The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Pre-Futurity and Horse Show came to a head on Aug. 19 with the Futurity Open, Futurity Non-Pro and Derby Non-Pro cow works. The 30 highest-scoring total on two Open finals runs were held separately, making the John Justin Arena the place to be on Saturday evening.
After it was all said and done, it was Metallic Chrome Cat and Clay Volmer who marked a smoking 153.5 down the fence to land a composite 448 (147 herd/147.5 rein), winning the Futurity Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open championships.
“It’s surprising. It’s been kind of surreal,” Volmer said. “My plan was just to go give him a confidence-building run for the big futurity [National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity]. I knew that cow from the herd, and I knew that cow really took a hold.
“When they kicked that cow in I thought, ‘The judges are going to blow me off this cow, but I’m going to go,” he continued. “I have a lot of faith in that horse. That cow did a maneuver like we do at home all the time, so I was just like, ‘Here we go.’ He just did his job.”
Metallic Chrome Cat belongs to Kirk Johnston, who was at the arena to watch his stallion’s ride. The horse is by Metallic Cat and out of Teletrona, by Little Trona. In the Open, he and Volmer collected $1,123 from the cow work and a $15,010 check for having the highest composite. They took home an additional $8,148 from the Intermediate Open, and in the Limited Open, they gained another $4,084.
Volmer also collected the Derby Limited Open Championship with Hesa Royalena after the duo scored a composite 424.5. Hesa Royalena (Bet Hesa Cat x Black Tie Queen x Smart Lil Ricochet) also belongs to Johnston, who added $375 to his bankroll.
The Level 1 Limited Open Championship went to Sinful Merada and Matt Turner, who scored a 427.5 (142.5 herd/144 rein/141 cow). They banked $2,359 for owner Cowan Select Horses LLC, plus $167 for placing second in the herd work and $194 for tying for first in the rein work. Sinful Merada is by Cats Merada and out of the Docs Stylish Oak mare Sinful Style.