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Jay McLaughlin & Blind Sided Lead NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Rein Work Prelim

mclaughlinBlind Sided & Jay McLaughlinThe dirt flew and spectators whistled as big scores highlighted the first day of Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open rein work preliminaries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev.

Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), shown by Jay McLaughlin for Aaron Ranch, turned in the high score of the rein work round, a 225. The roan stallion also leads the preliminary composite. He scored a 218 in the herd work for a total 443 on two events.

In the Intermediate Open division, the top rein work score, a 221.5, belonged to Smoking Red Pepper (Smokeelan x A Red Belle Pepper x Mister Dual Pep), shown by Shadd Parkinson, Scottsdale, Ariz., and owned by Alexis Murray.

The composite leader in the Intermediate Open division is “Johnny,” a grade gelding owned and shown by Clayton Edsall, of Clements, Calif. Johnny won the Intermediate Open herd work round and tied for the lead in the Open with a 221, and then he scored a 216 in today’s rein work for a total 437 on two events.

Erin Taormino, of Eagle Point, Ore., scored the high rein work in the Limited Open, a 220. Taormino is riding Sugar Frosted Cat (Cats Merada x Sugar Her Freckles x Freckles Playboy), a mare she owns.

The composite leader in the Limited Open is Hickorys Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc’s Hickory), shown by Kelby Phillips and owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, of Ashland, Kansas. Phillips piloted Hickorys Holly Time to a 218 in the herd work and a 216.5 in the rein work for a total 434.5 on two events.

Phillips also is riding the second place horse in the Futurity Limited Open composite, Bed Head Cat (Wild Haired Cat x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena), also owned by the Gardiners. Bed Head Cat has a total 433 on two events (220 herd/213 rein).

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