NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Prelims Complete in Fort Worth, Texas
Shiners Diamond Cat, shown by Justin Wright, had the high composite score of the Futurity Open prelims. Primo Morales photo.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open preliminaries are complete in Fort Worth, Texas. The top 25 horses of the nearly 230 who competed in the preliminaries will advance to the clean slate finals and a chance at the $125,000 top prize on Saturday, October 14, in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum.
Snaffle Bit Futurity history may have been made when California professional Justin Wright piloted Shiners Diamond Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Shiners Diamond Lady x Shining Spark) to a scorching 669.5 composite in the prelims - the highest total Futurity preliminary score since 2000, and likely in the event's history. First, the sorrel mare scored a 220.5 in the rein work. Then, she tied for the high score in the herd work with Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart x Opus Chic x Smart Chic Olena), shown by Clay Volmer - both with a 222. Then, Shiners Diamond Cat made the fence work look easy, scoring a phenomenal 227, winning the go-round and sealing the bionic composite score.
In the Futurity Open, it took a 646 an above to qualify for the finals. CINCH Intermediate Open riders needed at least a 641 to advance, and 19 riders will compete for the $30,000 top prize on Thursday, October 12. The Limited Open finals will also be held on Thursday, and 11 will advance, with the bubble for that division at a 631.
Justin Wright & Shiners Diamond Cat (CHC Photo)
Click the player window to see Shiners Diamond Cat and Justin Wright's 227 fence work.
Level 1 Limited Open Champion
The Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Championship is determined by the scores in the preliminary go-round. The winning number was 217 for Miss Scarlets Cat and Myles Brown, of Stinnett, Texas. They scored a 217 in all three events - herd work, rein work and fence work. Their combined 651 composite not only garnered the Level 1 Championship and accompanying $8,520 paycheck; it also earned a spot in the Limited Open and CINCH Intermediate Open Finals on Thursday and the Open Finals on Saturday.
Miss Scarlets Cat and Myles Brown (Photo Primo Morales)
Click here for complete results from the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.