Monday, October 10, 2011

The Snaffle Bit Futurity 2011

Every year for two weeks in late September and early October, one of the most challenging horse competitions anywhere takes place in Reno, Nevada. For the uninitiated, the Snaffle Bit Futurity is a three event competition for three-year old horses including herd work, rein work, and cow work. The Futurity also offers competitive classes for hackamore and bridle horses. In the Snaffle Bit competition this year over 200 hundred competitors participated in preliminary open events with just 10% of the competitors qualifying for the finals event on Sunday, October 1, 2011.

This year my son, Andy, competed for the second time in Reno on his horse Jane, owned by Dawn Joyce. Although Andy and Jane’s overall performance was not what he’d hoped for, their run in the cow work ended their competition on a pleasingly good note. Each time Andy, competes he appreciates more than ever the experience itself, the realization that the Snaffle Bit Futurity is truly one of the toughest events in any sport without any guarantees for anyone. The smallest of mistakes can cost a competitor an opportunity to move into the final round or to finish well in the final event itself. As Andy has said, “It’s always humbling, no matter whom you are.” He also enjoys being with and among some of the most talented trainers and horses anywhere.

In addition to participating in and watching some of the best horses and riders in any equine event, there are many industry and retail vendors at the show, plus any number of social events held throughout the competition. The event venue offers attendees and competitors a wonderful opportunity to visit and network with friends, professionals, and other industry leaders.

This year Andy had the opportunity of becoming reacquainted with an old family friend, Vern Greco, owner of The New West Country Store in Kamas, Utah. Vern carries Bob’s Saddles and was the sponsor of all award saddles at the Snaffle Bit. While in Reno Andy and Vern negotiated a sponsorship agreement whereby Andy will be proudly representing Vern’s store and the New West brand.

So, if you have any need for one of the best saddles anywhere, be sure to visit Vern at the New West Country Store.

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