The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic began today at the Ford Truck Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, with the AQHA and Open Schooling Class. And the first class of the event was a large one, with 130 entries!
Taking top honors in the American Quarter Horse Association class was Franco Bertolani on Nu Chex Star with a blistering 75.5 run. Nu Chex Star, by Nu Chex To Cash out of Aleena Starlight gave an early international flair to the event for owner Bevilacqua Quarter Horses of Italy.
Reserve honors went to Yonathan Baruch on Good Time Chocoholic with a score of 73 points for owner Kristen Cantacuzene. Good Time Chocoholic is by Chocolate Chic Olena out of Good Time Show Girl.
Rounding out the top three was Robert Avila Jr. on his horse, Kansas City Whiz (Easy Otie Whiz X Kansas City Royal) with a score of 72.5.
On Wednesday, the $20,000 added Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity will take center stage in the Ford Truck Arena. The innovative event is for Futurity horses not entered in the $60,000 added Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity slated for later in the week. The Developing Horse Futurity concept is to provide a place for horses that are not quite as far in their training to compete against others in a more level playing field. It was begun last year and with over 70 entries, its popularity continues.
Also on Wednesday, the action begins in the Mustang Arena with a Jackpot Open Schooling Class followed by the Level I and Level II Green Reiner Classes.
The show is produced by Global Reining Sport Group, a Texas and Oklahoma-based partnership of industry leaders whose vision has created innovative events and leading-edge classes. The events have grown both in prominence and size.