By Christina Brezack – German seven-time Formula One™ racing World Champion Michael Schumacher will make an appearance in Oklahoma City, Okla. for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF)’s 4R Performance Horses Hometown Heroes Slide & Freestyle Reining during the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.
Hometown heroes from local police and fire stations will embark in quite the experience aboard some of NRHA’s fast-spinning and smooth–sliding reining horses – all to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Spectators will be encouraged to cheer on their favorite team in a friendly “firefighters vs. police officers” competition! Freestyle Reining, a crowd favorite where riders are free to express their “style” by performing their own reining pattern to music while both horse and rider are dressed to play the part, also will be part of the competition. At the end of the event, the team with the most points will win the competition and take home bragging rights.
During this year’s Speed Edition, Michael Schumacher will climb in behind the steering wheel of an agile reining horse to take it for a spin as the Master of Ceremonies welcoming Team Fire and Team Police to the competition arena. Schumacher currently drives for the Mercedes team and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He tops many of Formula One’s driver records: most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored, most races won in a single season, earliest world champion, podium places and leading laps. According to the official Formula One™ website he is “Statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.” Intuitive ability to adapt instantly to changing conditions and keen perception on the track will help this gifted athlete to master a reining horse in the arena.
Off the track, Schumacher is involved with several charities especially those for underprivileged children. He and his wife along with their two children live in Switzerland.
Mark your calendars for Nov. 30 and make sure to be in your seat by 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fair Park to cheer for your hometown heroes. General admission is $11 and box seats are $21 – all to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. Members of the military receive buy one, get one free admission with valid Military ID, and children age 10 and under get in free.
Plan on attending the Chili Cook-Off at 4 p.m. as firemen and police officers battle it out to see who has the most scrumptious dish and you get to be the judge. The winner will be announced during the performance.
REINING HORSE SPORTS FOUNDATION
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. 122, or visit the RHSF website at 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 attack 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 1.6 million visitors.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum does not receive annual operating funds from the federal, state or local government. Museum admissions, store sales, the OKC Memorial Marathon, earnings from an endowment and private fundraising allow the Memorial and Museum to be self-sustaining.
The Memorial staff is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., housed in offices in the Memorial Museum Building, a restored historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which is adjacent to the Alfred P. Murrah site, also received severe bomb damage on April 19, 1995. Visit the museum online at oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.
4R PERFORMANCE HORSES
The RHSF is grateful to event sponsor 4R Performance Horses and the many volunteers who’ve given their time and resources so generously to make this fund-raiser come true. 4R Performance Horses is owned and operated by Dwaine and Judith Rivers, together with their two daughters. They are located just minutes north of San Antonio in Boerne, Texas and specialize in raising, showing and selling reining horses. They have paid special attention to selecting top-quality broodmares with NRHA show records and earnings and stallions that are proven performers with some of the best bloodlines the industry has to offer. 4R Performance Horses can be found on the web at 4rperformancehorses.com.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.
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