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SWRHA Futurity Awards Top Rookies Sunday
2016-10-30
The final day of the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity saw another set of tough Rookie competitors competing for championships and high-point titles.

Jennifer Anderson riding Ruf Hearted Jac (Lil Ruf Peppy x Miss JacOf Hearts) owned by Turnabout Farms LLC topped the Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 with a score of 72.5.

“I’ve been practicing a lot and I told myself this morning I wasn’t going to be nervous and I was going to try to do everything nice and smooth,” Anderson said. “It worked out great, but I’m fortunate to have this horse to show and a great crew to help me.”

Anderson has been leasing the stallion and says the decision to do so has been very rewarding.

“He’s a great horse,” she said. “Turnabout Farms owns him, and they stand him at McCutcheon’s (Tom and Mandy McCutcheon), and I’m leasing him from her this year and, I’m so happy she’s letting me do that this year. He’s a great horse to show in the Rookie. He knows what he’s doing, it’s me that’s not quite as confident as he is, but we’re getting there.”

Jaclyn White riding ShinakasWimpress, by Wimpys Little Step out of Shinaka, took home the Skyline High Point buckle for being the highest scoring Rookie Level 1 rider over the two-rounds.

“I rode on Friday, and I rode a more conservative ride, and there were a couple of things that my trainer, Jared Leclair, told me that I needed to work on and to show off more,” White said. “So, I tried to do that today and it paid off!”

The Prime Time Rookie champion and Rookie Level 2 High Point champion was Susan Meyer riding Stepping Down (Wimpys Little Step x Gs Shot Gun Wedding) with a score of 70.5.

“He rode really well. He kind of messed up his turn a little bit, but other than that he did great. I’ve had a great week on him,” Meyer said. “I’m very proud of him, he’s a very fun horse to ride.”

Meyer has had a great weekend with “Shotgun” this week she shared the co-championship in the Rookie Level 2 and Rookie Prime Time on Friday. Sunday, however paid off for a win all to herself. Meyer and Shotgun will be headed to the Futurity in Oklahoma City to compete in the Rookie Level 2.

For taking the top honor in the Rookie Level 2 Meyer received a Skyline championship buckle sponsored by Buster Foster and Double F Ranch. She also received a Skyline championship buckle, sponsored by Shawn and Alan Stratman, for taking the Prime Time High Point championship.

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.