New faces will be at the helm of the Tulsa Reining Classic. In 2019, the Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Open Championship went to Itsallinthegenes and Andrea Fappani. • Photo by Waltenberry

Tulsa Reining Classic Under New Ownership

In mid-March, Colleen McQuay and Anne-Marie Burns announced on behalf of Global Reining Sport Group that the Tulsa Reining Classic had been transferred to K Bar 4 Ranch, Inc., and owners Pete and Tamra Kyle.

In its ten years of management by the Global Reining Sport Group, the event has grown into an industry mainstay. During that decade, the Tulsa Reining Classic introduced innovative programs that are now implemented at events around the country. The show welcomes nearly a thousand horses from around the globe each August, hosts the South Central Regional Affiliate Championships and is considered to be one of the most popular events for that National Reining Horse Association program.

With the event’s continued growth, partner Anne-Marie Burns found herself struggling to balance the time needed to manage the project and her busy career.

“The Tulsa Reining Classic is near and dear to my heart. As the time came to pass the torch, the ten years we spent cultivating the event brought so many key people to mind,” Burns said in a statement. “We are sincerely thankful to all of those who have served in any capacity to make this event what it is today! We really appreciate Cheryl Cody and her team for all of their help in the past!”

As for McQuay, she was unable to commit time to the show as well given the rising hunter/jumper career of her granddaughter, Carlee McCutcheon.

“We have poured so much into this event and we are very proud of the level it continually maintains, thanks to the many people including OKRHA, Pro Management, our sponsors, and the exhibitors and owners who have been part of it,” McQuay said. “We have full confidence that Pete and Tamra will maintain the show at its current level, and we are excited to see what new ideas they bring to the table. We will support them in any way we can.” 

McQuay and Burns continue to be immersed in the horse world and look forward to continuing their mission of education and implementation of innovative projects in the future.

The Kyles are enthusiastic about the future of the Tulsa Reining Classic. The duo, both experienced in the reining industry, have also managed a smaller reining, the Winter Slide, for approximately 10 years.

Tamra Kyle said they intend to continue on with the spirit of the Tulsa Reining Classic, such as how it appeals to may levels of competitors, and also continue programs such as the stallion auction.

Pete Kyle was similarly excited.

“We are excited and feel fortunate to be a part of this premier event and understand all the value that it brings to the reining industry,” Pete Kyle said. “We are committed to securing its future and thank Colleen and Anne-Marie for this opportunity. Their time, energy, and talents, along with Cheryl Cody and Pro Management have made the Tulsa Reining Classic a home for all levels of our reining family.”

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