Tish Wilhite Tops NRCHA Futurity Non-Pro Herd Work Prelims

The first test of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is over for all the three-year-old horses here in Reno, Nev., as the herd work preliminaries concluded today in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro, Amateur, Non Pro Limited and Level 1 Limited Open divisions.

Working deep in the fifth set of the day, Tish Wilhite, Clovis, Calif., scored a 217.5 aboard her mare, Bless Your Hart (Heart Of A Fox x Oaks Jewel Doll x Doc Jewel Bars) to lead the Futurity Non Pro preliminaries. Bless Your Hart is a full sister to The Fresno Fox, a gelding who Wilhite has shown to multiple NRCHA titles.

Two riders scored a 217 for second place in the Non Pro and first place in the Intermediate Non Pro. Stuart Bozeman, Idalou, Texas, earned a 217 aboard Checkers Live Oak (Im Countin Checks x Cats Live Oak x High Brow Cat) at the bottom of set three, and Jayson Fisher, Arroyo Grande, Calif., maneuvered Keg Of Jules (Soula Jule Star x Shes A Hickory Girl x Doc's Hickory) to the same score midway through set four. Bozeman's 217 also leads the Futurity Novice Non Pro and Amateur divisions.

The lead in the Futurity Non-Pro Limited belongs to Nicole Petty, Roseburg, Ore. Petty rode Tangy Chexinic (Tangys Classy Peppy x Buenos Double Okie x Bueno Chexinic) to a score of 207.

The lead in the Level 1 Limited Open was unchanged today – still topping that division with a 214 is Mama Mia Lotta Lena (Little Lotto Lena x Mia Gunna Smokum x Smokums Prize), shown by Russell Probert for owners Lori Lucchetti & Sharon Wright.

With the herd work now complete, Friday's schedule consists of a full day of rein work preliminaries for the Level 1 Limited Open, Non Pro and Amateur contestants. The first of the horse show classes, the Open Two Rein, also happens tomorrow, following the rein work prelims. The action resumes at 8:00 a.m. and can be viewed on the live webcast at www.GallopingVideo.com .