Trail Townsend started the month having never made the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity finals. Now, thanks to his work with Lil Purple Rein, he’s now a three-time champion.
The 19-year-old rider from Earth, Texas, guided the red roan gelding to the Intermediate Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro championships Friday, Oct. 22, in Fort Worth. They did it with a composite of 644 (215 herd/217 rein/212 cow).
Earlier in the show, he and the horse owned by his parents won the Amateur Futurity and, on Friday, they also placed third in the Non-Pro finals, behind Champion Abbie Phillips and Reserve Champion Parke Greeson.
All told, they banked some $35,456 in winnings and a boatload of prizes.
“I just went in [with the idea to] just show to the best of my ability and my horse’s ability and do that and go have fun? I didn’t really expect to achieve this much,” he said. “But I would have liked to achieve more, but I’m really happy with what I did.”
Townsend has been riding in reined cow horse for about five years, previously winning the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman Championship on his family’s great gelding, TRR Lucky Playgun. He entered the sport with a background in ranch and versatility ranch competition.
He said the challenge of cow horse is one of the things that makes him like it so much.
“[The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity is] a prestigious event and it’s a hard event, so just making the finals is like a great accomplishment for me and my horse,” he said.
His winnings at Will Rogers almost doubled his lifetime earnings, which now stand at more than $84,475, according to EquiStat.
Bred by Bettina Jary-Mathis, of Dripping Springs, Texas, Lil Purple Rein is a gelding by EquiStat Elite $5 Million Sire Once In A Blu Boon and out of LIl Red Firecat (by High Brow Cat). He is his dam’s leading earner.
The Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro reserve championships went to Boon Doxx and Stefani Wagley. She and the gelding (Sannman x Docs Stylish Liz x Docs Stylish Oak) marked a composite of 642.5 (213 herd/217 rein/212.5 cow).