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Boyd Rice and Mr Playinstylish Top 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Preliminary Competition

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open preliminaries concluded Tuesday, September 30. The reigning Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Boyd Rice, piloted Mr Playinstylish to top the preliminary competition.

The pair marked the herd work high score with a 219.5, followed that up with a 216.5 in the rein work, and finished with a respectable 215.5 in the cow work.

Mr Playinstylish is owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, of Fort Worth, Texas. The flashy stallion is by Playin Stylish and out of Tari Chic Gay.

Rice, a National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame member, earned the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship last year on Oh Cay N Short, on whom he also won the preliminary herd work. Before that, he earned the Intermediate Open Championship, and Open Reserve Championship, in 2005 on Playin Attraction – also by Playin Stylish.

Tommy Thompson, who marked the preliminary high score in the Open cow work, led both the Intermediate Open and Limited Open divisions on Famoso Starlight, a Wranglers Starlight stallion out of Chex My Rain. Thompson and Famoso Starlight marked scores of 213 in the rein and cow work, prior to their 219. Famoso Starlight is owned by Lloyd Moore and Sylvia Riggs.

The cut-off score to earn an Open Final’s berth was a 637.5; in the Intermediate Open, a 630.5 was needed; and a 626.5 slipped in for the Limited Open. The finalist draw order will be decided Wednesday, October 1, at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals Draw Reception, hosted by ULCERGARD, EQUIOXX, and Carol Rose Quarter Horses.

Along with the draw, there will be a special presentation to the owners. Quarter Horse News will be presenting Gist commemorative lapel pins to all the owners of Open finalist horses.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the governing body of cow horse competition, 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 Adequan®, Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Great American Insurance Company and the Silver Legacy Hotel, 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 http://www.nrcha.com.


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