Back to SWRHA Back to News
Stephanie Nelson wins Non Pro Class on Bit Of Magnum

For Stephanie Nelson and Bit Of Magnum, Friday, October 19 was a great day at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Show. They won the Non Pro class sponsored by Curran Farm with a score of 145 and earned $1082, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a Skyline Buckle.

Nelson has had a great partnership with the horse she calls “Chic”. She bought him at the end of 2009 just after he had won the Amateur Reining at the AQHA World Show, then won the NRHA Limited Non Pro World title the very next year. In 2011 they were AQHA World Show Finalists and are qualified for that event again in 2012.

In the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, it was business as usual. “Chico is wonderful. He has taught me a ton.” Nelson rides with Casey Hinton and credits him with keeping them both on the winning mode.

There was a three-way tie for the Reserve championship between James Michael Phillips on Shining Shoes, Jaci Marley on Dun Git A Nicadual and Tamra Kyle on KR Ima Another, all with scores of 144, each earning $541.

In the Intermediate Non Pro sponsored by Hoofin’ It, Larry Barker topped the list with a score of 145.5 on Dream It Magnum. Barker began riding reiners in 1980 on Dream It Magnum’s granddam, Repeat BH, then took off the better part of two decades to devote to his career. Now retired, he’s back to doing what he loves – riding reiners.

Barker, his wife Kathy and resident trainer at their Rock Creek Ranch, Sebastian Petrol, call Dream It Magnum Perfect Penny. An Open NRHA Futurity finalist with Brad Giesbrecht, the 10-year-old has been solid ever since. She showed me how to do it,” said Barker of his Ardmore ride. It was their best score ever and they were rewarded with a Skyline Buckle!

Finishing in the reserve slot for the Intermediate Non Pro was Stephanie Nelson on Bit of Magnum.

Next on the agenda - the Non Pro Futurity – a one-round event that will feature 63 entries vying for a total of over $28,000. That will be followed by the Einsteins Revolution Back Gate Pizza Party featuring the Wacky Hat contest benefiting Rein In Cancer – and the Open reining class. Viewers at home can visit for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.

Often tagged “Where the Best Go First,” the SWRHA Futurity is a must-attend event for reiners. For most, it is the final stop before the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, which begins November 22 in Oklahoma City. It is supported by a group of sponsors led by Billingsley Ford, Winstar Casino, Anderson Bean Boot Company, the South Farm and Jerry Kimmel. For information visit the web site at