National Reining Horse Derby

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Photo by Waltenberry, courtesy National Reining Horse Association.

Photo by Waltenberry, courtesy National Reining Horse Association.

Ends Saturday, June 28

Horse and rider teams from everywhere compete as the National Reining Horse Derby gains speed for its final weekend at Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., in Oklahoma City. The derby is one of two of the National Reining Horse Association’s biggest annual events and invites the world to see some of the finest horsemanship and training anywhere. Reining is a form of western riding and a judged event in which ranch horses and riders complete one of several stepping patterns approved by the NRHA. Developed from the days when cowboys and ranch hands needed a horse both nimble and quick to respond to directions in order to keep cattle from sprinting away on the open plain, horse reining has become an in demand sport for riders and ranchers as well as an entertaining attraction for spectators. The National Reining Horse Derby continues through Saturday, June 28. For a complete schedule and other details, visit www.nrhaderby.com.