Trail Townsend and Lil Purple Rein won the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Amateur title – after only six months together as a team.
Townsend piloted the gelding to a 649.5 (214.5 herd/217.5 rein/217.5 cow) to earn $6,963 to win Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. It pushed the gelding’s lifetime earnings over $11,000.
“He’s really big and doesn’t look that athletic when you’re looking at him, but he is super smooth,” Townsend said. “He is always soft and tries hard.”
Kicking off the week with the herd work, Townsend tackled his most challenging event first.
“I’m naturally nervous about cutting, but I came early to ride him and get with him. We schooled him a lot the day of cutting and he did great,” he said. “We didn’t really run into any challenges all week.”
Townsend and “LP” also earned the high preliminary composite scores in the Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro, and were second-highest in the Non-Pro. They will be competing in all three classes in the finals.
“I felt confident going into the show but didn’t expect to win anything big, so it is really exciting,” he said. “I was losing my confidence in the derbies, so to win the Amateur and have the high composite score in all three lower divisions restored my confidence.”
Bred by Bettina Jary-Mathis, Lil Purple Rein is by Once In A Blu Boon and out of Lil Red Firecat (by High Brow Cat). Townsend’s parents, Tripp and Hope, own the horse. Townsend plans to continue showing LP and hopes to derby him for the next two years.
Reserve Champions in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Amateur were Garrell Reilly and Bet Shesa Playmate (Bet Hesa Cat x Very Smart Playmate x Very Smart Remedy), who marked a composite of 636 (214 herd/214.5 rein/207.5 cow).
Bet Shesa Playmate is owned by Preston Williams and earned $5,570.