In the first day of Open Herd Preliminary competition at the 42nd Annual National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, Phillip Ralls of Paso Robles, California, put together a smoking 220 point run in the sixth set of the day on Boon Lil Royal Blue. Owned by Jack Mitchell, the stallion is by Boon A Little out of Colonels Lil Sugar.
The winner of the Open Preliminary herd work, which concludes Wednesday, September 21, will receive a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Stacy Lynch and the Lightning L Ranch, and a cutting horse bronze from the National Cutting Horse Association.
Second in the Open Prelims is currently a tie between Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, Oregon, riding The One Time, and Boyd Rice of Spearman, Texas, on Moonstruck Pepto. Both The One Time (One Time Pepto x Love Em N Lena) and Moonstruck Pepto (One Time Pepto x Moonstruck Cat) marked a 219. The One Time is owned by Camela Essick, and Moonstruck Pepto is owned by Cowan Select Horses LLC.
With scores of 216, Smoky Pritchett and Chris Dawson are currently tied for the lead of the Cinch Intermediate Open. Pritchett piloted Rachels First Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal out of Miss Dual Bar, for Terry and Brit Ratto, while Dawson was riding his own horse, Travelin Jonez, by Smart Chic Olena out of Travelin With Sass.
In the Limited Open division, Nick Dowers and Becky Hurst both marked a 213 on the first day of competition. Dowers was competing on Little Plain Chex, by Just Plain Colonel out of Smart Little Chex, owned by Curt and Kelli Van Nest. Hurst rode Lyndon Farm's Nics The Smart, by Nic It In The Bud out of Shining Smartly.
The Open herd work preliminaries continue Wednesday. The competition runs through Sunday, October 2, at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or through Ticketmaster.com. You can also catch the event live via webcast by visiting www.gallopingvideo.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.