Pamela Smith Wins NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Two Rein on Alberts Bro Rusti
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, held annually in Reno, Nevada at the Reno Livestock Events Center, is the largest reined cow horse event in the world. But along with the Futurity – strictly for 3-year-old cow horses – the event also boasts a full slate of NRCHA-approved ancillary classes.
The first of the ancillary champions was crowned Friday, September 23, when Pamela Smith won the Non Pro Two Rein championship. Smith was riding Alberts Bro Rusti, owned by Karl Smith.
Smith and Alberts Bro Rusti, by Chex In My Genes and out of Shotgun Maggie, marked a 278.5. “He felt really good – it was actually the best I’ve ever felt him feel. I just knew it was going to be a good day,” she said following the awards ceremony, where she received a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a CR Morrison trophy, a Cinch vest sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy. “It’s my first time to win here and it was way exciting!”
Pamela and her husband Karl acquired “Rusti” as a 3-year-old. “It’s actually a cool story. The guy who owned him couldn’t afford him, so he sold him to us for a dollar,” she explained. “He’s our dollar horse!”
Smith, who resides in Jerome, Idaho, added, “I thank all my Magic Valley friends, Karl, my girls, and everyone that cheered me on.”
Taking the Reserve title with a score of 278 was Toni Hagen and Just Ask Me Nice. She won $650, a Cinch vest from Bob’s Custom Saddles, Platinum Performance, and a CR Morrison trophy. Just Ask Me Nice is by Captain Nice and out of Missy Dual Master.
Complete results can be found by visiting www.nrcha.com. The entire event is being webcast live thanks to NRCHA Official Videographers Galloping Video. To view the webcast, visit www.gallopingvideo.com.
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.