One Time Pepto x SDP Gretchens Kitty x Hydrive Cat) to a 223 in the fence prelims. Cox won a Gist Silversmith’s buckle sponsored by Bimeda Confidence EQ and Clark Weaver. Abbie Phillips and CR Guns N Roses won the Non Pro High Score Herd Work and Rein Work, receiving a Gist buckle for each honor. Both trophy buckles were sponsored by Oswood Stallion Station.
Intermediate Open and Limited Open Futurity
TBR Wright Moonshine (Cats Moonshine x Wright Time To Play x Lenas Wright On), ridden by Shane Steffen, of Powell Butte, Oregon, for owner Darci Roat, achieved an outstanding 220.5 in the Intermediate Open rein work. Their 220.5—the high rein score today—combined with a 222 out of the herd for a 442.5 to lead the composite by a half point.
Working at lucky No. 13 in the draw and posting a 220 in the rein work to add to their 222 out of the herd for a 442 composite, it was PRF Peptos Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Jared Jones, Santa Maria, California, for Tori Simons. PRF Peptos Smart Cat has pulled double duty having qualified with Simons for all three divisions of the Non Pro Finals.
Competition is tight across all Open divisions, with a tie resulting today for first in the Limited Open. Vintage Ambrosia (One Fine Vintage x Miss Fancy Juice x Smart Like Juice), ridden by James Ferreira, scored a 216 in both herd and rein for a 432. The 2016 mare is owned by Robertson Ranches and was bred by Mike and Linda Silveira. Tied with Ferreira is Cantankerous Kitty (One Time Pepto x Cancan Kitty x High Brow Cat), ridden by Clayton Anderson for Troop Quarter Horses to a 432 (215 herd/ 217 rein). The 2016 mare was bred by Cinder Lakes Ranch.
In today’s Limited Open rein work, it was Mrs Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Electra Can Do x Cat Man Do), bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate and owned and ridden by Jerry Jones, who emerged with the high score of 219.5..