The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity continued with Ancillary action on Thursday, October 28, with the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, and Rookie Professional classes.
Topping the Intermediate Open division with a score of 75 was Thiago Boechat and Shiners Voodoo Dr, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC of Purcell, Oklahoma. Boechat took home a Montana Silversmiths buckle and a C.R. Morrison trophy, along with a check for $638.
“We’re just trying to get ready for the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City,” the Purcell, Oklahoma trainer said of the 3-year-old, by Shining Spark and out of Voodoo Chic. “He was really good today. There are some little things that I think we can go home and work on and just get better.”
Boechat noted that he was pretty confident in his horse’s ability. “He was good for me in Tulsa, and he was good here again. He’s just a good horse.”
Reserve went to Tracy McReynolds and The Whiz Way, owned by Jim McAlister of Houston, Texas. McReynolds and The Whiz Way, by Topsail Whiz and out of Dun It The Hard Way, marked a 74.5 in the competition, collecting $438 and a saddle pad from Kyle Tack.
Riding for Jerry Kimmel, Trey Pool won the Limited Open Championship on Gun In Tinseltown, by Kimmel’s stallion Dun Gotta Gun and out of Showtimes Tinseltown. The win netted $332, a Montana Silversmiths buckle and a C.R. Morrison trophy.
“He really did good today,” Pool said of the 4-year-old, who won the competition with a 74.5. “I made the finals in the Open Level 1 and 2 at the NRHA Futurity last year, and Jerry’s been showing him. I’m very glad he let me show him today. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to ride him again.”
Marking a 74, Becky Shelton and Three Dunnits Down took reserve honors in the Limited Open, receiving $239. Three Dunnits Down, by Reminic N Dunit out of Lil Badgers Farrah, is owned by Helen Bearden.
The Rookie Professional Championship was also won by only a half-point, and it was Yonathon Baruch and Sparkin Personality that took the title with a 74. The win came with a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a C.R. Morrison trophy, and $158.
Sparkin Personality, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Gyromatic, is owned by Baruch’s employer’s, Craig and Ginger Schmersal of Overbrook, Oklahoma. The Schmersal’s son Nick has been successfully showing the mare in youth competition. “She’s always been good for Nick, but they wanted to let me have some fun. I did,” noted Baruch after the class. “I thank Craig and Ginger for the education and opportunity every day.”
With a 73.5, Bobby Barko and Sheza Smart Cookie won second place in the Rookie Professional, receiving a saddle pad from Kyle Tack and $133. Owned by Lance Griffin, Sheza Smart Cookie is by Smart Starbuck out of Reminic Chex Bar.
All the action of the 2010 SWRHA Futurity and Horse Show can be seen online thanks to the live webcast from Waltenberry Productions. Just visit the SWRHA website at www.swrha.com for a link.
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 580-759-2572, or visit www.swrha.com.