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SWRHA Futurity Crowns Top Open Riders, Rookie Professional
2016-10-30
The Southwest Reining Horse Association closed the show with the Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, and Rookie Professionals battling for championship honors. Along with the round paychecks, High Point awards were given to the riders with the highest collective score over two days. A high point individual was named in each division and received a Skyline High Point championship buckle.

Barbara Williams riding Dun Lost My Gun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Spring Dun It) owned by Michael Hancock topped the Open with a score of 73. Williams didn’t originally plan on showing Dun Lost My Gun, however after her Open horse became sore she decided to give the call to Dun Lost My Gun.

“He has not been shown since Tulsa (Tulsa Reining Classic) and I felt bad – I thought he’s so fat and out of shape, but he showed fantastic,” Williams said.

Williams also topped the Intermediate class with Dun Lost My Gun and in fact, tied herself aboard her 3-year-old Nics Custom Dually (Mister Nicadual x Custom Whizper), owned by Hancock.

“I just wanted to keep my points in the standings and see what that horse was like going into the futurity [in Oklahoma City] for the Non Pro, so I really could not be more pleased,” she said. “I have two great horses.”

The Intermediate Open High Point champion was Massimo Tallone riding HangtenIn Wrangler, for which he took home a Skyline high point championship buckle. In Sunday’s class Tallone and HangtenIn Wrangler scored a 70.5 for a tie in sixth place, however the collective score was good enough for the high point.

“The horse was pretty good today,” Tallone said. “He was really good in his circling and turning. He wasn’t as good in his stop, he got a little bit down, but I’ve been showing this horse a lot this year, so I have to manage a little bit in my stop. There’s some things we have to work on before we go to Oklahoma City at the Futurity for the affiliate finals, but overall the horse was really good and I was pleased with it.”

Parker Wurst topped the Limited Open riding Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss) owned by Marshall Baird, with a score of 73.5.

“This run was awesome,” Wurst said. “It was the exact same run we had the other day (in Thursday’s Limited Open) and she was good everywhere.”

Wurst has had great luck with Baird’s mare at the SWRHA Futurity and although he marked the highest score over all the divisions on Sunday, he said he’s happy with the Limited Pro win and doesn’t regret not entering the Open, as well.

“I’m happy to win what I won,” Wurst said. Rightfully so considering Wurst also took home the Skyline High Point buckle for the highest collective score over the two rounds.

Glen Arthur Estival riding Sweet Ending (The Sweet Spot x Autumns Wish) scored a 72 for owners Sir Rose Holdings Inc. They also topped the Rookie Professional division as well as taking home the high point Rookie Professional championship. The duo received a Skyline buckle sponsored by Jody Brainard.

For information and complete results from the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla., visit swrha.com or follow on Facebook.