The first test of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity is over for all the 3-year-old horses in Reno, Nev., as the herd work preliminaries concluded 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, of 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, of 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, of 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 – 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.