Keeping the Spanish Vaquero tradition alive!

Reined cow horse is a demanding sport where horses must be able to compete in three events with excellent athleticism, ability and stamina. The Snaffle Bit Futurity is where 3-year-old horses test their athleticism in a trio of demanding events: herd work, rein work and fence work.

In 1970, the first Snaffle Bit Futurity was held in Sacramento with 27 entries. The event bounced around between Sacramento, Fresno, Santa Rosa, Las Vegas and Reno. The Snaffle Bit Futurity has flourished into one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry.

When the California Reined Cow Horse Association (CRCHA) was formed in the ’50s, it was all about the older horses, the hackamore and bridle horses. The tradition started with using the proper equipment at the right age to preserve the horse for the bridle. Training horses on working cattle and develop the light rein. It is The Spanish Vaquero Tradition.

Training a reined cow horse is tradition which must not be lost. Some of these horses, before they are of age, never see a hackamore. Tradition, when riding and turning in the hackamore, is about saving the mouth for the bit. In the two-rein class, this is the year we introduce the horse to the bridle, giving him time to someday hold the bit.

Snaffle Bit Futurities:

The Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity: In an effort to preserve the history and loyalty of the Reined Cow Horse community, a group of past champion riders decided to host a Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity horse show. Proceeds to benefit National Reined Cow Horse Foundation and Protect The Harvest.

The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to the Futurity each year. The reward for the best performance is the $125,000 first-place Open Championship paycheck, and the total payout for all the divisions at the show is expected to top $1.1 million.

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