ARDMORE, OK - Riders at an event in town this weekend are not horsing around. The competition among the entrants is fierce.
On Friday, entrants at the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association show were practicing trying to direct a cow from on horseback.
"It's kind of like taking your automobile and driving it 150 miles per hour," said entrant David George of Pilot Point, TX.
About 60 riders signed up for the weekend event. The judge will check for how close they stick to a certain pattern and control the cow.
The goal is to "keep the cow at the other end, to box and just keep your horse in control, turn on the cow and then drive the cow down the fence," said entrant Jennifer Bowman of Weatherford, TX. "You make two turns -- one left, one right -- and then hopefully circle both directions."
Those with serious aspirations can gain points and qualify for the National Reined Cow Horse Association Show in San Angelo, TX.
"You have to have great horses to do this and practice a lot," said entrant Jorge Cid of Caracas, Venezuela. "It's really hard to be a good rider."
Many entrants just enjoy testing their skills and spending time with their horses.
"Being on a horse to me is always teaching you something, you've always got something to learn," said entrant Stacy Lynch of Weatherford, OK.
"You can just go hang out with them and they don't talk back and most of the time they don't argue," said Teresa Padgett of Gainesville, TX.
"The horse has a certain rhythm and you have to get to their rhyhtm to make it work and it forces you to slow down," George said.
The public is invited to watch the show out back at Hardy Murphy Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.