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 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.
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.
High Brow Cat sire-line stallions with finalists in the 2022 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals:
- Stevie Rey Von (by Metallic Cat): 5
- Bet Hesa Cat (by High Brow Cat): 4
- Call Me Mitch (by Metallic Cat): 2
- Metallic Cat (by High Brow Cat): 2
- Smooth Talkin Style (by Smooth As A Cat): 2
- WR This Cats Smart (by High Brow Cat): 2
- Metallic Rebel (by Metallic Cat): 1
- Sannman (by Metallic Cat): 1
- Smooth As A Cat (by High Brow Cat): 1
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:
- Hickory Holly Time (by One Time Pepto): 2
- One Time Royalty (by One Time Pepto): 2
- Once In A Blu Boon (by Peptoboonsmal): 1
- One Time Pepto (by Peptoboonsmal): 1
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
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.”
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)
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
|1||Dollar Signs||(Hickory Holly Time x Wright About Now x Lenas Wright On)||Brandon Buttars||Sophi Buttars|
|2||Nu One Time Blues||(One Time Pepto x Nu Bay Be Blue x Nu Cash)||Matt Koch||Ryan Sellers|
|3||Bet Hes Blu||(Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon)||Clayton Edsall||Beverly Servi|
|4||Whatutalkinabout||(Smooth Talkin Style x Smart Blues x Smart Boons)||Justin Wright||Justin Price|
|5||Pride And Joyy||(Stevie Rey Von x Fun N Fancy Free x Peptoboonsmal)||Chris Dawson||Baby Daddy Stallions|
|6||All Hail Da Vinci||(One Time Royalty x Highbrow Masterpiece x High Brow Cat)||Sarah Dawson||Lester Walker|
|7||Spiel||(Smooth Talkin Style x Catnaps x High Brow Cat)||Zane Davis||Shane Law|
|8||A Reyl Reybel||(Metallic Rebel x Never Reylinquish x Dual Rey)||Nick Dowers||Clinton Marshall|
|9||Night Watch||(Reyzin The Cash x Prowlin By Starlight x High Brow Cat)||Todd Crawford||J Five Horse Ranch|
|10||SJR Diamond Fox||(CD Diamond x Foxy D Vine x One Time Pepto)||Kelby Phillips||San Juan Ranch|
|11||Nothing But Blu||(Once In A Blu Boon x CC Cat x Neat Little Cat)||Cayley Wilson||Alicia Bolls|
|12||Nu Passport||(WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Nu Annie x Shining Spark)||Justin Wright||Wagonhound Land & Livestock|
|13||Vince Von||(Stevie Rey Von x Hottness x Spots Hot)||Sarah Dawson||Wendy Buehler|
|14||CRC Heebie Jeebies||(Dual Smart Rey x Some Kinda Merada x Cats Merada)||Todd Bergen||Cable Creek Ranch|
|15||Cat Kista Star||(Bet Hesa Cat x Starkist x Kit Dual)||Tack Louthan||Nichole Lucchese|
|16||Moondance Cat||(Metallic Cat x Maliblu Barbie x Smart Boons)||Clatyon Edsall||K&L Phillips LLC|
|17||One Time Sannman||(Sannman x One Little Reygina x One Time Pepto)||Luke Jones||Charlie Porter|
|18||Stevies BB King||(Stevie Rey Von x Miss Kittys King Cat x Cats Moonshine)||Chris Dawson||Jack Bogart|
|19||Tagging It||(Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag x Dual Rey)||Corey Cushing||Teton Ridge|
|20||SJR Stylish N Smooth||(Smooth As A Cat x Stylish Little Oak x Playin Stylish)||Matt Koch||San Juan Ranch|
|21||Hesa Smokum Mitch||(Call Me Mitch x Smokums Chili Pepper x Smokum Oak)||Phillip Ralls||John Blackburn|
|22||Brother Blu||(Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon)||Ben Baldus||Brett Haag|
|23||Bet Shez N Stilettos||(Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Peptonstilettos x Peptoboonsmal)||Clayton Edsall||Michael Wood|
|24||Bossy Boons||(CD Lights x Meradas Boonsmal x Peptoboonsmal)||Shane Steffen||Winston Hansma|
|25||Itchin Ta Shine||(Call Me Mitch x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark)||Sarah Dawson||Holy Cow Performance Horses|
|26||Tornado Jonez||(Stevie Rey Von x Missi Jonez x Travelin Jonez)||Lee Deacon||Brandy Ragland|
|27||No Intro Needed||(One Time Royalty x Shez Sinsational x Dual Pep)||Todd Crawford||Monica Duflock|
|28||Addictedtotheshindig||(Stevie Rey Von x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat)||Kelby Phillips||Sarah Davis|
|29||DT Shiny N I Know It||(Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark)||Justin Wright||Steven Silva|
|30||Cabanna Boy||(WR This Cats Smart x Shining Madonna x Shining Spark)||Nick Dowers||Triple D Ranches|