My grandma and I have always had a thing for old, broke geldings. All of my life, she never considered a stud. That was, until she met a no-name colt going through the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale in Reno, Nevada.
My grandma fell in love instantly. A One Time Pepto out of Miss Nica Dual, the two-year-old colt was meant to be hers. After all, she owns his half brother, Mr Spook Nic.
And in true Doreen fashion, she named him “Reno”.
A few days later, she submitted the papers to the American Quarter Horse Association for “One Time Reno”. A tribute to where they found each other, and where the beginning of their history would be made.
After Reno made it home, he was turned out with a few other stud colts at the Ward Ranch. Trainer Chris Krieg would start him the coming year.
As a two-year-old, Reno was a dream.
“He was easy, he’s an easy horse. You just have to ride him,” Chris said. “He picks up on it pretty quick, he’s always been easy and fun.”
The roan colt was on a consistent workout schedule, gearing up for the biggest moments of his life thus far.
The Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, consisting of three events, tests the limits of a futurity horse and their trainer like none other.
In the cow work, rein work, and herd work preliminaries, Reno marked a composite 631.50 advancing him to the Limited Open Finals.
I can easily say that watching Reno in the Finals was one of the most exciting experiences, even from a live stream several hundred miles away. Frequent flurries of text messages and a few cocktails later… Reno ended the show as the Limited Open Finals Champion.
“It was a lot of fun,” Chris said. “He is a really good horse that makes showing a lot easier.”
And it must have been fun for my grandma too, because she just started a new adventure with Gettacatbythetail, a two-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Getta Mister (the full sister to my mare, Get A Mister).
I can’t wait for the next Snaffle Bit Futurity!