ATRC 2012: A Smashing Success

Colby NP Fut with Dave SilvaProudly produced by the Global Reining Sport Group, the 2012 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic was a big hit with participants and spectators alike. The August 29- September 2, 2012 event broke historical records for numbers of stalls and entries. Attendees enjoyed new youth activities, top-notch amenities, great vendors, and entertainment galore.

Hosted in one of the premier equine facilities in the United States, the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic easily runs two sets of classes simultaneously. With the addition of new AQHA classes, USEF qualifying events and schooling classes, exhibitors had more opportunities than ever to school and show their horses. Excellent footing, the welcoming GRSG Exhibitor Party, and a comfortable schedule were reportedly the “icing on the cake.” Participants were also, of course, pleased to have the opportunity to vie for added money amounts that keep the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic in the top-ten NRHA events each year.

In addition to the benefits available to exhibitors, attendees had access to more great amenities. Live stallion auction bidding, top-notch photography provided by Waltenberry, Inc. and videography as well as live feed of the event, provided by Jeremy Olsen and Equine Promotion, were just a few of the things that set ATRC apart from other events of its kind. The Youth Freestyle, Heritage Team Challenge, and aged events proved to be great spectator events, while the Youth Horsemanship Clinic and Class and the Design-A-Pattern Contest kept the youngsters busy and entertained while learning about the sport of Reining. Sponsors enjoyed breakfast and lunch daily in the beautiful ring-side VIP pavilion, as well as access to insider amenities, such as VIP RV access and concierge office services, along with paid warm-ups.

The Global Reining Sport Group would like to thank the sponsors, horse owners, trainers, exhibitors, staff and vendors for their support of and belief in the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic. Colleen McQuay, president of GRSG, states, “We know that people have choices as to what shows they will attend, and we are thrilled to know that so many chose the 2012 ATRC. GRSG does everything in their power to make the event pleasant and worthwhile to attendees, with a big-picture goal of promoting the Reining industry and everyone involved in it.” Due to the support and participation of so many from the Reining industry, event management looks forward to further growth of this long-standing event in years to come.

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