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Ben Wagman and Sun Of A Whiz Win SWRHA Youth 13 & Under Ancillary
The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show Youth 13 & Under ancillary Championship was decided in an exciting run-off between Ben Wagman and James Michael Phillips, who both had marked a 70.5 in the round.
Because the run-offs are ran in original draw order, Wagman was up first. The 12-year-old was riding Sun Of A Whiz, and marked a 71.
Next in the pen were Phillips and Shining Shoes, by Shining Spark and out of Miss War Doc. The resulting score of 70 was close, but it wasn’t enough to dislodge Wagman from the top spot. For the win, Wagman received a Montana Silversmiths buckle and a National Reining Horse Association plaque.
“I just felt very confident, which is why I decided to do the run-off,” Wagman explained. “He was really good in the run-off. It was actually the best run I’ve had on him.”
Wagman’s family purchased “Sunny,” by Topsail Whiz and out of Sun Dappled, about six months ago from Josh Visser. “I thank my dad Mark Wagman, Josh Visser, and Shelly Reis, who found this horse for me,” he said.
For the Reserve title, Phillips, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, won a Pro Equine Saddle pad donated by Haverty Ranch.
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