The Redbud Spectacular Is Spectacular

From progressive dinners to pleasure driving, the Redbud Spectacular offers fun for American Quarter Horse enthusiasts.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Team roping is just one of the hotly contested disciplines at the 2014 Redbud Spectacular. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll to the slideshow below.

Plenty of spectacle and fun surrounds the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association’s Redbud Spectacular.

Just a year after a tornado shortened the show, the Redbud has returned like the hardy tree for which it is named, with all of the special events around the show back for the 2014 edition.

“Our entries are good this year,” said show manager Jackie Krshka. “Our traditional progressive supper is Tuesday.”

In the progressive supper, sponsors put out tables of catered finger foods, and exhibitors, trainers and spectators graze their way through supper in the Super Barn.

A new outdoor arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park got use as a roping arena. The Redbud offered free entry for youth ropers, and many of them took advantage of the opportunity.

On May 31, exhibitors gathered at Remington Park to catch a few Quarter Horse races and raise money for Rein in Cancer with a silent raffle and live auction.

One of the events canceled in 2013 was the Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Halter Futurity.

“We offered the money back to exhibitors,” said founder Betty Wells, Jerry’s widow, “and not one person would take it back.”

The fund has awarded two scholarships each year since it began six years ago, Betty said.

The Redbud Spectacular concludes June 8.