The American Quarter Horse AssociationFebruary 11, 2013
The Kentucky Reining Cup is April 26-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.
The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to sponsor the Kentucky Reining Cup. This year, the Kentucky Reining Cup returns April 26-27 to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, alongside the Rolex Kentucky three-day event. For the third consecutive year, the American Quarter Horse is the “Official Breed of the Kentucky Reining Cup.”
“Reining is a tremendous crowd favorite and has proven to be an extremely popular addition to the Rolex Kentucky three-day event weekend,” said Equestrian Events Inc. President Darren Ripley. “The American Quarter Horse is synonymous with reining, and we are privileged to welcome back the American Quarter Horse Association as one of the premier sponsors of the Kentucky Reining Cup.”
The Kentucky Reining Cup features an international three-star reining competition and the incredibly popular World Freestyle Championship. Action begins on Friday, April 26, with the CRI3*, where riders will guide their horses through prescribed turns, sliding stops and flying lead changes.
On Saturday, April 27, riders will seek the title of World Freestyle champion as they entertain spectators with choreographed musical performances that have electrified the Alltech Arena crowds during the championship’s first two years.
“AQHA is thrilled to once again be a part of this event,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “As a leading western performance event, reining is a great showcase of the tremendous athleticism and versatility of our breed.”
Advance tickets for the Kentucky Reining Cup are $12 per person for Friday’s CRI3* and $20 per person for Saturday’s World Freestyle Championship. Hospitality options include the opportunity to purchase the use of luxury suites in the Alltech Arena for both nights of competition.
The Kentucky Reining Cup’s competition is managed by HorsePower Inc., reining’s leading event production firm. Based in San Francisco, HorsePower Inc. is led by veteran FEI reining show manager Brad Ettleman, who also served as director for the 2010 FEI Reining World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
EEI is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that quickly evolved into what is today the only four-star three-day event in the western hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. EEI added reining in 2011.
For more information on the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup, visit www.KentuckyReining.com.
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