Behind the Slide – Trent Harvey, Texas

 As a longtime NRHA Futurity attendee and exhibitor, Trent started coming to State Fair Park with his father, Dale Harvey, more than 20 years ago. Now working for Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Trent debuted as an NRHA Professional in 2014.

“My favorite part of this whole event it witnessing all these 3-year-olds coming along,” Trent said. “At the beginning of the year we can all kind of guess who might make the finals here, but under the lights you just never know. Any of them could be the winner and it’s an exciting time in our industry.” 

Trent can remember hearing the Run for the Roses as a little kid, and the same goosebumps hit him as an adult.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to be the winner of this thing,” he shared. “Still today, hearing the Run for the Roses I get teared up. We put our heart and soul in this and it’s every trainer’s dream to have that song played for them.” 

The long hours in the saddle are a big part of why Trent is following the health protocols set by The City of Oklahoma City and State Fair Park for the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC. 

“Whatever the health department says we need to do to keep this show running is what we need to do to the fullest of our abilities,” Trent said. “This is the biggest show of the year and we have clients who spent a lot of money and their time with us as trainers. We need to do everything we can to make sure we get those horses shown for everybody involved.”

One of Trent’s favorite aspects of the annual event is all the social interaction with his horse show family. He’s happy to social distance if it means everyone will get their time under the arena lights this year.