A Good Time at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

Corey Cushing rode Lynn Wurzer's Good Time to the open title October 4 at the National Reined Cow Horse Association futurity in Reno, Nevada.

National Reined Cow Horse Association

When the Charlais steer stepped into the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center October 4, the American Quarter Horse aptly named Good Time and his rider, professional Corey Cushing, were up to the task. The team had marked a 219 in the herd work, followed by a 219 in the rein work portion of the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity finals. Truly, the open championship was theirs to win. 

The duo nimbly worked said steer across the pen, boxing with style before they upped the ante and positioned their bovine cohort down the fence. Two stylish fence turns later, Corey and Good Time went to circle up, the crowd behind them all the way. The result? An impressive score of 221.5 and the Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship.

For the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship, Good Time earned $100,000 for owner Lynne Wurzer of Tacoma, Washington. Lynn purchased Good Time in June 2013 from his breeder, Cindy Smith of Capitan, New Mexico.

Good Time is a 2011 chestnut gelding with a winning pedigree. His sire, One Time Pepto, reached NRCHA $1 million sire status in April and has offspring earnings exceeding $5.6 million in National Cutting Horse Association competition. On the dam side of the equation, Dual Nurse by Dual Pep earned $106,298 in NCHA competition, including the 2003 NCHA Non-Pro Finals championship, plus a third-place finish in the 1999 NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge. Her other offspring have produced $270,256 in NCHA lifetime earnings.

Trainer Corey Cushing is no slouch in the show pen, either. The 34-year-old earned his first Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship two years ago with CD Diamond. That 2012 win helped Corey to become the youngest rider in NRCHA history to ever become a $1 million rider. Corey also earned back-to-back AQHA senior working cow horse world championships in 2011 and 2012 with Rising Starlight, plus helped the mare secure the Farnam Superhorse title at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.

See the full Snaffle Bit Futurity results at www.nrcha.com.

Get advice for training cow horses from AQHA world champions Matt Koch and Chance O'Neal in the October American Quarter Horse Journal.