Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses target NRCHA Non Pro Futurity, presented by Discount Tire, herd work win

NRCHA fans witnessed an exciting day of reined cow horse activity today at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 50th running of the $1.2 million National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, Will Rogers Coliseum saw seven sets of NRCHA Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire herd work, followed by a set of Non Pro Limited Hackamore Classic contestants pass through the gates. NRCHA horse show action dominated in the Justin Arena with the Non Pro Limited and Open Two Rein classes.

Watch the runs:

CR Tuff Guns N Roses ridden by Abbie Phillips

Chics Smart Elan ridden by Julia Winders

Hughes Lil Gal ridden by Denille LePlatt

Metallic Train ridden by Clayton Edsall

Cat Can Dew ridden by Julie Gibbons

 

Abbie Phillips and her 2016 gelding CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody B Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey) fired with precision, scoring 216.5 to top the NRCHA Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire herd work preliminaries. Phillips earned $2,250 for her efforts aboard the Center Ranch bred standout. Phillips’ score placed her first in the Intermediate Non Pro herd prelims for another $1,200, as well as first in the Novice Non Pro herd for $750.

Debbie Crafton earned second and third place money riding Stylish Reys (Mr Playinstylish x Dual Reys Belle x Dual Rey) to a 216 worth $1,750, and Dualin Alittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep) to a 215.5 for $1,250. Stylish Reys is a 2016 stallion bred by David Pratt, while Dualin Alittle Time is a 2016 mare bred by Arcese Quarter Horses. Fourth and fifth place money was split between Kathy Ferguson riding Scooters Daisy Deuce (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey), a 2016 mare bred by Taylor Carbo, and Myles Brown aboard Twice In A Blu Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona), a 2016 mare owned by Rob A. Brown and bred by Diamond LK Cutting Horses. Ferguson and Brown each received $375 paychecks and put themselves in the hunt to qualify for the Non Pro Futurity Finals, which begins on Thursday, October 17. Ferguson finished second in the Intermediate Non Pro herd for an additional $800.

Topping the Amateur herd and finishing second in the Novice Non Pro herd was Julia Winders riding her 2016 gelding Chics Smart Elan (Chics At The Doc x Miss ElanADual x Elans Playboy). Winders scored a 214.5, which was good for $1,000 in the Amateur, $400 in the Novice Non Pro and another $167 for a third, fourth, fifth place split in the Intermediate Non Pro. In the Novice Non Pro, Winders tied with Tori Simons and PRF Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal) who also earned $400. Simons earned another $167 for the third through fifth place split in the Intermediate, which was shared with Brent Ratliff riding his 2016 gelding MC Reynshiner (Reynshine x Smart Wimpy Bar x Smart Shiner), bred by Michelle Hanson.

Second and third in the Amateur herd work with identical scores of 213.5 were Danielle Quinn and R.A. Brown II, each earning $625. Quinn rode Whenever Wherever (Smart Luck x Travalen Easter x Travalena), owned by D&S Performance Horses and bred by Hilda Anne Baisel. Brown rode Dreamin Of Denver (Metallic Cat x Reys Dreamgirl x Dual Rey) owned by Myles Brown.

Setting the pace in the Non Pro Limited Hackamore Classic herd work was Denille Leplatt riding Hughes Lil Gal (Thomas E Hughes x Smart Little Gal x Smart Little Lena), owned by Dustin Leplatt, with a score of 214 worth $98. Monica Duflock was second with a 213 aboard her 2014 mare She Wants A Prenup (High Brow Cat x Heres Lookin At You x Peptoboonsmal).

The 2013 roan mare Metallic Train owns many first-place NRCHA premier event titles. With the lineage to prove her reined cow horse royalty and performances to back it up, Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), owned by Beverly Vaughn and ridden by Clayton Edsall, added $4,680 in horse show earnings to her pre-Snaffle Bit Futurity lifetime earnings of $135,252 in limited age event money. Edsall and Metallic Train’s 292.5 composite (147.5 rein/145 cow) also earned them a host of commemorative awards, including a CR Morrison bronze finished trophy, Gist Silversmiths custom buckle and pocket knife, pair of Lucchese boots, clippers by Wahl Professional USA, Classic Equine Zone Pad, product from Platinum Performance and Back on Track USA, Western hat carrying case and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
Nick Dowers rode the 2013 stallion High Stressin Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Playguns Melody x Playgun) owned by Clinton Marshall to a 291.5 (146 rein/ 145.5 cow) for  second in the Open Two Rein class and $3,744.

Julie Gibbons and her long-time equine partner Cat Can Dew (WR This Cats Smart x Dew It Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) topped the highly-competitive Non Pro Limited horse show class at the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat. The Missouri-based non pro piloted her 2008 gelding to 146.5 in the rein work and 144 in the cow work for a 290.5 composite. The pair earned $2,500 for the win and a plethora of prizes, including a CR Morrison bronze finished trophy, Gist Silversmiths custom buckle and pocket knife, pair of Lucchese boots, clippers by Wahl Professional USA, Classic Equine Zone Pad, product from Platinum Performance and Back on Track USA, Western hat carrying case and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
Finishing second in the 38-entry Non Pro Limited field was Barbara Cox riding Shiners Darby (Shining Spark x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst) to a 290 (144.5 rein/ 145.5 cow). The 2008 model is owned by Barbara’s husband Chris Cox. Cox banked $2,000 for her efforts.

Beyond non-stop horse show action, National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association members gathered for pizza and an epic dummy roping contest today, while in the true spirit of reined cow horse camaraderie, NRCHA non pro riders hosted their second day of Turnback Appreciation. The Turnback Appreciation effort was spearheaded by a group of non pro volunteers who donated pizza, coffee and donuts to the turnback helpers who rarely get a break from their crucial work helping in Will Rogers Coliseum.
 
On Saturday, October 12, NRCHA horse show action moves to the Will Rogers Coliseum beginning at Noon with $5,000 Non Pro Limited, $1,000 Non Pro Limited and Select Non Pro Limited classes, followed by Youth Limited competition. The $15,000-added AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge wraps up the day in the Coliseum. The day begins at 8 a.m. in the Justin Arena with Open Hackamore Classic reined work and fence work combined, as well as the Open Hackamore horse show class running concurrently.

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.

To watch the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Cowtown Chat with Corey Cushing click here


By NRCHA Press Release