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The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Returns for 2008

The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity has proven to live up to its slogan “Where the Finest Go First.” Last year, for example, Millionaire Non Pro Rider Mandy McCutcheon earned the 2007 Southwest Reining Horse Association Non Pro Futurity Championship on Haidachino Hollywood – and a little over a month later, she rode him to win the 2007 National Reining Horse Association Futurity Non Pro Championship. Indeed the horses that debut at the Southwest are always closely watched at the ensuing events and the show has a history of memory-making performances.

So, the Southwest Futurity has long been known for world class reining performances, but in recent years it has also become known for its growing purses and expanding entry numbers.

This year, the Futurity, set for October 21-26 at the newly renovated Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will see even more growth. Added money for the futurity has risen from $119,499 in 2007 to $134,000 for 2008. In fact, the entire show features added money of over $155,000, including the Cinder Lakes Ranch $10,000 Added National Reining Horse Association Open Class and the Harris Equine Hospital $3,000 Mare Bonus.

Much of the added money comes from the SWRHA Silent Stallion On-Line Auction, which will contribute approximately $74,000 of the futurity purse. From January 1 to February 1 of this year, people had the opportunity to bid on breedings to donated stallions, starting at half the advertised stud fee.

To show appreciation to the generous owners of the stallions who donated the breedings, five custom golf carts will be given to the owners of the sire of the highest placing stallion auction offspring in the Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Non Pro, and Intermediate Non Pro divisions. Two other golf carts will be awarded to the Open and Non Pro Champions.

New to the show for 2008 are the Rein In Cancer Performance Halter and Pleasure classes, which feature $1,000 Added in each class. Attendees will be able to watch top reiners and their reining horses trying something different in the arena as exhibit their skills as Western Pleasure entries, and in the Halter classes. Part of the proceeds from the classes will benefit Rein In Cancer, the equine industry fund-raising program that battles all types of cancer.

For more information on the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, or to inquire about the SWRHA, call 580-759-2572, or visit the Southwest Reining Horse Association web site at http://www.swrha.com.


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