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Jay McLaughlin Leads Snaffle Bit Futurity Preliminary Rein Work on Genuine Masterpiece

Exhibitors at the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity have a good idea of what they need to score during each phase of the competition to earn a final's berth.

"You'll want to watch me today. I'm going to have to really show to help pull me out of the hole." predicted Jay McLaughlin of Highlandville, Missouri, prior to his rein work on Genuine Masterpiece. He had scored a dismal 190 during the herd work preliminaries - a score that typically takes the horse out of final's contention. "My horse was good; we just cut some bad cows."

As McLaughlin guided the Shining Spark stallion, owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock, through the lead changes, spins, and long, low, sliding stops of the rein work, it was clear that the run would produce a high score. The judges rewarded him with a 222.5, moving McLaughlin to the lead for the rein work preliminaries.

Ron Ralls is holding onto the Intermediate Open high score with a 219.5 on Solano Cat. Solano Cat, by High Brow Cat and out of Smartest Solano, is owned by Elizabeth Hernandez Rodriguez.

In the Limited Open division, Trapper Lowndes has the two highest scores so far with 217 and 216.5. For Cinder Lakes Ranch, he rode Skeets Smart Peppy, by Skeets Peppy and out of Ms Fancy Lil Nancy, to a 217. On Shiners Catwoman, by Shining Spark and out of Miss Hickory Tari, he marked a 216.5. Shiners Catwoman is owned by Cottonwood Springs Ranch.

The Snaffle Bit Futurity is held at the Reno Livestock Event Center, September 21-October 5. The Open rein work preliminaries continue on Thursday.

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(r), 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 <http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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