Behind the Slide – Jessica How, Texas

“This year’s futurity is going to be a lot about our community coming together and understanding what we need to do to keep everyone safe and healthy. Being together with our reining family has really been the biggest blessing of all.” 

Jessica and her husband, NRHA Professional Mark How, brought Gold N Tinseltown for the open event. They’re hopeful he can be Mark’s first horse to make it back to the NRHA Futurity Open Finals.

“We bought him privately from the Silvas right after the Legacy Sale. I don’t think the Silvas would’ve normally sold one like him, so we got really lucky. He’s been an awesome horse ever since we got him as a weanling.” 

Mark and Jessica sent the chocolate palomino out to the pasture to do some more growing before learning the ropes of reining. He’s stayed true to his Hollywoodstinseltown bloodlines with his athleticism and smarts.

Mark and Gold N Tinseltown marked a 203 in the first round. And only time will tell if they will move on to the semifinals. The pair had a great support system in the warm up pen and stands. That’s a huge part of any score at an event of this size.

“My 3-year-old isn’t quite ready yet, so we’re giving him some more time, which means I am ground crew for this show. I also had surgery two weeks ago to remove an ovarian cyst/tumor. I had almost an entire month off between not feeling well beforehand and then two weeks of layup after the surgery.” 

As Jessica is getting back into riding shape, she’s happy to be Mark’s cheering section. She’s accompanied by her two dogs, Bella and Nyx.

“If I go somewhere, Nyx is with me. But Bella mostly just goes to horse shows with us.” 

Keep your eyes peeled for Jessica and her two pups as well as Mark on Gold N Tinsletown.