In 2011, the National Reined Cow Horse Association added a new division to its limited age event roster – the Level 1 Limited Open.
In its debut year at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, held annually at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada, 46 competitors entered the competition, which boasts a total payout exceeding $32,000!
The first phase of the competition – the herd work – was held Thursday, September 22. Currently in the lead of the new division is Matt Koch with a 215.5. Koch was riding his horse SDP Blue Blood, by Laredo Blue out of SDP I Got Good Genes. For the herd work high score, Koch will receive a check for $500.
Tied for second with scores of 213.5 are Cody Christenson and Ryan Gallentine. Christenson rode Mamas CD Dulces, by Dulces Smart Lena out of CD Light, for Mamas Ranch. Gallentine competed on his horse BLS First Choice, by SR Instant Choice out of Birch Jane Jameen.
The Level 1 Limited Open continues Monday, September 27 with the rein work, and the champions will be decided Wednesday, September 28, following the cow work.
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The NRCHA, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of reined cow horse competition. The NRCHA 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 Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, San Juan Ranch – A Division of Santa Cruz Biotechnology, and the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, 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 www.nrcha.com.