As the Oklahoma temperatures drop the pressure felt by horse trainers across the country builds. Reiners from across the country began to converge on the Hardy Murphy Coliseum today in preparation for the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Horse Show, which officially beings Oct. 22, and runs through Oct. 27. This year the SWRHA Futurity and Horse Show celebrates its 35th year of being, “Where the finest go first.”
It’s one of the last opportunities for National Reining Horse Association Futurity hopefuls to get competition exposure before the event that begins at the end of November.
Over the past three decades, many SWRHA Futurity graduates have gone on to win big at Oklahoma City. It has regularly been one of the association’s larger events, thanks to the support and success of its annual stallion auction.
In 2018, the SWRHA Futurity and Horse Show paid out more than $217,000, which included $135,000 in added money and 1,251 entries, placing it thirteenth on the list of 2018 NRHA leading events. As entries continue to pour into the SWRHA office, it’s clear 2019 will be another big year.
“We were at full capacity in 2018 so we were happy that the Hardy Murphy facility added 26 new permanent stalls and thought that would handle the demand,” Cheryl Cody of the SWRHA management team said. “It quickly became apparent that we needed more so we added 42 portable stalls. It seemed that should take care of the numbers but we currently are sold out and have a waiting list! We are at nearly 600 stalls and that’s the most, ever.”
The Custom Made Dunit Non Pro Futurity will be held on Friday, and the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity will run on Saturday. Throughout the week, NRHA ancillary classes will be held, featuring great prizes for participants.
Along with the futurity and NRHA ancillary classes, the “Southwest” as it is affectionally called, is known for being innovative and fun. That should be the case for Friday night, Oct. 25, when the Outta Dough Master’s Non Pro Challenge makes its debut. The winner of this event, only for riders age 60 and Over, will receive a trophy saddle and other special prizes. The Masters Challenge will follow the traditional Friday Fun activities of the Markel Pizza Party, the Rein in Cancer Dog Race and the Kid’s Halloween Costume Leadline and Walk-Trot classes.
Speaking of fun, earlier in the week on Thursday, participants can enjoy the Nutrena Exhibitor Party, which features the Pinnacle Equine Embryo Transfer Auction plus door prizes, including $1,000 Shorty’s Gift Certificate.
Contact: Southwest Reining Horse Association, 13181 Hwy 177, Byars, OK 74831
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