Fort Worth, Texas’ Will Rogers Memorial Center hosted the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Rode to Reno Aug. 14-17, where cow horse competitors came together to compete for top honors in the Futurity and Derby Open and Non-Pro classes.
After the herd and rein work, 49 horse-and rider teams gave it their all in the Futurity Open cow work, and while it was anyone’s game in the beginning, the scores were getting consistently closer as the night went on.
Coming out as the 35th draw, Nocona, Texas, trainer Shawn Hays and Red River Rivalry (Soula Jule Star x Shiners Miss Lena x Shining Spark) made an exciting run to mark an impressive score of 150. Paired with their herd and rein work scores of 149 and 146.5, respectively, they earned a composite score of 445.5 to take the Futurity Open Championship and $7,500. The duo topped the herd and rein work as well as the cow work, which earned them an additional $3,816.
Purchased as a yearling from breeder Carol Rose, Red River Rivalry has been coming on strong for Hays, and his win in Fort Worth has only upped Hays’ confidence for the 3-year-old’s upcoming performance at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRHCA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, which is set to take place in late September.
“He was really good all week,” Hays said of the horse. “I didn’t expect him to be that good. I’m kind of nervous now, because I don’t know what to work on between now and Reno!”
The Futurity Open Reserve Championship went to Todd Crawford, of Blanchard, Okla., and No Remedy For Her (Very Smart Remedy x Peptomint Patti x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Russ Mothershead, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. The duo marked a 435.5 total on three (147 herd/144 rein/144.5 cow) to earn the title and a total $5,971 in prize money.
Entering the fence work, Tammy Hays, of Nocona, and CR Wood Be N Caicos were leading the total on two with a 286, and Ron Thompson riding Magnum Marilynmonroe were closely behind her with a 285.5 total on two. Stakes were high after Thompson scored a 430, however, Hays was the last in the class and did not disappoint. She scored a 431.5 to take the win.
CR Wood Be N Caicos (Woody Be Tuff x Dees Cats Meow x High Brow Cat), bred by Center Ranch, of Centerville, Texas, and co-owned by Hays and her father, Walter Greeman, secured a check for $709 after her one and one-half point lead win, along with an additional $406 for topping the herd and cow work, earning $1,115 altogether.
CR Wood Be N Caicos is a full sibling to CR First Tuff, who has total earnings of $123,643, and was the third-place finisher in the open at the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. CR Wood Be N Caicos is making a name for Dees Cats Meow in the reined cow horse industry as the dam’s first money-earning offspring in the discipline. Hays plans on taking the 3-year-old mare to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno.
Although Hays took home the Futurity Non-Pro Championship, Thompson did not walk away empty-handed. Thompson took home the Futurity Non-Pro Reserve title, as well as the Intermediate Non-Pro, Novice Non-Pro, and the Futurity Amateur titles.
Magnum Marilynmonroe (Magnum Chic Dream x MS Red Pine Sue x Great Red Pine), owned by Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, had solid runs scoring 141 in herd, 144.5 in rein, and 144.5 in the cow work, giving them a composite score of 430. The mare earned a total $1,634 for their performance. Magnum Marilynmonroe is also MS Red Pine Sue’s first offspring to earn money in reined cow horse, according to Equi-Stat.
The Derby Open cow work saw a total of 18 entries, and it was draw 18 that did the trick. After landing the Futurity Open Reserve Championship the day before, Crawford returned to the Derby show pen, this time aboard Oh Cay Meriah, owned by Mothershead, and bred by Billy Martin, of Millsap, Texas. Crawford and the 5-year-old mare (Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay x Freckles Merada) marked a 148.5 in the cow work, which gave them a composite score of 441 (148 herd/144.5 rein/148.5 cow) to take the Championship and earn $1,055.
Oh Cay Meriah and Crawford’s leading herd and cow work scores earned them an additional $502, which pushed the mare’s Equi-Stat record to more than $61,400.
The Derby Open Reserve Championship went to Robert Chown and A Lil Dab Will Do (Cat Man Do x Dainty Little Step x Wimpys Little Step), owned by the L&K Barker Family Trust, and bred by W T Waggoner Estate. The duo earned a composite score of 437 to also win the Intermediate Open and Novice Horse Open championships, and they walked away with $2,205.
Amy Bailey and Callme Mister Mister maintained the top spot throughout the Derby Non-Pro competition, and entered the fence portion with a three-point lead on her competitors. When the last entry left the ring, Bailey had the Derby Non-Pro Championship secured with a 431.5 composite.
Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), bred by Jim Babcock, of Valley View, Texas, owned by Bailey, of Sparta, Tenn., and trained by Robert Chown, has earned more than $61,200, according to Equi-Stat, and Bailey has earned more than $66,200. Bailey and Callme Mister Mister received $696 for their winning performance. Watch for this duo at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Oaks In Montana (Mister Montana Nic x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) and Kirk Druey earned a composite score of 425 to take home $236 and the Derby Non-Pro Reserve Championship. The 2009 gelding, bred by KC Performance Horses LLC, of Bayfield, Colo., and owned by Druey, of Adamstown, Md., has an Equi-Stat record of approximately $32,000, and was the Non-Pro Hackamore Champion at the 2014 NRCHA World Championship Show.