SUBMITTED BY GUEST BLOGGER, DEANNA BECKLEY
Jenn\’s Note: We\’re welcoming Deanna Beckley as guest blogger to My Stable Life as she heads down the road with husband and trainer, Jesse Beckley to the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. She\’ll be posting regularly on this blog from the show. Good luck to them!
If you’ve been following along Western Horse Review’s – The Road to the Futurity – this year in the magazine you’ll be familiar with these four horses’ journeys. Throughout the year, the four 3-year-olds have experienced obstacles, victories, and for one an abnormal injury, all of which we documented for you in this series which ran from Feb/March print issue and wrapped up in the Winter digital issue.
With the year coming to a close, the four horses head to their final stop – the National Reining Horse Association Futurity held in Oklahoma City, Nov. 24 – Dec. 3. Here expectations, physical and mental capability, excitement and even stress will be intensified. First they will be hauled across the United States for 32 hours to reach their destination – Oklahoma State Fair Grounds, Oklahoma City. They will be exposed to changes in weather, an unfamiliar environment and little time get acquainted with their surroundings before having to perform to the best of their ability.
They will perform twice over a two week period, and hopefully a third if they earn themselves the right to compete in the finals.
But these four horses were chosen to compete at this prestigious event based on their heart, try, trainability and success in the show pen. All four of them deserve to be competing against the best in the world for the coveted title and prize money.
In preparation for the prestigious show, trainers Jesse Beckley (my hubby) and Jeff Beckley (my father-in-law) have started developing a plan.
They have put all four horses under lights so their coats are shiny and slick.
The vet has already made her visit to check over the boys to make sure they are in tip top shape and are feeling good. She has pulled blood and has done up all the paperwork that is required to cross the border such as health and Coggins papers.
Jesse has checked his draws. Cooper will be the first to compete, drawing up 85th and showing on the first day of competition (Thursday Nov 24th). Next will be CJ draw #249 on the Friday and then Ten draw #372 showing on Saturday. Jeff will be showing Buddy in the Non-Pro on the Sunday and drew up 31st.
First go of the Open, Jesse and his boys will be running NRHA pattern #1.
Jesse has been working the up and down center rundowns with his horses. This pattern gets a lot of competitors in the go-rounds and there is no room for error!
Second go of the Open will be pattern #6
There is only one go for the Non-Pro so Jeff and Buddy will be running pattern #8.
We’re a week away from heading south and there is still plenty to do! Stay tuned as we head down the Futurity Road.