Reymanator, a Dual Rey son shown by Zane Paul Davis for John Semanik, Jacksonville, FL, earned $100,000 on Sunday, October 4, as champion of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The Dual Rey son scored a composite of 652.5 points to win over Shiners Nickle, ridden by Todd Crawford for Michelle Cannon, and Picka Patcha Pepto, under Boyd Rice for Larry Hall Cutting Horses, who tied for reserve with 646.5 and each earned $70,000.
Davis, 37, a former bronc rider, grew up with horses, cattle and Thoroughbred racehorses. His father, Shawn Davis, is longtime general manager of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and a former three-time world champion saddle bronc rider. Semanik, a Florida real estate developer, hired Davis to break and train horses at his Florida Horse Ranch. After a false start with offspring of pleasure horses crossed on bucking stock, Semanik switched to reined cowhorses and Davis trained and showed Handle It Playgun to place fourth in the 2007 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Snow Rey, by Dual Rey, in the 2007 NCHA Open Ltd. Futurity.
“I watched some video tapes and taught myself that way,” said Davis of his initial foray into cutting and reined cowhorse competition. “I got the basics kind of figured out and I feel a little more comfortable.”
Crawford and Rice, both former NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champions, also placed fifth, worth $40,000, and sixth, for $37,500, respectively, on Shiney Senorita, by Shining Spark, and Desire Rey, by Dual Rey. Rice also won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby on Third Cutting, by Boonlight Dancer.
Good Old Times, sired by Yellow Roan of Texas and ridden by Brad Buttrey for Natall Melo, earned a composite score of 646 points to win the Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate championship, while Cookie Banuelos claimed the Limited Open championship on his own horse, Nitrocat, by Nitro Dual Doc. Banuelos, 35, a cutting horse trainer, was showing at the Snaffle Bit Futurity for the first time.
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