"The Scottsdale Classic is so pleased to be a part of the 2011 Reining Super Series and to be associated with these three great shows," said Jerry Kimmel, owner and CEO of the Scottsdale Classic. He continued, "This provides an exciting opportunity to showcase all of these outstanding reining events and, for our exhibitors, a chance to win a great payout!"
The Open Super Series Championship award of $10,000 will be presented to the high-point open rider. The Non-Pro Super Series Championship $10,000 award will go to the high-point non-pro rider and horse combination. Exhibitors in contention for the Super Series Championships must compete in three of the four shows and if they attend all four, the best three shows will count toward the award.
With the Open and Non-Pro high-point champions each receiving checks for $10,000, the youth have certainly not been left out. According to Tami Wagman, who is affiliated with the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic "We are working on fundraising for youth prizes because we think the Super Series will appeal to parents. The Super Series gives youth competitors something to strive towards at a limited number of high-quality events. Kids can show in two shows in their area and then combine the third show with a family trip to explore another fun area of the country."
The rules for the competition are simple. Each time an exhibitor places in the top 10 of an ancillary class at each of the four shows, he or she will receive points. First place will be awarded 10 points, second place will receive nine, third place will be worth eight points, and so on. Riders can enter as many classes as they are eligible for.
Like the rest of the event representatives, Mandy Brumley, manager of the High Roller Reining Classic, is excited about the new program. She noted, "Regional events are the foundation of the reining horse industry. They are where people get their first introduction to the sport. As a producer, I am honored to have one of my events included in this program. I value the support we are providing each other and that we're able to offer a unique series with big payouts, without any additional fee to our exhibitors."
The first event of the Super Series will be the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, held in Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 31-Sept. 4. The very next week, exhibitors can then try their luck at the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas Sept. 11-17. The Scottsdale Classic will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz., The last leg of the series will be held in Ardmore, Okla., Oct. 18-23, at the SWRHA Futurity, and the champions will be recognized at that time.
Southwest Reining Horse Association President Ann Salmon said she spoke for the rest of her organization in saying that the association was honored to be the final leg of the Series. "We're looking forward to some exciting presentations," she noted. She invited people to learn more about the Reining Super Series by visiting the different show websites or by becoming a fan on Facebook of the Reining Super Series."
For more information about the Southwest Reining Horse Association, visit www.swrha.com. To learn about the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic go to www.okrha.com. If you want information about the High Roller Classic, visit www.highrollerreiningclassic.com. For information about the Scottsdale Classic, go to www.thescottsdaleclassic.com.