Amanda Gardiner and You May Be Wright scored a 216.5 to tie for the high score in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro rein work prelims. Photo by Primo Morales.
Rein work preliminaries for the Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro divisions concluded Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. We also crowned champions in the first of the horse show classes – the Open Two Rein and Non Pro Hackamore. See the highlights and another round of “Million Dollar Questions” for our Million Dollar Riders, featuring Corey Cushing, in the latest edition of the Reno Wrap Up:
Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro & Amateur
In the Futurity Non Pro rein work preliminaries, two riders earned identical 216.5 scores to top the go-round. Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kansas, earned that score on You May Be Wright (Hes Wright On x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark), a home-bred gelding she owns with her husband, Garth. Gardiner also won the Intermediate Non Pro rein work prelims.
The other 216.5 came from Laurie Ward, Kingsburg, California, riding Kiss Me A Lot (Master Getta x Kiss Me A Little x Smart Little Pepinic).
Ward and Kiss Me A Lot also lead the Non Pro composite after two events, with a 431.
The Intermediate Non Pro composite leader is Lyle Proctor, riding SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash), with a 427 (211 herd/216 rein). Proctor also won the rein work go round in the Novice Non Pro and Amateur divisions, and he leads those divisions in the composite.
Non Pro Limited
The Futurity Non Pro Limited rein work go-round winner was Sallieann O’Neal, who piloted Im Dualin Fine (Mister Nicadual x Footworks Yellow Jac x Footworks Finest) to a 210.5 to win the go-round.
The composite leader after two events is LaDona Emmons and Stylish Ike with a 423.
Open Two Rein
The first horse show class champion crowned at the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity was Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena), shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice. They scored a total 296.5 (148.5 rein/148 cow), earning $2,675, as well as a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Gist buckle and product from Platinum Performance. Royal Smart Fletch is a 2010 stallion bred and owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief.
Non Pro Hackamore
Big Piney, Wyoming, horseman Mike Miller guided his homebred gelding, Firecat Flashenfever (Playboys Buck Fever x Firecat Cash x Miss N Cash) to the Non Pro Hackamore Championship. He scored a 289 composite (143 rein/146 cow), earning $3,168. Miller’s prizes included a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Gist buckle, and product from Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health.