Smooth Classical and Todd Bergen Win Open Round of NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Herd Work

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.

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Intermediate Open

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.

Limited Open

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.