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☛ NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity comes to Texas – AGAIN 7-12-18




By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 12, 2018



It’s three months away; however, excitement is already building for horse enthusiasts in the Fort Worth area, as the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity will be experiencing their Texas experience for only the second time when they move the event to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas even though their association offices moved from the West Coast to Pilot Point, Texas, several years ago.


From humble beginnings in 1970, with a mere 27 entries, the NRCHA SB Futurity has flourished into one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry.


Scheduled for Oct. 7-20, the two-week event will feature thrills and occasionally spills from the industry’s leading riders on 3-year-old horses competing in three demanding events, including herd work, rein work and fence work. The winning Open horse and rider will take home a $125,000 first-place paycheck. The total payout for the entire show will top $1.1 million.


Limited age-event added money will total $606,419, which includes a $491,419 total added Open and Intermediate Open and Limited Open classes. The purse in the Non-Pro will include $100,000 added, along with $5,000 added to the Level One Limited Open, Amateur and the Non-Pro Limited Futurity.


Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to the Futurity each year and since it will be held in Fort Worth in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum, the fan base may be huge.Also during the show, there will be the NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet, the Best of the West trade show, two days of Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sales and horse show classes for horses 4 and older.

The aged event added money totaling $606,419 includes $491,419 added to the Open, Cinch Intermediate Open and Limited Open.  $100,000 is added to the Discount Tire Non Pro Futurity along with $5,000 added to the Level One Limited Open, the Amateur and the Non Pro Limited Futurity.

Horse Show Added Money totals $33,500 and includes a $7,000 Added Open Bridle and Open Hackamore and $3,000 added Non-Pro Bridle and Non-Pro Hackamore. Again this year is the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.

One of the important terms and conditions is that 3-year-old-horses may not have worked cattle in the Will Rogers Coliseum or other facilities at the Will Rogers Memorial Center prior to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit futurity, with the exception of when that work occurred as an entry in an approved NRCHA or NRCHA Alliance Partner (NCHA / AQHA / APHA) event.


The NRCHA Board of Directors has implemented a new Open Finals format for the 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity; one that puts the health and safety of the equine triathletes first.

Riders and horses that advance to the Open Finals and any additional lower divisions, will make one run in the Open Finals go-rounds. The scores earned in the Open Finals will be carried to the lower divisions. For example, if a rider qualifies for the Open and Intermediate Open Finals, he/she will complete their herd work, rein work and fence work during the Open Finals; they will not show during the Intermediate and Limited Open Finals. If a rider qualifies for the Intermediate and/or Limited Open Finals only, he/she will compete in the Intermediate and Limited Open Finals as usual.

The Board of Directors took their time making this decision, considering every aspect of this new policy. After much deliberation, the Board members determined the overall health of the young equine athletes was priority.

“We constantly worry about our horses’ physical and mental well being throughout the process. Not only do we want them to be successful at the Futurity, we also want them to have long, happy and productive careers beyond their 3-year-old year. The best cow horses are those who continue as happy, sound derby/hackamore horses, two rein horses and bridle horses,” said NRCHA President Todd Crawford.

In addition to limiting the number of runs a multi-divisional Open Finalists will make, the Board also approved a schedule that minimizes the number of times a horse will show in one day. Historically, 3-year-old Finalists complete their herd work, rein work and fence work all in one day. This year, all Finals herd work is held on Thursday, Oct. 18, while the rein work and fence work is dispersed over Friday and Saturday.

By implementing this new format, the NRCHA Board of Directors hopes to decrease the wear and tear on our young horses and to help secure the longevity of their future show career. Reined cow horse is a demanding sport where horses must be able to compete in three events with excellent athleticism, ability and stamina. The 3-years-olds rise to this challenge at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. The NRCHA Board said they are honored to host an event where these young triathletes can showcase their amazing talent Oct. 7-20, 2018 in Fort worth.


Progressive Entry – Next Payment Postmark Deadline 7/16/18
Slots – Final Payment Postmark Deadline 8/15/18
2018 Snaffle Bit Futurity Terms and Conditions – includes Futurity Entry Form
Hackamore Classic/Horse Show – includes Entry Form
AQHA Ranching Heritage Show Information – includes Entry Form

SBF General information



Sales, managed by Western Bloodstock, will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 during the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. All weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-olds sold at this year’s sales are eligible to participate in the NRCHA Sale Program.

Starting last year, all weanlings and yearlings SOLD (have to be sold) at the Western Bloodstock Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales became eligible for the ALL NEW PURSE PAYOUT starting with last year’s yearlings competing at the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and weanlings competing at the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The total purse will consist of $25,000 in added money with buyer nomination fees – Yearling fees going to 2019 purse-and weanling fees to 2020 purse. Western Bloodstock adds all repurchase fees collected. Sale Repurchase fees from all sessions of the 2017 sale repurchases are added to the 2019 Sale Incentive purse; 2018 sale repurchase fees from all sessions are added to the 2020 Sale Incentive Purse and all 2019 Sale Repurchase Fees from all sessions are added to the 2021 Sale Incentive Purse.

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WB Sale Incentive for NRcHA SBF Sale 18

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One Comment

  1. We live in the Sacramento Ca area and now go to the Reno SBF. Not NRCH approved but get a lot of trainers attending! Check it out on line!!!
    Tom Churchill

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