The 27th Annual Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, held at the historic Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, began Tuesday, October 18, with the Novice Horse Open Level 2 class. Winning first place was Jordan Larson and RHM Joker Nu Chex. Larson and the 7-year-old stallion, by Nu Chex To Cash out of Giv Me More Freckles, marked a 75 to win $1,616. They also won an NRHA Morrison trophy and a Montana Silversmiths buckle.
"Today was actually the first time I've shown him," Larson explained. "I got him to see if he could work for me to show in the Open. There were some little things that needed some work, but I was pretty happy with him." RHM Joker Nu Chex is owned by the partnership of Amabile and Strusiner. "I just started riding for them recently. I thank them for the opportunity they've given me to compete on some really nice horses," he said.
Three entries tied for second place and $785 with scores of 74.5. Bobby Barko rode Double Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Chic Olena Whiz), Steve Archer rode WR Kentucky Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Docs Merry Lady), and Pete Kyle rode Crome Shiner (Custom Crome x Shining Dancer). Double Tag Chex is owned by Lance Griffin, WR Kentucky Chex is owned by Steve Archer, and Crome Shiner is owned by Rancho Sereno, LLC.
The SWRHA Futurity and Show continues Wednesday with the preliminary round of the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity. The top riders from the preliminary competition will earn a slot in the clean-slate finals on Saturday, October 22. The SWRHA Futurity and Show concludes on Sunday, October 23.
Built in 1937, the historic Hardy Murphy Coliseum has been a mainstay as an Ardmore tourist attraction. Primarily designed to host horse and livestock shows, recent renovations to the facility have given it the flexibility to host even more events. Along with the space upgrades that allow the facility to stall 500 horses, the addition of air conditioning provides Hardy Murphy with the competitive ability to attract national and regional events. The renovations have resulted in a premier competitive equine facility.
For more information on the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, or to inquire about the SWRHA, please call 580-759-2929, or visit www.swrha.com.
Photo: Duane Latimer taken at WEG last year by Diana DeRosa.