The annual National Reined Cow Horse Associaiton Colt Raffle is an institution for the NRCHA and several alumni have gone on to place in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and other major events, so itís always a thrill when the raffle winnerís name is announced at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.
This yearís winner, Kyle Kelly, of Deer Lodge, Montana, was not in attendance at the Reno Livestock Events Center for the drawing, but has attended in the past. Although 22-year-old Kyle is from a ranching background and actually works on a cattle ranch, heís not involved in showing.
Thatís been left for brother, Ryan (24), an NRCHA member who works for Bar JP Quarter Horses, for Pete and Marilyn Peters in Edmond, Oklahoma and their other brother, Cody (26).
When Ryanís parents received Ryanís mailing from the NRCHA Ė with three raffle colt tickets included, his mother just filled out the tickets Ė one for each of her sons Ė and sent back with the money.
According to Kyleís father, Dan, the colt will likely go to Ryan to ride and show. Interestingly, Ryan had recently been looking to buy a Mister Dual Pep youngster, so the match should be a good one.
With the memorable name of Mister Master Card, this year's raffle colt is a bay son of Mister Dual Pep out of Miss Master Blaster, a daughter of Master Remedy. As always, the donated colt is representative of the genetic excellence of the Ward Ranch. Mister Dual Pep, owned by Sheila Head, stands at the Ward Ranch, and the 1993 son of Peppy San Badger out of Miss Dual Doc, was 4th at the NCHA Open Super Stakes, as well as a Gold Cost 5/6-Year-Old Open Winner.
The colt's dam, Miss Master Blaster, is one of the late Greg Ward's last futurity entries and she's also an exemplary producer, as the dam of Miss Plain Plain, the mare on which Russell Dilday won the 2003 Magnificent Seven championship.
Raffle Colt tickets were sold by throughout the year by NRCHA members and by the NRCHA office and the drawing took place in the Arena during the Open NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity finals.
The Ward Ranch was founded in 1972 by NRCHA Hall of Fame member, Greg Ward and his family. Ward Ranch was built physically and genetically around the much-acclaimed mare Fillinic, one of the industry's leading producers. The mother of 1972 champion, Sugarnic, and grandmother of 1981 futurity champion, Sugar Remedy, and many other futurity finalists are credited to this mare and her daughters. Her son, Reminic, is the sire of 1998 Snaffle Bit Futurity champion, Reminics Pep, and 1986 champion, Smokinic. Fillinic's grandson, Master Remedy, is the sire of: Otoe Master, Master Chex, Masteroani, and Master Rani Chex.