June 12, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is scheduled to take place at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City June 20-27, and NRHA wants you to not go home empty handed! In partnership with trade show vendors, NRHA Partners and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the NRHA Zone is going to be buzzing all week long. In addition to a world-class equestrian competition, spectators can expect a new, engaging experience to make the NRHA Derby a fun experience for the entire family.
Here’s what visitors can expect:
- Free Parking, complete with shuttle service to help spectators get out of the hot sun, and into the cool coliseum!
- Free Admission all week!
- Renew NRHA memberships at the NRHA Zone
- Coupons and discounts from vendors in the trade show
- A “Selfie Stand” at the NRHA Zone in the trade show where one lucky winner will be selected each day for posting selfies on Facebook!
- You Be The Judge! Score a friend as they “run” NRHA Pattern 9 in the trade show (on foot)
- Build an ultimate fantasy team of NRHA professionals for a chance to win a special prize package!
- Catch free prizes and gifts from the stands all week long!
- Get an autograph of USEF and NRHA Professionals!
- And much more!
Don’t miss the great competition. New for 2015, NRHA added the Classic Equine 4D Reining competition for exhibitors entered in the Youth, Novice Horse Non Pro, Amateur and Green Reiner classes on June 21. Exhibitors competing in these classes at the NRHA Derby can enter the 4D portion for an additional $20 by noon, June 20. The 4D portion will be run concurrently during those classes.
The 4D jackpot method is a new innovative concept in the reining world, and was first introduced at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth. “We’re so excited to bring this concept to the NRHA Derby. It not only allows NRHA to test a widely popular concept in the barrel racing industry, but also gives riders a chance to win better paychecks. We are always looking for innovative ways to make Reining more and more appealing to those not already in our sport and we think this is an excellent direction to grow the sport of reining,” said Shianne Megel, NRHA Director of Events & Affiliates.
Not only is the 2015 NRHA Derby the best place to see some of the best horses and horsemen compete for nearly $1 million in cash and prizes, but spectators can also go home big winners! A complete schedule and list of host hotels are available now atnrhaderby.com.
Special thanks to NRHA Partner: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Miller International: Cinch & Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios Of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Schmersal Reining Horses, SmartPak, and Xtra Quarter Horses.
Special thank you to NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Fan-Guy, Joe Cooper Ford of Yukon, Tamarack Ranch, Not Ruf At All, Arenus, Sundowner and Twin Cities South Trailers.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.