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If you are looking for a Reining show that has it all, look no further. In 2006, the inaugural All American Reining Horse Classic (AARC) will take place at the beautiful new South Coast Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The very same venue for NRHA's 2006 Convention! Held March 22-25, 2006, the AARC will feature NRHA-approved Open and Non Pro derbies, as well as a full slate of NRHA ancillary classes. High-end Reining action and all the entertainment options Las Vegas is famous for, to make the AARC the ultimate horse show vacation!


Thanks to sponsor support and private funding, the AARC added money is high while the entry fees are low. The Open Derby will consist of a $60,000 added Open Division, a $20,000 Intermediate Open Division and a $5,000 Limited Open Division. There also will be a $2,000 Prime Time Open Division. The Non Pro Derby is equally impressive, with a $40,000 added Non Pro Division, $15,000 Intermediate Non Pro Division and an $8,000 Limited Non Pro Division. There also will be a $2,000 Prime Time Non Pro Division. In the ancillary classes, over $22,700 in added money is up for grabs-including a $6,000 added Open class, a $4,000 Intermediate Open class, and a $5,000 Non Pro class. The AARC also added a Rookie Professional class to their slate, increasing the added for the ancillary classes to $25,000. The AARC is teaming up with the Southern Nevada Reining Horse Association (SNRHA) to put on this one-of-a-kind event. The AARC itself is the brainchild of Utah reiner Todd Watts and his good friend and master event planner Michelle Ward, Boise, Idaho. Todd, Washington, Utah, originally saw a need for a large Reining show in Las Vegas. After some intense brainstorming, the idea for the AARC was hatched. "We both saw a huge potential," remembers Michelle. She and Todd realized that having a large Derby "Out West" at that time of year was ideal. And the South Coast Hotel and Equestrian facility would make the show even sweeter. "You can't find a place like this anywhere else in the country. You can be out of your hotel room and at your horse's side within minutes," she explains. The South Coast The South Coast Hotel and Equestrian Center is truly an ideal location for the AARC. All housed under one roof, the venue boasts a full-service hotel and an impressive array of entertainment options. Guests can enjoy views of the glittering Las Vegas valley from one of the luxurious rooms, and the top floor contains all suites. Each oversized guest room functions more like a mini suite, with state of the art plasma screens and high-speed internet. The hotel also offers several great restaurants, the large South Coast Casino, a 64-lane bowling alley and a 16-screen movie theater! Under the same roof is the incredible horse show facility, which boasts 1,160 climate-controlled stalls, a 250'x 125' indoor show arena, and large indoor and covered outdoor arenas. This is one of the premier show facilities in the world and the AARC is proud to be one of only two reinings that will be held at the South Coast this year. As an added bonus, the All American Reining Classic is offering a Stallion Sponsor Program to provide funds for scholarships, awards, prizes and other activities to promote the sport of Reining. The AARC will be teaming up with the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) and will donate 50% of the Stallion Sponsorship proceeds to the RHSF Hurricane Relief Fund. For more information on the Hurricane Relief Fund, please visit the RHSF website at: www.reininghorsesportsfoundation.org . Make Plans Now! Because this is the first year for the AARC, the show management is aware that there is some trepidation about the event. To make things easier for those who haven't entered yet, late fees for the AARC derbies have been reduced to $100 for the Open and $50 for the Non Pro until March 1, 2006. After March 1, the late fees will increase. Even with the late fees, the entry fee for the AARC is a great deal, especially with the amount of money added! Two frequently asked questions about the show are, "What is the schedule?" and "Will the schedule change?" Michelle says that the schedule will firm up as management gets an idea as to the number of entries they can expect. "Fortunately, we have two arenas to work with," she points out. As it stands now, there is a tentative schedule on the show's website, www.theAARC.com . Move-in for the show starts Monday, March 20 after 6 pm. From early indications, the AARC is going to be big. Contestants are encouraged to reserve rooms at the South Coast ASAP. "As of last count, our hotel rooms reserved matched that of the Silver Dollar Circuit, which is at the South Coast the week prior," says Michelle, noting that the Silver Dollar Circuit, which has been running for 30 years, has already hit their capacity at the hotel. "We have 340 hotel rooms blocked, but we will lose them as of Feb. 19," Michelle explained. "We may also run out of rooms by Feb. 19 and I want to encourage everyone to get their rooms reserved soon before they are gone!"


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