The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Rode To Reno in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the first chances for 3-year-old cow horses to try their skills in the show pen. Lighten Up Boss used the opportunity to prove he is on track to perform well at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity next month.
Lighten Up Boss (CD Lights x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), owned by Aaron Ranch, of Commerce, Texas, marked a 144 in the herd work to finish in the top 10 after one event. The gelding and trainer Jay McLaughlin, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, returned for the rein work to earn a 146.5, bringing their total on two to a 290.5.
McLaughlin said he was not concerned about coming in for the fence work from draw 40 of 48. He was confident in Lighten Up Boss’ ability to handle whatever cow came out of the gate. An impressive run down the fence and powerful circling resulted in a score of 150.5 in the cow work, the highest mark of the night. With a 441 composite score, the duo garnered $7,500 for their win.
“He’s just a nice little gelding, and he’s just coming on strong,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin also piloted That Metal Show to a fourth-place finish with a 438.5, worth $3,604. The gelding (Metallic Cat x Dixies First Diamond x Von Reminic) is owned by Mattie Neal.
Sarah Dawson, who finished first and second in the Futurity Intermediate Open, tied for the Futurity Open Reserve Championship riding her and husband Chris Dawson’s Wright On Hickory (Hes Wright On x Hickorys Miracle x Doc’s Hickory). The team took home a check for $8,064 altogether.
Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Todd Crawford also finished second. He rode Jerry Smoke (Dual R Smokin x Kool Arista Cat x Cats Merada) to a 440.5 for owner/breeder J Five Horse Ranch Management, of Weatherford, Texas, earning $4,914.
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