The highly anticipated National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, got underway Thursday, October 4, 2019 with Open Futurity reined work

Now in its 50th year and returning to Fort Worth, Texas, for the third, the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity is among the most challenging contests in the Western performance horse industry. The event payout is expected to exceed $1.2 million with the Open Futurity Champion receiving a hefty $125,000. The action takes place at Will Rogers Memorial Center October 4 - 19, 2019. With record entries, an expanded schedule and literally something for everyone, such as horse sales, banquets and shopping, the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity is a must-attend event.

Ben Baldus and Tuff Marshall N Town lead reined work prelims at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.

Ben Baldus rode the Center Ranch bred 2016 gelding Tuff Marshall N Town (Woody Be Tuff x CR Too Catty x Cat T Masterson) for owners Sarijane Stanton and Bill Pinckard to a score of 222.5, which currently leads the reined work preliminaries, which were held in John Justin Arena. Baldus and Tuff Marshall N Town also lead the Intermediate Open. Click on the video player below to view their run.

Corey Cushing and Metallic Memorey (Metallic Cat x Memorey x Dual Rey) are currently second in the reined work with their 221.5. Metallic Memorey is a 2016 stallion owned by Eric D. Dunn and bred by Albert and Colette Benson.
 
Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Stay Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), ridden by Lance Johnston for owner Rocking BS Ranch, scored a 221 and currently sit second in the Intermediate Open. Rob A. Brown bred the 2016 stallion.



From left, Abby Mixon aboard Stunt Man Blu, Gusti Buerger showing Logicality - Photo Courtesy of NRCHA/Primo Morales

Logicality (Magicality x Boonlight Angel) ridden by Gusti Buerger for Anne Reynolds is tied for the lead in the Limited Open reined work with Stunt Man Blu (Once In A Blu Boon x Hollywood Stunt Girl x Hollywood Dun It) ridden by Abigayle Mixon for Troop Quarter Horses. Both teams scored 219. Mixon and Stunt Man Blu also lead the Level 1 Limited Open reined work.

Thirteen sets accounting for 154 Open Futurity entries competed today. Open Futurity reined work preliminary round action will conclude on Saturday, October 5 following the second full day of reined work. Open Hackamore Classic herd work gets underway on Sunday, October 6 in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum. The Hackamore Classic is a place where 4-and 5-year-old horses showcase their talent in all three events, while being shown two-handed in a hackamore.
 
Visit www.NRCHA.com for the latest results and free, live broadcast provided by NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion.

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About the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

Now in its 50th year, the iconic NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity features an appealing multi-level competition format for trainers, which consists of Open, Cinch Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Level One divisions. The $136,000-added Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Discount Tire, provides lucrative incentives for non professional reined cow horse enthusiasts to compete as well. The show also features the NRCHA Hackamore Classic, as well as a full slate of NRCHA horse show classes boasting $95,800 in added prize money across all divisions to horses over the age of 4, plus a $15,000-added AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.
 
Other ancillary events include three days of DT Horses and American Rope Horse Association Futurity action, the Cow Dog Rodear and addition of the Cowboy Class Invitational, Cow Horse For Cutters Invitational and a newly added Beginning Fence Work division. Additionally, Western Bloodstock Sales provide the ideal opportunity to shop the elite reined cow horse market while attending the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

By NRCHA Press Release