QUICK REINING: The Breeder’s Invitational took Tulsa by surprise. Over 300 horses competed in the event.
KELSY TAYLOR for GTR Newspapers
(TULSA) The Breeder’s Invitational Derby, one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport of cutting, will be at the Expo Square May 13-23. Admission and parking are free to the Breeder’s Invitational Derby, which will feature hundreds of the country’s top horse and rider teams competing for $1.5 million in prize money.
“We are thrilled to bring our show to Tulsa” said Breeder’s Invitational Executive Director Bob O’Bannon. “The geographic location of Tulsa is ideal for our event because we draw exhibitors from all over the country. It will offer a great opportunity for local residents to come out and see cutting competition at its finest.”
Teams will compete from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on most days during the 11-day run. Western goods from top vendors will also be available for purchase at a daily Western trade show making the BI an appealing event for the entire family.
Cutting is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world originating from traditional cattle ranches in the American West, where it was the cutting horse’s job to separate cows from the herd for vaccinating, castrating and sorting. During competition, a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a calf from a cattle herd and keep it separated for a short period of time. As the calf attempts to return to its herd, the rider loosens the reins and leaves the separating job entirely to the horse.
The Breeder’s Invitational is a nonprofit corporation formed to further promote and enhance the cutting horse industry by producing a major event that offers a very large purse in a top-notch venue. In its first six years of existence, the BI has paid out more than $8 million and is ranked as one of the major events in the industry.