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Jake Telford Wins 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Two Rein Championship on Shady Lil Starlight

The 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity’s first horse show classes kicked off with the Open Two Rein on Saturday, September 27.

Beginning with the 2008 Stallion Stakes, Jake Telford has won the Open Two Rein class at every NRCHA produced event – the Hackamore Classic, NRCHA Derby, and now, the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Coming in twelfth in the draw on Shady Lil Starlight, he earned a 294 total to take the Championship by a half-point.

Telford has been riding the 6-year-old stallion by Grays Starlight and out of Shady Little Cat, for two years. In February, they earned the 2007 Open Hackamore World Championship, and followed that with Two Rein wins at the Stallion Stakes and NRCHA Derby.

“He’s a good little Two Rein horse,” said Telford of “Bentley.”

Bentley is owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, who purchased him as a 2-year-old. “I have been absolutely in love with him ever since we bought him,” noted owner Nancy Crawford-Hall. “He’s so beautiful, and bred so well – he really catches your eye when he shows. He is one you can’t help but watch.”

Bentley was shown at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but an injury kept him out of competition for over a year. “I was so worried that he wouldn’t be able to live up to his potential,” said Crawford-Hall. “But since Jake has gotten him, and they have just been doing so well. They’re a great team.”

The win garnered a check for $4,054, a Gist Silversmiths Champion Buckle sponsored by Wayne Bell and Larry Roberts for Western Haulers, a horse hair Mecate from Krause Mecate and San Benito Braiding, a monogrammed down vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers, and Platinum Performance.

Ted Robinson, the winningest rider in NRCHA history, rode Shiners Diamond Girl to win the Reserve title for San Juan Ranch. Robinson and the Shining Spark mare marked a 293.5 to win $3,330, a horse hair Mecate from Krause Mecates & San Benito Braiding, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers, and Platinum Performance.

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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