In an unprecedented move, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that the US National Reining Championships will be held at the Tulsa Reining Classic for the next three years, beginning in 2016.
Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, feels that the Championships will find new life with the change and the multi-year commitment. “The reining world has now secured a long-time home for the United States Equestrian Federation’s Reining Championship,” McQuay said. “This will give us and the Tulsa Community the opportunity to create a home for it in a fabulous facility.
The already state-of-the-art Tulsa Expo Square is about to become even better. With a new Vision Package passed April 5 by Tulsa voters, the facility will receive approximately $30 million for renovations. High-capacity fans for the barns have been ordered and a new barn will be constructed on the east side of the Super Duty Barn. In addition, there will be new stalls for the F-150, Super Duty, and new Barn. A new overhead door system in those barns will allow them to be enclosed during the late fall and winter and open during spring and summer months. Two covered outdoor arenas and a footing storage facility lead the list of even more improvements.
Along with the commitment from the USEF, the National Reining Horse Association, has scheduled the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships to take place at the show through 2019. “Anytime important events take place at a major venue it brings more credibility to the programs and gives people confidence to invest and participate,” McQuay said. “We look forward to continued growth for both of them.”
This year’s Tulsa Reining Classic will take place at the Built Ford Tough complex at Tulsa’s Expo Square August 29 through September 4. For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, visit www.tulsareining.com