With NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen in the saddle, the son of Very Smart Remedy who is out of Gunna Be Lucky, marked a 222 in the rein work and a 219.5 in the cow work. The pair was also the 2010 NRCHA Derby Open Champions in June.
“As a 2-year-old, he sold for a lot of money, and had a chance to win the Futurity but fell down last year in the fence work,” Bergen said.” Then it kind of all came together for us at the Derby. I felt like I finally won on a good horse.”
Bergen and Smart Luck just squeaked into the Open Hackamore Finals, tying for 12th in the preliminaries with a composite of 430.5.
“My cow took me to the corner in the prelims but it doesn’t matter how you get to the finals as long as you get there,” Bergen said with a smile. “My horse was awfully good tonight. He’s an exceptional horse and is one of a kind. He’s probably one of the best I’ve ever ridden. He’s got a big, big heart and lots of ability. When you combine those two that makes a great horse.”
Owned by Cable Creek Ranch LLC, Smart Luck added another $8,120 to his growing earnings with the championship title along with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Newt White; a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Shirts, Caps and More and Danny and Sherri Rumph; a C.R. Morrison trophy; a horse hair mecate from Krause Mecates; a monogrammed Cinch vest courtesy of Bob’s Custom Saddles; Platinum Performance; and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
And in an almost déjà vu moment, the 2010 NRCHA Derby Open Reserve Champions Corey Cushing and Smart Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Little Easter) won the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Reserve Championship, marking a 222 in the rein work and a 217.5 in the cow work.
“In that hackamore class, there were a lot of really good horses in there and a lot of really, really good runs,” Bergen said. “Corey and I have been kind of going head-to-head. We have two really good horses and I’m sure they’ll be going for years and years to come.”
The Reserve title came with a check for $6,496; a hackamore courtesy of Benny and Steve Guitron; a horse hair mecate from Krause Mecates; a monogrammed Cinch vest courtesy of Bob’s Custom Saddles; Platinum Performance; and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
Limited Open Hackamore
Monica DeBie and Smokin Mister Sister marked a 428.5 composite to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Hackamore on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The Snaffle Bit Futurity is held annually at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev.
By Mister Dual Pep and out of Miss Smoking Remedy, “Sister” is owned by John Pascoe, Irvine, Calif., and was shown by John Ward in the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, but didn’t make it back to the finals.
“She just needed a little more maturing,” said DeBie, who has worked at the Ward Ranch for about three years. “She’s a very talented mare and very laid back and easy going.”
The pair marked a 213 in rein work and a 215.5 in the cow work. “She was really good in the circles but they said I was way too soft in my first rundown. She spun around well and both stops were nice. She was really good,” DeBie said of the rein work, adding that her cow work was an amazing ride. “She boxed really well but the cow didn’t move around a lot so John Ward told me to go ahead and go. She left off the fence, ran up there and turned it and she’s so strong she jumped up there and turned it again and just went right into the circles running hard as she could. She did everything she could for me.”
Along with a check for $2,184, the Limited Open Hackamore title came with a Gist Silversmiths buckle courtesy of Murray Thompson, a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a horsehair mecate from Krause Mecates, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Bob’s Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
In Reserve was Will Pennebaker on Betsy Kienle’s Oakinic (Short Oak x Just Sugari). Marking a 427.5, the pair earned $1,716, a horsehair mecate from Krause Mecates, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Bob’s Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
Marking the highest combined score in the Open Hackamore preliminaries was Ron Ralls on CD Dee Vee Dee with a 439.5. By CD Lights and out of Shiners Missy Jay, CD Dee Vee Dee is owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid, Pilot Point, Texas. The 13 riders who marked at least a 430.5 will return to the Open Hackamore Finals on Saturday, Oct. 2.