Clinton Anderson and Hez The Kats Meow. Photo by Primo Morales.
Rein work preliminaries for the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open divisions concluded Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. See highlights and the leader board in the current edition of the Reno Wrap Up – and we also go behind the scenes with the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge!
Day six of competition at the Snaffle Bit Futurity brought all the three-year-old horses, and their riders, one step closer to knowing whether they would advance to the finals on Saturday, October 3, as the rein work prelims wrapped up for the Open divisions.
The high score of the go-round in four divisions – Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open, a 224 belonged to Clinton Anderson, riding Hez The Kats Meow (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Lucky Starlight) for owner Lynn Thomas. Anderson collected four checks totaling $4,400 in go-round money, along with a Gist custom buckle and a trophy from the National Reining Horse Association for winning the Open rein work prelims.
Futurity Open Composite
There was no change from Friday at the top of the composite after two events. Tied for the lead in the Open, with identical 441 scores, are Nicolas Barthelemy and Mr Shiney Lights (CD Lights x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), owned by Sheri Jamieson, and SJR Diamond Rey (Dual Rey x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), owned by San Juan Ranch amd shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing. Barthelemy and Mr Shiney Lights also lead the Intermediate Open composite.
$1,000 Non Pro Limited
Four horse show champions were crowned in Reno on Saturday, beginning with a big $1,000 Non Pro Limited class of 45 entries. Jecca Ostrander and Boxo Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King x Snippy Blue Card x Masies Blue) earned the top score, a 290.5 (142.5 rein/148 cow), taking home a $750 check.
The Youth Limited Champion was Pierce Wold, Wilton, California, who rode Lizzy Go Lightly (Peptoboonsmal x Turn Liz Loose x Doc’s Hickory) to a 292.5 (144.5 rein/148 cow). Pierce is the son of NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman Ken Wold and Non Pro competitor Ramona Wold. Besides his $840 paycheck, Pierce took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Gist buckle sponsored by the NRCHA, and product sponsored by Platinum Performance.
Jesse Spence, Yamhill, Oregon, captured the Youth Bridle Championship aboard Nic The Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Nic N Chic x Reminic), a gelding owned by his father, NRCHA Professional Jim Spence. Jesse’s $1,625 payday came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by the NRCHA, a Gist buckle sponsored by Harlan Feed/Piras Cows and Horses USA, product from Platinum Performance, and a cooler bag with grooming supplies and a $50 gift card from Santa Cruz Animal Health/San Juan Ranch.
Non Pro Two Rein
Terri Holowath, Cayley, Alberta, Canada, rode Red Hot Jade (Smart Little Pepinic x Miss Nica Dual x Mister Dual Pep) to the Non Pro Two Rein Championship, scoring a 288 (140 rein/148 cow). She owns the 2009 gelding with her husband, Bart. Teri took home a check for $1,488, along with a Gist custom buckle from the NRCHA and product from Platinum Performance.