Winning one class at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, is an accomplishment. But Roxanne Peters made her debut on Friday, September 23, and won two! Peters and Make Mine Grey marked a 289.5 to win both the Non Pro Limited and $5K Non Pro Limited. She won $2,338, and took home two Bob's Custom Saddles from the NRCHA and the Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Association, two Gist Silversmiths buckles from the NRCHA and Ramona Koch Training Stables, two Cinch vests from Bob's Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, two CR Morrison trophies and two CR Morrison commemorative medallions.
"He just felt good from the minute I got here. Went out to the practice pen and just jogged, then worked the sack. He's a little lazy normally but he just felt honest today - like he's been all year," she said.
As a reining horse breeder, Peters hasn't had much of an opportunity to do much showing herself. But when a friend told her to buy Make Mine Gray, she didn't hesitate. "I thank Lori Bricker for making me buy him. I then had to figure out what I could sell so that I could get him," she explained, laughing. "He's actually a Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale graduate. I also thank Dan Roeser for finding him and putting him in the sale back then."
For Peters, competing in Reno during the Snaffle Bit Futurity is a dream come true. "I've been coming here for years in another context - but this is my first time to actually compete here." She added, "It was really special because my parents and a good friend flew in to watch me compete, and I had so many other great friends here."
The Auburn, Washington, Non Pro had many people to thank - and at the top of the list was trainer Dean McCann. "I owe it all to Dean. He's a great Non Pro coach," she said. "I also thank Donn Leson - he's done all my equipment and been with me from the beginning - and everyone in the Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association. It's a very tight group and we all support each other."
LeAnn Bayles and Diamonds Are Smokin and Jamie Foster and Fletch Me If You Can tied for the $5K Non Pro Limited Reserve Championship with scores of 288.5. Both took home checks for $828. Diamonds Are Smokin is by Like A Diamond out of Shirley Smoke.
Foster and Fletch Me If You Can, by Royal Fletch out of Sug Sug Could, also won the Non Pro Limited Reserve Championship, worth an additional $902.
Complete results can be found by visiting www.nrcha.com. The entire event is being webcast live thanks to NRCHA Official Videographers Galloping Video. To view the webcast, visit 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.