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Jay McLaughlin Wins Snaffle Bit Futurity Rein Work Prelims on Genuine Masterpiece

The National Reined Cow Horse Association’s premiere triathlon event – the Snaffle Bit Futurity – completed the second leg of Open preliminary competition Thursday evening.

Highlandville, Missouri, trainer Jay McLaughlin topped the rein work prelims on Genuine Masterpiece, by Shining Spark and out of Kings Masterpiece. For McLaughlin, the high score of 222.5 helped ease the pain of a low score in the herd work. “My horse really wanted to work in the herd work, but we cut a bad cow. He really showed well in the rein work, so I’m pretty happy with how things turned out this go.”

Other competitors came close, including Todd Bergen and Shinin Train, and Todd Crawford on Son Shining Rooster – who both scored a 221 – but nothing could budge McLaughlin’s score.

Winning a Snaffle Bit Futurity preliminary go-round was a first for McLaughlin, and along with a check, he and Genuine Masterpiece’s owners, Wagonhound Land and Livestock, will be rewarded with some special prizes at the annual NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet on October 2. They’ll receive a Mehl Lawson Bronze from the National Reining Horse Association, and a Gist Silversmiths Gold Buckle, sponsored by Ken Wold Training Stables.

In the Intermediate Open, Ron Ralls held onto the Intermediate Open high score with a 219.5 on Solano Cat. Owned by Elizabeth Hernandez Rodriquez, Solano Cat is by High Brow Cat and out of Smartest Solano.

In the Limited Open division, Trapper Lowndes had the high score on Skeets Smart Peppy, owned by Cinder Lakes Ranch. He rode Skeets Smart Peppy, by Skeets Peppy and out of Ms Fancy Lil Nancy, to a 217. In fact, the closest score to Trapper’s was his – a 216.5 on Shiners Catwoman, by Shining Spark and out of Miss Hickory Tari. Shiners Catwoman is owned by Cottonwood Springs Ranch.

The NRCHA has already paid out $18,000 in the first five days of competition. Go round money is paid in each division, with the Open paying five deep, and three places paid in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open.

The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity is different from other horse shows in many ways – but probably the most appreciated is that exhibitors can pick up their checks at the show. This means that when the show has ended, over $1.3 million in checks will have been awarded!

The preliminary competition continues at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada, Friday with the Non Pro herd work.

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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