2023 CRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Derby and Horse Show Presented by CR Hes A Tuff One and Red Arrow Ranch

The inaugural edition of the California Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, Derby and Horse Show was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA on November 7 through 12. The event was made possible by the presenting sponsors, Jill Olerich and her stallion CR Hes A Tuff One and Laure Woods and Lexi Kastanis and their Red Arrow Ranch.

Booth Ranches sponsored the $75,000 added Open Futurity and JJ Fisher Construction sponsored the $27,000 added Non Pro Futurity. With the $3,500 added Level 1 Open and the $3,500 added Non Pro boxing, the Futurity offered a total of $109,000 in added money with 70% of the entry fees going to the payout. With 60 horses in the Open, 22 in the Level 1 Open, 10 in the Non Pro and 12 in the Non Pro boxing the Futurity paid out $254,000.

Judy Willhite’s JLW Associates and Rich Micke’s WeldCraft Industries combined to sponsor all divisions of the $44,000 added Derby with $30,000 going to the Open, $10,000 to the Non Pro, $2,500 to the Level 1 Open and $1,500 to the Non Pro boxing, and 70% of the entry fees going to the payout. With 50 horses in the Open, 18 in the Level 1 Open, 19 in the Non Pro and 33 in the Non Pro boxing the Derby paid out $154,600.

Adequan sponsored the $9,350 added Horse Show and with a record turnout of 175 horses across 16 NRCHA classes and 20 CRCHA classes, the show paid out $29,152.

Between the Futurity, Derby and Horse Show the event paid out $437,752.

Every Futurity money earner also received a buckle, all Derby champions received buckles and every CRCHA Horse Show class champion received a custom embroidered event jacket.

In addition to the competition in the arena, attendees enjoyed a welcome reception hosted by Ideal Homes and a BBQ hosted by Day & Night Markets and Rare Earth Coffee held in conjunction with the Futurity and Derby awards presentations.

The event live stream and live scoring was provided by CRCHA official videographer JF Video. Show photography was provided by CRCHA official photographer Deb Mann Images.

Matt Koch on SJR Hitime Shine put in a dominating performance with a 665 composite score capped off with the high fence score of 226.5 to win the Open Futurity taking home $30,000 for owners San Juan Ranch. Justin Wright ended up in a three-way tie with himself splitting second through fourth places earning $13,334 each for Scooters Daisy and owner Richard Wright, Roanmeo and owner SC Ranch Co and Scooter Five and owner Scooter Kat Partners, each pair with a 658 composite score.

In the Intermediate Open Futurity Ken Wold and Shezabetonbobbie took the top spot with a 657 composite score again topped off with the high fence score of 225 earning $15,000 for owner Ann-Sophie Andrews. Finishing in second with a 655.5 was Ricky Nicolazzi on Metallic Slayer claiming $8,000 for owner Heaven Sent Ranch.

Nicolas Barthelemy rode Lite Hawk to the win in the Limited Open Futurity marking a 648.5 composite and taking home $6,500 for owner White Tail Ranch Performance Horses. Finishing just a half point behind with a 648 to take home second place was Darrel Norcutt on Bet Hesa Nu Star earning $3,500 for owners Ty and Melissa Fowler.

In the Level 1 Open Futurity it was Elizabeth Horve on Rey Mo Rebel coming out on top with a 647.5 composite score and again posting the high fence score of 220.5 to put $4,000 in the bank for owner Kyle Maslin. Following Elizabeth was Luis Valdez showing Shezalittlepeptochic marking a composite of 642.5 and taking home $3,000 for owner Kristi Berna.

Sweeping the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Futurity divisions was Mason Beal on his Miss Royal Oak with a 647.5 composite score also marking the high fence score of 218 and earning $7,000 in the Non Pro, $4,500 in the Intermediate and $2,000 in the Limited for a combined payday of $13,500. Coming in behind Beal in the Non Pro and Intermediate was Jayson Fisher and Stopp N Drop marking a 637 composite with the second highest fence score of 216 and picking up $5,200 in the Non Pro and $3,250 in the Intermediate for a total of $8,450 for owners Jayson and Teresa Fisher. Francesca Lord brought Metallic Bush Cat home in second in the Limited Non Pro Futurity with a 611 composite earning $1,000 for owner Lord Ranches.

