In a captivating twist of fate at the legendary Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Jaylee Brown, a seasoned competitor in the cutting horse industry, ventured into uncharted territory. With her family owned gelding, Hinge (Rollz Royce x Cat Never Lose x High Brow Cat), she achieved a major victory in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Non-Pro Boxing Futurity.
For years, Jaylee Brown has been a familiar face in cutting. Brown embraced a new challenge by participating in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where precision and teamwork between horse and rider are paramount.
In a performance that left the audience in awe, Jaylee and Hinge secured the championship with an impressive composite score of 860 (Herd 219.5, Rein 205.5, Cow 217.5, Finals Cow 217.5). They executed the various elements of the competition, marking a brilliant transition from cutting to reined cow horse events.
“I just had the goal of making the finals, but my horse allowed me to go and win those two titles, and it was fun, and it makes me want to do it again,” Brown said.
A standout moment in their triumph came during the herd work event, where Jaylee and Hinge garnered a staggering score of 219.5. Their precision and seamless communication with each other and the cattle left the crowd in awe. This remarkable score laid the foundation for their overall victory.
“The herd work is his strongest event. He has a good demeanor, is smart about where he puts his feet and is fun to ride. He makes me feel confident in that event,” Brown said.
Jaylee’s decision to try something new and enter the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity for the first time proved rewarding. Their triumph was a celebration of their talent, dedication and a testament to the versatility and adaptability of both rider and horse. To add to the excitement, Hinge is the first offspring from freshman sire Rollz Royce to become a major event champion.
“One of the best qualities this gelding has is being easy to get along with new riders. Hinge is trainable and good-minded, which took away the pressure of showing,” Brown said.
Announcing the final results, Brown and Hinge stood as the proud winners of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Non-Pro Boxing and Level 1 Non Pro Boxing Futurity, two titles etched on their journey as a symbol of achievement and adaptation.
Accompanying their prestigious titles were well-deserved earnings of over $8,700 in purse money and piles of prizes. For this team, it was a fitting reward for their dedication to perfecting their skills and embarking on a new path within the cow horse industry.
“I would like to thank my parents, Jay and Shelly Hall, for letting me show this horse and letting my husband train him as a 2-year-old. Kyle Trahern, Tyler Merrill, and my father for helping me in the herd work, and lastly, I like to thank my husband Miles Brown for all of the endless dedication he puts into me with these horses and learning how to show in the NRCHA,” Brown said.