The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity really seems to suit CWR Sanntonio.
The red roan stallion by Sannman has thrived in the massive show set on the sprawling grounds of Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He and trainer Ricky Piggott, of Perrin, Texas, won the Level 1 Limited Open, and qualified for this weekend’s Limited Open finals.
“He really bloomed out and shined here at this show,” said Piggott, who trains the horse for owner Jane Owens. “So, he’s taken it really well.”
CWR Sanntonio won the Level 1 Limited Open Championship this week with a composite of 645.5 (218.5 herd/215.5 rein/213.5 cow). His herd work score also topped the Level 1 Limited Open as well as the Limited Open preliminary rounds.
Expectations are always high going into the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but not all horses perform in the spotlight. CWR Sanntonio, on the other hand, really delivered, Piggott said.
“I actually got him showed the way I needed to,” he said. “There were some spots in there he could’ve been better, but I’m sure there’s nobody here that felt like they got everything out of their horse.
“But, yeah, he showed up.”
CWR Sanntonio had earned $8,542 before the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity through placings at the Sagebrush Slide Cow Horse Derby, the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic and a ranch versatility show in Hamilton, Texas.
Bred by Davlyn Drake, of Napa, California, CWR Sanntonio is out of the broodmare Surfin Calie (by Cat Ichi). Already her leading earner going into the Futurity, CWR Sanntonio now has lifetime earnings of more than $22,000.
Beyond Saturday’s Limited Open finals, the horse may transfer his cowiness into the cutting pen. He’ll also continue to compete in cow horse, and Owens plans to stand him at stud, Piggott said.
“Maybe just keep an eye on him,” Piggott said.