Breeder’s Invitational Adds Two Days to 2016 Show Schedule

smooth-talkin-styleSmooth Talkin Style and Lloyd Cox are the reigning 2015 Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Champions. The 2016 Champions will be crowned on May 28. • Photo by Dawn BaxstromThe ever-popular Breeder’s Invitational (BI) arrives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for its 17-day run May 12-28 at the Expo Square. With entries currently up by more than 75 percent from last year, two full days of competition have been added to the dates of the event that will begin on May 12, earlier than originally planned. In addition, the BI board of directors recently announced an increase of $65,000 in added money to this year’s show, bringing the total added money up to $575,000.

According to BI Executive Director Bob O’Bannon, this growth is consistent with how the show has progressed over the years.

The BI has paid out nearly $20 million since it started 12 years ago,” O’Bannon said. “With the consistent increase in both entries and purse money we have been experiencing each year, the board is beginning to explore expanding its aged event venue in the future and maybe even adding another show.”

The Breeder’s Invitational, which is ranked as one of the major events in the cutting industry, is a unique event based upon the principle of distributing a portion of its purse to breeders of horses that advance to the Derby finals, as well as to owners of subscribed stallions who sired those entries. To date, nearly $1.4 million has been paid out to dam and stallion owners of Derby finalists.

 “The stallion owner and mare owner collect 10 percent of the Derby finals purse, making for a 60/40 split, respectively,” O’Bannon explained. “This gives mare owners all the more reason to breed to BI-nominated stallions.

“Some mare owners are still shocked when they receive that check,” O’Bannon added. “If they raise a foal and sell it, they often don’t think about it anymore. When that horse wins for its new owner at the BI, the original breeder (dam owner) receives a check for breeding that individual.”

The Breeder’s Invitational is comprised of more than 300 of the premier cutting horse stallions in the industry today, and the governing board of directors contains some of the industry’s leading members. This will mark the seventh year the Breeder’s Invitational has been held in Oklahoma.

“Tulsa has proven to be a very successful venue for our show,” commented BI Chairman Jeffrey Matthews. “We are very grateful for the enormous support from the city, as well as the awesome world-class facility.”

For more information, including the show schedule and festivities, contact the Breeder’s Invitational at 877-781-2660 or visit