Nelle Murphy maintained a red-hot pace in Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro competition on Wednesday, putting together a scorching 221 run that boosted her to a 439.5 compositeNelle Murphy maintained a red-hot pace in Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro competition on Wednesday, putting together a scorching 221 run that boosted her to a 439.5 composite
Nelle Murphy maintained a red-hot pace in Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro competition on Wednesday, putting together a scorching 221 run that boosted her to a 439.5 composite in Non Pro Preliminary competition on Stylish Rey Gay, by Playin Stylish out of Tari Rey Gay.
Murphy, who won the herd work on Tuesday, topped the rein work as well, to earn another Skyline trophy buckle – for high Non Pro Rein Work Preliminary score – sponsored by Skeets Peppy/Vaughn Zimmerman of Springfield, Missouri.
From Valley View, Texas, Murphy is a former Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion, $50K Non Pro Futurity Champion and Amateur Champion who has also won the prestigious National Reining Horse Association Non Pro Futurity and owns multiple AQHA world titles.
Murphy’s win of the Non Pro Rein Work earned her $1500 plus another $1000 for the $50K division win.
In the Amateur division, Doug Koontz posted the top score, 217.5, on Young Widower, moving to the composite lead with a 431. That division championship will be decided with the completion of the Cow Work on Thursday.
In the Ladies Division, former Futurity Champion JoAnne Carollo maintained the lead with a composite score of 426.5 on To The Top With a Plan.
In Tuesday night’s competition, Polly Bremel of Kingsburg, California, rode Uno Smart Starlight (Smart Little Pepinic X Shotgun Lizzy by Badger Starlight) to win the NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore Class with a score of 290.5 (145.5, 145).
This may have been Polly’s first win with the pretty bay mare, but Uno Smart Starlight has an impressive resume. Last year the mare was just one point out of the Futurity Finals, won the Limited Open at the Idaho Futurity and was Amateur Reserve Champion NRCHA Stakes, tied for the Amateur Reserve title at the Hackamore Classic and was fifth at the NRCHA Derby. Those placings brought the mare’s earnings past the $15,000.00 mark.
The big smile on Polly’s face the next day gave an idea of the sheer delight she felt with her win on her home-raised horse.
She explains, "While I was warming up, I got a much-needed and appreciated pep talk from Jon Roeser. I entered the arena, believing I really might win this thing, and then, everything just went right. I drew a real tough cow, but my mare just handled it." Polly was proudly showing her buckle to anyone that crossed her path on Wednesday and was heard joking about sleeping with her new Bob’s Custom trophy saddle and the C.R. Morrison NRCHA Bronze she received for the win.