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Paul and McCarty Shine in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro

Non Pro Champion

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Finals concluded October 3 as 16 finalists competed for a purse that exceeded $159,000.

Riding Smart Shiney Lena, Dema Paul earned her third Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship. By Smart Shiner and out of Sassy O Lena, the talented 3-year-old mare and her owner marked scores of 214 in the herd work, 214.5 in the rein work, and the high score of 220 in the cow work to clench the title with a 648.5 composite.

“Every part of it was fun! Everything went like it was supposed to. I was tickled with everything, and I drew the best cow – it was the cow to win on,” noted the Cave Creek, Arizona, competitor. She was quick to thank her herd help. “Ted Robinson and Brad Buttrey were such great help in the corners.”

While Paul wasn’t quite satisfied with her preliminary dry work, she noted that she had some help there, too. “I didn’t really trust her at first. I said she was nervous. My stepson, Randy Paul, told me I was making her nervous – he told me I had to relax. Today, I let her go, and she was perfect.”

Paul purchased Smart Shiney Lena in July of last year from Carol Rose. “Shining Spark horses are good horses. They do well for me. They have a lot of natural stop, and that’s what attracted me to this one,” she noted.

The win garnered the champion a check for $28,820, an Original CR Morrison NRCHA Cow Horse Bronze from Cable Creek Ranches, a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Skeets Peppy and Vaughn Zimmerman, a Gist Silversmiths Champion Buckle from Jon and Jody Semper, an ESP wool top pad from Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers/Outlaw Conversions, and a custom made hat from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.

But that’s not all – Dema also placed twelfth in the Finals on her horse, Nic It Night, pocketing an additional $3,602.

Intermediate Non Pro Champion

Reserve Non Pro Champion

John McCarty not only earned the Intermediate Non Pro Championship with Mister Diamond Shine, he also earned the Non Pro Reserve title with a score of 639.5. Mister Diamond Shine is by Mister Dual Pep and out of Shinersdiamondjackie. McCarty, a manager for a large ranch in Gaviota, California, was awarded $21,615 for his Reserve title and $8,310 for the Intermediate Championship.

“This is my vacation. I’ve worked there for many years, and they always let me come. This year, my vacation more than paid for itself,” he laughed. Along with the big payday, John was also awarded, for the Championship, a Bob’s Custom Saddle from Heart River Ranch, a Gist Silversmiths Champion Buckle from Bitterroot Springs Ranch, an ESP wool top pad, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers/Outlaw Conversions, Platinum Performance, and a custom made hat from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.

For the Reserve title, he received another Gist Silversmith Buckle, from Cinder Lakes Ranch, a custom designed bit from Randy Paul, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers/Outlaw Conversions, and Platinum Performance.

But the Futurity isn’t over for the pair – they also qualified for the Intermediate and Limited Open Finals, and the Open Finals. However, McCarty decided to scratch from the Intermediate and Limited Open Finals, which would be held only 6 hours after the completion of the Non Pro Finals.

“We didn’t have a good herd score for the Intermediate and Limited, so I decided he might as well have a break, and get ready for Sunday,” explained McCarty. “It’s really all gravy from here, so he might as well relax.”

Completing three fast cow work runs can have adverse affects on a horse’s performance, so McCarty already has a plan to make the most of the time between finals. “I’ll probably come to the arena at night, so he can be in here and just do slow work. He’s a little up now, because we’ve gone so hard down the fence. I’ll just let him be here and relax.”

McCarty was quick to thank Mister Diamond Shine’s original owners, Mark and Kelly Gowing, who sold him the horse. “I’m really fortunate that they sold me this good of a horse. I also need to thank my wife, Shannon, who has always been there for me,” he noted.

Bill Cowan, from Ardmore, Oklahoma, earned the Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Championship, and third place in the Non Pro, on Dulce Smart Boomer, by Dulces Smart Lena and out of Boomerita, with a 638.5. He also placed fourth in the Intermediate Non Pro, and eighth in the Non Pro, on Bet Yer A Star, by Bet On Me 498 out of Nurse Gray. With all his winnings, Cowan, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, pocketed $32,209.

Cowan’s wife, Michelle, was last year’s Non Pro Champion. Although she was in the Reno Livestock Events Center to watch her husband compete, she was only cheering from the sidelines, as she is due with the couple’s third child on November 5.

The Snaffle Bit Futurity, held at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada, runs through October 5, when the Open Champion will be decided. The Open division will pay out over $707,000, with the Open Champion receiving the coveted $100,000 check.

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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