Reined Cow Horse competitors loaded up their horses and headed to Fort Worth, Texas, to the Southwest Reined Cow Horse (SRCHA) Rode To Reno, held Aug. 13-16. The event was the debut for futurity horses and attracted many talented derby horses, as well. During Saturday night’s Futurity Open fence work portion, 48 horse-and-rider teams vied for top honors, however, it was Shiney Sparklette and Chris Dawson who bested the competition.
Dawson and the Carol Rose-bred mare (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena) scored a 144 in the herd work on Thursday, Aug. 13, to tie for the sixth place position headed into the rein work. During the rein work portion, Dawson and Shiney Sparklette made up some ground when they scored a 146.5, moving them into the No. 3 slot.
Dawson complimented Shiney Sparklette on having a great fence-run and said it was the mare’s best event out of the three. The judges liked what they saw and rewarded the duo with a score of 147, giving them a 436.5 composite. The duo garnered a $7,500 paycheck for owners Carol Rose and Dickson and Tricia Varner, of Gainesville, Texas.
Earning the Futurity Open Reserve title was Playinhaidanseek (Mr Playinstylish x Hiadas Little Cat) and Boyd Rice. The duo scored a composite 435.5 (141.5 herd/144 rein/150 cow) and earned a $4,980 paycheck for owners Kit and Charlie Moncrief, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Garth Gardiner and Lil Miss Wright came out on top in the Futurity Non-Pro. After scoring a 131 in the herd work, the duo went into the rein work sitting fifth out of 8 horse-and-rider teams. In the rein portion, Gardiner and his homebred mare scored a 140, which bumped them into the No. 2 position.
During their fence run, they stepped it up and scored a 142 giving them a composite 413. Gardiner and Lil Miss Wright (Hes Wright On x Shiney Senorita x Shining Spark), owned by Gardiner and his wife, Amanda Gardiner, not only took home the Futurity Non-Pro Championship, but they were also all the Intermediate and Novice Non-Pro Champions, too. In total, the duo garnered a $1,263 paycheck for their title.
Taking home the Futurity Non-Pro Reserve title worth $601 with a composite score of 409.5 was Parke Greeson and Sioux Me Please. Greeson and his mare (A Shiner Named Sioux x ARC Cat Her Please x Chic Please) scored a 134 in the herd work, had the high-score in the rein work with a 144 and scored a 131.5 during the fence portion.