Lyle Lovett and Michael Schumacher will headline Friday's Hometown Heroes Slide & Freestyle Reining charity event in Oklahoma City
Since 2007, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation has produced a unique, entertaining event sponsored by 4R Performance Horses to benefit a local charity. Since last year’s event, the 4R Performance Horses Hometown Heroes Slide & Freestyle Reining, was so successful, the foundation decided to bring it back this year with celebrity team captains Grammy Award-winning Lyle Lovett and Formula One race car driver Michael Schumacher.
The event benefits the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and is set for 6 p.m. Friday at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
WHAT IS THE HOMETOWN HEROES SLIDE & FREESTYLE REINING?
Hometown heroes from local police and fire stations will hop on top of fast-spinning and smooth-sliding reining horses to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their favorite team in a friendly “firefighters vs. police officers” competition. The hometown hero riders have been paired with some of the National Reining Horse Association’s professionals and trainers as they combine efforts to master a reining pattern. The riders are awarded points on their performance that are combined later with their celebrity captain’s score and freestyle rider’s score to see if Team Fire or Team Police come out on top. Last year, Team Fire blazed to victory and took home the bragging rights.
Lyle Lovett, Team Fire Captain: Lovett has earned four Grammy Awards including Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He recorded his own brand of music, a unique mix of blues, R&B, jazz, gospel and country, since 1980 with more than a dozen albums to date. His highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country song chart, “Cowboy Man.” But Lovett’s talents don’t end there. This accomplished entertainer is also a well-respected songwriter and has a lengthy list of acting credits.
Michael Schumacher, Team Police Captain: Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One Racing World Champion, is joining us from Switzerland. 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.”
Local police heroes will be represented by:
Oklahoma City Police Major Bill Weaver
Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Katie Lawson
Oklahoma City Police Captain Kim Flowers
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