So much was happening all at once at the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity on Open Finals night. The most visible moment came when Corey Cushing rode CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), owned by San Juan Ranch, to a $100,000 victory.
But that wasn't the only milestone performance of October 29. NRCHA Hall of Fame Rider, Doug Williamson rode High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic X High Brow Meow) owned by Belle Mead Ranch to a fourth place finish. It was a stellar performance for one of the NRCHA's most enduring champions and the 70-year-old collected $50,000.
It may have been the most meaningful paycheck of an astonishing career that has spanned five decades! That night's accomplishment pushed him over the mark and made Doug the NRCHA's ninth Million Dollar Rider. His signature smile said it all as he rode into the arena at the Reno Livestock Events Center and his many friends were more than ready to share the moment with him.
Another Open finalist had a memorable night as well. For Anne Reynolds, it was a poignant moment when the finals ended. Her third place finish in the Open Finals on Very Black Magic earned $60,000 and pushed her stallion, Very Smart Remedy, over the top.
That marked the beginning of his status as a Million Dollar Sire. It also marked the end of the most successful Non Pro career in NRCHA history as those earnings would push Anne past the $100,000 mark in Open earnings and make her no longer eligible to compete as a Non Pro.
Talk about going out in a blaze of glory! At the 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity, Anne won her eighth Non Pro Championship on Very Black Magic, as well as fifth place on Smart Medicine Man. She also qualified the same two horses for the Open Finals.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition. It is responsible for promoting the sport, ensuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of reined cow horses. With the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bob's Custom Saddles, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, Bloomer Trailers and Schwalbe Trucks presented by Great West Trailers, and Merial products UlcerGard and Equioxx, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the official NRCHA web site at www.NRCHA.com