There will be plenty of fun for canines at the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity! Along with the serious presentation of some of the world’s best futurity and ancillary reining talent, there has long been a spirit of camaraderie and fun at the event.
From a womanless fashion show to a reiners’ western pleasure class, all have benefitted Rein In Cancer. This year, the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will see more of the same during the show that takes place Oct. 25-30.
Of course, the third annual Rein In Cancer Dog Race will take over the arena during the Markel Insurance Company Back Gate Pizza Party. Last year, Joe Schmidt’s “Gravy” won first place bragging rights and a special custom doggie gift bag. Petroll Reining Horses’ “Mia” took the Reserve Championship.
But this year there is more with the return of the Halloween Dog Costume Parade also benefiting Rein In Cancer. The winner of the competition for best-costumed dog and runner-up will also receive special gift baskets.
And if you want to record a special moment with a dog, the Rein In Cancer Doggie Photo Booth will be open at selected times for doggie (and owner) portraits! A Rein in Cancer donation is all that’s needed to get a custom photo.
“The race and costume parade have been favorites so we’re really looking forward to having them again this year, and we think people will enjoy the photo booth,” noted show manager Cheryl Magoteaux Cody. “Of course, we all love the opportunity to benefit Rein in Cancer.
“It’s time to be working on a conditioning program for those dogs that are fleet of foot – plus looking for creative costumes!” she continued.
Rein in Cancer is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that, to date, has raised over $1 million dollars. The organization has no employees – only volunteers – and over 98 percent of donated funds have gone directly to helping cancer patients. Currently Rein in Cancer makes direct payments to people in the equine industry that are being treated for cancer. As part of the commitment to helping patients, payment is usually sent within 24 hours of receipt of a simple application. For information, visit the Rein In Cancer web site at www.reinincancer.com.
The SWRHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse, including breeding, training and exhibition. For more information about the SWRHA or the SWRHA Futurity, call 580-759-2929 or visit www.swrha.com.