It never occurred to Mike Miller that the buckskin grandson of famed barrel racing sire A Streak of Fling his wife planned to train as a barrel racing prospect would be a cow horse.
That was so much the case that Miller admits he just laughed when, after only a few rides, his colt breaker told him the then-2-year-old buckskin might be worth trying in reined cow horse.
“About a week later he told me the same thing so I tried him, he seemed pretty good, so I kept riding, [and] kind of went on from there,” said the non-pro from Big Piney, Wyoming.
Good thing he listened to his trainer. The son of Playboys Buck Fever out of Streak of Flick (by A Streak of Fling) showed he really did want to be a cow horse with a win in the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro. Their composite of 630 (212 herd/211.5 rein/206.5 cow) also earned them the Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champions in the contest that concluded on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He credits his futurity horse’s trainability to his sire, Playboys Buck Fever, a $62,246-earning son of Freckles Playboy out of Tsarina Chexinic (by Reminic) that Miller rode in the Non-Pro at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity.
After the success in Las Vegas, Miller has his sights set on the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity with Saturdaynightfever67. Even though it doesn’t look like Tara Miller is going to get her barrel racing prospect back from her husband any time soon, Mike said she’s been nothing but supportive. She could always take the reins after the horse’s cow horse career is over.
“He’ll just be better broke to barrel race,” he said.
The NSHA Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Lori Conrow and Auspicious Storm (Auspicious Cat x Xtra Smart Swiss x Smart Little Lena). Their composite of 624 (205 herd/214 rein/205 cow) also earned them the Futurity Amateur and Novice Non-Pro championships.
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