Three horses in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Performance Horse Sale on Friday, Sept. 30 drew special attention, as all three had qualified for the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity finals in either the Open or the Non-Pro. SJR Tachitas Cat, Poppys Troubadour and Baraka Lights all worked on cattle during the auction in Reno, Nevada.
Open finalists SJR Tachitas Cata and Poppys Troubadour garnered bids of $20,000 and $9,750, respectively. Tucker Robinson will show both of them in Saturday’s finals. It was announced from the auctioneer’s stand that the consignors would retain any purse money earned in the finals.
SJR Tachitas Cata was consigned by breeder San Juan Ranch, which bought the mare back from the 2014 NRCHA Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale for $60,000. SJR Tachitas Cat (Metallic Cat x Tachitas Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) tied for 23rd in the Open preliminaries with a composite score of 649.5 (213.5 herd/216 rein/220 cow). She marked a 209 in the Open finals herd work. The 2013 bay roan mare qualified for both the Open and Intermediate Open finals, but was scratched from the Intermediate Open finals in order to keep her fresh for the prestigious Open event, according to an update from the sale company. Jeremy Michaels was the winning bidder on SJR Tachitas Cat.
Poppys Troubadour (Nic It In The Bud x SJS Poppyseed x Soula Jule Star) was consigned by Robinson as agent for Jean Sander and Lois George. Poppys Troubadour’s preliminary composite of 651.5 (213 herd/221.5 rein/217 cow) left him tied for 13th entering the Open finals. He marked a 215.5 in the finals herd work on Saturday morning. Dana Roulet’s Oakhill Stables will take Poppys Troubadour home after the show.
Carmen Buckingham qualified 2013 mare Baraka Lights (CD Lights x Baraka 072 x High Brow Cat) for the Non-Pro finals, marking a 214.5 that was the second-highest score in the herd work on Friday morning prior to the sale. She competed in the rein and cow works Friday evening, marking a 193.5 in the rein work and a 220.5 in the cow work for a 628 total on three. She placed eighth overall, earning $4,332. Baraka Lights, who had the fifth-best composite score in the preliminaries of 639.5 (213.5 herd/218.5 rein/207.5 cow), brought a final bid of $15,000 and was repurchased by Buckingham.
Saturday evening’s opening ceremonies start at 4 p.m., with the rein work and cow work determining the eventual NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion.