Debbie Crafton and Dualin Alittle Time are champions of the NRCHA Non Pro Futurity ®, presented by Discount Tire

The hopes and dreams of 19 finalists in the NRCHA Non Pro Futurity ®, presented by Discount Tire, hinged upon one final fence run—as is customary in reined cow horse competition. Finalists in the Non Pro Futurity opened the day with their rein work in Will Rogers Coliseum here in Fort Worth, Texas, as excitement intensified to see the championship race unfold. The Non Pro rein work was followed by Intermediate Open and Limited Open rein work before action wrapped up with the Non Pro Futurity Finals cow work and the crowning of another champion the $1.2 million dollar National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat.

Watch the runs:

Dualin Alittle Time ridden by Debbie Crafton

CR Tuff Guns N Roses ridden by Abbie Phillips

After scoring a winning 219.5 in the rein work finals to combine with her high score of 221.5 out of the herd, it was Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody B Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey) in the driver’s seat with a 441 prior to the cow work. Debbie Crafton, of Ordway, Colorado, entered the third and final leg tied with herself for second and third in the composite with a 432 on each of her finals qualifying mounts—Dualin ALittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep) and Stylish Spender (Im Countin Checks x Sly Angel x That Sly Cat).
 
When Crafton mastered a challenging cow aboard Dualin ALittle Time to the tune of 223 points, she had set the bar high at a 655 (215 herd/ 217 rein) composite. Immediately following Crafton, who was third out in the working order, Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses took their turn, posting a 213.5 for a 654.5 that would come up a mere half point shy of first place in the ultra-competitive Non Pro division. The Scottsdale, Arizona, horsewoman and her exceptional equine partner did, however, dominate the Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro standings, as they have since the outset of the event.
 
Crafton enjoyed a lucrative trip to Fort Worth with her 2016 mare Dualin Alittle Time, having already banked the first-place $14,592 paycheck in the NRCHA Western Bloodstock Sale Incentive Non Pro composite. The Non Pro championship paid $25,058, plus $3,000 in preliminary go round money. The 2016 gelding was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses. Crafton’s second horse Stylish Reys tied for 10th and 11th overall with Julia Winders and Chics Smart Elan for additional earnings of $3,337.

In an emotional post-win interview, Crafton described her mood as “ecstatic”—through her tears. Of the winning mount she purchased as a yearling through the Western Bloodstock Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale, Crafton says, “He’s always been special, since day one, he’s always been a team player. The runs, I had a good herd work, a good reining…I was not real happy with my prelims fence run, so my goal today was just come have a fence run like I know I can do, like I know he can do, and he sure enough delivered today.”
 
When asked about riding amongst her heroes and coming out the champion, Crafton says, “There’s just no words, I have always loved the cow horse and for this to really be me this year, it’s incredible. He’s been such a great horse. I’m blessed to have him.”
 
Crafton added thanks for her hard-working and supportive family, as well as appreciation for NRCHA Professionals Matt Koch and Luke Jones for their help and advice.
  
Crafton carried home a plethora of first-class awards including a Bob’s Custom Saddle donated by Discount Tire, an original CR Morrison bronze trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, pair of Lucchese cowboy boots, 100X custom cowboy hat from the Western Legacy Company, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 10 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Joint Supplement.
 
For reserve in the Non Pro Futurity Phillips was awarded $16,990, plus a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, pair of Luccese cowboy boots, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 1 gallon of UltraCruz Liniment Wash.
 
Placing third overall in the Non Pro Futurity with a 649 (220 herd/ 211 rein/ 218 cow) worth $13,956, was Parke Greeson riding SCR BetThisTime. The Bet Hesa Cat son out of the mare PRF One Time Candi, by One Time Pepto, was bred by Milton and Bridey Greeson and is owned by Sarco Creek Ranch. Greeson, of Victoria, Texas, was awarded a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 5 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Gastric Support. Greeson finished as reserve champion of the Intermediate Non Pro for earnings of $6,707, plus a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
Each of the top 10 Non Pro Futurity riders were awarded a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Hat 6 Ranch, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.

