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Auspicious Storm & Lori Conrow. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Conrow & Auspicious Storm Take Two Titles At NSHA Futurity

Lori Conrow grew up riding hunter-jumpers and dressage horses, but the Californian has fully converted into reined cow horse. At the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, she won two titles with her horse, Auspicious Storm.

Their composite of 624 (205 herd/214 rein/205 cow) earned the Futurity Amateur and Novice Non-Pro championships. But, the duo’s accomplishments didn’t stop there. Conrow and the horse (Auspicious Cat x Xtra Smart Swiss x Smart Little Lena) also earned the Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve Championship and placed third in the Non-Pro, which made for total prize money of $6,921.

Conrow bought “Raider” as a yearling from Alan Chappell. Trainer Will Pennebaker works with her for cow horse events, and Conrow receives guidance from Brandis Langston for cutting.

The NSHA Futurity was the second show for Raider, who Conrow previously exhibited at a small show near her home in Northern California.

“He’s just good and easy about doing everything,” Conrow said. “He’s just easygoing, he’s willing, he’s got a great attitude and seems to read the book for me.”

Auspicious Storm is his dam’s fifth money earner. The mare, Xtra Smart Swiss, is currently represented by four cutting earners of $45,097, according to Equi-Stat.

The NSHA Futurity Amateur and Novice Non-Pro reserve Championship went to Melissa Garbrick and SJR Gold Coast, who marked a composite of 608 (207 herd/200 rein/201 cow). The Ellensburg, Washington rider and the 2015 mare (Smooth As A Cat x Shiners Goldielocks x Shining Spark) also placed fourth in the Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro. They took home a check of $1,823.

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