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Baird, Berg Earn Novice Horse Non Pro Titles
Competition continued at the 2016 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity presented by Billingsley Ford in the Ancillary Arena with the Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 classes. Featuring 41 entries in both levels the National Reining Horse Association affiliate competition was tough in Ardmore, Okla.
Melissa Baird riding Easy Money Miss took the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 with a score of 73 for $150.Easy Money Miss is a homebred 9-year-old mare by Easy Otie Whiz out of Major Money Miss.

The talented mare had taken a short three year hiatus from the show pen, but has come back this year performing strong, taking multiple wins already at the SWRHA Futurity. She led Baird to win in Wednesday’s Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and put Parker Wurst at the top of his class in Thursday’s Limited Open.

“She’s been having a great year,” Baird said.

Owned together with her husband, Marshall, the couple are enjoying the success with the mare. During the awards presentation, Marshall said “I think this is going to be a common thing with this mare,” and it looks as if wins in the show pen are indeed becoming of Easy Money Miss.

Sally Berg riding Highlanders Scandal took home the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 with a score of 71.5., worth $261. Highlanders Scandal is by Conquistador Whiz out of HR Short Wheel Base and owned by Barn 66 LLC.

Berg has had the mare two years, and she’s been enjoying riding the mare. Although Berg admitted she was a little nervous prior to showing because she and Highlanders Scandal had never shown in Ardmore prior to this year, however the duo had a great showing taking the win. Berg said she was excited for her first show in Ardmore, and of course the experience was made even better with the win.

“I was a little nervous she’d be looking around, but we took it easy, but did correct stuff,” Berg said. “She was really there with me the whole time, she’s just one of the best horses to show; she’s really easy.”

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