Nearly $130,000 in added money will be up for grabs at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) 2023 Snaffle Bit Futurity® presented by Metallic Cat through five different incentives.
Returning to the 2023 event, the Western Bloodstock sale incentive will pay nearly $80,000 to the top four placing sale graduates in the Open and Non Pro prelims. Additionally, the return of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Chrome Cash incentive, which will pay out across the Open, Non Pro, and Non Pro Boxing divisions, and the Gelding incentive, which will be awarded to the highest placing gelding in the prelims of the Open and Non Pro divisions.
“The number of incentives that we are seeing throughout the performance horse industry is astounding, and the Snaffle Bit Futurity® is no different. These incentives allow our riders and owners to get a piece of the largest payout to date,” Emily Konkel, NRCHA executive director, said. “We will be paying out our Western Bloodstock Sale Incentive, APHA Chrome Cash and Gelding Incentive along with two new incentives for our high placing mare in the Open Futurity Finals sponsored by East West Equine and our new and coveted Triple Crown Incentive.”
New for this year is the addition of the Mare incentive sponsored by East West Equine and the beginning of the Triple Crown incentive. The Mare incentive has $5,000 in added money and will be awarded to the highest placing mare in the Open 2023 Snaffle Bit Futurity® finals.
In the NRCHA, only one rider has won the Open Hackamore, the Open Bridle, and the Snaffle Bit Futurity® in the same year. Bobby Ingersoll won the prestigious title in 1975 when he won the Snaffle Bit Futurity® on Hankey Pankey, owned by Strain Ranches, the Open Bridle on Burnt Girl, owned by Stain Ranches, and the Open Hackamore on D’Or Sugar Spice, owned by Don Calegari.
In honor of this feat, the NRHCA launched the Triple Crown Incentive, which will be awarded to a rider who wins the Open Hackamore, the Open Bridle, and the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity® in the same year. The NRCHA has added $30,000, bolstering the purse from the automatic entry fee for horses competing in the Open Bridle, Open Hackamore, and Open Snaffle Bit Futurity®. The purse will be carried forward for each year there is not a winner.
The addition of these incentives will expand the total event payout to over $2.2 million. The 2023 Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, will kick off October 6 through 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.