Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 27, 2010 – The excitement is building for the inaugural NRHA World Championship Shootout as entries are starting to roll in.  The draw is going to boast names such as the current leader in the Open top ten standings Bernard Fonck, Two Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani and Million Dollar Rider Tom Mc Cutcheon, a list of NRHA Professionals including Jordan Larson, Jared Leclair, Ryan Potucek and bringing an international flair to the competition are Marco Ricotta and Rudi Kronsteiner. These top-notch riders will bring their “A” game on some of the best mounts in the Reining industry. Horses such as BA Reckless Chick (owned by Nicky Nietvelt Van Tendeloo), West Coast Wrangler (owned by Ryan Potucek) and Hollywoodstinseltown (owned by David Silva, Sr.) are just naming a few. The Shootout is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2 and is this year’s largest added money NRHA-approved class in the world. In addition to crowning the Shootout champion, NRHA will honor the 2010 NRHA Open World Champion in front of the largest live Reining audience in the world at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. The entry deadline is November 8. 

The $100,000 added Shootout, sponsored by Equine Sports Medicine, is an “Open-to-the-World” class where the top Open reining horses on the planet may compete in a dramatic showdown for the winner’s estimated purse of $30,000. In addition, the 2010 NRHA Open World Champion will be recognized and honored at the show – even though the World Champion and the Shootout winner may not be the same.

For more information on the NRHA Open World Championship Shootout, e-mail Melanie Rinehart at mrinehart@nrha.com or call (405) 946-7400. Rules regarding NRHA Year-End Awards can be found on page 70 of the 2010 NRHA Handbook.

Equine Sports Medicine is a proud sponsor of the $100,000 added World Championship Shootout. To learn more about their veterinarians, show schedule and technology, visit www.equine-sportsmedicine.com.

NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support: Adequan®; Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cimarron Trailers; Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center; Classic Equine; Horse&Rider; John Deere; Kiser Arena Specialists; Markel Insurance Company; MD Barns; Montana Silversmiths; Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pard’s Western Shop; Platinum Performance; Purina Mills; Quarter Horse News; Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company; Rocky Mountain Clothing Company; SmartPak and Wimpys Little Step. For more information on NRHA, visit nrha.com.

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Christa Morris

National Reining Horse Association

Director of Marketing & Communications

3000 NW 10th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

(405) 946-7400