Clea, I nor The Soules had any idea how long we would be working together nor how long The Soule Family would want to continue the “Running with Pete” at our show. We all knew we would see how things went and make the best decisions when decision making came our way.
This year, The Soules will not be joining us at the show as part of “Running with Pete” they will be changing things up this year of their own choice.
We are grateful to have had the chance to work with The Soules and have NBHA a part of the show for the 1st 2 years. We were happy to provide them with the show dollars for 2 years to help with there districts but understand decisions have to be made and NBHA has decided they will not be part of the Rebel Soul this year. Again, we thank both parties for being part of the show.
The name “Rebel Soul” will remain in 2018 just without the E. Here is a little back ground about the name of this show. When OTR was thinking of coming to New York, by the request of many people, we already had some names for the show in mind. One being The Rebel Soul from the Kid Rock song – if anyone knows us they know Kid Rock is a favorite of ours. Then, when we were contacted directly by Deb and Lee Soule about coming to NY and adding their “Running with Pete” to a show, we might do in New York, it seemed fitting to use the name The Rebel Soul but add an E. Made sense to all involved. Hence The Rebel Soul”e”
The Rebel Soul will continue to be a Preferred IBRA Show! We have changed up some things in 2018 at OTR and we are hoping to bring more opportunities to the show for all the contestants. ECSIF Money, Roadies Money, an OTR 4/5 Yr old Futurity, $10,000 Future Fortunes Open Money and the Rebuy Sidepot are among some of the opportunities you will be running for! Last year we paid out over $140,000 in money to the Rebel Soul contestants and are hoping to pay out more this year.
Last year, everyone knows, we had some ground issues and we did the best we could to get them fixed with what we had. Well, you all know how us barrel racers can be! 1st year we were hero’s for having such great ground in a facility that is known for bad ground. Then, year 2, when we did have some ground issues everyone who was complaining forgot all about the 1st year and all our other shows where the ground is good.
With all of this being said, If you want to come and enjoy a Holiday weekend with us we would love to see you all at The 3rd Annual Rebel Soul July 5-8 2018 at The New York State Fairgrounds. and it is our intention to have the best of everything, including the ground!