Erin Taormino & Cuttin Wright Up Take Level 1 Limited Open Title

ETaorminoNRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Champion Erin TaorminoAs the preliminary rounds of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, held in Reno, Nev., come to a close, the first of four Open classes wrapped up and crowned a new victor. Erin Taormino and Cuttin Wright Up were named Level 1 Limited Open Champions.

Taormino, the resident trainer for Garth and Amanda Gardiner’s Gardiner Quarter Horses in Ashland, Kan., piloted Cuttin Wright Up (Hes Wright On x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena) to a 651.5 total on three events (216.5 herd/214 rein/221 cow). That performance paid $7,403.

Just Wright Lilly, another Gardiner-owned horse, finished sixth in the Level 1 for an additional $2,221. Taormino will return riding Cuttin Wright Up in the Futurity Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open finals on Thursday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Level 1 Limited Open Reserve Championship went to Clayton Anderson riding Call Me Rey for Jason Hays. The duo earned $5,552 for their title, which they garnered with a 642 composite score (214.5 herd/212.5 rein/215 cow).

Futurity Open finalists determined

There was a three-way tie for the lead in the Open preliminary composite with a 656 between Nursin a Hangover (Metallic Cat x Bet On Nurse), shown by Corey Cushing for Mystic Shadow Farm; Big Time In Cowtown (One Time Pepto x Lil Lena Long Legs), shown by John Swales for owner Robbie McKay, and Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill) ridden by Phillip Ralls for owner Estelle Roitblat.

The highest-scoring cow work runs in the Open preliminaries were both marked a 223. Red Carpet Style (CD Lights x Stylish N Shiney), ridden by Sandy Collier for owner Judy Siebel, and San Juan Ranch-owned Oaks Avita (Sweet Lil Pepto x Oak N Sugs Ufo), ridden by Tucker Robinson, both secured a spot in the Futurity Open and Intermediate Open finals.

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