Trainer CJ Shopbell, right, rode Dr Boonolena to the Prefuturity Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open wins at the 2020 NRCHA Eastern Derby. They are joined by owner Ann Matthews. • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

Winners: Pre-Futurity at the 2020 NRCHA Eastern Derby

Derby horses were the stars of the Dom Conicelli Memorial National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Eastern Derby, Presented by MARS Equestrian, but the younger horses also got a chance to show their stuff.

The show, held July 14-19 near Memphis, Tennessee, also had a Pre-Futurity class for 3-year-olds. Here are the major division winners from the class:

Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open

Pre-Futurity Open Champion Dr Boonolena with owner Ann Matthews, left, and trainer CJ Shopbell, right. • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

Dr Boonolena & C.J. Shopbell
17G (WR This Cats Smart x Badabing Badaboon x Peptoboonsmal).
Owner: Ann Matthews, Charlotte, TX
Breeder: Gallegos Performance Horses, Grandview, TX
435 (139 herd/146 rein/150 cow) | $2,715


Level 1 Limited Open

Pre-Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Champion Stefan Heim. • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

Old School Smarts & Stefan Heim
17M (Smart Boons x Desires Last Freckle x Playboys Golden Flo)
Owner: Thomas & Suzanne Gowan, San Antonio, TX
Breeder: Thomas & Suzanne Gowan, San Antonio, TX
423 (141 herd/142 rein/140 cow) | $1,207



Pre-Futurity Non-Pro winners LowerThaBoom & Debbie Crafton. • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

LowerThaBoom & Debbie Crafton
17M (Smooth As A Cat x Kaboomsmall x Peptoboonsmal)
Owner: Debbie Crafton, Ordway, CO
Breeder: Kim Ezell, Perrin, TX
413.5 (137 herd/139.2 rein/137 cow) | $1,166.



Pre-Futurity Amateur Champions Playin With Cher & William Lewis. • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

Playin With Cher & William Lewis
17M (Mr Playinstylish x Bella Cher x Peptoboonsmal)
Owner: William Lewis, Anderson, TX
Breeder: Kit & Charlie Moncrief, Fort Worth, TX
409.5 (139 herd/143 rein/127.5 cow) | $445