Todd Bergen rides Shiners Dun Juan to the top of the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity open division for owner Janiejill Tointon.
By Larri Jo Starkey
Janiejill Tointon of Longmont, Colorado, was inches from selling her horse. In fact, she had papers signed for his transfer until moments before the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity open finals began.
That’s when the buyer backed out and Janiejill’s unbelievable dream came true.
Her “sold” horse, Shiners Dun Juan, won the open finals October 2, and the $100,000 check that goes to the winner went to Janiejill.
“I’m riding him today,” Janiejill exclaimed between tears as she patted her horse’s neck.
Shiners Dun Juan is a 2008 buckskin gelding by Smart Shiner and out of Cremes Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena. He was bred by Carolyn Kupka of Boulder, Colorado, Janiejill’s dentist.
“There was just something about him,” Janiejill said, adding that she bought him as a rough yearling.
Rider Todd Bergen didn’t see that something at first and in the gelding’s 2-year-old year, he encouraged Janiejill and her husband, Bill, to sell the horse. No buyers bit on the offer, and “Dun Juan” stayed in training with Todd.
Not long before the Snaffle Bit, Todd noticed that Dun Juan was coming along in his reining skills and starting to show some promise in the Snaffle Bit’s other events as well, herd work and fence work.
In fact, Dun Juan won the rein work preliminaries, and he was on his way.
To read more about the 2011 Snaffle Bit Futurity open finals, see the November issue of Journal Plus.
For more photos from the finals, see the Journal slide show below. Click on each photo to read about it.
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