Smart maneuvers and smooth moving reining horses were the name of the game Friday at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, presented by Billingsley Ford. The competition continued in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla., beginning the day with the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Open classes.
Frank Ordner riding Chex From A Star topped the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro with a score of 146.5, worth a total of $1,666. Chex From A Star is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Chex From Hollywood and owned by David Silva Sr.
This is the first time Ordner has shown Chex From A Star aka “Cliff” for Silva. TypicallyOrdner says he just lopes the 6-year-old for Silva when he’s out of town. As such, Cliff and Ordner are very familiar with each other and Ordner says he really enjoys riding the stallion.
“He’s just a fun horse to ride,” Ordner said. “If you’re having a bad day, you get on this one.”
Ordner was excited about his win and said it was his first “big” trophy, meaning his first Lawson.
“It felt awesome; one of the best ones I’ve ever had,” Ordner said of his run. “He was really locked in all week. It’s my first big trophy. I have a couple of the little ones.”
Second place in the Non Pro, as well as the Intermediate Non Pro, was Carlton Crowe riding Whizout Chrome (CromedOut Mercedes x Miss Whiz Biz) with a score of 143.5.