Tulsa Reining Classic welcomes Cardinal Reining Horses back for the third year as an important sponsor. The Cardinal Reining Horses Open Derby is a climactic event on the final day of the Tulsa Reining Classic, which runs August 29-September 4.
With $33,000 added, the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Derby features the industry’s top 4, 5 and 6-year-old reining horses in intense competition at the highest level of reining expertise. Not surprisingly, this championship title has quickly become a prestigious credential in the reining industry.
Each entry in the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Derby receives a specially monogrammed crimson jacket featuring both the Tulsa Reining Classic and Cardinal logos and the signature jackets will be worn at reining events across the globe in the chilly months to come.
Cardinal Training Center is owned by Joao Marcos Arruda Pires. John Marcos, as he is known in the United States, purchased a premier facility in Aubrey, Texas in 2013 and just three years later Marcos and Cardinal Reining Horses have taken a leadership position in reining around the globe.
Cardinal Ranch stands two special stallions – CFR Centenario Wimpy LTE: $175,000+ (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz) and Inferno Sixty Six LTE: $129,000+ (Gunnatrashya X Snip O Gun) both owned by Slide or Die Quarter Horses of Italy.
Reflecting the international ties developing throughout the reining industry, Cardinal Ranch serves as home base for several leading trainers. Brazilian native and NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani is head trainer for Cardinal Reining Horses, along with his wife, Italian Giorgia Codeluppi.
Five other trainers work independently out of Cardinal Ranch, including NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell, NRHA Open World Champion Ann Salmon-Anderman, NRBC Open L3 Champion Ruben Vandorp, Monte Anderman and NRBC Open Finalist Billy Williams.