2013 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Continues to Promote Sport’s Future Through Youth Events

photo-1Piloted in 2012, Youth Special Events at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic were designed to encourage Youth participation in the sport of Reining, ultimately contributing to the future of the sport. The first-in-the-industry Youth Reining Horsemanship Clinic and Class proved to be both educational and fun, while the Youth Freestyle Reining allowed exhibitors and spectators alike to let loose and enjoy the sport and the horses. In the Youth Leadline Reining, the interest of youngsters was sparked and the hearts of observers were won. With improved scheduling planned for 2013, even more Youth are expected to attend this year’s event and participate in the activities offered.

Free of charge to auditors and of minimal cost to participants, the Youth Reining Horsemanship clinic will feature accomplished rider Kathy Krshka, Oklahoma State University Equestrian Team member and four-time All-American Athlete. Following the clinic, participants will be encouraged to participate in the Youth Reining Horsemanship class, which will be judged based on horsemanship skills rather than horse maneuvers, unlike traditional Reining classes.

Again in 2013, the Youth Freestyle class will offer special conditions, allowing a five-point penalty rather than a score of zero for missed maneuvers by participants. The Leadline Reining is all fun for the little ones, and exhibitors will enjoy receiving great prizes upon completion of the class.  A circuit championship buckle will be awarded to the high-point winner of the Short Stirrup 11 & Under class for the show.

Don’t miss out on the fun Youth Events at the upcoming tenth anniversary Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic! The future of our sport awaits, and what better way to promote it than by sparking the interest of our Youth? For volunteer and Youth sponsorship opportunities, please contact grsgoffice@gmail.com.

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