The day began in the Super Duty Arena with a youth horsemanship clinic by multiple world champion Katie Krshka. Krshka, an Oklahoma State University Equestrian Team member and four-time All-American Athlete, presented a hands-on personalized forum for learning.
Following the clinic, participants participated in the Youth Reining Horsemanship class, which is judged on horsemanship skills rather than horse maneuvers, unlike traditional reining classes. Andie Wells of Valley View, Texas rode Forest Cabin Cowboy to a score of 70.5 to win the horsemanship, then in the Short Stirrup class that followed, she marked a 70 to garner back-to-back wins.
Ten-year-old Andie has been competing in the Short Stirrup for three years. When she is not riding, she loves cheering, volleyball and swimming. When she grows up, she wants to be a professional horse trainer.
Reserve in the Horsemanship went to Carlee McCutcheon for her ride on Shiney Enterprise. Reserve in the Short Stirrup went to Madison Gustin of Weatherford, Texas for her score of 69 on Mark This Dun.
The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic continues on Sunday with the Mister Nicadual Open Derby and Dun Gotta Gun Novice Open Derby, along with Non Pro classes in the Mustang Arena and Youth competition in the Super Duty Arena.