Dual N Tomcat, a small but mighty gelding bought on a whim at last year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Select 2-Year-Old Sale, worked his way to the event’s Futurity Cinch Intermediate Open Championship on Sept. 29 in Reno, Nevada.
Shown by Aubrey, Texas, professional Sarah Dawson and owned by Dawson’s parents, Richard and Cheryl Winters, Dual N Tomcat (Tomcat Chex x Dual N Mary x Dual Rey) earned a 656 composite (218 herd/215.5 rein/222.5 cow) to earn the $30,000 winner’s paycheck.
Dawson’s prizes included a DC Cow Horse Custom Saddle, presented by CINCH; a CR Morrison Trophy, sponsored by Jim Lane Equine Insurance; a Gist buckle, sponsored by TKO Ranch/Bob Stevens; a $500 CR Ranchwear gift certificate; a JW Brooks Custom Hat; a jacket from the NRCHA; and product from Platinum Performance.
“I thought he was great,” Dawson said, describing Dual N Tomcat’s performance in the finals. “I liked him all year. He was always so little, but he always tried so hard, and he’s been fun to train all year. It’s even more fun that my parents own him, so I’m happy for them.”
Dawson’s father, Richard Winters, also an NRCHA Professional and well-known horsemanship clinician, bought Dual N Tomcat at the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Select 2-Year-Old sale with minimal research beforehand.
“Clayton Edsall [an NRCHA Professional from Oakdale, California] had him in the sale, and I don’t even think my dad looked at him. I think he just saw him down in the sale pen and it was kind of a spur of the moment buy. He seems to have pretty good luck with those so far – so good on him!” Dawson said. “And I have to say, my dad, he’s just about the best owner ever. It’s very low pressure, and he’s just happy to see his horse in there. He’s been fortunate so far because I’ve had two of his horses and they’ve both been in the finals so far.”
In 2015, Dawson rode Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), also owned by her parents, to the Cinch Intermediate Open Reserve Championship, the Limited Open Championship and fifth place in the Open.
Besides winning the Intermediate title on Dual N Tomcat, Dawson collected the $10,000 third-place paycheck aboard Travelin Miss Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy), owned by Steve Roseberry, and finished with another $2,000 for 11th place on Wright On Hickory (Hes Wright On x Hickorys Miracle x Doc’s Hickory), owned by the newly formed Wright On Hickory LLC.
The Cinch Intermediate Open Reserve Champion was Maytown Moonshine (Cats Moonshine x Bunny Lena x Smart Little Lena), shown by Powell Butte, Oregon, professional Shane Steffen for owner Carrie Whisler. They collected $15,000, a Gist buckle and monogrammed jacket from the NRCHA, a $500 CR Ranchwear gift certificate, a JW Brooks Custom Hat, a $300 gift certificate from Farnam, and product from Platinum Performance.
Futurity Limited Open
Clay Volmer, of Cisco, Texas, was already a well-established cutting horse trainer with approximately $150,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings when he crossed over into reined cow horse competition in 2015.
He claimed his biggest NRCHA title to date when he won the Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Championship riding Hesa Royalena (Bet Hesa Cat x Black Tie Queen x Smart Little Ricochet), owned by Kirk Johnston.
Volmer guided Hesa Royalena to a 636.5 composite (214.5 herd/213.5 rein/208.5 cow), earning $10,914. His prizes included a DC Cow Horse Custom Saddle, presented by Smart Luck; a CR Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA; a $500 gift certificate from CR Ranchwear; a Gist buckle, sponsored by McSpyder Ranch; a CowTrac System, sponsored by CowTrac; a JW Brooks Custom Hat; a monogrammed Cinch jacket from the NRCHA; a cooler from Classic Equine; and product from Platinum Performance.
“I was real happy with how my horse was in the herd this morning. In the rein work, I thought he circled good and really turned around well. I would’ve liked to see him stop a little harder. In the cow work, I think his first turn was probably as big as he’s ever had, and then the cow just kind of weakened on us. I could’ve done a little better, but he tried to bail us out, so I was pretty happy,” Volmer said.
Volmer got his start in the NRCHA when his wife Carrie’s aunt, Jecca Ostrander, sent him a horse to train last year.
“She said, ‘I want this horse to be a cow horse,’ and I mainly train cutters, but I said, ‘OK.’”
With help from leading professionals including Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice, 2 Million Dollar Rider Todd Crawford, and Chris and Sarah Dawson, Volmer made the Limited Open finals on Ostrander’s horse, Boxo Valentines Cat, during his first trip to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2015.
The Limited Open Reserve Champion was Night Time Cat (Nitrocat x Quixote Jesse x Holidoc), shown by Grant Lindaman II and owned by Phil Hagadorn. They scored a 635 composite (206 herd/216.5 rein/212.5 cow), earning $8,751. They won a Gist buckle, sponsored by Deer Creek Ranch; a $500 CR Ranchwear gift certificate; a JW Brooks Custom Hat; $300 in Farnam products; a monogrammed jacket from the NRCHA; and product from Platinum Performance.
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