OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – The changing climate of reining worldwide coupled with the emergence of large added money shows in Europe has begun to affect the way top reiners plan their competitive calendars.
With the increased number of approved shows and significant added money available, exhibitors seeking National Reining Horse Association Open titles can no longer plan to complete strictly in the United States and many are opting to include a European jaunt to their 2002 schedule.
NRHA Futurity Champion Dell Hendricks is an example. During the 2001 American Quarter Horse Association World Show, Dell Hendricks rode the flashy stallion, Broadmoor, owned by Imp Agr Cuogi of Vignola, Italy, to claim the AQHA Junior Reining World Championship.
After the win, it was time to chart a new course for Broadmoor. "We decided to haul him for the 2002 National Reining Horse Association Open World Championship," Hendrix said. "The plan is to show him at the larger open classes here in the United States the first part of the year, then we'll send him overseas for the big events in late summer in Europe."
Hendricks is convinced that the European shows will be a major factor in the NRHA open title race for 2002. "With the development of the big open purses in Europe, you really don't want to take the chance of not going there. The total added money on four shows this fall is over $110,000." Hendricks commented.
Dell Hendricks is a National Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion, National Reining Breeders Classic Champion and 2-time American Quarter Horse Association World Champion. He is also a member of the NRHA Board of Directors. He and his wife Terri live in North Texas, where they stand Lethal Lena and Starlights Wrangler, as well as running a full-scale training operation.
The National Reining Horse Association is the worldwide governing body of reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to insure the highest standards of competition and educating members and the public. For information on the NRHA visit the web site at www.nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.