Electrifying. Exhilarating. Unimaginable. These are just a few of the emotions you will feel when you attend the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

Electrifying. Exhilarating. Unimaginable. These are just a few of the emotions you will feel when you attend the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

This event is guaranteed not to be just another horse show, and after 15 years of competing at different horse shows, we should know. So, below you will find our “Top Five” list (because even though NRHA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 50 items would be way too much to cover) of five things to do and five things to not miss at the NRHA Futurity.

 

Top Five Things To Do:

  1. Visit our western gift market. With vendors in the east and west concourses, as well as the super barn and barn row, you are sure to find the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one!
  2. Take a stroll through the super barn and check out all of the different stall fronts constructed by the individual ranches. Some even look like little homes!
  3. Stop by the Official NRHA Outfitters booth on the east concourse to pick up all kinds of logoed merchandise so you can remember your time at the show!
  4. Take lots of pictures! Post them to Facebook, Instagram, and even use our special Snapchat filter. Be sure to include #SlideOfYourLife, #SeeOKC or tag NRHA in them.
  5. Stroll over to the Adequan Championship Arena and see riders of all ages from around the United States compete for the title of the North American Affiliate Champion in their division.

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Top Five Things Not To Miss:

  1. Learn from the Legends featuring NRHA Hall of Famers Bob Loomis and Clint Haverty: A free demonstration clinic that is sure to teach you techniques that will help improve your horsemanship and your horse’s performance. Sunday, November 27 at 3:00 pm

  2. $20,000 added Freestyle presented by the Oklahoma City Conventions & Visitors Bureau: Watch 10 horse and rider pairs ride and slide their way through patterns choreographed to music. The first 100 kids through the door with a purchased ticket will take home a free special edition Breyer horse. Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 pm

  3. $50,000 added Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge: Formally known as the NRHA World Championship Shootout, the competition falls under a new name and adds an exciting team component for its return. See which team will “rein” supreme in this head- to- head reining competition. Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm

  4. NRHA Cinch Non Pro Futurity Finals: Showcasing the best Non Pro riders in the world and their 3-year-old horses as they all ride it out for the title of the 2016 NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champion. Friday, December 2 at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm

  5. NRHA Open Futurity Finals: Be there to watch the thrilling reining action in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open and see who will take home a $150,000 check and the title of NRHA Futurity Champion!
    Saturday, December 3 at Noon & 5:00 pm

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And, when the show is over for the day and you're looking for something fun to do or you're hungry, check out Visit OKC's Must-Do attractions, museums and food experiences!