Leap of Faith Pays off Big for West Texas Cowboy Myles Brown
Author: Lauren Middleton
Recently Cutting Horse Central has branched out into the NRCHA that is made up of so many wonderful people just as we enjoy in the NCHA. Getting to learn the ins and outs of another sport has been exciting and helped us have a greater understanding of the equine industry as a whole. The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity was not long ago, and this year was the first year for it to be held in Fort Worth, TX. It was a huge success and looks to be a smart move for the event. There were several great stories throughout the show, but one that stood out to us was of Myles Brown.
Myles grew up in Stinnett, Texas, on a ranch that has been in his family for generations. His family actually had a part in the founding of the AQHA and has been raising Quarter Horses since. Myles has always ridden family horses, but his great deal of success at this year’s futurity was on Miss Scarlets Cat, a Metallic Cat mare he purchased from Brenda Michael as a yearling and that he then started as a two year old. She has always been small, so he did not ride her as much as he usual rides one the first year. Of course, what she lacks in size she makes up for in intelligence and determination making “Scarlet” easier to train than the others. She always gives 110% and reads a cow better than most, which is sometimes worth more than one that can do it all but really does not have the drive behind it. All of these qualities made this “Cinderella story” even more special. Especially in the horse industry, it is in our nature to like a story about horses or people that defy the odds and overcome shortcomings to be great. There is so much work and time that goes into all of it no matter if it is cutting, reining, working cow horse, roping, or barrel racing. It is that same across the board especially at the high levels. When it all comes together when it was not necessarily supposed to, it is so special.
The story for Myles was also pretty heartwarming. He has obviously been involved with horses and cattle his entire life and has been heavily involved in Ranch Heritage Competitions. In fact, the first one that he participated in back in 2012 he and his team walked away with a Championship at the Fort Worth Stock Show. He has been involved in the Rein Cow Horse side of things for only a couple of years and has won the majority of his money in the hackamore classes. Myles is still a Non Pro but decided to enter in all of the classes he could on his mare at this year’s Futurity because he knew she was special. He went on to win the Limited Open along with the Level One Championship. He was also the only Level One and Limited Open rider to make the Open Finals! Myles never really felt like he was supposed to be there because he thought he needed to execute a few things better, but he was so thankful to move forward each round. While we could only focus on the awesome things Myles was accomplishing, we understand that being able to self-critique is a characteristic of a true horseman and competitor. He had some tough luck from mistakes he attributed to lack of experience, but he considered it a blessing because he was able to stay in the Non Pro a bit longer and prepare more for the pressure of Open competition.
It was a pleasure to talk with Myles about how he got to where he is and his amazing show. He is humble, hardworking, and has an obvious passion for both the horses and the way of life that goes along with them. The future is bright for Myles and his little mare Miss Scarlets Cat.