As champion of the Intermediate Non Pro, Abbie Phillips cashed in for $8,943, plus a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Reined Cow Horse Training Online, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS. Phillips’ first-place finish in the Novice Non Pro Futurity awarded her an additional $3,457—bringing her total from nearly sweeping the Non Pro division composites to $29,390 (unofficially), without go round money included. She also won a Don Rich Custom Saddle courtesy of Carol Rose, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.

Tori Simons, Santa Ynez, California, rode her 2016 roan stallion PRF Peptos Smart Cat, bred by Peter De Leeuw, to reserve in the Novice Non Pro Futurity. Simons hustled her way to a 215.5 down the fence for a 641.5 (220 herd/ 206 rein), and was paid $2,766 for her efforts. As the Novice Non Pro Reserve Champion, Simons received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, $250 CR RanchWear certificate, and product from Platinum Performance.
 
The top five Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Futurity riders all received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
NRCHA President Corey Cushing presented several special awards upon conclusion of the Non Pro Futurity. Daryl Davis Stirrups went to the Non Pro High Point Horse Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona)ridden by Myles Brown. The 2016 mare is owned by Rob A. Brown. The Non Pro High Score Fence Work Award was presented to Dillon Cox who rode Circle C Ranch’s TimeForLightening (One Time Pepto x SDP Gretchens Kitty x Hydrive Cat) to a 223 in the fence prelims. Cox won a Gist Silversmith’s buckle sponsored by Bimeda Confidence EQ and Clark Weaver. Abbie Phillips and CR Guns N Roses won the Non Pro High Score Herd Work and Rein Work, receiving a Gist buckle for each honor. Both trophy buckles were sponsored by Oswood Stallion Station.

Intermediate Open and Limited Open Futurity
TBR Wright Moonshine (Cats Moonshine x Wright Time To Play x Lenas Wright On), ridden by Shane Steffen, of Powell Butte, Oregon, for owner Darci Roat, achieved an outstanding 220.5 in the Intermediate Open rein work. Their 220.5—the high rein score today—combined with a 222 out of the herd for a 442.5 to lead the composite by a half point.
 
Working at lucky No. 13 in the draw and posting a 220 in the rein work to add to their 222 out of the herd for a 442 composite, it was PRF Peptos Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Jared Jones, Santa Maria, California, for Tori Simons. PRF Peptos Smart Cat has pulled double duty having qualified with Simons for all three divisions of the Non Pro Finals.
 
Competition is tight across all Open divisions, with a tie resulting today for first in the Limited Open. Vintage Ambrosia (One Fine Vintage x Miss Fancy Juice x Smart Like Juice), ridden by James Ferreira, scored a 216 in both herd and rein for a 432. The 2016 mare is owned by Robertson Ranches and was bred by Mike and Linda Silveira. Tied with Ferreira is Cantankerous Kitty (One Time Pepto x Cancan Kitty x High Brow Cat), ridden by Clayton Anderson for Troop Quarter Horses to a 432 (215 herd/ 217 rein). The 2016 mare was bred by Cinder Lakes Ranch.
 
In today’s Limited Open rein work, it was Mrs Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Electra Can Do x Cat Man Do), bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate and owned and ridden by Jerry Jones, who emerged with the high score of 219.5.

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Sale Incentive Results
Significant checks were awarded today as results of the NRCHA Sale Incentive Program for the Open and Non Pro Futurity became official. All weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-old horses sold at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales are eligible to participate in the NRCHA Sale Incentive Program. In 2019, the NRCHA added $25,000 to the purse, which is combined with pay-in fees from owners and consignors to bring the payout at this year’s Futurity to an impressive $120,000. Purses are paid to the four highest-advancing eligible foals in the Open and Non Pro divisions based on preliminary composite scores—$85,120 total in the Open and $36,480 in the Non Pro.

