Non-pro rider Mike Miller, Big Piney, Wyo., won a large share ($3,549) of the $10,400 purse offered in the Wyoming Reined Cowhorse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity' Open and Non-Pro divisions.Non-pro rider Mike Miller, Big Piney, Wyo., won a large share ($3,549) of the $10,400 purse offered in the Wyoming Reined Cowhorse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity' Open and Non-Pro divisions.
Non-pro rider Mike Miller, Big Piney, Wyo., won a large share ($3,549) of the $10,400 purse offered in the Wyoming Reined Cowhorse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity’ Open and Non-Pro divisions.
The WRCHA Futurity Show was held Oct. 20-22 at the Cam-plex in Gillette, Wyo.
Miller won the Open and Non-Pro divisions astride Nu And Genuine, a daughter of Nu Cash out of Genuine Democo by Genuine Doc, bred by John W. and Nikki Jump, Ventura, Calif., and owned by Miller Land & Livestock with a total score of 433.5.
The pair tied for first place in the Open Division’s herd work with a 145; placed second in the division’s reined work with a 144.5, and tied for second/third place in its fence work with a 145. They also tied for first in the Non-Pro Division’s herd work and placed second in the division’s reined and fence works.
Placing second in the Open and Non-Pro Futurity divisions, with a 426, was Busy Bee Freckles, owned by Barlow Livestock, Gillette, Wyo., and ridden by Glenn Barlow. Busy Bee Freckles, a son of Lenas Busy Bee out of Freckles K Lena by Freckle Image, which was bred by Ronnie Mahaley, Amarillo, Texas, and Barlow trailed Miller and Nu And Genuine by only one-half point at the end of the preliminary works. The pair placed third in the Open Division’s herd and won the division’s fence work. In the Non-Pro Division, Busy Bee Freckles and Barlow won the fence work. Barlow’s share of the Futurity purse amounted to $1,924.
The WRCHA Board of Directors offered their hometown hospitality and great weather at a super facility for an enjoyable event. With great horses and riders, the many spectators viewed some spectacular runs. Seventy-nine total entries were recorded with a total purse paid out of $16,740. Contestants and horses from six states competed for the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity’s Championship prize, a bronze sculpted by Ben France and entitled, "No guts, no glory!"
Clark Reynolds and his son of The Smart Smoke, Smart Ranch Account, he 1999 Open and Non-Pro Futurity Champions, returned to this year’s WRCHA Futurity Show to claim the Derby Championship, with a score of 428.5. The win added $600 to Reynolds’ bank account. Smart Ranch Account, which was also bred by Reynolds and his wife, Kathleen, is out of Im Smokums Miss Lena by Smokum Oak. Reynolds also won this year’s Wyoming Gelding award, riding Smart Hickory Smoke.
Joya Dell Sol, owned by Peter and Elizabeth Testa, and ridden by Marilyn Peters, placed second in the Derby with a 419. Peters also took home a trophy saddle after riding No Fat Chics to victory in the 7-entry Open Bridle class with a score of 290.
Bob Scheuber, Tasha Hjorth and Sheryl Schweitzer each won a trophy jacket for winning the Team Penning contest. Another popular competition showcased at the WRCHA Futurity Show was the Dog Races, featuring some of the fastest pets around the arena. There were three categories to delight the spectators, small, medium and large. The fastest small dog was Joy, owned by Quentin and Kathy Reynolds, while Laura Johnson’s dog won the Medium Dog Race. The fastest large dog race was won by Tork, owned by Craig Carr. A new event this year was the 12-entry horse and dog penning, which was won by Cheri Carter.
Judges for this year’s WRCHA Futurity Show were Skip Brown, Red Bluff, Calif., and Pat Hubbert, Sebastepol, Calif.