With a score of 73.5, Lindsey McCutcheon and Mega Beat topped the 35-entry Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 ancillary class at the 2011 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show. For the win, McCutcheon, of Whitesboro, Texas, collected $666, an NRHA Morrison trophy, and a custom Montana Silversmiths buckle.
"She felt really good today. I've been having trouble running and stopping because she stops so hard, but we got that right today. I drove her hard to her stops and she was awesome," McCutcheon said of the 5-year-old mare, by Marthas Mega Jac out of Back Beat. "We raised her, but missed her 3-year-old year. We showed her a little last year and I'm doing a lot of showing in the Novice Horse this year. She's been on a good roll for me lately."
McCutcheon added, "I thank everyone here for doing such a great job of putting on the show. The schedule was really good for me. I also thank my mom and dad and everyone for helping to get my horse ready - I couldn't do it all by myself."
Taking home Reserve honors, $487, and a $100 Kyle Tack gift certificate was Barbara Wibbels and Heza Ruf Hombre with a 73. Heza Ruf Hombre is by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Jessie De New Twist.
The SWRHA Futurity and Show continues Thursday with the second half of 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.