NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Preliminary Rein Work Complete

CallMeMitchComposite leaders Call Me Mitch & Phillip Ralls, pictured winning August’s 2014 NSHA Futurity • Photo by Big Daddy PhotographyThe second leg of preliminary competition, the rein work, wrapped up for National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open competitors Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Riding Sushi Boss (CD Lights x Shiney Sushi x Shining Spark), Chris Dawson, of Burneyville, Okla., made the highest-scoring run, a 222. Sushi Boss is owned by Kaye Tennant and Leroy Hoffman, of Mount Vernon, Mo. Dawson and the palomino stallion earned a 216.5 in the herd work earlier in the week, and they are sitting second in the Open composite.

The composite leader is Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), shown by Phillip Ralls, of Paso Robles, Calif., for owner Estelle Roitblat, of Santa Ynez, Calif. They have a 439.5 composite (219.5 herd/220 rein). The James Eakin-bred stallion recently topped the National Stock Horse Association Futurity Open in Paso Robles.

Intermediate and Limited Open

The highest-scoring rein work in the Intermediate and Limited Open, a 220.5, belonged to Monica Caetano, of Hanford, Calif., and Smokin Little Ringo (Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina x Mister Dual Pep), owned by John Pascoe, of Irvine, Calif. Caetano and another horse, Follow The Star (Soula Jule Star x Wright Now Ima Star x Lenas Wright On), are fourth in the Intermediate Open and first in the Limited Open composites with a 432 (214.5 herd/217.5 rein).

Level 1 Limited Open

In the Level 1 Limited Open, it was Spoonful Playmate II (Hes A Peptospoonful x Happy Get Lucky x Smart Little Lena) at the top of the results sheet with a 216.5. She is owned and shown by Chris Krieg, of Tulare, Calif..

The Level 1 Limited Open composite leaders, with a 430.5 (216.5 herd/214 rein) total on two are Cuttin Wright Up (Hes Wright On x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena), owned and bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses, of Ashland, Kan., and Erin Taormino. The Gardiners’ resident trainer is also sitting second in the Level 1 Limited Open with a 429.5 (214 herd/215.5 rein) aboard Just Wrigth Lilly (Hes Wright On x RS Lilly Starlight x Grays Starlight).

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