Reining is an exciting, yet highly disciplined equestrian sport and one of the largest events in the industry is happening in June.
The top athletes in reining from across the United States and more than a dozen other countries converge on the Modern Frontier for reining’s second-largest event, which boasts a total purse exceeding $1.4 million.
Have you ever seen a horse slide 30 feet? Or spin around in a circle so fast it looks like a blur? If not, you’re in for a treat when you head to Oklahoma State Fair Park June 15-26 for the 2022 Four Sixes Ranch National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel.
Expect to see horses shinier and slicker than sports cars, and riders whose steel-eyed focus would rival those in any professional sport. It’s the best of the best vying for the top spot, and there can only be one winner. Of course, there is still plenty of time for brevity and fun, such as the Reiners Rope dummy roping contest, photo ops, and shopping.
One of the most exciting nights for spectators will be Thursday, June 23, when the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining, sponsored by the OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held. The event begins at 6 p.m. and has free admission. It features top reining horses and their riders performing all the signature reining moves in highly choreographed routines complete with music and costumes.
Be careful, though. Many people have said that the reason they started reining was that they watched a freestyle competition. If you think you might be one of these, check out NRHA’s guide to reining for beginners.
Hercules (Jerseys Baby Driver) Reception
Show up early for the Freestyle, because there will be a special reception with 2021 NRHA Derby Open Champion Jerseys Baby Driver (Hercules) in the Super Barn. This will be an exceptionally fun event for children, who can learn all about horses and reining and have their photos taken with Hercules!
While Hercules is a top competitor who has won more than a quarter-million dollars, he’s known for his quiet demeanor. Posing with fans is one of the buckskin stallion’s favorite activities.
Looking for your next western jacket or a new cowboy hat? Maybe a new pair of boots or a jewelry set? There will be vendors set up on the Coliseum Arena concourse and throughout the barns. If you need a unique gift for Father’s Day, this would be one great place to look.
Find more information about the 2022 6666 Ranch NRHA Derby presented by Markel.