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Warming up for a new year in the saddle

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Members of the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association train at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore. (KTEN) Members of the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association train at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- January marks a new year for the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association, so they saddled up for a warm-up on Sunday.

"Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association has a practice day at the first of each season, so this is a good chance for us to simulate show conditions," said Oklahoma City competitor Bill Weaver.

Riders came from all over the region to Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore in order to practice several events that they'll be competing in this year.

"Today they're practicing the cutting over in the coliseum, the rein work in the second cover, and the fence work -- which is our favorite event -- right here in the big cover," horse trainer Russell Dilday explained.

Fence work is where the rider controls a cow to make certain moves around the arena. While it is a fun event, it also is challenging.

"A ton of control, and then a ton of trust in your horse to be able to read the cow... but also to trust you enough to handle them and tell them when to switch sides," Dilday said.

Participating in reined cow horse events is exciting for a lot of riders.

"It's kind of an adrenaline rush, you know?" So if you can ever master this, I think you can really call yourself a horseman," Weaver said. "Just hope to improve every time and make a better partnership with Old Dally."

The next SRCHA competition will be the Swing Into Spring Horse Show March 12-15 at Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

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