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Matt Koch Wins NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Hackamore on Above Da Best Tenino


Matt Koch is on a hot streak. The Arthur, Nebraska, cowboy came to Reno, Nevada, for his first National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, and is leaving the town with two Championship titles!     Earlier in the week, Koch was crowned the Level 1 Limited Open Champion. Just days later, he piloted Above Da Best Tenino, by Lena My Way and out of Tenino Gator Gal, to the Limited Open Hackamore Championship! "This is quite the deal with it being my first year out here and winning two titles," he said. "I imagine I'm hooked now!"

For the win Koch received a check for $1,980, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Murray Thompson, a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion.  "We did what Robbie Boyce said we were going to do - we survived the reining and were huge down the fence. He was really good," Koch said of his 429.5 (209/220.5) total. "I thank Don Brown for the hackamores he has built for me and all the advice he's given me. Thanks also to everyone who has helped me along the way."

Koch purchased "Fred" as a yearling at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Sale. "He was big and stout enough that I knew he could be a using horse if he didn't make a show horse - but he's became a show horse," he explained.  Ryan Thomas and Fletch My Slippers tied with Monica DeBie and Smokin Mister Sister for the Reserve Championship. Each had a 425.5 total and took home $1,386. Fletch My Slippers (Royal Fletch x Roseanna Dual) is owned by Greg Bieker of Fruitland, Idaho, while Smokin Mister Sister (Mister Dual Pep x Miss Smoking Remedy) is owned by John Pascoe of Irvine, California.

2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Finalists Decided
The Open Hackamore preliminaries of the National Reined Cow Horse Association were held Thursday, September 29, in the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.  The top qualifiers from the preliminary round earned a spot in the clean-slate finals on Friday. Leading the field of 15 was Tom Neel on Zackly Right Time, by Peptotime and out of Zacks Nu Star, with a 439. Zackly Right Time is owned by Margo Mckinney of Midland, Texas.  It took a score of 432.5 to earn a finals berth.

Those finalists joining Neel and Zackly Right Time include:

  • Shiney N Sporty, owned by Salt Fork Cattle Co., ridden by Jay McLaughlin
  • Reymanator, owned by John Semanik, ridden by Zane Davis
  • Moon Me Pepto, owned by Barbara Hastings, ridden by Doug Williamson
  • Reygans Smart Lena, owned by Doug Granade, ridden by Ron Emmons
  • The Fresno Fox, owned by Tish Wilhite, ridden by Lance Johnston
  • Nu Prize, owned by Trystin Johnson, ridden by Lance Johnston
  • Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by David and Barbara Archer, ridden by Lyn Anderson
  • Playin Ace High, owned by Mike and Linda Silveira, ridden by Jake Gorrell
  • No Chic Flicks, owned by Ronnie and Karin Richards, ridden by Justin Wright
  • Hes Shinettes CD, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, ridden by Jake Telford
  • Ill Be Skeets, owned by McKenzie Merrill, ridden by Todd Crawford
  • Skeets Oak Peppy, owned and ridden by Clayton Edsall
  • Abbey Roan, owned by Newt White, ridden by Jake Telford
  • Desire Rey, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, ridden by Boyd Rice

Sandy Collier and Stressolena Win NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Two Rein
While the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is the world's largest event for 3-year-old cow horses, the show also hosts a full slate of NRCHA approved horse show classes. On Thursday, Sandy Collier and Stressolena claimed one of the ancillary titles - that of the Open Two Rein - with a 440.

Collier, who holds the distinction of being the only woman to ever win the Snaffle Bit Futurity, won $3,564, a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion. "His rein work was really good and I got a great cow and he just did his job the way he knows how," Collier said following the awards ceremony. "He's a great horse and is so easy to show. I just love him!"

Stressolena, by CD Olena out of Stressin, is owned by Luann Beach of Santa Barbara, California. "I thank Luann for being such a wonderful owner and buying me such a nice horse to show. She purchased him about nine months ago from Tammy Fink and we're qualified for the NRCHA World Championship Show in the Two Rein and the Bridle," Collier explained. The pair also qualified for the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Finals, which will be held Friday afternoon.

Lyn Anderson and Meet Rippen Diamonds, by Like A Diamond out of Cee Bars Rip, earned the Open Two Rein Reserve Championship with a 434.5. The Reserve title came with a check for $2,851, a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. Meet Rippen Diamonds is owned by Dick Hershamn of Wildomar, California.

Complete results can be found on the NRCHA website at www.nrcha.com.

The NRCHA, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of reined cow horse competition. The NRCHA 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. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bob's Custom Saddles, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, San Juan Ranch - A Division of Santa Cruz Biotechnology, and the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, 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 NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.




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