2010 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

Clay and I are back from Reno, Nevada, and we had a great time watching the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity! We had a chance to catch up with several of our American friends and surprisingly, we got to visit with many of our Canadian friends too.

Cayley Wilson, second from the left checks out the cattle.

With our friend and Saskatchewan’s own, Dale Clearwater (Hanley, SK), making the Intermediate Open Finals, Clay and I had lots to cheer for at this prestigious cow horse event.

Dale Clearwater & A Bloom in the herd work portion of the Int. Open Finals.

Riding A Bloom (Smooth As A Cat x Aglows Little Peppy) owned by Dave Freeland, Dale finished with a respectable 14th position and was the only Canadian to make the finals.

Dale trades his horse in for a bike and takes his boys for a ride around the grounds.

Clay and I also got a chance to take in a few of the sales that went on in conjunction with the Snaffle Bit Futurity and show. Despite the fact that the US Government has declared the recession over for the United States in June 2009, 2010 sale prices are still reflecting a downed economy. However that being said, there were still a few horses that seemed to shine above the rest.

Hip #192 in the 2-Year-Old sale for example, was Savannahboonsmal. This pretty, sorrel filly sired by Peptoboonsmal and out of Savannah Hickory sold for $125,000 and had a lot of things going for her. For instance, she was well trained and her athletic prowess demonstrated very well in front of the sale audience.

I couldn't get a picture of the horse, but I did manage to snap a shot of the sale price screen for y'all.

Then Hip #205, Su Pretty Shiney a 2008 palomino filly consigned by Carol Rose went through and sold for $63,000. Shortly thereafter, Hip #212, ARC Sparkin Chics, a 2008 buckskin colt walked through the pen with professional trainer, Todd Bergen on his back and brought a price tag of $45,000.

Hip #212, ARC Sparkin Chics.

I personally thought these were great prices, considering the fact I had witnessed several 2-Year-Old prospects come through the sale pen earlier that day and go for prices that wouldn’t have even covered the cost of their training to date.

Another interesting thing we noticed were several blue tails that graced the finals arena. A number of horses came through with dyed pieces of horse hair intertwined into their tails, in shades of a pretty azur blue. At first I thought this was simply a cow horse trend we had not yet witnessed in Canada, but then I learned that the horses and riders (with matching blue shirts) were donning the dyed locks in memory of Layla Adams. Adams was the wife of NRCHA member and former World’s Greatest Horseman Champion, Andy Adams.

All in all, Clay and I had a great time scoping out this event, checking out the sale prices and…

…exploring the sites of Reno. I’ll never forget the first night we got in and we overheard a lady on the street yelling at someone through a window saying, “I’m not leaving until you give me my Tarantula back!”

Yes. We certainly weren’t in Saskatchewan anymore.

Regardless, the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity is definitely on our radar for the future. We look forward to returning next year.

And a big congratulations goes out to Tucker Robinson & Stylish Little Oak, champions of the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity. Robinson went home with the lions share of the purse money, a cheque worth $100,000 for owners San Juan Ranch. Stylish Little Oak is sired by Playin Stylish and out of the mare, Shiners Little Oak. Altogether, Robinson and Stylish Little Oak scored a 658.5 (including a smoking score of 224 in their cow work) for the championship win.


  1. Winston Hansma also made the Limited (7th) & Intermediate finals (18th). We still think of him as Canadian.
    Thanks for the coverage & photos. Congratulations to all that showed. Anyone that steps in the arena is a winner.

  2. Great coverage! We are all very proud of every one who went down to Reno this year and I believe Canada has more top trainers for this event per capita than anywhere else BAR NONE!

  3. Heather McLevin says

    Very true Cody & some stellar horses, too. I can’t believe I didn’t mention another expatriot Canadian that made the finals, Trent Pedersen, in the Ltd Open.

  4. Teri Clearwater says

    Thanks Jenn for the photos! We had a great time in Reno again this year and hope that more Canadian’s will join us in the future! We were blessed to represent Canada in the finals and have many fellow Canadians there to cheer us on. The NRCHA puts on a great futurity and we are already excited about next years show and pen of horses!