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Gorrell and McCarty Lead 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Preliminary Cow Work

The preliminary cow work of the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity began Monday, September 29, at the Reno Livestock Events Center, in Reno, Nevada.

After the first 16 of 24 Open sets had been completed, Jake Gorrell and Smooth N Cash, owned by Roloff Ranch, have the high preliminary composite score of 650 – an almost guaranteed finals berth. Gorrell and the Smooth As A Cat gelding, out of Dox Gavacash, marked 215 in the herd work, and 217 in the rein work. They are also tied for the high cow work score with a 218.

Gorrell, of Hanford, California, is a former American Quarter Horse Association Working Cow Horse World Champion, and is a former NRCHA Open Derby Champion.

Also scoring a 218 in the cow work was John McCarty, of Gaviota, California, on his horse Mister Diamond Shine. McCarty, who is also entered in the Intermediate Open division, marked scores of 209 in the herd work, and 213.5 in the rein work, putting him in the lead for the Intermediate Open preliminaries. Mister Diamond Shine is by Mister Dual Pep and out of Shinersdiamondjackie.

And in the Limited Open division, Tina Fry has the high cow work score with a 214 on TF Olena Lily, owned by Travelers’ Farm. That score, coupled with a 211 in the herd work and a 215 in the rein work, means Fry is sitting high in the placings for the Limited Open, Intermediate Open, and Open standings.

The high score Open Cow work winner will receive a Gist Silversmiths Gold Buckles from Brian and Cynthia Holthouse/Wrights Quarter Horses, and the Mehl Lawson Bronze from the Leavitt Family, in honor of Morey Leavitt.

The preliminary competition concludes Tuesday, September 30. The top 20 Intermediate Open and top 14 Limited Open riders will advance to the clean-slate finals beginning on Thursday, October 2, while the top 25 Open riders will compete in that finals on Sunday, October 5.

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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