Debbie Brautovich had never showed a futurity horse before the 2018 National Stock Horse Association Futurity. Thanks to a willing and patient equine partner, the California non-pro has already won her first championship.
Brautovich, of Watsonville, piloted Dancinon Bourbon St (Hes Wright On x Bourbon St Smokum x Smokum Oak) won the NSHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro with a composite of 610 (205 herd/196 rein/205 cow) on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the show in Las Vegas, Nevada.. They earned $1,305.
She said showing the 3-year-old nicknamed “Riley” was a different experience than showing bridle horses like Brautovich has been doing. The horse is in training with Tucker and Tina Robinson.
“This is my first futurity horse and so I am very excited about the journey we have ahead of us,” said Brautovich, who’s ridden cow horses for about 15 years. “Because, there’s a lot to learn when you’re riding a futurity horse compared to a bridle horse. “
Although it can be nerve wracking riding a young, inexperienced horse in the show pen, Brautovich said she just tried to relax and let the horse relax and be ready for anything to happen. There’s also an ongoing learning curve as she gets to know the horse, who she hasn’t had very long.
“I don’t know him very well, because he’s been in training so I’ve been on him just very few times,” she said. “And, so that’s the [challenging] part, is just getting to know him and what buttons to push to make things work well for him.
The next goal will be to get Riley ready for the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity next month. She also plans to continue showing him beyond his futurity season.
“I’m excited because I want to take him on and perform in the derbies. I like the three events. It makes it really exciting,” she said, of reined cow horse. “Again, there’s a lot to learn to kind of put things together, to stay out of his way, but kind of tighten things down.”
The NSHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Reserve Championship went to Marisa Greenberg and Tillee. She and the 2015 mare (Gallo Del Cielo[Rooster] x Foxie Samntha x Docs Stylish Sam) marked a composite of 602.5 (180 herd/209.5 rein/213 cow) and won $870.
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