Easily one of the most popular figures in the reining horse world, Jerry Kimmel of Granbury, Texas, has made a practice of supporting industry events and organizations. At the Tulsa Reining Classic, he wears two hats – one as a co-owner of Global Reining Sport Group, which manages the event – and another as a long-time sponsor.
For the past three years, Kimmel has sponsored the Tulsa Reining Classic – most recently as the sponsor of the Open Derby in the name of his stallion, Mister Nicadual, and the Novice Open Derby in honor of his other stallion, Dun Gotta Gun – along with providing contestants’ numbers. In 2014, he continues to provide the back numbers but adds a new approach, as presenting sponsor of the highly visible Sponsor Pavillion in Tulsa’s Expo Square Ford Truck Arena.
At the 2014 Tulsa Reining Classic, set for August 26-31, the focus will be split between the on-site competition and the international setting. That’s because this year some key reiners, most of whom normally attend Tulsa, will be competing at the World Equestrian Games.
So Kimmel is presenting the live feed of the World Equestrian Games to be played in the sponsor areas on Monday, August 25, Tuesday, August 26, Thursday, August 28 and Saturday, August 20. It will also be played in the exhibitor area on August 30 for the Individual Finals. As an owner of a World Equestrian Games medalist, Mister Nicadual, he understands the value and the impact of International reining competition and this sponsorship offered a perfect route to combine his support of the Tulsa Reining Classic with his enthusiasm for Team USA!
Jerry said, “I have always been a believer in international reining competition and have thought for a long time that it is something we should support. I’m excited to see it grow and even though there is still a long way to go, we’re making progress on the international front.”
Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, speaks warmly of her friend and partner. “Jerry is one of those special people who believes in supporting the industry that allows him to enjoy his horses. He has truly made a difference in our sport.”