Reined Cow Horse event coming to 2002 Winter Olympics

The National Reined Cow Horse Association has scheduled a new event in Farmington, Utah, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Salt Lake City. Farmington is located just north of SLC and is centrally located between the sites of several major Olympic venues.The National Reined Cow Horse Association has scheduled a new event in Farmington, Utah, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Salt Lake City. Farmington is located just north of SLC and is centrally located between the sites of several major Olympic venues.

Story originally posted by: John BrasseauxHorseCity.com Western Content Director

The National Reined Cow Horse Association has scheduled a new event in Farmington, Utah, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Salt Lake City. Farmington is located just north of SLC and is centrally located between the sites of several major Olympic venues.

With over three million visitors expected in northern Utah during the Olympics, the event, called the Winter Stock Horse Spectacular, is slated for February 13-15. Riders will qualify for the event based on their open NRCHA earnings in 2001. The top 15 money earners from 2001 will be invited to compete.

The association is using the Winter Stock Horse Spectacular to introduce reined cow horses to what will be a large public generally unfamiliar with the activity. According to the association, each day will feature a different aspect of the sport.

During the first night, riders will compete on horses 6 year old and above in a bridle. The second night they’ll ride 5-year-old horses in snaffle bits or hackamores. The final night will be for 5-year-old horses being ridden in a bridle.

To NRCHA will richly reward the contestants at this special show. The winner each night will earn a whopping $25,000. There’s money at the bottom, as well. The last place rider will earn $4,000, meaning that if he places in the 15th spot each night, he’ll still win $12,000.

"Over three million visitors are expected to be in the Salt Lake City area for the Olympics and people generally have a lot of free time between the Olympic venues they have tickets for," said Scott Clark, NRCHA Executive Director. "For the large foreign audience, an event that involves horses and cowboys is an appealing part of visiting the Western United States."