Last year, Bill Thomas showed up to the 2016 Michigan Horse Expo and brought with him an Invitational Freestyle Reining event where its contestants entertained, dazzled and impressed the audience. You may remember the routine where Bill and his daughter melted the hearts of everyone watching. Following this night of Freestyle Reining, there was a lot of interest in bringing back to the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo more Reining events. We heard your requests and what we have for you is nothing short of spectacular!
We are excited to bring to the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo a NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) approved Open Reining Competition. It is expected to draw the top Reining competitors and their most skilled horse for a competition that will boast a sizeable purse to be divided among the top six placing in the competition. In addition, and in accordance with NRHA rules, we also will host a Short-Stirrup (Youth) Reining Competition. It is an event that you will NOT want to miss!
To add to the excitement of the Reining competition, a Calcutta (auction) will be held for all horse/rider combinations entered in the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo NRHA approved Open Reining competition, to be held on Saturday evening, March 11, 2017. The Calcutta will be held immediately prior to the competition. Each rider entered in the event will be auctioned separately, with the highest bidder “buying” that rider. All the money generated by the Calcutta auction will go into a pot, with 50% of the total being divided equally between the buyer of the horse/rider combination that places 1st in the competition, and the buyer of the horse/rider combination that places 4th in the competition. The other 50% of the Calcutta pot will go towards paying judges and other expenses of the competition.
So bring your purses and be prepared to buy your favorite horse and rider! Payment on all winning bids must be settled immediately following the Calcutta, prior to the start of the competition. Payment may be made by cash or check. Winning buyers of the first and fourth place horse/rider combinations will receive their winnings immediately following the placing on the competition on Saturday evening.
NRHA Open Reining Competition Sponsors
NRHA Youth Reining Competition Sponsors