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2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Champion: Miss Scarlets Cat/Myles Brown
In his first attempt at Open competition, Non Pro rider Myles Brown achieved success that most people only dream of. Riding Miss Scarlets Cat, Brown marked 217's across the board for a composite score of 651 to win the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open and $8,520. Brown also qualified for the Limited Open and CINCH Intermediate Open finals on Thursday, October 12; and the Open finals on Saturday, October 14.
"I was happy with her everywhere," Brown said of his reining run. "We just tried to go through there at medium speed because I wanted to save my horse for the finals. She's talented and she's real good-minded. She steals points - she had lots of eye appeal and style so I don't have to run the circles real hard or send her real hard to get plussed because she is so stylish. We got what we were hoping for which was to cruise her through there and be a 217."
A soft cow allowed him to keep the same momentum.
"When you know that you've only got to mark a 214 or 215 to get back to the open finals, it's tough not to be too conservative so I hit it five or six licks and went down the fence and once she goes by, that's it," Brown said. "She's a good fence horse and she reads that cow really good down the wall. She can run and she's quick left and right-she's one hundred percent every time."
Stepping up in to open competition caused Brown to suffer some nerves.
"To come to town with a horse that you know is that good, puts pressure on you because you know if something goes wrong, that it's your fault," Brown said. "I knew I had a real good shot to make the Open finals so I'm happy I did that and I'm proud of winning Level 1, it's a cool deal, but the thing with cow horses is that they'll humble you real quick."
Brown, 23, knew that Miss Scarlets Cat (Metallic Cat x Bee Miss Scarlet) was a good horse from the time he first saw her as a yearling at breeder Brenda Michael's place in Amarillo, Texas.
"Brenda told me that she was going to be a good horse and she's been good ever since. She was a Metallic Cat so I figured we'd try it," said Brown who has looked to mentors Jordan Williams, Kyle Trahern and Boyd Rice throughout the training process. "There's been a bunch of people who've helped me with this."
Brown, Stinnett, Texas, raises cattle and horses on his family's ranches in the Texas Panhandle. He became interested in cow horses four years ago and has been showing for three years. Last year he competed in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro in Reno, Nevada.
Reserve champion in the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open was Sinful Merada (Cats Merada x Sinful Style) owned by Cowan Select Horses, LLC, and ridden by Matt Turner who marked a 638 to win $6,390.