Snaffle Bit Futurity Posts Sliding Great Day

Corey Cushing and Lenas Last Time scored a 222 in today’s Futurity Open rein work preliminaries. They currently lead the composite with a 443 after two events.

-Stephanie Duquette photo

RENO, (NRCHA) – The dirt flew and spectators whistled as big scores highlighted the first day of Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open rein work preliminaries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev.

Sharing the lead in the Open, with identical 222.5 rein work scores, were Anne Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, riding Very Black Magic (Very Smart Remedy x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend). Reynolds made the scorching run in the third set of the day, and while several riders came close, no one matched it until Chris Dawson and Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), owned by Stephen Roseberry, made an equally impressive showing in the second-to-last set.

Two Open riders scored a 222 in the rein work preliminaries: Ron Emmons and One Fine Vintage (One Time Pepto x Shiners Siena), owned by Robertson Ranches; and Corey Cushing aboard Lenas Last Time (One Time Pepto x Lenas Peppy Cutter x Smart Peppy Lena), owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank.

In the overall Open standings after two events, Cushing and Lenas Last Time currently hold the number one spot with a 443. The pair won the herd work preliminary round earlier this week with a 221.

In the Intermediate Open, the Paint gelding Lenas Buddy Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena x Dual Pep), shown by Shane Steffen, Powell Butte, Ore., topped the preliminary rein work results sheet with a 221.5. Steffen and Lenas Buddy Nic also lead the Intermediate Open composite after two events with a total 436.5. Lenas Buddy Nic is owned by Linda McMahon.

The high-scoring rein work of the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open prelims, a 219, belongs to Smart Shiner Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Smart Shiney Annie), shown by Travis Young for QTR Circle Nine Quarter Horses. Added to their 212 herd work preliminary score, Young and Smart Shiner Nic hold the top spot in the Limited Open composite, a 431.

The Level 1 Limited Open composite leader is Morgan Cromer, who guided AMR One Shiney Cat (Shady Lil Starlight x One Shiney Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a round-winning herd score of 219, and then piloted the stallion to a 213.5 in the rein work today for a total 432.5. AMR One Shiney Cat is owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses.

Open rein work preliminaries continue tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. and can be viewed on the live webcast, provided by Galloping Video. Find the link at or

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