NRCHA Weekend Highlights from Reno



Zane Davis and Reymanator Win Open Hackamore at NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity


Two years after winning the National Reined Cow Horse Association's largest event, Zane Davis and Reymanator returned to the Reno Livestock Events Center to claim the Open Hackamore Championship. Davis and the 5-year-old cow horse marked 215.5 in the rein work and 226 in the cow work for a 441.5 total to win $9,520.  "He's pretty hot and to get him through the reining two days in a row is a hard thing - but we managed. It wasn't great, but it was good," Davis said following the awards ceremony. "In the cow work they whistled us a new cow. We could have handled the first one but the judges made the right call. I'm fortunate because he's always good down the fence - it's always been his best thing."

For the win, Davis took home a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Newt White, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Dick Hershman, a 100x hat from Shorty's Hattery, a Cinch vest sponsored by Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion.

When asked how Reymanator had changed since his Futurity year, Davis said, "He's gotten easier. Don Murphy told me he would be really difficult as a 4-year-old, and he was right. About half-way through his 4-year-old year I let my little boy cowboy on him for about six months and he's mellowed out. As a 5-year-old he's been unbelievable." When asked about his future plans for Reymanator, Davis replied, "He's a gelding and he'll probably be with me until the day he dies, so we'll go through all the stages of training. I have a World's Greatest Horseman horse that I'm pretty high on. We'll show that horse in the Bridle for a couple more years and then move this guy into that position."

Reymanator, by Dual Rey out of Savannah Hickory, is owned by John Semanik. Semanik, of Jacksonville, Florida, wasn't in Reno to witness the Open Hackamore win, although he is planning to be in town Sunday, because Davis is riding another of his horses in the Open Futurity Finals.

Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat earned the Open Hackamore Reserve Championship and $7,140 with a 438. Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by Dave and Barbara Archer, also won a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison medallion. Tuckers Smart Cat is by WR This Cats Smart and out of Smoke Time Tuck.

Jake Telford and Once A Von A Time Win NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle
Once A Von A Time began his career as a reiner, and although he just began a cow horse career in the last year, he's already won a Championship at a National Reined Cow Horse Association premier event.    Once A Von A Time was piloted to the Open Bridle Championship at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity by Jake Telford, winning $7,420. He also earned a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Cable Creek Ranch, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Sanguinetti and Wilhite, a 100x hat from Shorty's Hattery, Platinum Performance, a Cinch vest sponsored by Bob's Custom Saddles, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion.

"We got two cows in the cow work. The first one didn't do much, and then I was nervous about the second cow. When it left the corner it tried to come off the fence, but my horse read it perfectly. It was really good, and I knew we had a chance to win," he said. "You don't know it's a winning run - but when it's all over and you hear the whistle you know when you have had a good one."

Von was in reining training with National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal, and qualified for the NRHA Futurity Finals. "I've had him a year now. I showed him off and on all summer and I just felt he was going to be good and that we'd save him for bigger things. I'm working on the cutting and I hope that he's my World's Greatest Horseman entry next year," Telford said.

Von, by Von Reminic out of Sheza Shinette, is owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC. Telford said, "I thank Nancy Crawford-Hall. Without the great owners I have, I wouldn't be here showing these horses. I couldn't afford a horse like this. It makes life a lot easier to have such great and supportive owners."

on Emmons and Olena Oak took the Reserve Championship with a score of 436. They won $5,936, a Cinch vest sponsored by Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. Olena Oak, by Smart Chic Olena out of Fritz Oak E Doakie, is owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott.

Also presented during the Open Bridle awards was the Runaway Creek Quarter Horses Open Bridle Mare award, which is presented to the highest placing mare in the Open Bridle. This year's winner was Flo N Blu Boon, owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner and ridden by Doug Williamson. The Gardiners received an additional $1,000 for the award.

Tina Fry and TF The Gus Man Win Cinch Intermediate Open Championship at Snaffle Bit Futurity
The Cinch Intermediate Open Championship of the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity was decided Saturday, October 1, in the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.   
Tina Fry and TF The Gus Man marked a 216 in the herd work, and followed that with a 216.5 in the rein work. "I had great herd help. I thank Jon Roeser, Ted Robinson, Doug Williamson, and Jake Gorrell. They helped me pick great cows," she said. "The rein work was iffy and I figured I could make that a little better, but we still scored ok."

Fry and TF The Gus Man, by WR This Cats Smart and out of Classy Remedy, went into the Finals tied for fourth place. But their cow work score of 222 clinched the Championship with a 654.5 composite. "It felt great. He's been a good fence horse from the very beginning. It's nice to come to the finals knowing I have the horse that can do it," she said. "Travelers' Farm has been very good to me by allowing me to ride some great horses."

Because of sponsorship from NRCHA Corporate Partner Cinch, Fry was presented with a $30,000 Championship check. The bevy of awards also included a Bob's Custom Saddle from Heart River Ranch in memory of Lori Candee, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by TKO Ranch - Bob Stevens, a 100x hat from Shorty's Hattery, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion.

Fry has been riding TF The Gus Man since February of 2011, after the horse had a short-stint in cutting training with Morgan Kromer. "They realized he wasn't going to make a big time cutter. He might have been a little late coming to the reined cow horse program, but it's worked out really well," Fry said. She and TF The Gus Man also qualified for the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals on Sunday, where the Champion will win $100,000.

The 32-year-old has worked for former NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Sandy Collier for the last five years. "She's been a great mentor. She has given me a lot of opportunities to show and be successful," she said.

Chris Dawson finished as the Reserve Champion on his horse Travelin Jonez with a 650. Dawson, of Whitesboro, Texas, won $17,960, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Stuart Ranch, a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. Travelin Jonez is by Smart Chic Olena out of Travelin With Sass.

Nick Dowers Tops NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open on Smarter Image
With a 640 composite, Nick Dowers and Smarter Image claimed the Limited Open Championship of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, held annually at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.  Dowers and Smarter Image, by Very Smart Remedy out of Teena Cash Flo, began the finals with a 210 in the herd work, followed that with a 214 in the rein work, and finished with a 216 down the fence. "We had a clean run - nothing too fancy - in the herd work, but everything stayed clean. I liked everything about the rein work because my horse was really good," he said. "Our cow work went well and we had a really good cow."

The Limited Open Championship garnered $6,260, a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Doug Granade, a 100x hat from Shorty's Hattery, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, a Cinch vest sponsored by Bob's Custom Saddles, and a CR Morrison trophy and commemorative medallion.

Dowers, who works for Anne Reynolds in King Hill, Idaho, began riding "Wilbur" a couple months ago. "Todd Bergen trained him and did all the work. I got him a couple months ago before the pre-futurity and have just been trying to maintain what Todd had and get him shown to his ability," he said.

Benton Bland rode Savannahboonsmal to win the Limited Open Reserve Championship, $5,008, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by 3 Peaks Ranch/Esther and Bill Jackson, Platinum Performance, a Cinch vest from Bob's Custom Saddles, and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. Savannahboonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal out of Savannah Hickory, is an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale alum, and was the high-seller in 2010. The talented mare was purchased and currently owned by Circle Y Ranch of Aubrey, Texas.

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




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