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International Day At The National Reining Horse Association Derby
The 2004 NRHA Derby, to be held May 17 -23 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, will showcase NRHA’s finest four-, five-, and six -year old reining horses, offer a full slate of ancillary classes, the Derby Spotlight Sale, and all the fun activities inherent to an NRHA major event. The full week of exciting activities will culminate on Sunday, May 23 with what is being billed as “International Day.” There are two United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) classes scheduled: the USEF Young Riders Reining Medal class and the $75,000 added USEF Open Reining Championship, which is a FEI/CRI-A competition.
Reiners from across the U.S.A. qualify to compete in this Bayer/USEF Festival of Champions Reining Finals by performing in USEF qualifier classes offered throughout the show season at five major NRHA sanctioned events. There is quite a bit at stake in this Championship. U.S. riders competing in the $75,000 added USEF Reining Championship Finals are vying for two slots in the inaugural Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) World Reining Masters Series, which will be held in conjunction with the 2004 NRHA Futurity & Championship Show in Oklahoma City. The top two money-earning riders at the end of the qualifying period (January 1 – October 15, 2004) will advance to the 2004 World Reining Masters Finals. The possibility still exists that another CRI could be scheduled. If so, those earnings could change the standings. With so much riding on the outcome, this class is sure to be extraordinary – an exciting finale to a week of intense NRHA competition!
“The purpose of the FEI World Reining Master Series is to develop a program that will encourage and permit the continued growth of Reining internationally,” says Reining Horse Sports Foundation President and FEI Reining Committee Chairman Frank Costantini. There is a guaranteed $100,000 purse in the FEI World Reining Masters Finals, which will host riders from around the world who have successfully competed and qualified in their own country’s CRI classes.
The FEI World Reining Masters Finals is open to every country that sends qualified riders. Countries who made the Finals at the 2002 World Equestrian Games can send two riders. Those countries are the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Great Britain, and Germany. All other countries can send one rider.
The USEF Young Rider Reining Medals class is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2004 and will be followed by the $75,000 added FEI/USEF Open Reining Championships. Plan to attend the NRHA Derby from beginning to end. Each and every day will live up to your highest expectations.
The National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of the sport of Reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to ensure the highest standards of competition. With corporate support from Cinch, Cowboy Central, Horse & Rider magazine, Markel Insurance, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Quarter Horse News, Kiser Arena Specialists, Houston Embryo Transfer Center, Classic Equine, Bloomer Trailer Mfg., Cowboy Tack, John Vance Auto Group, and LaQuinta Inn & Suites, the NRHA continues to educate its members and the public about Reining. For information on the NRHA or the sport of Reining visit www.nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.