Sport of Kings Challenge and Food Truck Derby
Officials with Remington Park and Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. announced a partnership that brings the Sport of Kings Challenge Horse Show and Food Truck Derby to Oklahoma City June 21-22. Sport of Kings Challenge is a horse show and fundraiser that showcases barrel racing, dressage, hunter and jumper competitions, along with a Food Truck Derby at Remington Park and children’s activities.
Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that retrains former racehorses, teaching them a new skill set that gives them a career after reaching the final finish line. Thoroughbred horses are very athletic and excel at a variety of sports, such as dressage, hunter, jumper, barrel racing and polo. Many of these sports will take place during the Sport of Kings Challenge horse show. Funds raised during the Sport of Kings Challenge will be used to provide training and a comfortable living environment for retired racehorses.
“Hosting the Sport of Kings Challenge Horse Show enables Remington Park’s thriving horse community and network of supporters to stay involved in the lives of former race horses after they have made their final run,” said Scott Wells, Remington Park president and general manager. “This event brings together families that are involved in the racing and post-racing careers of all horse breeds, creating this family-friendly atmosphere for our Oklahoma City Adventure District.”
Sport of Kings Challenge will feature the following competitions:
- Barrel Racing features American Quarter Horses and is a competition in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around stationary barrels. The horse and rider that completes the pattern fastest is the winner.
- Dressage is a form of both training and competition on the flat that emphasizes natural training of the horse to perform calmly and quietly in complete obedience to the rider. Dressage is an Olympic sport.
- Hunter competition is judges the horses form, style and way of going over fences.
- Show Jumping is a competition over fences where scoring is entirely objective. Scoring is based on the time elapsed and the number of obstacles cleared without knocking down obstacles. Show Jumping is recognized as an Olympic sport.
Competitions are open to any horse, regardless of breed, that has raced or was training to race.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Remington Park for the Sport of Kings Challenge horse show and Food Truck Derby,” said Lynn Sullivan, Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. founder. “Working and retraining former race horses is a passion of mine, and being able to showcase them at Remington Park, where some of the horses raced before allows us to raise awareness of the resources available for race horse owners.”
Returning to the track for the Sport of Kings Challenge are two retrained racehorses that have stepped onto the track many times at Remington Park. Zee Oh Six retired after winning 12 of 47 starts, including nine stakes races and Strategic Leader retired in the fall of 2013 after winning 11 of 50 races, including several stakes races. Both Zee Oh Six and Strategic Leader are Oklahoma-bred stars that have been retrained for their second career by Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc.
Schedule of Events
Barrel racing will take place on Saturday, June 21 starting at 7:30 a.m. Flat classes, including Western and English pleasure and equitation will take place starting at 9:00 a.m.
Dressage, hunter and jumper competitions take place on Sunday, along with the Remington Park Food Truck Derby. Food trucks start serving at noon on Sunday, June 22 and will feature specialty foods from the following food trucks: Chick-N-Wangs, Wild Al’s, Taste of Soul Egg Roll, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Mexi-Dog, Smokin’ Okies Catering and Roxy’s Ice Cream Social.
Oklahoma City Adventure District will host children’s activities and animals starting noon and ending at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Participants from the Adventure District include The Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Science Museum Oklahoma will have Otto-Matic, the mascot on-site as well as marble art for the children.
Entrance to Remington Park and the Sport of Kings Challenge is at no charge, donations for Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. will be accepted.
Where: Remington Park
Address: 1 Remington Place