To be frank, there was some concern by the management of the Tulsa Reining Classic as to whether the attendance to the 2014 event would be as strong as in years past. Cheryl Cody of the show management team, explains, “With the dates of the show set for the same week as the World Equestrian Games, we knew we could be impacted by people traveling to Normandy.”
When the team selection was finalized, the scenario looked even less promising. “Most of the qualifiers have been regular attendees that brought a lot of horses to Tulsa, so we felt we were looking at a substantial hit in numbers,” Cody continued.
But when the first deadline rolled around on August 8, an influx of entries had the show staff breathing a sigh of relief. “Our numbers are well within ten percent of what they were at the same time last year,” she noted.
Indeed, early entries look good, and another bonus is in sponsorship increases – up at least ten percent. “We certainly appreciate the contribution and loyalty of the Tulsa sponsor family,” said Loren Morris, Sponsorship Coordinator for the event. He added that support for the Quarter Horse News Tulsa Reining Classic Stallion Auction has also been strong and sponsorships for the Affiliate Corral are somewhat increased from recent years.
Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, the producer of the event, was pleased with the numbers. “With every show there will be some ups and downs, entry-wise, but we’re really proud of our exhibitor base and how they continue to choose to attend and support this show. We’re looking forward to another great event and we continue with our goal of making The Tulsa Reining Classic the best place to enjoy showing your horses.”
For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, go to www.tulsareining.com.