Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Rein Work Preliminaries Complete


After the second and final day of Open Rein Work preliminaries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, the top positions on the leader board held steady in all divisions, both in the rein work prelims and in the composite standings.

Two Open riders scored a 222.5 to win the rein work round. Jacksboro, Texas, horseman Chris Dawson earned the score aboard Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), owned by Stephen Roseberry, and the judges awarded an identical mark to Anne Reynolds and Very Black Magic (Very Smart Remedy x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend).

The Open composite leader remains unchanged from Friday. After the first two preliminary events, the herd work and the rein work, Corey Cushing and Lenas Last Time (One Time Pepto x Lenas Peppy Cutter x Smart Peppy Lena), owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, currently hold the number one spot with a 443.

In the Intermediate Open, the Paint gelding Lenas Buddy Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena x Dual Pep), shown by Shane Steffen, Powell Butte, Ore., topped the preliminary rein work results sheet with a 221.5. Steffen and Lenas Buddy Nic also lead the Intermediate Open composite after two events with a total 436.5. Lenas Buddy Nic is owned by Linda McMahon.

The high-scoring rein work of the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open prelims, a 219, belongs to Smart Shiner Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Smart Shiney Annie), shown by Travis Young for QTR Circle Nine Quarter Horses. Added to their 212 herd work preliminary score, Young and Smart Shiner Nic hold the number-two spot in the Limited Open composite, a 431.

The Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open composite leader is Morgan Cromer, who guided AMR One Shiney Cat (Shady Lil Starlight x One Shiney Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a round-winning herd score of 219, and then piloted the stallion to a 213.5 in the rein work Friday for a total 432.5. AMR One Shiney Cat is owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses.

The next step for the Open riders is the third and final leg of preliminary competition, the cow work, which begins Monday, Sept. 24. Non Pro and Amateur competitors show in the cow work tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 23. The action resumes at 8:00 a.m. and can be viewed on the live webcast, provided by Galloping Video. Find the link t

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