Myles Brown came prepared for the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Down Under Pre-Futurity with three horses, and with them he swept the first three spots, including successfully defending his title in the Non-Pro Futurity on Saturday with Dreamin Of Denver at the John Justin Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Of the three mounts, Brown said, it was “Denver” that he had the least amount of faith in.
But it was Dreamin of Denver (Metallic Cat x Reys Dreamgirl x Dual Rey) who surprised him the most. The sorrel mare maneuvered her way to a 436.5 composite score, including a 142 rein score, a 146 herd score and a 148.5 score down the fence.
“She proved me wrong!” Brown said with a smile after his run.
Brown bought Denver as a yearling with plans to put her through a 2-year-old sale, but when he felt like she wasn’t ready, he re-evaluated. He then aimed Denver toward National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) competitions, but still didn’t feel like the sorrel mare was ready. Brown kept riding her, slowly adding reining to the mare’s repertoire. And her skill-set grew from there.
“I started going down with fence on her and she was pretty good so I thought, ‘Well, maybe she’ll make a non-pro horse,’” Brown said.
And make a non-pro horse she did, gathering a $1,131 paycheck.
“You like to feel like you’re doing a good job,” Brown said of the challenges of training. “You’ve been training on these horses for two years now, [with] ups and downs and [thinking], ‘Are they going to work? Are they not going to work?’ And I am as proud of the first-place horse as I am of the third-place horse.”
Brown’s domination of the Non-Pro division included a team of class equine athletes. Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona) came home with second place, winning $943. Ranchin Royalty RAB (One Time Royalty x Shesa Rock Hancock x Hesa Eddie Hancock) was next, earning $754. Both of these horses are owned by Rob Brown.
“They all did their job,” Brown said. “Probably could have flip-flopped [placings between themselves], but they were all consistent, they all did what I asked, and it’s just nice to know that you did your job and all three of them are competitive.”