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Justin Wright takes Metallic Flame to $35,000 Open Futurity win special to the horsetrader

ENO, Nev.—The tradition of the reined cow horse sport on the West Coast continued with the Second

Annual Reno Snaffl e Bit Futurity, presented by Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest, held Sept. 10-16 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Highlights of the futurity included the

crowning of Metallic Flame and Justin Wright as the Open Futurity champions, Got Kisses and Laurie Richards taking home the Non Pro Futurity championship titl, the continued tradition of Reno Snaffl e Bit Sales held in conjunction with the futurity, the new addition of the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity competition (which Lance Johnston and Three Fingers Holly dominated), and plenty of shopping with the western vendors located along the concourse. “Our entries were up from 2017 in the futu-

rity divisions and horse show classes, and we are amazed at the remarkable support we’ve received from the reined cow horse world,” said John Ward of Tulare, and one of the founders of the Reno Snaffl e Bit Futurity. “And we’d really like to thank Forrest Lucas and Dave Duquet e for their support through Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest,” Ward added. “Through their support of the Reno Snaffl e Bit Futurity, Lucas Oil is bringing an awareness to our western way of life. And Protect The Harvest protects all of us by working diligently to protect the agriculture industry that our livelihoods are rooted in.” With a composite score of 662.5 (220 out

of the herd, 217.5 in the rein work, and 225 down the fence), Wright and Metallic Flame were the high score leaders throughout the Open Finals, securing their Open Futurity championship title, a win check for $35,000, a saddle sponsored by DT Horses, and a gold buckle sponsored by Lone Oak Large Animal

Justin Wright celebrates his $35,000 victory Sept. 16 in the Reno Snaffl e Bit Futurity Open along with friends after scoring a composite 662.5 on Metallic Flame, owned by Bob Stevenson of Buellton.

Veterinary Services, Inc. “It was a very gratifying feeling to win in

the Reno arena, because I’ve blown it in there before,” shared Wright, from Santa Maria, of his 2018 championship win. “I’ve got a lot of memories growing up and show- ing in Reno, and to win the Open Futurity in that arena was awesome and a lot of fun, and an accomplishment I have strived for.” Metallic Flame (a.k.a “Tex” around the

barn) is owned by Bob Stevenson of Buellton. He is a gelding by Metallic Cat and out of Scooby Dooby Dual. “We originally didn’t plan to show him in Reno, so it was a last-minute decision to enter him,” Wright explained. “I got him early this year and he was a lit le bit green, so we had a bit of ground to cover.” Ken Wold and Jule Of A Time were the

Intermediate Open Futurity Champions, with a composite score of 646.5 (214 in the herd, 216.5 in the rein work, and 216 down the fence) and secured the win with their tie-breaking high fence work score. Jule Of A Time is a mare by Hickory Holly Time and out of Soula Jule Forever, and is owned by Daniel Perez of Westley. Wold, from Wilton, and Jule Of A Time won $15,000 for their Intermediate Open championship (plus $11,000 for a fourth-place fi nish in the Open). An icon in the reined cow horse world,

96-year-old Johnny Brazil, Jr. was present- ed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Reno Snaffl e Bit Futurity’s Hall of Achievement Banquet, held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino. Reined cow horse trainer, Smoky Pritchet of Red Bluff presented Brazil with a set of custom spurs created by John Mincer Silversmiths. Brazil was one of the original 27 horsemen and horsewomen who met at the Milias Hotel in Gilroy in 1949 to discuss preserving

Ken Wold and Daniel Westley’s mare, Jule Of A Time (Hickory Holly Time x Soula Jule Forever), were the Intermediate Open Futurity Champions with a composite score of 646.5.

Chris Krieg rode One Time Reno (One Time Pepto X Miss Nica Dual) to the Limited Open Futurity title for owner Doreen Dalbey of Kingsburg.

the old Spanish Vaquero methods of horse training, which led to the formation of the California Reined Cow Horse Association (CRCHA), known today as the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA). “Without his infl uence, our reined cow horse sport would not be what it is today,” said Pritchet . More online:

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