Three NRCHA Professionals share top honors in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open reined work preliminaries

Alexandra Ciavardelli riding her own horse, Suns Out Guns Out (Chics Playgun x Clark Jones Lass x Clark Jones) Alexandra Ciavardelli riding her own horse, Suns Out Guns Out (Chics Playgun x Clark Jones Lass x Clark Jones) Photo courtesy NRCHA/Primo Morales

Day No. 2 of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, saw brilliant performances by the top 3-year-old equine tri-athletes in the country as the Open reined work preliminaries came to a close in John Justin Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Each owner and rider team is gunning for their share of the total event payout, which is expected to exceed $1.2 million. The Open Futurity Champion will leave Fort Worth, Texas, $125,000 richer upon the conclusion of the Finals on October 19.

Three leading NRCHA riders shared Open Futurity reined work honors with identical scores of 223. Each horse and rider team collected a $4,167 paycheck. Nineteen Ten (Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), bred by Carol Rose and owned by DT Horses, LLC, was ridden by Kelby Phillips to a 223. Phillips and the 2016 stallion’s sire, Hickory Holly Time (LTE $228,563), captured the coveted NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman title in 2018.

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Todd Bergen rode Flint McCullough (Smart Boons x Smart Dueling Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a 223. The 2016 red roan gelding is owned and bred by McSpyder Ranch. Rounding out the three-way tie was the Center Ranch bred mare WooodYa (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal) ridden by Justin Wright for owner Eric Freitas.

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Playgirls Merada Cat (Cats Merada x Playgirls Miss Grace x Mister Dual Pep) was ridden to a score of 222.5 worth $1,250 by Luke Jones for ownership team the Good Ole Boys to split fourth and fifth place money in the reined work prelims with Ben Baldus and Tuff Marshall N Town (Woody Be Tuff x CR Too Catty x Cat T Masterson). Tuff Marshall N Town is owned by Sarijane Stanton and Bill Pinckard. Baldus and Tuff Marshall N Town topped the Intermediate Open reined work for $2,250 to add to their $1,250 in the Open. 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 to finish second in the Intermediate Open for $1,750.

Logicality (Magicality x Boonlight Angel) ridden by Gusti Buerger for NRCHA Hall of Famer Anne Reynolds split the Limited Open reined work win 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 and earned $875. Mixon and Stunt Man Blu were second in the Level 1 Limited Open reined work for another $750.

Winning the Level 1 Limited Open reined work preliminary round was Alexandra Ciavardelli riding her own horse, Suns Out Guns Out (Chics Playgun x Clark Jones Lass x Clark Jones) to a 220.5 worth $1,000.

Action resumes from Will Rogers Memorial Center on Sunday, October 6 when the Open Hackamore Classic herd work gets underway in historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

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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