The reining bug has taken Europe by storm. Just look at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World champions for the past five years. They have European ties in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Austria. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck, who is from Belgium, has won four Open World championships since 2010, with the latest in 2015 aboard What A Wave.
Smart Chic Olena was bred by Emily Woodall, of Dallas, Texas. He was purchased as a weanling by The Venturous Five Partnership and placed into the hands of Bill Glass. He made it to the semifinals of the 1988 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open, where he lost a cow. He came back in the 1989 NCHA Super Stakes to place third, and life was looking up for this young show horse.
The outstanding show mare Miss Ella Rey has carried Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Ed Dufurrena and his children, Brandon and Rieta Dufurrena, to earnings of nearly $400,000. Her latest accomplishment put Rieta in 12th place in the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro World standings. As a broodmare, Miss Ella Rey has now given the Dufurrena family the NCHA Futurity Open Champion Stevie Rey Von and NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn. Brandon is the breeder of record for the full siblings by Metallic Cat.
Like last issue’s featured horse, May I Be Wild, Peptos Stylish Foxy is another cutting horse doing double duty early in her career. The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA)/Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity Champion carried Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Grant Setnicka to the win in the Open with a 220.5. She followed that up with double titles in the Futurity Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions with Hannah Gamble in the saddle, scoring a 219. Her triple at the PCCHA Futurity earned a total of $42,221.
May I Be Wild served double duty in the Calgary Stampede Wrangler Cutting Horse Futurity, held Oct. 14-18 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She rewarded her owners, Russ and Julie Elrod, of Terrebonne, Oregon, with the Open Championship and Non-Pro Reserve Championship. She carried Russ in the Open, winning $17,026, and Julie in the Non-Pro, earning $6,569.
May I Be Wild is a 2012 filly bred by Jeffrey Paul Boggess, of Bend, Oregon. The Elrods officially became the owners of this filly in October 2013.
When the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals ended, it was Starlight Kisses and trainer Jake Telford who emerged victorious. It was the first win in this class for Telford, an NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, and Holy Cow Performance Horses, which bred and owns the mare.
In mid-September, Shesouttayourleague was ridden by Casey Deary to a score of 227.5 to win the High Roller Reining Classic Tamarack Ranch Futurity Level 4 Open in Las Vegas. The filly was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by Robert Curtis, of Fort Worth, Texas.
The fall futurity season is now in full swing. Each fall, an onslaught of events mark the beginning of show careers for a new crop of foals. Anticipation is high as owners, breeders and trainers hope these new horses fulfill their expectations.One of those newcomers, Sneak A Smoothie, lived up to those expectations when she won the 2015 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open. Owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management LLC, she scored a nice 220.5 with Todd Bimat in the saddle. GS Cutting Horses LLC bred Sneak A Smoothie. Let’s take a look.