Riders Announced for $20,000-Added NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining

Ten riders have been chosen to compete in the freestyle reining competition held during the 2016 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Pete Kyle wins open freestyle reining October 10 on Gunner Git Ya Dun at the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

As the winner of the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining, AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle has been invited to compete in the 2016 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining. (Credit: Journal)

The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to announce the 10 riders chosen to compete in the $20,000-added NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining, presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, held during the 2016 NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC in Oklahoma City.

During the month of August, the public had their chance to vote on the four NRHA members who would compete in the November Freestyle. Eighteen NRHA members submitted their best freestyle reining videos to be uploaded to our social media page in hopes that their scores would take them to compete for the "slide of their life."

Based on the number of “likes” to the contestants’ video posted by NRHA, the top four scoring contestants to advance on to the Freestyle competition are: Terri June Granger of Dothan, Alabama; Robyn Schiller from Hollister, California; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Massachusetts; and Olivia Pakula from Scottsdale, Arizona. 

This great opportunity allows NRHA members and their horses to compete in this unique reining competition during the 2016 NRHA Futurity and to wrap up the 50th anniversary of NRHA. The three top scoring riders from the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle and from the 2016 RAM Invitational NRHA Freestyle Reining have been invited to compete. Those six riders to round out the competition will consist of Pete Kyle, Drake Johnson and Heather Johnson from the 2015 Congress and Bub Poplin, Shane Brown and Steve Schwartzenberger from the 2016 RAM Invitational NRHA Freestyle Reining.

The freestyle competition will take place on November 30 at 6 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Tickets will be available online at nrhafuturity.com.

More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show:

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want Oklahoma City, North America and the entire world to miss!