Ted Robinson Wins Seventh NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Title

The 2005 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity was one of many milestones. Legendary trainer Ted Robinson, Oak View, California, earned a record seventh Open Championship during the event, which for the first time paid out more than $1 million during its two-week run at the Reno Livestock Event Center in Nevada.
Ted’s win came on Nu Circle Of Light, a horse he owns with Paula Hunsicker, that is by Nu Circle N Cash and out of Katie Starlight. Katie Starlight had an impressive show career, winning two World’s Greatest Horseman titles, and Ted campaigned Nu Circle N Cash to about $80,000 in earnings. Interestingly enough, Nu Circle N Cash was sired by Nu Cash, the stallion that Ted earned his first Open Futurity Championship with in 1987.
“Nu Cash made me,” Ted admitted. “He was the first futurity horse I ever had and it’s so neat that his grandson is winning too.”
Ted and the stallion he calls “Theo” marked a 213.5 in the herd, a 216.5 in the rein work and a crowd roaring 224 down the fence. Reserve Champion Boyd Rice led the field until Ted entered the arena during third set. Ted knew he would have to make a hard run, and as soon as he saw his cow, he had to let his horse go for it.
“When the cow work came, I had seen that cow and I didn’t’ like him when I saw him because he was big and strong and I thought he would push on me a lot,” Ted recalled. “But he kept working that fence and I knew he was going to stay on the wall. I felt good about him. He just happened to be fast and I had a lot of run and my horse stayed with me.”
With a composite of 654 points, Ted took home his seventh title and the Championship check for $100,000.
Boyd Rice, one of the country’s top cutting trainers, earned the Open Reserve Championship and a check for $80,000. He and Playin Attraction, by Playin Stylish and out of Ginnin Attraction, owned by Burnett Ranches Ltd., led the Intermediate Open Futurity Preliminaries, won the Intermediate Open Championship Friday and then came back Sunday to earn the well-respected Open Reserve title.