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TRR Lucky Brazos lays it all on the line as he makes a left fence turn. • Photo by Lillian Kent

Tripp Townsend Newcomer No More With Limited Open Crown

Although this was only Tripp Townsend’s second year competing in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), he wasn’t deterred from entering in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.  Townsend clinched the Limited Open title on an electrifying fence run, earning a 223 on his gray stallion. His composite of 653 (214 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finalists — The Breakdown

As the final days of the long-awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, draw nearer, the field has been thinned for the show’s climactic conclusion at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Below, grouped by rider but otherwise in no particular order, are the NRCHA Snaffle Bit […]
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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 […]
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Hackamore Classic: Bet He Sparks? More like Bet He Wins

Bet He Sparks and Clayton Edsall made quick work of the National Reined Cow Horse Associations’ (NRCHA) Open Hackamore Classic, taking the event by storm with a 668 composite and earning $15,173 for owner K & L Phillips LLC of Corona Del Mar, California.  “It’s great, he’s been a really good horse,” Edsall recounted, reflecting […]
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2019 Snaffle Bit Futurity Overview

Reined cow horse has made quite an impression on Fort Worth, Texas, in the last few years, and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) continues to build steam. The organization’s 50th annual Snaffle Bit Futurity, packed with something for everyone, promises yet another exciting rendition of the sport’s biggest premier event. The season’s earlier […]
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Carol Metcalf and Annies Code Top Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open

Carol Metcalf and Annies Code went down the fence on Sunday, Oct. 14, with the crowd cheering them on to a score of 214.5, which would clinch their claim to the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Championship. “You know, it went better than I could have even […]

Ima Smart Catt and Brad Lund Top Intermediate Open

LaCygne, Kansas, horseman Brad Lund, riding Ima Smart Catt (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Patrona x Shining Spark) for owner Cudd Quarter Horses of Woodward, Oklahoma, won the 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity CINCH Intermediate Open Championship on Thursday, Oct. 12 in Fort Worth, Texas.