Sarah Dawson rode Vince Von to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open preliminary lead. The horse is one of five offspring of Stevie Rey Von to make the Open finals. • Primo Morales.

Elite Sire & Dam Lines Represented in NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals

It all comes down to this.

Every year, the nation’s cow horse riders bring their top 3-year-olds to the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat. All are hoping their horse, or horses, will be one of the select few to make the finals.

Only 30 horses made this year’s Open finals, and the field once again is packed with talented stallions, mares and geldings representing the elite bloodlines in the industry.

The breeding stallion with the most offspring in this year’s Open finals is Stevie Rey Von, the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion. The junior stallion owned by Fults Ranch Ltd has five progeny in the finals, including preliminary leader Vince Von (out of Hottness x Spots Hot).

Vince Von, one of five offspring of Stevie Rey Von to make the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals, was the preliminary leader with trainer Sarah Dawson. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Vince Von and trainer Sarah Dawson will start their Open finals with the herd work, which begins Thursday, Oct. 20, in Fort Worth, Texas. The event will conclude with the rein and cow work on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Sire Lines

There are four major sire lines represented among this year’s Open finalists: Peptoboonsmal, High Brow Cat, Dual Rey and CD Olena. The line represented by the most in the Open finals is the High Brow Cat line, which has 19 horses sired by nine different stallions: The stallion with the most Open finalists, Stevie Rey Von, comes from this line.

Beau Galyean and Stevie Rey Von during the stallion’s show career. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

High Brow Cat sire-line stallions with finalists in the 2022 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals:

The second-most prevalent sire line in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals is the Peptoboonsmal line with six finalists — five of which were sired by his son, One Time Pepto, or that stallion’s sons. Peptoboonsmal-line stallions with offspring in the Open finals of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity:

The CD Olena and Dual Rey sire lines each have two finalists in the field. Dual Rey-line stallions with offspring in the NRCHA Open finals include:

CD Olena-line stallions with offspring in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals:

  • CD Diamond (by CD Olena): 1
  • CD Lights (by CD Olena): 1

Female Families

Several top mares have offspring in this year’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals, and one mare has two.

The broodmare with two entries in the field is Flo N Blu Boon, whose has two sons by Bet Hesa Cat in the finals— stallions Brother Blu and Bet Hes Blu.

Brother Blu, who is draw No. 22 in the herd work, will compete with trainer Ben Baldus for owner Brett Haag. Bet Hes Blu will be ridden by Clayton Edsall for owner Beverly Servi, who owns Flo N Blu Boon and bred both of her 2022 finalists.

Brother Blu and Bet Hes Blu are full brothers to their mother’s leading earner, Bet Hesa Boon, a winner of more than $75,730 who earned multiple derby and open bridle championships throughout his career.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the babies that are coming out of her,” Servi said. “They are rock solid, their conformation is perfect [and] their bone structure is super strong.”

Servi owns and stands Bet Hesa Boon at stud. It was her love for the blue roan stallion that led her to seek out and purchase his mother about four years ago. Going into the 2022 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Flo N Blu Boon (Pretty Boy Boon x Lena Over Flo x Lena My Way) had progeny earnings of more than $218,530.

Flo N Blu Boon’s foals also have won money in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and in the National Cutting Horse Association.

“She is a very, very strong producer all the way around,” Servi said. “She’s a super cool mare and sweet … [she’s] just one of those mare that has a really good mind and her genetics are just really strong.”

Horse standing by a man
Two full siblings to the Bet Hesa Boon (Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon) made the Open finals of the 2022 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. A winner of more than $75,730, Bet Hesa Boon is pictured with Clayton Edsall. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Several other entrants in the Open finals are either out of high-producing dams or are siblings to major Western performance horse industry champions.

Draw No. 7, Spiel, is a full sibling to NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open Champion Gingersnaps ($219,416, by Smooth Talkin Style) and a half-sibling to NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion Snapdragons ($169,098, by Gunnatrashya)

Tagging It, draw No. 19, is a full brother to National Cutting Horse Association Open World Champion Hashtags ($485,293, by Metallic Cat) and Tagging ($239,166, by Metallic Cat).

