Cushing, Phillips & Rice Claim Top Scores After Day One of NRCHA Futurity Herd Work Prelims

The first day of Open, Intermediate Open and Level 1 Limited Open preliminary competition at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is complete, with 95 3-year-old horses testing their herd work skills at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev. 

History repeated itself as Scottsdale, Ariz., horseman Corey Cushing scored a 221 aboard One Big Time Secret (One Time Pepto x I Know A Secret x Freckles Playboy) to lead the Futurity Open herd work preliminaries after the first day of competition.

A year ago, Cushing marked a 221 to lead day one of the 2012 Futurity Open herd work prelims aboard another One Time Pepto foal, Lenas Last Time, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank.

Cushing and One Big Time Secret, a gelding owned by Karilyn Crolius of Bold Creek Farm, Canyon Country, Calif., made their high-scoring run from the last working position in set six.

Close behind in the Futurity Open herd work prelims is Boyd Rice, Spearman, Texas, who guided Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena), a stallion owned by Kit & Charlie Moncrief, to a 220. Another 220 score belongs to Bed Head Cat (Wild Haired Cat x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena), shown by Kelby Phillips for Garth & Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kansas. Phillips and Bed Head Cat lead the Futurity Intermediate Open and Limited Open divisions.

Scoring the action at this year's Snaffle Bit Futurity are judges Andy Adams, Al Dunning, Carl Gould, Darren Miller and Sam Rose.

The show resumes tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 a.m. with another full day of Futurity Open herd work preliminaries. Click here for the link to the Galloping Video live webcast.