As the 2012 edition of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic gets underway, records are already being broken, indicating a historic year for the nine-year-old event.
With more than 700 stalls occupied as of the first day of the show, a large turn-out for aged event classes and the industry’s best supported NRHA Regional Affiliate Finals, the current view of the 2012 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic is a welcome insight into the resurgence of the Reining sport economy. The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic is ranked annually in the top five events in the world, and recent numbers from this perennial favorite provide a glimpse at possible return to an aggressive growth pattern and hope for a bright future for the sport.
Founded in 2003 by the Oklahoma Reining Horse Association, the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic was assumed by the industry-leading Global Reining Sport Group in 2010, and is enjoying its second year under that production house’s oversight and management. Major improvements are attributed to an elevated attention to sponsor and concierge-level amenities, a renovation of the facility use foot print, intensified business acumen for the operational side of the event, and a major focus on competitor satisfaction.
First up on the docket of high-impact classes in Tulsa include the Spooks Gotta Whiz Developing Horse Futurity on day one of the event. Designed to feature the sport’s young and developing horses as they prepare for major Futurity action, the Spooks Gotta Whiz Developing Horse Futurity gives horse and rider alike the chance to showcase talent of tomorrow’s Reining stars. Results from this dynamic component of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic are sure to be forthcoming, following the exciting outcome of the class.
Other featured bright spots in the show program include the Quarter Horse News Tulsa Stallion Service Auction. Allowing breeders from around the world to bid on stallion service from the industry’s most elite stallions, the Quarter Horse News Tulsa Stallion Service Auction is already heating up. Be sure to be a part of the action by clicking on the “Stallion Auction” from the official event webpage: TulsaReining.com.
The Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship will also be an area of great interest, as the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic plays host to this prestigious class. Be sure to log on to the live webcast featured on the event website and featured on the USEF Network – the industry’s most vibrant platform for all things equestrian sport.