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☛ Over $1 million paid out in NRCHA Snaffle Bit futurity 10-29-18





By Glory Kurtz
Oct. 29, 2018


The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) took over the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, for two weeks, Oct. 7-20, holding their annual Snaffle Bit Futurity for 3-year-old horses, plus a Hackamore Classic, for the second year in a row.


The two-week event paid out over $1 million, which included added money raised by NRCHA owners who were motivated to move the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Texas in 2017.


Although it’s too early to determine exactly where all the horses entered came from, the NRCHA estimated that 75 percent of the horses came from out of the state of Texas.


“While this is our second year for the Futurity in Fort Worth, it is our eighth show, when you include our Celebration of Champions held in February that we have hosted at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Each show, we see continued  improvements to the facility,” said Jay Winborn, the Executive Director of the association.


“With multiple show arenas, barns and riding areas, combined with the tunnel system, we were able to run numerous classes and have a fantastic schedule this year, despite the rainy weather.


“We had a great spectator attendance that came to support our prelims as well as the finals. The Rope Horse Futurity and Cowdog Rodear had a good crowd as well. Our sale was fantastic this year, resulting in over 90 percent of the horses sold. Overall the move of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth has proved positive and it continues to drive the enthusiasm of the reined cow horse and growth of the NRCHA.”


Cheering spectators filled the stands of both the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin Arena to watch the stars of the reined cow horse event, including the star of the show, Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding four horses to the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finals, winning a total of $205,500 for the horses’ owners. The second high-money-earning rider was Justin Wright, a cow horse reining and cutting trainer from Santa Maria, Calif., who also rode four head in the finals and earned $130,000.



Cushing’s win was no surprise as the reined cow horse trainer has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times and also crossed the $2 million-dollar mark in earnings during this year’s Futurity. He won the popular event amid a full-house cheering crowd of spectators riding a beautiful bay stallion named SJR Diamond Mist (CD Diamond x Cat Mist by High Brow Cat), bred and owned by John and Brenda Stephenson of the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, to a total score of the three events (Herd work, Rein work and Cow work) of 658.5 for a $125,000 check. They won the Rein work with a whopping 223 score.


Bred in the purple for a performance horse, SJR Diamond Mist, is sired by CD Diamond, a 2009 son of CD Olena by Doc O’Lena out of Shiners Diamond Girl by Shining Spark. Showing how cutting horse pedigrees have been accepted by the reined cow horse industry, the stallion is out of Cat Mist by High Brow Cat out of Little Mist Smart by Smart Little Lena, a mare that is out of Lew and Sue Stevens’ great cutting mare Oak Mist.


Winning seems to run in the family as SJR Diamond Mist’s sire, CD Diamond, was the NRCHA No. 1 Open All Ages/All Divisions Horse of the Year in 2012 with earnings of $153,320. He was also the 2012 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion and placed third in the 2013 NRCHA Open Derby and 4thin 2014.


SJR Diamond Mist will stand the 2019 breeding season at the Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, with a $3,500 breeding fee.


Cushing, who has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times, also placed third for $57,000 riding Hott Rod, sired by the popular young stallion Hottish and out of Sugars Smart Kitty, owned by Lynne W. Wurzer, Tacoma, Wash. The pair scored a total of 655.5 points, winning the Herd work with a 220 score, and the Rein work with a 218. They placed ninth in the finals of the Cow Work, scoring a 217.5. The Cow Work was won by Roan Olena Oak (Olena Oak x Starlight Sailor), owned by Connie L. Buckley, Mead, Colo., and ridden by Matt J. Koch, Ault, Colo., scoring a 227.


Cushing’s other two money earners were One Shiney Metallic (Metallic Cat x One Shiney Rey), owned by Jeremy Barwick, Stephenville, Texas, placing 13thplace, earning $13,500 for their 641.5 score and Metallic River (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) owned by Sheri L. Jamieson, LaJolla, Calif., earning $10,000 for 7thplace, with a 636.5 score. It was reported to me that Barwick’s horse, One Shiney Metallic, was the high-seller of the Performance Horse Sale, selling for $64,000 prior to the Futurity finals. The buyer was not revealed.


Justin Wright also won money on four horses including the Reserve Futurity title riding Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes), owned by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., taking home $87,000 for a score of 656.5. Metallic Flame (Metallic Cat x Scooby Dooby Dual) owned by Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., and Wright scored a 650 for 7thplace. He also rode One Sparking Time (One Time Pepto x Sparking Train) owned by Mark and Kimberly Rauch, Arlington, Wash., to 22ndplace with a 628, earning $10,000 and Remys Merada (Cats Merada x Chicks Sassy Nic), owned by Lucava Farms Inc., that is owned by Leslie Wallace, Langley, B.C., Canada, earning $10,000 for 27thplace with a 435.0 score.

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results



Taking home $30,000 of the $151,452.75 Intermediate Open purse was Clay Volmer, Millsap, Texas, riding SDP Hy Rey Bound (TR Dual Rey x SDP Hydrivenhickapoo) owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The pair scored a total of 660, tying for first in the Finals Herd Work with a 216 and winning the Finals Cow Work with a 226 and finishing fifth in the Rein Work.


The Reserve title and $20,000 paycheck went to Jordan Williams, Rhome, Texas, riding Angel in Blue Jeanz (Metallic Cat x Heavens little Angel), owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. The pair scored a total of 652 points, tying for first place in the Finals of the herd Work, tying for third in the Rein Work and tying for third in the finals of the Cow Work with a 217.5 score.




