Here Comes The Boon and Lance Johnston Earned $155,000 as Champions of the NRCHA Open Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, and CINCH Intermediate Open

Here Comes The Boon and Lance Johnston Earned $155,000 as Champions of the NRCHA Open Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, and CINCH Intermediate Open Photo courtesy NRCHA Facebook Page

In customary reined cow horse fashion, Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open championships at the $1.2 million dollar National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, , would be decided by the outcome of the fence work. The 50th running of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity opened with red carpet introductions honoring the 25 Open Finalist owners and riders, after which time the Open Futurity rein work, Intermediate and Limited Open cow work, and thrilling Open cow work finals rocked the famed Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Watch the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Interview

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Watch Here Comes The Boon ridden by Lance Johnston - 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals cow work

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Watch TRR Lucky Brazos ridden by Tripp Townsend - 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Finals cow work

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After posting an outstanding 220 in the rein work, Lance Johnston and Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Sta Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena) trailed the leaders, Kelby Phillips and Nineteen Ten (Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), by 7.5 points going into the cow work. Never a hair out of position on a challenging cow, Johnston and the 2016 roan stallion owned by Rocking BS Ranch and bred by Rob A. Brown, lowered the boom to overtake the lead with a score of 226.5. After working 11th in the draw to tie for the lead, Johnston waited as one by one the greatest 3-year-old three-event equines ridden by some of the most accomplished horsemen and –women challenged his cumulative score of 664.5 (220 rein/ 218 herd/ 226.5 cow)—but came up short despite valiant efforts. While Johnston and Phillips were tied for the overall lead after Phillips rode Nineteen Ten to a solid 219 on the cow, with the tiebreaker being the cow work score, Nineteen Ten would finish as reserve champion with a 664.5 (224 herd/ 221.5 rein/ 219 cow). The $125,000 Open Futurity paycheck was officially awarded to Here Comes The Boon ridden by Lance Johnston for Rocking BS Ranch. 
 
When interviewed by in-arena color commentator and NRCHA professional Brady Weaver, a jubilant Johnston says he knew he needed to lay down a precise run to challenge the lead.
 
“I thought it was going to take a Charolais cow to beat Kelby,” said Johnston, knowing they’d been tough but yielded high marks if mastered. “But then Kelby told me we were only working black cows and I thought ‘oh, they’re not going to be enough.’ I thought, ‘well I just need to be really accurate and they’ll pay me if I’m accurate.’ But then that black cow came out and he threw his head up and snorted at me a little bit and I knew I had my cow.”

Indeed he did. Having already cashed a fourth place paycheck for $8,512 in the NRCHA Western Bloodstock Sale Incentive Open composite, Johnston said how pleased he was that Brent and Susie Stewart of Rocking BS Ranch purchased Here Comes The Boon at his urging.   
 
“They’re awesome,” said Johnston of his owners. “Anybody who knows them knows what great people they are.”
 
Johnston expressed appreciation for his wife Tammy and her unyielding support and hard work, as well as for his cow horse friends and family. “Without my wife Tammy I couldn’t make it here,” said Johnston. “She does everything for me. Three years ago at the [NRCHA] Stakes I couldn’t even dress myself, she had to do everything for me.”
 
Johnston has straightforward plans for the future—to continue showing great horses in the NRCHA. “I ain’t quitting,” he said. “I love this, I love the reined cow horse family.”
 
The Open Futurity Champion was awarded a host of first-class awards including a stunning Martin Saddlery Custom Saddle courtesy of Matthews Cutting Horses, an original CR Morrison Bronze Trophy, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by The Final Cut Ranch, pair of Rios of Mercedes cowboy boots, 100X custom cowboy hat from the Western Legacy Company, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and 25 pounds of UltraCruz EQ Advanced Gastric Support. As owner of the Open Futurity Champion, Rocking BS Ranch was awarded a pair of Rios of Mercedes cowboy boots. As Futurity Champion rider, Johnston was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle courtesy of Cindy Warn and Smart Luck, a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Weiser Quarter Horses, monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS, and product from Platinum Performance.

Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Champions Kelby Phillips aboard Nineteen Ten owned by DT Horses - Photo courtesy of NRCHA

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 Phillip to the reserve championship and $100,000 paycheck. Reserve in the Open Futurity was presented a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Trey and Sandra Neal, Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Linda McMahon, $300 Farnam gift certificate, product from Platinum Performance, a monogrammed CINCH jacket and 1 gallon of UltraCruz Liniment Wash. As reserve champion Open rider Phillips was presented with a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Cowan Ranch, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.

Third in the Open Futurity was Annies One Time (One Time Pepto x Shiney Nu Annie x Shining Spark), ridden by Nick Dowers for Wagonhound Land & Livestock to a 662 (219.5 herd/ 217 rein/ 225.5 cow) worth $70,000. Third place received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Lone Oak Performance Horses, one gallon of UltraCruz Detangler Spray, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
Winning fourth in the Open Futurity was Fabulous Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena), ridden by Boyd Rice for Kit and Charlie Moncrief to a 660 (220 herd/ 217.5 rein/ 222.5) worth $55,000. Fourth place received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Corey Cushing Performance Horses, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket. Rice added another $20,000 to Fabulous Fletch’s earnings by finishing third in the CINCH Intermediate Open.

In addition to significant cash rewards, fifth through 10th place in the Open Futurity received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Burnett Ranches and 6666’s, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket. Eleventh place in the Open Futurity received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Lil Catbaloo, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket. Twelfth through 25th place in the Open Futurity received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Burnett Ranches and 6666’s, product from Platinum Performance and a monogrammed CINCH jacket. All finalists received a paycheck of $10,000 or more depending upon their final placing. All Open Finalists received a commemorative Gist Pin sponsored by Cowboy Publishing Group, monogrammed jacket by CINCH Jeans and product from Platinum Performance.

CINCH Intermediate Open Futurity

Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Sta Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), owned by Rocking BS Ranch and ridden by Lance Johnston, took the CINCH Intermediate Championship and $30,000 home to Lindsay, California. In addition to their Open Futurity prizes, the CINCH Intermediate championship was accompanied by a first-class prize package including a Bob’s Custom Saddle courtesy of CINCH, a CR Morrison bronze finish trophy and Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Kit Kat Sugar, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
 
Reserve CINCH Intermediate Open Champion TBR Wright Moonshine (Cats Moonshine x Wright Time To Play x Lenas Wright On), ridden expertly by Shane Steffen to a 221.5 down the fence for a 664 composite, earned $25,000 for owner Darci Roat. Steffen, of Powell Butte, Oregon, scored 220.5 in the rein work and 222 out of the herd en route to the win. TBR Wright Moonshine was bred by Diane Edwards. Reserve champion awards included a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Kit Kat Sugar, $300 Farnam gift certificate, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
Center Ranch bred CR Tuff Secret (Woody Be Tuff x CR Shes Uh Secret x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Ben Baldus for Double F Ranch, achieved a 656 (219 herd/ 216 rein/ 221 cow) to finish fourth in the Intermediate for $14,450. Third through 10th place in the CINCH Intermediate Open Futurity received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Kit Kat Sugar, product from Platinum Performance, and monogrammed CINCH jacket.

Limited Open Futurity

Bringing the Limited Open Futurity Championship and $17,534 home to Earth, Texas, was Tripp Townsend riding the Tongue River Ranch bred TRR Lucky Brazos (Pepcid x TRR Ms Lucky Gun x Playgun), thanks to a dominating fence run of 223 for a 653 composite (214 herd/ 216 rein). TRR Lucky Brazos is owned by Kyle Brewer and Tripp Townsend. The Limited Open Futurity Champion was presented with a Bob’s Custom Saddle courtesy of Todd and Pam Crawford, a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle sponsored by Boyd and Halee Rice, a CowTrac System, CR Morrison bronze finish trophy, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
Vintage Ambrosia (One Fine Vintage x Miss Fancy Juice x Smart Like Juice), ridden by James Ferreira, scored a 219.5 in the fence worth to combine with 216’s in both the herd and rein for a 651.5 worth $13,158. The 2016 mare is owned by Robertson Ranches and was bred by Mike and Linda Silveira. The Limited Open Futurity Reserve Champion was awarded a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, $300 Farnam gift certificate, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
Third in the Limited was 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/ 215.5 cow). The 2016 mare was bred by Cinder Lakes Ranch. Third place in the Limited Open Futurity received $10,965, plus a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
Fourth through 10th place in the Limited Open Futurity received a Gist Silversmith’s custom buckle, product from Platinum Performance, and a monogrammed CINCH jacket.

