The always innovative Tulsa Reining Classic has just added a new event to its slate for 2019 – the Tulsa Reining Classic Emerging Horse Futurity. Set for August 28 in the air-conditioned Mustang Arena, the Open L4 event will offer $2,500 in added money.
According to Colleen McQuay of Global Reining Sport Group which produces the show, the idea for adding the new futurity was to create a three-tiered menu of options to allow trainers to choose the right level of competition for their 3-year-old reining horses. The show will now offer the Emerging Horse Futurity for horses not as far along in their training. Riders can show two-handed in this class in any bridle.
The next option for Tulsa exhibitors is the $20,000 added Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity, a step up for horses not quite ready to show in the more intense $61,000 added Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity.
Mcquay noted, “The Emerging Horse Futurity is simply adding another “tier” of a futurity to be able to answer all the questions for the right opportunities for 3-year-olds. In the Emerging Horse Futurity, the riders may choose their bridle and use one or two hands thus helping the horse that might be a little more green. The addition of this class now completes a user-friendly menu of futurities to choose from!”
Although having three separate futurities to choose from at the same show is a departure from the norm, it follows the Tulsa Reining Classic mission of being exhibitor friendly and of keeping the welfare of the horse at the forefront.
In less than two decades, the Tulsa Reining Classic has grown into one of the National Reining Horse Association’s top ten events in the world – one that stays on the yearly calendar of top reiners and reining programs throughout the country. It features three futurities and two derbies plus a full slate of horse show classes, as well as hosting the NRHA’s South Center Affiliate Region Finals. A great location, facilities, show management and the growing support of the reiners both in the South Central area and beyond, as well as to the innovative and “niche” events the show has created have all contributed to its success. For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, visit www.tulsareining.com.