National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro finals, held Friday, Oct. 2, by storm. She piloted Kiss Me A Lot to a strong 649 composite score for the Championship.Laurie Ward, of Kingsburg, California, took the
Ward and her Ward Ranch-bred mare tied for the highest herd work score with a 216, then came back to mark a 214.5 in the reining. She went into the cow work with a half-point lead, and after marking a 218.5 in the fence work, she secured her place at the top of the leader board. All told, their score bested the closest competitors by an 8-point margin.
“She’s a gritty little mare,” Ward said following her win. “I always thought the herd work was her strength but tonight, she proved me wrong.”
Kiss Me A Lot, who was trained by Ward’s boyfriend, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Randy Paul, is the second money-earner out of Kiss Me A Little, and with the $18,309 paycheck the 3-year-old mare picked up for her win, she’s her dam’s leading offspring. She is also the first money-earner by Master Getta (Mister Dual Pep x Get A Master x Master Remedy), according to Equi-Stat records.
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Terry Forst, of Waurika, Oklahoma, was out of breath when the horn sounded at the end of her cow work run on Seven S Indian Maid, but it was for good reason. She had just ridden the mare to a 216, which combined with her 214 herd work and 211 rein work scores for a 641 total on three.