Special Awards

NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn presented special awards to the Open Futurity preliminary round high scores. Winning the High Herd Work Award was RPL Boon (Boon Too Suen x RPL Ich This x Cat Ichi), owned and ridden by Jordan Williams, scoring a 222.5. The Gist buckle and NCHA trophy were sponsored by Dont Stopp Believin and Phil and Mary Ann Rapp.
 
Nineteen Ten (Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) and Flint McCullough (Smart Boons x Smart Dueling Chic x Smart Chic Olena), two horses ridden by Kelby Phillips for DT Horses, tied for the High Rein Score with identical scores of 223. The win was accompanied by a Gist buckle and NRHA trophy sponsored by Dry Creek Ranch and Jahn and Gregg LaFitte, as well as the National Reining Horse Association.
 
The High Fence Score Award was presented to Hesa Dual Bet (Bet Hesa Cat x RJJ Miss Viagra Pep x Dual Pep), ridden by Matt Koch for owner Kent Blough, scoring a 227. The winning team was awarded a CR Morrison trophy and Gist Silversmith’s buckle sponsored by Confidence EQ and Clark Weaver.
 
The High Scoring Gelding Award went to CR Dees Be Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Kelby Phillips for DT Horses. The winning team was awarded a Gist Silversmith’s trophy buckle and Don Rich Saddle sponsored by Texas Landmark Realtors.
 
The High Scoring Horse Owner and Rider Awards were custom stirrups from Daryl Davis, which were presented to Robert Smith III and his wife Becky on behalf of their horse Duallicious (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno) with a 663.5.
The 2019 Ladies Champion was Sarah Dawson riding RYourChecksSmokin (Dual R Smokin x Checkers Live Oak x Im Countin Checks). Dawson was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle, CR Morrison Trophy, Classic Equine monogrammed cooler, Gist buckle, Platinum Performance, $250 certificate for CR RanchWear and monogrammed CINCH jacket.
 
The Open AQHA Ranching Heritage Bred award, an AQHA trophy, was presented by AQHA President Dr. Jim Heird to the Center Ranch bred mare Wooodya (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Justin Wright for Eric Freitas. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Non Pro Limited Award went to Jasper Patrick and DMR Natural Who (Whodini x Natural Budha x Natural Enterprise). The High Scoring AQHA Ranching Heritage Bred Non Pro award was presented to Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses bred by Center Ranch, the top scoring Non Pro entry of the preliminaries. The Ranching Heritage Breeder Award went to Diamond M Ranch and Cattle Company.
 
Judges for the 2019 Snaffle Bit Futurity were Lyn Anderson, Chris Benedict, Al Dunning, Bozo Rogers, and Ken Wold.

American Rope Horse Futurity

Non professional ropers took the spotlight today in the Justin Arena for day No. 3 of the $100,000-added DT Horses and American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Championship Rope Horse Futurity. The event, held October 14-16, has paid out $400,000 across all divisions.
 
Winning the Non Pro Heading was Rob Foster riding his 2011 stallion Bad As Blaze by Blazing Hot. Bred by Robbie Schroeder, Bad As Blaze scored 689.25, which was worth $4,950. The champion of the Non Pro Heeling was Seth Jordan riding DMAC Indian Nation by Hickorys Indian Pep and out of the mare DMAC Kats Meow. The 2012 gelding scored a 692.92 worth $3,780. 

By NRCHA Press Release