Itchin Ta Shine, who is draw No. 25, is out of Sheza Shinette, a Shining Spark mare whose $813,081 in progeny earnings are led by NRCHA Supreme Cow Horse Hes Shinettes CD ($193,828, by CD Olena) and World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Heza Diamond Spark ($122,712, by Diamond J Star).

Draw No. 29, DT Shiney N I Know It, is out of one of another famed producer, Lil Miss Shiney Chex (by Shining Spark). The broodmare has produced more than $769,377 in winners, including DT Shiney N I Know It’s full sibling, NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion Nineteen Ten ($185,480, by Hickory Holly Time) and half-sibling Blind Sided ($224,614, by Peptoboonsmal).

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals Herd Work Draw

1Dollar Signs(Hickory Holly Time x Wright About Now x Lenas Wright On)Brandon ButtarsSophi Buttars
2Nu One Time Blues(One Time Pepto x Nu Bay Be Blue x Nu Cash)Matt KochRyan Sellers
3Bet Hes Blu(Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon)Clayton EdsallBeverly Servi
4Whatutalkinabout(Smooth Talkin Style x Smart Blues x Smart Boons)Justin WrightJustin Price
5Pride And Joyy(Stevie Rey Von x Fun N Fancy Free x Peptoboonsmal)Chris DawsonBaby Daddy Stallions
6All Hail Da Vinci(One Time Royalty x Highbrow Masterpiece x High Brow Cat)Sarah DawsonLester Walker
7Spiel(Smooth Talkin Style x Catnaps x High Brow Cat)Zane DavisShane Law
8A Reyl Reybel(Metallic Rebel x Never Reylinquish x Dual Rey)Nick DowersClinton Marshall
9Night Watch(Reyzin The Cash x Prowlin By Starlight x High Brow Cat)Todd CrawfordJ Five Horse Ranch
10SJR Diamond Fox(CD Diamond x Foxy D Vine x One Time Pepto)Kelby PhillipsSan Juan Ranch
11Nothing But Blu(Once In A Blu Boon x CC Cat x Neat Little Cat)Cayley WilsonAlicia Bolls
12Nu Passport(WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Nu Annie x Shining Spark)Justin WrightWagonhound Land & Livestock 
13Vince Von(Stevie Rey Von x Hottness x Spots Hot)Sarah DawsonWendy Buehler
14CRC Heebie Jeebies(Dual Smart Rey x Some Kinda Merada x Cats Merada)Todd BergenCable Creek Ranch
15Cat Kista Star(Bet Hesa Cat x Starkist x Kit Dual)Tack LouthanNichole Lucchese
16Moondance Cat(Metallic Cat x Maliblu Barbie x Smart Boons)Clatyon EdsallK&L Phillips LLC
17One Time Sannman(Sannman x One Little Reygina x One Time Pepto)Luke JonesCharlie Porter
18Stevies BB King(Stevie Rey Von x Miss Kittys King Cat x Cats Moonshine)Chris DawsonJack Bogart
19Tagging It(Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag x Dual Rey)Corey CushingTeton Ridge
20SJR Stylish N Smooth(Smooth As A Cat x Stylish Little Oak x Playin Stylish)Matt KochSan Juan Ranch
21Hesa Smokum Mitch(Call Me Mitch x Smokums Chili Pepper x Smokum Oak)Phillip RallsJohn Blackburn
22Brother Blu(Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon)Ben BaldusBrett Haag
23Bet Shez N Stilettos(Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Peptonstilettos x Peptoboonsmal)Clayton EdsallMichael Wood
24Bossy Boons(CD Lights x Meradas Boonsmal x Peptoboonsmal)Shane SteffenWinston Hansma
25Itchin Ta Shine(Call Me Mitch x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark)Sarah DawsonHoly Cow Performance Horses
26Tornado Jonez(Stevie Rey Von x Missi Jonez x Travelin Jonez)Lee DeaconBrandy Ragland
27No Intro Needed(One Time Royalty x Shez Sinsational x Dual Pep)Todd CrawfordMonica Duflock
28Addictedtotheshindig(Stevie Rey Von x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat)Kelby PhillipsSarah Davis
29DT Shiny N I Know It(Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark)Justin WrightSteven Silva
30Cabanna Boy(WR This Cats Smart x Shining Madonna x Shining Spark)Nick DowersTriple D Ranches