The Non-Pro finals was won by Hope A. Miller, Brush Prairie, Wash., riding Seven S Prettysmart (Dual Smart Rey x Lena Pretty Playboy) scoring a total of 641.5 and taking home $21,856.40. The pair split the championship of the Finals Herd Work, tied for 4thin the Rein Work, scoring a 213.5 and tied for second in the Cow Work.


The Reserve title and $16,392.30 paycheck went to Jayson Fisher, Nipomo, Calif., riding Hes A Little Smart (Sophisticated Catt x Shes A Little Smart). The pair finished 11thin the finals of the Herd Work, scoring a 207; 8thin the Rein Work, scoring 210.5 and won the Cow Work, scoring a 215.5.




Metallic Cat, the sire that gained his great popularity in the cutting horse industry, was the leading sire of this year’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, with nine (9), or 33 percent of the Open finalists being sired by him, earning close to $120,000.


The Open finalists in the Futurity sired by Metallic Cat were headed up by Metallic Flame, owned by Bill F. Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., ridden by Justin Wright to 7thfor $23,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershead, Cape Girardeau, Mo., ridden by Todd Crawford, Blanchard Okla., to 10th, earning $16,750; Metallic Freckle, owned by Ana Lisa Luna, Ojai, Calif., and ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 12th, earning $14,500.


WR This Cats Smart had three horses in the Open Futurity finals, earning $30,000. Woody Be Tuff had two in the finals earning $47,000 and One Time Pepto had two in the finals earning $30,000. Other sires with finalists in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity include Dual Rey, Olena Oak, Travelin Jonez, Mr Playinstylish, Smooth As A Cat, Cat Man Do, Not Ruf At All and Cats Merada.


In the Intermediate Open Finals, five (25%) of the 20 finalists were sired by Metallic Cat and took home paychecks including the Reserve Champion Angel In Blue Jeanz, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams, Rhome, Texas, who scored a 652 with Jordan Williams in the saddle, for $20,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershed, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, ridden by Todd Crawford, 645, 4th, for $10,500; Smart Lethal Cat, owned by Cowan Select Horses, Havre, Mont., ridden by Robbie Boyce to 638; 7thearning $7,000; Metallics Playboy, 9th, 635.5 owned by Larry and Karen Lommen, Elizabeth, CO, 9thfor $5,500 ridden by Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stylish In Socks, 625, 15thfor $3,500, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Clayton Edsall.



The only Limited Aged Event finals where Metalllic Cat didn’t show up was in the Non-Pro Futurity finals. Two sires, Halreycious and WR This Cats Smart had two each in the Non Pro Finals. They included Hal On Ice, 13th, owned and shown by Tori Simons to a 607.5, earning $2,185.64. The other was Halrey, owned and ridden by Kenneth Schueller to a 603.0, earning $2,185.64.


WR This Cats Smart had two non-pro finalists including Lost Creek Heaven owned and ridden by Myles Brown for 7thplace and $5,474.10 and PRF Exceedingly Smart, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas to a 188 and a $1,639.23 paycheck.


Other sires with money-earning offspring included Dual Smart Rey, Sophisticated Catt, Playboys Buck Fever, Shining Lil Nic, Mr Playinstylish, Cee Mr Hickory, Dual Pep, CD Diamond, Gotta Go Get It, Sweet Lil Pepto, MCC Travalin Cat and Nic It In The Rey.



The Hackamore Classic is a class for 4-and 5-year-old horses that have never been shown in a bridle and down the fence at any judged cow horse event, shown in a traditional hackamore with closed reins in the Rein and Cow work


Metallic Cat was also the sire of five of the top 15 in the Open Hackamore Classic that paid out $79,662,91. While the division was won by High Stressin Cat, sired by WR This Cats Smart with three in the Open Futurity Finals, owned by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, and ridden by Nicholas Dowers, Dyer, Nev., five of the top 16 money earners or 31% were sired by Metallic Cat.


They included the Reserve Champion Moonshineandtwoadvil, owned by C. Randy Massey, ridden by Shawn D. Hayes to a total of 659; 6thplace Metallic Dual Pep, owned by Kenneth Schueller, Scales Mound, Ill., ridden by Luke Jones,, 652.5 for $4,779.72; 7th, Metallic Train, owned by Beverly Vaughn, ridden by Clayton Edsall to 652, earning $3,983.10.


With a total purse of $24,340.26, the 44-entry Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic was won by Quahadi, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned by the Burnett Ranches, Inc. and ridden by Boyd Rice, Weatherford, Texas, with a total score of 657.5, earning $4,868.05. The Reserve went to Metallic Train, sired by Metallic Cat, owned by Beverly Vaughn and ridden by Clayton Edsall, scoring a 652, earning $3,894.44.


The 11-entry Limited Open Hackamore Classic was won by Mr Fletch Cat, sired by Mr Playinstylish owned by Sabrina Thomas, ridden by Will Pennebaker, Wilton, Calif. , to a ,  earning $1,991.48. Actually Bet Shesa Fancy Cat, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned and ridden by Jared Jones, earning $1,659.56.


The 12-entry Level One Limited Hackamore Classic Open winner was Peptos all About Me, owned and ridden by Liam A. MacNeill, earning $1,957.20.



The Open Novice Horse was Metallic Malice, owned by John and Melanie Lowrence and ridden by Brad Lund to a 645.5, earning $1,714.20. The top four of the money earners in this class were sired by Metallic Cat while the No. 5 horse was sired by One Time Pepto.

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Other events at the show included the AHFA World Champion Rope Horse Futurity that included Open and Non-Pro Heading and Heeling, as well as the AQHA Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges, Cowdog Rodear Fall Bash Finals, NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the Western Bloodstock NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, consisting of performance horses, 2-year-olds, and two sessions of yearlings and broodmares.

NRCHA Futurity Sale Results-2018

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results





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