By Chris Dennis - For the last 30 years David Yurman has used his talents as a luxury jewelry and timepiece designer to help others accentuate their style but on December 6th he will slide into Oklahoma State Fair Park for his chance to shine. Yurman will compete in the Reining Horse Sports Foundation’s “Slide to Remember” benefiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The event will be held with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show which runs November 28 – December 7.
Yurman will join seven-time Formula One™ racing World Champion Michael Schumacher, singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett and actor Ted Levine as they compete in front of judges for the highest score. David, along with the other celebrity reiners will face off as team captains as they compete with NRHA Hall of Fame representatives, freestyle reiners, cross-over riders from other equestrian disciplines, as well as Oklahoma City area firefighters and police officers.
David Yurman is an artist and jewelry designer with a lifelong passion for design and innovation. He and his wife, Sybil, founded the David Yurman brand in 1980, which has become America’s premier jewelry company, with stores throughout the US and abroad. Yurman’s designs capture the essence of relaxed American luxury. His collections are inspired by classical art and architecture, nature, and equestrian motifs—his Buckle Collection and Thoroughbred designs takes their cue from his love of horses. Yurman has received multiple awards in recognition of his commitment to excellence and innovation in jewelry design, and has been lauded for his charitable and humanitarian efforts.
Both David and Sybil have always held a commitment to giving back. This unwavering dedication was formalized in 2001 with the establishment of The David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian Foundation. David’s passion for horses and philanthropy has led to the brand’s support of many equine charities. Organizations including the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Palm Beach County, Florida and the Equicenter in Mendon, New York both of which provide individuals with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy horse therapy and recreation to enhance their lives. The physical activity involved in riding horses has proven to be a very effective tool for improving muscle stimulation, strength, coordination, flexibility, posture and balance. Additionally, the Yurman’s have supported Bedford Riding Lanes Association that maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads in upstate New York used for trail riding.
Today, riding has become an essential part of David Yurman’s life whose career as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist has been further enriched by his experience riding horses. Twice a week, David takes time out to ride with his ex-reining, now trail horse, Scooter. David Yurman lives and works in the New York City neighborhood of Tribeca with his wife Sybil and around the corner from his son, Evan, and his family.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND GET TICKETS
The RHSF “A Slide to Remember” is Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fair Park’s Jim Norick Arena (Coliseum). General admission ($11) and box seat ($21) tickets are available online at www.okstatefair.com. Members of the military receive buy-one, get-one-free admission with valid Military ID, and children age 10 and under get in free.
Avid fans who want a chance to meet their favorite celebrities “up close and personal” can attend the RHSF After Party at the conclusion of the competition. Admission to the party is free and American Idol Finalist Kristy Lee Cook will be performing. There’ll be opportunities for autographs and photographs, so come prepared.
The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of reining worldwide. The RHSF accomplishes this through their five core programs: NRHA Hall of Fame, Crisis Fund, Research, Development & Education, Youth Programs and International Development. For further information about the Foundation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-946-7400, ext. 125, or visit rhsf.com.
OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive learning museum that tells the story of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. By the use of more than a dozen computers and two hours of video, and more than 300 artifacts the Memorial Museum tells the story of one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. Since opening, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial has hosted more than 4.4 million visitors and the Memorial Museum has had more than two million visitors.
About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show
It’s the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses will compete and visitors from nearly 20 countries will attend to watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy. Go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors
- Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC and Scott Cleaners
- Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Soft Ride
- Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone