Friday was a big night for Breanna Sloan at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show. She and her horse, Vintage Sail, won the WinStar World Casino Non Pro Level 1 Championship, finished Reserve in the Limited Non Pro, third in the Intermediate Non Pro, and finished tied for seventh in the Non Pro with a score of 218.5.
“He’s just a really good horse – he’s super honest and true. I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” Sloan, who won $3,156, said. “People tell me I did a good job, but really, he did all the work. I just try to do him justice.”
Sloan found and purchased “Gus,” by A Sparkling Vintage and out of Light Paprika, in June of his 2-year-old year. “At the time I bought him he was really green. I tried him and felt like he needed more time and work – and that was what I was looking for. I wanted something for a project,” she explained. “He’s a really kind horse, great-minded, and he’s very talented too!”
Sloan, of Whitesboro, Texas, has been riding with Sebastian Petrol since February. “I give all the glory to God. I thank Sebastian and Melanie, and my dad Dale for supporting me,” she said. “But most of all I just thank my horse. I couldn’t ask for a better one.”
Melanie Schuckers and Ima Conquistador Too won the Level 1 Non Pro Reserve title with a score of 215. Ima Conquistador Too is by Conquistador Whiz out of Miz Brown Velvet.
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.