The first leg of preliminary competition, the herd work, is complete at the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev., with Smooth Classical (Smooth As A Cat x Classical CD x CD Olena) and Todd Bergen winning the round in the Open division with a 222. Smooth Classical, a stallion owned by Pam Bailey, Golden, Colo., earned $1,500 for the win, as well as a Gist buckle and a trophy sponsored by the National Cutting Horse Association.
Shiney Delight (CD Lights x Shinersdiamondjackie x Shining Spark), owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, made a big impression in the herd work preliminaries. With Justin Wright in the saddle, Shiney D elight scored a 219.5 for second place in the Open, which paid $1,125. Wright and the mare won the Intermediate Open, earning another $1,400. Wright also had the second-high score in the Intermediate Open on another horse, CR Stylish Danny Rey (Dual Rey x Flyin Stylish), owned by Eric Freitas. They worked their way to a 219, earning $1,050, and took home another $625 for third place in the Open. All told, Wright’s two horses earned $4,200 in preliminary go-round money.
In the Limited Open, Seven S Boon (Rey Boon Lena x Seven S Valentina x Playgun), shown by Robert Forst, won the herd work prelims with a 217.5, earning $1,000. The home-raised gelding, bred and owned by RT Forst Ranch, earned another $700 for third place in the Intermediate Open division.
Non Pro/Intermediate Non Pro/Novice Non Pro
All the Futurity Non Pro competitors showed in the herd work prelims today – and Stacey Purzycki rose to the top of three divisions: the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro. She scored a 216 aboard Autumnagical (Autumn Acre x Boons Pepto Roany x Peptoboonsmal). Purzycki won a trio of paychecks totaling $2,900, and a Gist buckle.