Introducing the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity

In an effort to help find economical and safe solutions to control the numbers of horses on American rangelands, Protect The Harvest created the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity which is held in conjunction with the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. Protect The Harvest is on track to host it’s third Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in 2020. Both of the competitions, in 2018 and 2019, were a huge success and reached people nationwide. Trainers, from NRCHA professionals to well-known mustang enthusiasts, participated in the event. The 2019 Championship went to Andrew Steiger and South Steen’s Maggie Magpie with a composite score of 673! This competition demonstrates that the standing surgical spay is a viable and humane option for population control. Since its inaugural year, Protect The Harvest has spayed 33 fillies with no complications associated with the spay procedure. They also hope it showcases these horses in a way that encourages more people to consider a horse from our American rangelands. Episodes showing the trainer’s and filly’s progress throughout the year can be found on Protect The Harvest’s YouTube channel.

Check out this YouTube Video Overview of the entire program

Andrew Steiger and South Steen’s Maggie Magpie during their fencework.

Click here to meet the 2020 fillies and read their trainer’s biographies

2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity

The Wild Spayed Filly Futurity will be returning to Reno, Nevada in 2020. During the 2019 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, ten fillies were auctioned off to compete during the 2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity. Some buyers and trainers were repeats from the 2018 and 2019 WSFF!


2019 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Results:

2018 Champions – Lance Johnston and Three Fingers Holly

In its inaugural year, the Championship went to Lance Johnston and Three Fingers Holly! The reserve championship went to Rebecca Sternadel with Three Fingers Blonde.

Lance Johnston congratulating Rebecca Sternadel and Three Fingers Blonde after their herd work score was announced.

Lance and Rebecca tied for first all three events. Lance’s higher cow work score of 226 broke the tie and won him the 2018 WSFF Championship!


2018 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Results:

Link to article in Western Horseman Magazine

The “Stang Gang” celebrating their purchase of Three Fingers Holly at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.


Our Goal for the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity:

The goal of the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity is to showcase the significance and abilities of these resilient, tough and beautiful horses. It will also demonstrate their trainability and hopefully encourage more people to consider a horse from our American rangelands. A second and very important goal of the program is to help find economical, safe solutions in controlling the numbers of horses on American rangelands which will allow people to appreciate them in a healthy, balanced environment in the wild.

Benefits of Spaying Wild Fillies:

Protect The Harvest has been a steady advocate for the multiple use of federally administered lands. The extreme over population of the wild horses nationally has decimated wildlife, rangelands and water sources. Over a twenty year period, there have been many attempts to control herd populations by using the birth control drug, PZP. Unfortunately, this method has been proven ineffective, costly, and unsafe when administered.

Even with application of the birth control drug, mares continue to cycle. They are bred monthly by multiple stallions and never settle. Herds have to be gathered and captured annually to administer the drugs, proving to be very costly and ineffective.

The spaying procedure costs a little more than HALF of ONE dose of PZP and is only performed once in a mare’s lifetime, meaning there would be no need for repeated gathering off the range. From the 2019 Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee meeting it was reported to cost $521 per horse per dose of PZP. After the spay procedure, mares can be returned to the wild. Once spayed, a mare can safely roam the landscape, possessing all her mare behaviors, as if she was in foal.

Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Television Episodes:

Our communication team has been following the Wild Spayed Fillies since the beginning. Their progress has been chronicled on both social media and in television episodes. These television episodes have been aired on networks like: RFDTV and the Cowboy Channel and are now available on our YouTube channel as well. The television episodes and the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity event has reached millions of people with information about the overpopulation crisis on American rangelands. It has also informed the public about the impact on native wildlife, the horses themselves, the ecosystem, and American ranchers. Via our efforts, we have been able to inform and educate people who were unaware of the rangelands crisis.

We were also able to help garner support for a spay study from the public and major groups.

Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 1


  • Three Fingers Blonde – Bias Barn, Roger Bias and Rebecca Sternadel
  • South Steens in Stilettos – Justin Wright Performance Horses, Jared Jones, Russell Probert, Daniel Sanchez and Justin Wright
  • Beatty’s Butte Betty B – Ferris Performance Horses, Kirk Ferris
  • Keli’s Gotta Gun – Jones Performance Horses, Justin Jones
  • South Steens Sweet Raven – Jones Performance Horses, Jill Pierre
  • Three Fingers Theresa – Wyatt Fisher


Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 2


  • Three Fingers Holly – Lance Johnston
  • South Steens Sly Charlotte – Don Clark
  • South Steens Gypsy – Miriam Altman
  • South Steens Roany Wrinkles – Whitney Campbell
  • South Steens Painted Pawnee – Taylor Gordon
  • Three Fingers Fox In The Rocks – Bobbi O’Brien-Hall


Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 3


Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 4

In this episode watch all 12 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity trainers show in their own reined cowhorse division during the 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada.


Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 5

This episode includes the stories of five of the Wild Spayed fillies and their journey to the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno Nevada.

  • Cold Springs Cricket and Tyler Johnson Clark
  • Cold Springs Tilly and Randall Davis
  • Dandy Darla and Whitney Campbell
  • Murderer’s Creek Swift Sally and Shelby Rosholt
  • South Steen’s Maggie Magpie and Andrew Steiger



Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Episode 6

Features the stories of six of the Wild Spayed Fillies and their journey to The 2019 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno Nevada.

  • Nutmeg Nellie and Willow Williams
  • Sagebrush Annie and Kyle Hockett
  • South Steen’s Honeybee and Jason Gay
  • South Steen’s Sienna and Ann Simon
  • Sweet Scarlet with Jill Pierre and Justin Jones
  • Three Fingers Susie Strawberry and Taylor Gordon



Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Information:

Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Website- https://www.renosnafflebitfuturity.com/

For more information about the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity visit their website

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Article about 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity




Protect The Harvest thanks the Burns Oregon Wild Horse and Burro program for supporting our efforts and working with us to present this unique opportunity benefiting horses of the American West.

For information about other horses available at the Burns facility, follow the link below:

Link to Burns Oregon Wild Horse and Burro Program

Thank You to Zoetis and Priefert for your continued support of the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity!



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