Although this was only Tripp Townsend’s second year competing in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), he wasn’t deterred from entering in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.
Townsend clinched the Limited Open title on an electrifying fence run, earning a 223 on his gray stallion. His composite of 653 (214 herd/216 rein/223 cow) edged out reserve by 1.5 points.
Left sitting in the arena after the dust settled and the awards had been given on his trusty teammate, TRR Lucky Brazos, Townsend seemed to be in shock.
“Last year was my first year, I did terrible last year,” Townsend said. “I never even thought [winning] it could happen. I didn’t think I would ever even come. My son [has been] pushing me to do more of this kind of stuff so he’s really the reason we’re here.”
Townsend’s background rests in cowboy tradition, and it was apparent the humble cowboy from Earth, Texas, considers the NRCHA “the big leagues.”
“[I compete in] the ranch horse stuff. We ranch rodeo and team rope and show in the Ranch Horse Association. [My son] Trail always wanted to do more of this so he’s been dragging me along with him.”
The equine teammate that made is all possible is co-owned by Townsend and Kyle Brewer. TRR Lucky Brazos, or “Hiptown” was purchased by Brewer at the Return to The Remuda sale from the Tongue River Ranch as a yearling.
Hiptown is sired by Pepcid, a 1998 red roan stallion by Equi-Stat Elite $27 million sire Peptoboonsmal and out of the mare TRR Ms Lucky Gun, by Equi-Stat Elite $9.4 million sire Playgun. Although Pepcid has few Equi-Stat earnings to his name, the stallion has sired earners of more than $168,000 in the show pen.
And with Hiptown’s $17,534 paycheck, he has made his sire — and owners — proud.
According to Townsend, he will continue showing Hiptown in NRCHA events, along with ranch rodeos and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows.
Reserve champion in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open was Vintage Ambrosia (One Fine Vintage x Miss Fancy Juice x Smart Like Juice). The sorrel mare was piloted to a 651.5 composite (216 herd/216 rein/219.5 cow) by rider James Ferreira. Vintage Ambrosia is owned by Robertson Ranches and earned $13,158 for her efforts.