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Ed Robertson Leads 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Herd Work Prelims on That CD Rocks

The largest National Reined Cow Horse Association produced event, the 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity, kicked off September 21 in the Biggest Little City in the World – Reno, Nevada.

As the largest and most profitable event of its kind, the Snaffle Bit Futurity, held at the Reno Livestock Events Center, has become the must-attend event for reined cow horses. This year, the Snaffle Bit Futurity features 283 Open entries, all vying for a piece of the over $1 million purse.

The gamble of training and showing a reined cow horse all the way to a Snaffle Bit Futurity win is a long shot and takes an incredible amount of skill and a lot of luck.

As the first day of herd work preliminary competition began, luck and fortune favored some participants, but hindered others.

Former Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Brandon Staebler had been sidelined from competition by a fractured leg, so Ed Robertson took over the reins of That CD Rocks. Entered in both the Open and Intermediate Open divisions, Robertson and the CD Lights stallion, out of Shiney Tari, commanded the lead of both preliminaries with a 218.5. That CD Rocks is owned by Robbie Humphreys, of Clovis, California.

In the Limited Open division, Will Pennebaker, riding his horse, Snorty Little Pep, is tied for the lead with Andy Sherrerd on Roostin Houston, owned by Cowan Select Horses LLC. Both marked 215.5.

Snorty Little Pep is by Snorty Lena and out of Badger Sis, and Roostin Houston is by Hey Houston and out of Cherroo.

Open herd work preliminary competition continues through Tuesday, September 23. The Open finalists will be decided Tuesday, September 30, after the cow work.

Complete results can be found on http://www.nrcha.com.

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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