The Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity will offer not one, but two bonuses this year for top-performing mares at the show at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
New SWRHA Futurity Bonus
The show, scheduled for Oct. 20-25, will award the extra money to the top-scoring mares in the Futurity’s Open and Non-Pro classes. Toyon Ranch will sponsor the $2,500 bonus in the Open, while the new bonuses in the Non-Pro – $1,000 to the highest-placing mare and $500 to the second-highest-placing mare — will be sponsored by Premier Equine Veterinary Services and Rancho Sereno.
“My first reiner was a mare and I fell in love with her and the sport of reining which led to the purchase of our ranch and at least seven more mares,” said Lisa Mayberry, who owns Rancho Sereno with her husband, Mike, and has been breeding horses for two decades. “My husband says if you are going to be in the breeding business, you can’t just have one; you have to have at least five. Little did he know what was to come.”
Last year, the top-placing mare in the SWRHA Futurity Non-Pro was the winner, Coronas At Nite, who was ridden by Mandy McCutcheon.
Open Mare Bonus
The Toyon Ranch Open Mare Bonus of $2,500 is an increase of last year’s award, which was $1,000 and went to Makendiamonds, a mare owned by Dallas Schwerdt.
“The award we are sponsoring, itself, demonstrates our commitment to mare power in the pen and in the breeding barn,” said Nancy Tague, of Toyon Ranch.
Visit www.swrha.comfor more details on the SWRHA Futurity.