The 2015 Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show will host an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Concours de Reining International (CRI) 1*, CRI2* and CRI3* event Nov. 12 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. AQHA and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) are jointly funding the $1500 in prize money for the CRI 3*, with awards offered in the 1* and 2*.
Entries for the event are due Nov. 6, and the cost to enter is $165. The FEI competition will take place in conjunction with the senior reining preliminaries in the Performance Arena. Riders must meet minimum eligibility requirements, including a three-star athlete status, to compete at the World Equestrian Games (WEG).
“This is the fourth year AQHA has partnered with NRHA to bring the CRI event to the AQHA World Show,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “AQHA, NRHA and FEI remain committed to seeing reining succeed on an international level and having a western discipline as part of FEI competition.”
In 2002, American Quarter Horses appeared for the first time in a WEG arena when reining was accepted into FEI, competing in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. In 2010, when the games came to the United States for the first time, AQHA and NRHA were major players at the Alltech FEI WEG held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 2014, the WEG were held in Normandy, France. Team USA had a clean sweep, winning the team gold, as well as having Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani and Mandy McCutcheon take home the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the individual finals. The organizations are now looking forward to the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Canada.
The three-star competition is a great opportunity to see some of the athletes who competed at the 2014 WEG in Normandy. The judge for the event is Joe Hayes. The competition is open to all eligible horses of any breed or national federation and will begin at approximately 9 a.m. in the Performance Arena.
Download the entry form for the CRI1*, CRI2* and CRI3* event at the 2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Show.
The Lucas Oil AQHA World Show is the largest single-breed championship horse show in the world. The exciting competition begins Nov. 6 and continues through Nov. 21 at Oklahoma State Fair Park. For the latest information, including schedules and details of special events, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.