Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Condenses Schedule to September 16-20, 2020

Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity has revised their schedule for the fourth annual event to September 16-20, 2020 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center in Reno, Nev. The show will go on, despite the worldwide impacts of COVID-19, with the modified schedule accommodating Nevada’s state regulations on the pandemic.

“With the shortened schedule, we won’t have final rounds this year, but the competition for all Open and Non Pro futurity divisions and horse show classes, and the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sale will still be held,” explained Dar Hanson, president of the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. “The show days will likely be longer but this shortened schedule will make staying in compliance with Nevada’s COVID-19 restrictions more realistic.”

Due to the state’s COVID regulations, face coverings are required while on the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center grounds, including in the barn area, unless on a horse. Also due to state regulations, the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity is unable to sell spectator tickets.

“For those unable to be in Reno, we will still have the live webcast of the futurity and horse show competitions. The link to view the webcast will be posted on our website,, and on our Facebook page,” said Hanson. “The horse sale and online bidding will also be available at”

Horses may start arriving in Reno on Sunday, Sept. 13. The draw date for all futurity divisions is scheduled for Sept. 4. All horse show classes will be drawn Sept. 9. Late entries received at the show will go at the top of the draw, in reverse order received. Futurity and horse show entry forms are available online at

Schedule of Events (Tentative)

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. – Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Level One Futurity Herd Work; Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Amateur, Non Pro Limited Futurity Herd Work
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. – Non Pro Two Rein; Jimmie Paul/Tenlight Memorial Open Two Rein; Non Pro Bridle, Intermediate Non Pro Bridle and Novice Non Pro Bridle; Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Open Bridle, Limited Open Bridle
  • Friday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m. (Non Pro Day presented by Scooter Kat) – Non Pro Hackamore; Non Pro Limited, 5K Non Pro Limited, 1K Non Pro Limited; Benny Guitron Memorial Open Hackamore, Limited Open Hackamore
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. – Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Level One Futurity Rein Work; Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Youth Limited; Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Amateur and Non Pro Limited Futurity Rein Work
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. – Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sales (Rodeo Arena)
  • Sunday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. – Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Youth Bridle; Non Pro Limited Futurity Cow Work; Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Amateur Futurity Cow Work; Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Level One Futurity Cow Work

    Hotels & Travel

    The 2020 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity’s host hotels include The ROW’s Silver Legacy, El Dorado and Circus Circus. To book a room, visit for the direct link to the hotel site with the room block information. For more travel information about the “The Biggest Little City in the World,” visit

    Up-to-date information about the 2020 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity can be found on www.renosnafflebitfuturity, and by following “Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity” on Facebook and Instagram.