Taking the honors in the Non Pro Boxing Futurity was Paul Magistri on his Ruf Estimate with a 641.5 composite to claim $2,300. Following Magistri was Becky Stockett scoring a 625 on her Smooth Talkin Atmas winning $1,900.

In the Open Derby it was Phillip Ralls on Call Me A Cool Cat coming out on top with a 666.5 composite score to pick up $15,000 for owner Rebecca Armour. Jake Gorrell brought home Little Miss Voodoo in second just a half point behind with a 666 composite and a $10,000 check for owner Dana Roulet. Ralls and Gorrell tied for the high fence score of 225.

Gorrell’s 666 carried over to the win in the Intermediate Open Derby adding $7,500 to owner Dana Roulet’s payday. Finishing in second one point behind Gorrell and with the second highest fence score of 224.5 was Brendon Clark on CR Hes A Tuff One banking $6,000 for owner Jill Olerich.

Backing up his win in the Limited Open Futurity was Nicholas Barthelemy taking the win in the Limited Open Derby on Heart Breyker with a composite score of 655.5 to add $4,000 to owner White Tail Ranch Performance Horse’s winnings. Following just a half point behind with a 655 in second was Tina Robinson on Ragtimes CD Rey picking up $2,250 for owner Olivia Bethe.

In the Level 1 Open Derby it was Lilla Bell and CR Be Lethally Tuff besting the field with a composite score of 643 earning $3,500 for owner Lacy Bourdet. Taking home the second place $2,250 check for owner Vera Earl Ranch was Bailey Kimball and VE One Hired Gun putting up a composite score of 642.

Jayson Fisher and Wood U Just Do It prevailed in the Non Pro Derby with a 656 composite score to claim $6,000 for owners Jayson and Teresa Fisher. Charles Stevens followed up in second on Reyjan with a 649.5 composite score to pocket $4,000 for owner SC Ranch.

Fisher’s run on Wood U Just Do It also topped the Intermediate Non Pro Derby and an additional $3,000 for owners Jayson and Teresa Fisher. Steven Silva picked up second on his DT Shiney N I Know It with a 649 composite score earning $2,000.

Silva’s 649 on DT Shiney N I Know It was good for the win in the Limited Non Pro Derby and another $1,000. Coming home in second was Brandon Gorham on his OSR Smooth Indian scoring a composite of 643 and a check for $800.

In the Non Pro Boxing Derby Vanessa Stevens and Smokin N Smooth put together a 655 composite score to top the field and win $3,000 for owner Charles Stevens. Riley Valin and her Dual Timin Holly put up a composite score of 645 for second and $2,500.

In the Open Bridle Tina Robinson on Nina McCorkle’s Once Upon A Hicapoo marked a 438 to top the field of 19 horses and earn $1,590. In the Open Hackamore it was Justin Wright on Jim and Linda Schrack’s Stylin Metal besting the class of 10 horses with a 443 winning $1,185. Andrea Pasek on her DT Hickorys Shakira put up a 427.5 for the top spot in the Non Pro Bridle field of 21 horses and a check for $868. In the Non Pro Boxing Jenna Stolting and her Kit Kat Royal scored a 437 to come out on top of the class of 32 horses for a $1,058 payday.

Adding to the excitement in the Open Futurity and Open Derby competition were the entries of Matt Koch and Phillip Ralls who were not only competing for event money and prizes but also looking to boost their earnings to make their way into the top five money earning NRCHA riders of 2023 and thereby qualify for the 2024 American Performance Horse. Both came into the event just below the cut line. With a first and an eighth in the Open Futurity and a fourth and an eighth in the Open Derby Koch picked up a total of $43,000 to finish fourth in the standings moving past Clayton Edsall who hung on to the final spot. Despite finishing ninth in the Open Futurity and first in the Open Derby to add $19,250 to his year-end earnings Ralls unfortunately fell just short of making it into the top five.