ARDMORE — Visitors to Ardmore will have the chance to see some of the most talented horses and riders in the country next month.
The 2009 Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Kalpowar Futurity & Faith Performance Horses Derby will be Aug. 20-23 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum. It will showcase highly trained horses competing in reining, herd and cattle work, said Gay Lenz, association administrator.
"They manipulate the cow in different required movements. You’ve got to be able to read cattle,” Lenz said. "They’re pretty talented horses.”
Horses spin, slide to stops and cut and herd cattle, she said.
Admission is free. This is the first time the show will be in Ardmore, said Susan Fiely, association member. Previously held in Waco, Texas, the show moved to Ardmore because it is more central to the group’s region, she said.
Last year, there were 120 entries in the show, and organizers are expecting more this year, Lenz said. Some of the top trainers in the nation will participate, she said. Last year, contestants in the futurity/derby received $120,000 in winnings, and the horse show portion gave away $10,000.