Todd Bergen and Shiners Dun Juan Maintain Lead of NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Rein Work Prelims

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open rein work preliminaries continued Sunday, September 25, at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.  With only 32 horses left to compete, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen and Shiners Dun Juan continue to lead the preliminary rein work with a 224. They also sit atop the composite leader board with a 444, having marked a 220 in the preliminary herd work.

Shiners Dun Juan, by Smart Shiner out of Cremes Chic Olena, is owned by Janiejill Tointon of Longmont, Colorado. If the 3-year-old cow horse wins the rein work preliminaries, Tointon will receive a check for $1,500, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Ken Wold Training Stables, and a Mehl Lawson bronze from the National Reining Horse Association.

The last three sets of the Open preliminary rein work will compete Monday, September 26. The rein work will be followed by the cow work, which concludes Wednesday, September 28.  The top 25 Open entries plus ties from the preliminary competition will advance to the clean-slate finals on Sunday, October 2, where the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion will take home a check for $100,000!

NRCHA Hall of Famer Les Vogt currently leads the Cinch Intermediate Open preliminary rein work with a 221.5, and the Cinch Intermediate Open preliminary composite with a 439.5. Vogt is competing on Nic It Smartly, by Nic It In The Bud and out of Shining Smartly. Nic It Smartly is owned by Luke Jones of Allerton, Iowa.

Trent Pedersen and Stylish Herbie marked a 220 to take the lead of the Limited Open rein work preliminaries. By Stylish Rey Gay and out of Gees A Shining Star, Stylish Herbie is owned by Quail Run Ranch of Bend, Oregon.  While Pedersen has the high rein work score, Monice DeBie and Cody Christensen lead the preliminary composite with a 429.5.

DeBie is riding Shes The Business, by Sophisticated Catt and out of Little Plain Pep, owned by Dan Caetano of Hanford, California. Christensen's entry, PRF Spoonful Of Gold, by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of Sons Miss Sprat, is owned by A & C Racing and Roping.

To earn a spot in the Cinch Intermediate Open Finals, riders have to be one of the top 17, and the top 10 will advance to the Limited Open finals. The Finals of the Cinch Intermediate Open and the Limited Open will be run concurrently on Saturday, October 1.

The Open, Cinch Intermediate Open, and Limited Open rein work preliminaries continue through Monday, September 26.

Complete results can be found by visiting The entire event is being webcast live thanks to NRCHA Official Videographers Galloping Video. To view the webcast, visit

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