Lance Johnston and Here Comes The Boon in cow work at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.
"He craves" the spotlight of the competition, says Lance Johnston of Here Comes The Boon. Photo by Lillian Kent

Here Comes The Boon Is Just That As Snaffle Bit’s Top Dog

How long did it take owner Brent Steward and trainer and rider Lance Johnston to realize they had something special in 2016 stallion Here Comes The Boon, the newly crowned Open champion of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat? Not long. “It was actually right here at the […]
Lance Johnston after the fence at the Snaffle Bit

Lance Johnston: Dreams Converge At Snaffle Bit Futurity

For a brief moment, Lance Johnston lost himself staring up at the arched trusses of the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. From there, banners with the names of the most successful riders and horses in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) hang in well-deserved honor. There are only 15 riders to achieve […]
NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

For Rider, Gelding, The Grass Is Green in this Paradise City

If the past few months are any indication, CR Tuff Guns N Roses, aka, “Axl,” loves the stage every bit as much as his hard rock namesake. For the second time since August, Axl is returning home to Scottsdale, Arizona, a double winner, this time at the $1.2 million National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle […]
Bet Hes Got Style at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Snaffle Bit Non-Pro Futurity Finalists Ready To Tee Off

Nineteen horses successfully navigated the preliminaries and advanced to the finals of the Non-Pro Futurity. Finals herd work is scheduled for Thursday. Reining and cow work are set for Friday, both at Will Rogers Coliseum. Finalists listed by how they finished in the preliminaries. Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x […]
Amy Lund and Bet Hes Got Style

Amy Lund Stylin’ At Amateur Hour at Snaffle Bit Futurity

Amy Lund spent her summer at home, in the farthest reaches of eastern Kansas, feeling at times as if she were beating her head against a wall with this new project she took on. Lund is a championship bridle horse rider, but this initial step into the ranks of the futurity horse at times felt […]
CW One Bay Boon and Sawyer Sanders

CW One Bay Boon, Rider Band Together in Non-Pro Limited

With the Snaffle Bit Futurity quickly approaching – the moment Sawyer Sanders had been waiting two years for – the you-know-what hit the fan with six weeks to showtime. Clancy, better known to some by his registered baptismal name, CW One Bay Boon, tore up a coronet band on a fence line while turned out […]
Bobby Ingersoll speaking.

Bobby Ingersoll still riding high in the saddle 49 years later

Looking back, Bobby Ingersoll remembers well the ephipany that would shape all of his days, from the rest of that one until the end. He was 12 years old, watching a bridle horse show his father had taken him to in their native California. On display were the horsemen of the Spanish vaquero tradition.  “I […]
Xtra Cee A Doctor and Kylie Robinson at the High Roller Reining Classic.

Half-siblings reunite in Las Vegas for an NRHA win-win

Except for the obtrusive ribbons placed about him, Xtra Cee A Doctor didn’t appear to be fazed as a first-time winner in the National Reining Horse Association and all the attention that goes with it. Now, whether “Doc” was channeling Irving Berlin and humming to himself, “anything you can do, I can do better,” no […]
Poco Bueno gravesite.

Writer details trip to the gravesite of Poco Bueno

When rancher E. Paul Waggoner died in 1967, he left instructions in his will that directed his heirs on burial arrangements for American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Poco Bueno. When that time came, in 1969, Waggoner’s estate complied with that request and set “Pokie” at rest in a plot just south of Vernon, Texas, […]
Guaranteed A Magnum and Jimmy van der Hoeven at the High Roller in Las Vegas.

Catching Up With The Triumphant Van Der Hoeven

Dutchman Jimmy van der Hoeven packed his bags for the return trip home to Whitesboro, Texas, last week feeling fortuinlijk. Chance and good fortune as a force in human affairs — in this case, the affairs of equine and human — are as important as preparation and execution. Guaranteed A Magnum and van der Hoeven had […]