August 29, 2012–Many of the top reiners in the United States are headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma this week to take part in the Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship on August 31. The Championship class will be run as a CRI3* and held in conjunction with a CRI2* and CRI*, all held during the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic.
The Championship will feature a rematch between Shawn Flarida and Tom McCutcheon, who finished first and second respectively in April’s Ariat Kentucky Cup CRI5*. The two riders were teammates at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games where they won Team Gold as part of the U.S. Team.
Other notable entries in the championship class include Pete Kyle, Jarvis Anderson, and Casey Hinton.
Championship events start on August 30 with the FEI Horse Inspection taking place at 3 p.m. CDT. On Friday, August 31 at 2 p.m. the competitors will ride into the ring for their chance at the Championship title. Rick Weaver, Lee Foster, and Debbie Cooper will judge the class.
In addition to the Championship, the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic will also have a full schedule of reining events for all ages. For more information on the event, visit Tulsareining.com.
USEFNetwork presented by SmartPak will be streaming the event live from Tulsa all weekend.