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NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity 2009 – Saturday

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 22nd, 2009 - NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity 2009

The morning NSHA Select Sale and evening 2009 World’s Richest Stock Horse competition on SATURDAY, Aug. 22, bring the crowds to the NSHA Futurity.

SATURDAY, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday morning, the World Championship Team Penning Association event at the NSHA Futurity attracts 162 contestants from five states to the Midstate Fairgrounds. Show secretary Kris Vienna of Hemet said the Open division’s total purse exceeds $8,000.

“The team penners enjoy being here during the futurity, especially the cow work. We’re looking forward to the sale. I think there might be some real bargains on good horses.”

SATURDAY, 9 a.m.
The Main Arena is transformed into a Sales Pavillion as the 2009 NSHA Select Horse Sale nears, at 11 a.m.

SATURDAY, 10:15 a.m.
Dave Thornbury (center) of Calabasas Saddlery enjoys a birthday surprise in the Western Trade Show. Liz Kent (from left) Kaitlin Myers, Dan Daponde and Steve Carpenter join in the celebration, which caught Dave by surprise.

“I had no idea. I was just sitting here working — not a clue. A lot of my customers and people with my chaps are here. This is a great place to meet a lot of friends. It’s a good show.”

SATURDAY, 11 a.m.
Linda McManaman of Exeter obtains her buyer’s number from the Duarte Sales office trailer minutes before the 2009 NSHA Select Sale.

“I’ll be looking at the broke horses.”

SATURDAY, 11:22 a.m.
The sale begins — Florian Barth from Fox Creek Ranch in Tres Pinos, Calif., makes the top bid for Lot No. 1, Peppys Vegasshowgirl, to start the 2009 NSHA Select Horse Sale. The 1998 Dual Peppy mare brought $4,800.

“I bought four horses here last year. They have great quality horses here — that’s why I keep coming back.”

SATURDAY, 5:30 p.m.
2008 World’s Richest Stock Horse Champion Russell Dilday mounts Topsails Rien Maker and shares last-minute words with Mark Matson before heading from the barn to the arena.

“I was just thinking about not screwing up the herd work.”

SATURDAY, 6 p.m.
The crowd in the outdoor Chumash Arena at the Mid-State Fairgrounds is ready for the 2009 NSHA World’s Richest Stock Horse competition.

SATURDAY, 8:50 p.m.
With the first draw in cow work, Bob Avila and Chics Magic Potion thrill with a 225 that was untouchable for the remaining 16 entries. The performance vaulted them past Russell Dilday and Jake Telford in overall points to win the 2009 World’s Richest Stock Horse Championship.

“You’re never too far ahead of everyone in this event. This is the best of the best. When you draw first, you get what you deserve, and you get the benefit of the doubt — if there is any doubt.”

SATURDAY, 9:40 p.m.
The 2009 World’s Richest Stock Horse Champions, Bob Avila and Chics Magic Potion, pose in a victory line-up that spans the Chumash Arena with a few of their stock horse friends. Minutes before this picture, Bob emotionally told Horsetrader.com that this would be Chics Magic Potion’s final win picture — he intended to retire him.

“He’s done so much for me. I’ve had him since he was a 2-year old. I want him to retire when he’s on top. He ranks way up there with the other horses I’ve retired. He’s such a fun horse, a nice horse. He’s my buddy. There’s no mean part about him, and he gives it to me — every time. “I want to give him the respect he gives me. He’s been a great winner, and I want him to go out a great winner.”

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SATURDAY, 9:49 p.m.
Bob and Dana Avila pose with Chics Magic Potion after winning the 2009 NSHA World’s Richest Stock Horse Competition. Then, the bridle came off the 9-year-old stallion for the last time in the show arena. Bob said “his buddy” would go out on top after this prestigious victory, a $20,000 win that pushed Chics Magic Potion’s career earnings past $300,000 — tops in the reined cow horse industry. Dana smiled and lightened the moment.

“He’s going to be Bob’s practice team roping horse now.”

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