Byars, Oklahoma – Singing star Lyle Lovett has donated a special trophy saddle to the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity. The saddle will be given October 6, at the conclusion of the Futurity Finals, to the owner of the Open Futurity Champion.
Lovett has become a reined cow horse fan in recent years and has a couple of horses entered in this year’s NRCHA World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity. He explains that the saddle donation is just a way to “give back” to the cow horse industry. “Since I’ve been attending these events and meeting the individuals involved, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, this is one way to show my appreciation.”
Although best known as a recording artist and actor, Lovett grew up on a ranch near Houston and has long had a love for horses. A neighbor had a Shining Spark mare and he called breeder Carol Rose to because he “wanted a horse like her.”
Through Rose, he purchased a good Shining Spark gelding and began riding at her ranch with trainer Robbie Boyce. He was ready to compete in time for this year’s National Reining Breeders Classic reining in Katy, Texas in April. That’s when an accident that resulted in a badly broken leg sidelined him but he’s looking forward to getting into the competitive arena as soon as he’s fully healed – likely December.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Though the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bayer Corporation, Cinch, Inc., Flowmaster, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Purina Mills, Inc., Skyline Silversmiths, Sundowner Trailers, Western Horseman magazine, the Reno Hilton and the Silver Legacy, the association helps 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 NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.