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SWRHA Futurity Honors Affiliate Champions Friday
The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla., continued with tough competition in the National Reining Horse Association affiliate classes. In the Ancillary Arena Green Reiner Level 1, sponsored by First Bank and Trust; Green Reiner Level 2, sponsored by Sam and Martin Larcombe; Ride and Slide Non Pro, sponsored by First National Bank of Ardmore. Also battling for championship titles in the Ancillary Arena were Rookie Level 1, sponsored by Brian Bell Performance Horses; Rookie Level 2, sponsored by Rod Teuscher Bits and Spurs; and the Prime Time Rookie classes took center stage.

Rachel Munday riding FS Einstein Dun It topped the Green Reiner Levels 1 and 2 with a score of 72.5, worth a total of $116. FS Einstein Dun It is by Einsteins Revolution out of Ms Malibu Barabie.

Munday and “Biscuit” have had a busy week having just come off of a win at the American Quarter Horse Congress, where they won the Green Level 2. The SWRHA Futurity Green Reiner class was their first run since Congress, and it gave Munday confidence going into Friday evening’s Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest Rookie Challenge.

“I was a little bit nervous just because I got in late last night so I didn’t ride him that much, but he warmed up great and we had a really solid run,” Munday said. “Everything was correct, and he was listening to me, and we were connected so I’m really excited about the Rookie Challenge tonight.”

Second place in Level 1 was Janet Cowels riding MJG Colonel Dry (Colonels Smoking Gun x Holloywood Dry) with a score of 72. Second place in Level 2 was Brittany Putman riding HA Lenas Tune (Lena Spark x DA NicA Tune) with a score of 72.

Jodie McCutcheon riding Great Time To Spin (Great Resolve x Checker Stich Nic) took home the Ride and Slide Non Pro Level 1 title with a score of 69.5. Great Time to Spin is owned by Gary Hostetler.

In the Rookie Level 1, sponsored by Brian Bell Performance Horses, a tie win between Meg Johnson riding Timber Zak and Kathleen Pendleton riding Starbucks Latte earned the title with a score of 71. Each received $37.

Johnson rode her 8-year-old by Boggies Timber Jack out of Honey Ofa Hollywood and has had the gelding for two years. Johnson says the win was made extra special because she and Timber Zak will be sharing their two-year anniversary soon, which will make this win and the SWRHA Futurity memorable.

As for Friday’s show, Johnson said she’s proud of her mount for staying quiet and honest in his run.

“He was quiet today and listened to me and waited for me and I’m hoping to carry that on into Oklahoma City at the Rookie Finals,” Johnson said.

Pendleton rode Kathleen Sullivan’s Starbucks Latte, who is by Smart Starbuck out of Zanelene. Pendleton purchased the mare as a long yearling in 2007 and showed some when she first purchased the mare, however she turned the mare out for a short hiatus as a broodmare for two years. She brought her back to the show pen, and Pendleton said the transition back was easy.

Pendleton and Starbucks Latte showed earlier in the day on Friday and were able to improve from their earlier showing to take the shared win in the Rookie Level 1, which incidentally was Pendleton’s inaugural first place win.

“It felt really good, because she was really correct and we tried to be really precise,” Pendleton said. “I showed earlier this morning and learned a few things about pattern placement, where I didn’t change leads exactly in the middle, so for this run I tried to be super correct. It wasn’t super-fast or exciting, but we were super correct and I was proud of her.”

Another tie took place in the Rookie Level 2, sponsored by Sam and Martin Larcombe and in the Prime Time Rookie. Susan Meyer riding Steppin Down and Kendra Cooper riding Startime Vintage scored a 72, each worth the shared championship titles. Each rider earned $65 from the Rookie Level 2 and $30 from the Prime Time Rookie.

Meyer’s mount, Steppin Down, is by Wimpys Little Step out of GS Shot Gun Wedding. Meyer has been riding Steppin Down for two years after purchasing him as a 4-year-old and says he’s made her job in the show pen easy.

“He did great turns, he stopped right on a dime like he was supposed to, he did nice circles, nice clean rundowns, and his stops were good,” Meyer explained of her run. “His last one could have been better, but you can’t always be perfect. I’m real excited. It’s a good warm up for this evening (in the Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest Rookie Challenge).”

Cooper split the win aboard Startime Vintage who is by Hollywood Vintage out of Startime Baby Doll.

Cooper and Startime Vintage’s journey to the winner’s circle has not been without its obstacles. Purchased as a 3-year-old, the gelding came started, but not finished and with a few problems on top. However, after a few vet procedures and massage therapy Startime Vintage has been right as rain ever since and picking up wins for Cooper along the way.

In Friday’s Rookie classes in the Ancillary Arena Cooper and Startime Vintage made their first trip to the SWRHA Futurity one to remember, as well as adding some confidence going into the Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest Rookie Challenge.

“We weren’t sure because yesterday he had a mind of his own,” Cooper said. “I went in there (for the Rookie classes) and he was quiet. I started out with my first circles he felt good, stayed with me, came back great and he just stayed with me the whole time. That’s what we’ve been looking for, because he kind of wanted to get ahead of me yesterday.

“He did his best and of course we had a few bobbles here and there, but I’m very pleased with the run and his whole attitude,” she said. “It’s what we’ve been looking for yesterday, but we got it today.”

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