Sale Incentive Open Composite:
    1.    Playgirls Merada Cat (Cats Merada x Playgirls Miss Grace x Mister Dual Pep), bred by WW Ranch, LLC, consigned by Pro Fit Equine as agent for WW Ranch, owned by Good Ole Boys, ridden by Luke Jones, 657 (222.5 rein/ 215 herd/ 219.5 cow), $34,048;
    2.    Seven S Reyzor (Dual Smart Rey x Seven S Stylish Page x Peptos Blue Oak), bred by RT Stuart Ranch, LLC, consigned by Stuart Ranch, owned by Kristy Kay Miller, ridden by Matt Koch, 656 (219.5 rein/ 216 herd/ 220.5 cow), $25,536;
    3.    Hipcat (Metallic Cat x Hip Hip Sue Rey x Dual Rey), bred and consigned by Flag Ranch, LLC, owned by Larry Rice or Shawn Madden, ridden by Todd Crawford, 655.5 (220.5 rein/ 216 herd/ 219 cow), $17,024
    4.    Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Sta Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), bred by Rob A. Brown, consigned by Myles Brown, owned by Rocking BS Ranch, ridden by Lance Johnston, 654.5 (221 rein/ 217 herd/ 216.5 cow), $8,512.
 
Sale Incentive Non Pro Composite:
    1.    Dualin ALittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep), bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, consigned by Arcese/Oswood, owned and ridden by Debbie Crafton, 646 (215.5 herd/ 218.5 rein/ 212 cow), $14,592;
    2.    LG Cookin With Sugar (Kit Kat Sugar x Cookies Cookin x Docs Hickory), bred by Leslie Graor, consigned by Pete Branch, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas, 634.5 (211 herd/ 209 rein/ 214.5 cow), $10,944;
    3.    This One Is Shiny (This One Time x Lil Shiny Long Legs x Shining Spark), bred by Michelle Cannon, consigned by Cannon Quarter Horses, owned by Dean Rand and Megan Ciana, ridden by Megan Ciana, 633 (213.5 herd/ 208.5 rein/ 211 cow), $7,296;
    4.    Loves Blu Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Loves Etch x High Brow Cat), bred and consigned by Cowan Select Horses, LLC, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas, 631.5 (212 herd/ 216 rein/ 203.5 cow), $3,648.

American Rope Horse Futurity

Three go rounds of the Open Heeling portion of the three-day $100,000-added DT Horses and American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Championship Rope Horse Futurity kicked off the day in Justin Arena. Twenty Heeling Finalists, out of 130 total heeling entries, would compete again following the Heading Finals also held today. The $100,000-added DT Horses and ARHFA World Championship Rope Horse Futurity is open to 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses. The event is slated to pay out $400,000 across all divisions over the three days. Tomorrow features Non Pro Heading and Heeling short go-rounds in Justin Arena at 8 a.m.
 
Winning the first round of Open Heeling for $3,000 was National Finals Rodeo qualifier Joseph Harrison riding CSR Dual Boonlite (Dual Spark x Dance In The Boonlite). First in round two was Metallic Lights (Metallic Cat x Delight Of My Life) shown by Ryan Motes to bank $3,000. Winning first in the third round was Cade Rice and Dual Badger Cat (Reys Dual Badger x Cat Golden Lynx), also cashing in for $3,000.
 
Upon conclusion of the Open Heading Finals held after the Heeling prelims, it was Blue Berry Please, ridden by Andy Holcomb for owner Stephen Silva, who took the $20,000 championship home. Blue Berry Please (Nics Black Diamond x SES Please) lead the field coming into the Open Heading Finals and scored a 232.69 to seal the deal with a final 919.49 composite. The 2013 gelding was bred by Running Springs Ranch.
 
In the exciting Heeling Finals it was Dual Axle (Dual R Smokin x CDs Modern Millie), ridden by Joseph Harrison for owner Denice Bledsoe, winning the Open Heeling Championship and $20,000. Harrison roped his way to a 927.98 composite after four runs riding the 2014 stallion bred by J Five Horse Ranch. Harrison was also second for $18,000 riding CSR Dual Boonlite for Bobby Lewis.

By NRCHA Press Release