The eyes of the global equine community will turn to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds for the National Reining Horse Association’s 2001 Futurity November 23 through December 1.
The NRHA Futurity is the richest reining event in the world, where 3-year-old horses compete for a $150,000 first place and the show's total payout will likely exceed $1.3 million. Over 1,800 participants are expected.
The roster of entries for this year's NRHA Futurity represents the most elite of western riders, including last year's winner Todd Sommers, two-time champions Todd Bergen, Craig Johnson and Mike Flarida, and NRHA Leading All Time Rider, Tim McQuay.
The nine-day event includes a full trade show, which offers a variety of wares, from artwork to tack, western clothing and jewelry. The NRHA Futurity Sales, slated for November 29 and December 1, showcase some of the country’s finest reining horses and prospects, as well as broodmares and stallions. Von Reminic, last year's Futurity Champion and $150,000 winner, was purchased by Frank Bolea at the NRHA Futurity Prospect sale just two years earlier.
Special Thursday and Friday evening performances feature the popular freestyle reining - varied reining patterns performed in costume to music.
The NRHA Youth Conference will convene on November 29 at 11:30 am and a United States Equestrian Team Question & Answer Forum will be held on Friday morning at 9:00, to discuss the upcoming World Equestrian Games and other USET topics.
The NRHA Hall of Fame Gathering of Legends reception will be held at noon on Friday, November 30, at the nearby NRHA Headquarters Office.
Reining is the only western riding discipline recognized by the United States Equestrian Team and the Federal Equestrian International, the governing body of international equestrian competition. With new international prominence gained in the last few years, and the recently announced acceptance of reining as a medal event at next year's World Equestrian Games, reining remains on the fast tract to become an Olympic Medal Event.
Often called the “dressage” of the western world, reining is accepted as the highest level of western riding because of the communication between rider and horse displayed as they perform complicated maneuvers - incredible sliding stops, lightning spins and rollbacks - all on a loose rein.
The National Reining Horse Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is the governing body of the sport of reining, with over 10,000 members. The organization approves over 345 events worldwide and distributes over $4.6 million in prize money each year. For NRHA Futurity ticket information, contact OK Tickets at 405-948-6800.