Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Continues West Coast Tradition in 2017

For nearly 200 years, the California stock horse was the trusted partner of the Spanish Vaquero. Today, talented horsemen keep that Spanish Vaquero tradition alive by competing in stock horse events.  That tradition will continue and remain true to its West Coast roots with the inaugural Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest.  The event is scheduled for Sept. 8-17, 2017 at the Reno Livestock Event Center in Reno, Nev. 

“When the NRCHA [National Reined Cow Horse Association] decided to move the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity from Reno to Fort Worth, Texas, a few of us trainers pulled together to keep the premiere event of the reined cow horse sport on the west coast,” explained John Ward, world champion reined cow horse trainer from Tulare, Calif. “We will continue that tradition with the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.”   

The reined cow horse futurity is the triathlon of the western horse world with riders competing on 3-year-old stock horses, shown in a snaffle bit while putting their athletic talents to work in the arena, to demonstrate the events of California’s Spanish Vaquero tradition:  herd work (cutting), rein work, and fence (cow) work.

“This is one of the best spectator sports there is,” said Ted Robinson, world champion reined cow horse trainer from Oak View, Calif. “Any horse enthusiast will really enjoy the finals.”

Over $246,000 in added prize money will be paid out during the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.  Open, Non-Pro, Youth and Limited Non-Pro horse show classes will be held in conjunction with the futurity, and over $10,000 in scholarship monies will be awarded to the Youth Bridle and Youth Limited classes.  Reined cow horse competitors can find entry information online at

Horse sales are synonymous with the Snaffle Bit Futurity event, and the tradition will continue with the Reno Snaffle Bit Horse Sales, managed by Jake Parnell and John Dickinson of Parnell Dickinson, Inc. Two-year-olds, and performance and ranch horses will be sold on Friday, Sept. 15, and yearlings and broodmares will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 16.  The sale entry deadline is July 15.  Additional information and entry forms are available at

Western vendors will also be onsite throughout the duration of the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity selling clothing, tack, home décor, and more.

Event tickets will be available online in August 2017 and will be on sale at the Reno Livestock Events Center Box Office throughout the show.

 Schedule of Events (Tentative)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – Open Herd Work
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Non-Pro Herd Work, Non-Pro Limited Herd Work, Non-Pro Bridle
  • Sunday, Sept. 10 – Non-Pro Rein Work, Non-Pro Limited Rein Work, Open Two Rein, Non-Pro Two Rein
  • Monday, Sept. 11 – Open Rein Work
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Non-Pro Cow Work, Non-Pro Limited Cow Work, Open Cow Work, Non-Pro Hackamore
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Open Hackamore, Open Bridle
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 – Intermediate Open Finals, Youth Bridle, Open Hackamore Finals, Banquet
  • Friday, Sept. 15 – Non-Pro Futurity Finals (8 a.m.), 2-Year-Old Horse Sale (2 p.m.) followed by Performance Horse Sale
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 – Yearling & Broodmare Sale (10 a.m.), Open Futurity Finals
  • Sunday, Sept. 17 – Youth Limited, Non-Pro Limited, 5K Limited, 1K Limited

For up-to-date information on the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, visit and follow the “Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity” page on Facebook.