2019 NRCHA Futurity – NRCHA
2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship Earned After Thrilling Fence Runs
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is an event that so many look forward to all year because it is packed with action from beginning to end. This year did not disappoint, to say the least!
When the Open finals kicked off with the herd work, it was clear that everyone was really going for it to get a big start on their composite. That paid off for Kelby Phillips when he earned a leading 224 on Nineteen Ten (Hickory Holly Time x Lil Miss Shiney Chex), owned by DT Horses LLC.
When Kelby and the stallion then marked a 221.5 to top the rein work, their 445.5 was leading the composite by a significant margin – but they say it all comes down to the fence work, and that certainly proved true last night.
Lance Johnston and Rocking BS Ranch’s Here Comes The Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Stay Outta My Shorts) had a solid composite of 438 going into the fence work, but since he was trailing Kelby by 7.5 points, he knew something really special would have to happen down the fence to have a chance at the title.
Something special is exactly what happened when the pair put together an incredible run with a spunky black cow that was backed by everyone in the coliseum! When Lance was making his last circle, he threw his fist up in the air knowing that the run made all the difference. A 226.5 lit up on the board and launched his composite to a 664.5, which tied Kelby’s composite after he and Nineteen Ten marked a 219 down the fence.
Since the fence work is the tie breaker, Lance and Here Comes The Boon reigned victorious in the Open and also picked up the Intermediate Championship to make the night even sweeter. Between both Championships, the pair banked hefty paychecks totaling $155,000.
Lance knew the stallion was special from the moment he saw him and encouraged Brent and Susie Stewart to purchase him last year at the 2018 NRCHA Western Bloodstock Performance Horse Sale last year. Here Comes The Boon was last year’s high-selling 2-year-old at $50,000, but we would say he was well worth the investment! They banked an additional $8,512 for taking fourth in the NRCHA Western Bloodstock Sale Incentive Open composite.
The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship is a title that Lance has had his sights set on throughout most of his life, and we just want to congratulate him on an incredible show that allowed that dream to become a reality!
As mentioned above, Lance Johnston and Here Comes The Boon also took home the Intermediate Open Championship after rounding out there show with an amazing fence run!