Even though the show may have just begun, many of the owners, trainers and contestants at the Southwest Reigning Horse Association Futurity and Show actually came to town late last week. During that time they have been busy working with their horses but have also managed to enjoy a bit of the city along with Hardy Murphy Coliseum itself.
Mandy McCutcheon and her husband live in Aubrey, Texas, where they own and train horses. They have attended the event for more than 25 years, and this year they brought along 30 horses with a team of 10 workers.
“In between riding and showing there is a lot to manage and organize at the barn,” McCutcheon said.
When she and her team are not working with their horses, she said that there are several local restaurants they like to frequent, with her favorite part of Ardmore being the Coliseum.
“It’s a nice facility and they’ve done a lot of upgrades to it,” McCutcheon said. “Every year they try to do a little bit more for the exhibitors, and that’s always great. The people are friendly here, and the staff puts on a great show.”
Jared Leclair of Tioga, Texas, is another owner and trainer. He has been coming to the SWRHA for 15 years. While he and his team work for 10 to 16 hours a day with their horses, he particularly likes getting the chance to relax in town.
“When you go into town the people are really friendly,” Leclair said. “It’s a laid back atmosphere. It’s nice for us who are on the road all the time that you can get a good meal, stay in a nice hotel and be around nice people.”