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GNHA is all in family for Pharisses

Greg Phariss learned competition while serving as a coach in the Lawton Public Schools but these days he's focused on the world of horsemanship at the Grand National Horseman's Association Playday Finals at the Comanche County Fairgrounds.

Phariss, a former Eisenhower athlete, then wrestling coach and now Assistant Director of Transportation for the Lawton Public Schools, isn't competing this week but that doesn't mean he's not involved.

He's busy documenting every time for every competitor in every division.

While he grew up on a farm, much of his adult life was devoted to education.

"I got an early lesson on the farm at the cotton field," he said during Thursday's action. "My grandpa told me he'd pay me a penny for each weed I chopped but if I missed one I had to give him a nickel. At the end of the day I think I owed him money."

During those younger years, Phariss was around livestock but that changed when he finished college and got into education.

It all changed several years back when he met his wife Cynthia, who was an avid rider and member of the GNHA.

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