John Semanik might have another champion on his hands. In 2009, Zane Davis rode John's horse Reymanator to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity $100,000 Championship. On Wednesday, September 21, Davis piloted a new Semanik horse - Chickarey - to the high score of the 2011 Futurity's Open herd work preliminaries.
Only 25 horses plus ties will advance to the clean-slate finals on Sunday, October 2. With a score of 222, Chickarey took a two-point lead in the 200+ horse field going into to the second leg of competition. The 3-year-old cow horse is by Dual Rey (sire of Semanik and Davis's last Futurity champion Reymanator) and out of Sonita Lena Chick.
The preliminary herd work win comes with a check for $1,500, a bronze trophy sponsored by the National Cutting Horse Association, and a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Lightning L Ranch - Stacy Lynch.
The Cinch Intermediate Open herd work prelims ended in a tie between Les Vogt on Nic It Smartly, and Monica DeBie on Shes The Business. Both entries marked a 218, and each received an $800 check.
Vogt was riding Nic It Smartly, by Nic It In The Bud out of Shining Smartly, for Luke Jones. Vogt is a two-time Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. In fact, the NRCHA Hall of Famer tied to win the very first Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship in 1970.
The Cinch Intermediate Open Champion, who will be decided on Saturday, October 1, will receive a guaranteed $30,000.
DeBie and Shes The Business are also entered in the Limited Open division, and received an additional $1,000. Shes The Business, by Sophisticated Cat out of Little Plain Pep, is owned by Dan Caetano.
The Open preliminary competition continues Saturday, September 24, with the rein work, and concludes Wednesday, September 28, with the cow work.
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