USA Reining Provides Pathway for Youth Reiners to Compete Internationally

USA Reining has teamed with the US Equestrian Federation to create opportunities for young reiners to represent the United States of America in International Competition. The FEI Reining World Championships for Junior and Young Riders are set for July 9-13 at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland,  give riders worldwide a chance to ride on a team for their country. For the team members this is a thrilling, expense-paid experience plus it provides a key stepping stone in the reining pathway from grassroots to the  FEI World Equestrian Games.

In the USA, different venues have become qualifying events for this with added money sponsored by USA Reining. Two of the qualifying events have already taken place. At the first, held at the Buckeye Bash April 4-7 in Springfield, Ohio, Sam Flarida won the CRIJ3 with a score of 74 on Footwork Revolution. Also qualifying were Emilia Reutimann, Jacob Zimmerman, Gabriella Kammerer, Isabella Tesmer, Abgail Ehringer, Jessica Batton. In the CRIY3 Caroline Gute Topped the field on Tricked Out Truck. Joining her to qualify were Emily Opell, Caleb Sturgeon and, Taylor Zimmerman.

The next event was held at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas April 14-21. On Friday in the CRIJ3, Emma Lane rode Gunner Gump to top the field, which include qualifiers Raeanne Thayn, Elena Wuorimaa and Carlee McCutcheon.  Emma Cohen won the CRIY3 on Top Haida leading a set of qualifiers that included Emilia Reutmann , Chalyce Head, Celeb Sturgeon and Margaret Sue Dunn.

On Saturday in the CRIJ3 Margaret Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy to the high score of 142 to top the field. In the CRIYR Sam Flarida scored high again on Footwork Revolution with a score of 146.5 to lead the field, which also included qualifiers Emma Lane, Cade McCutcheon, and Madison Gustin.

The opportunity to compete in a setting similar to the WEG is priceless for these Junior and Young Riders and expenses for the team are paid by the USEF. From the qualifying process all the way through the competition this is the first real taste of competition on the world stage for many of these riders and helps them to gain the experience they will need if they decide to pursue a spot on a WEG team in the future.

There is still time to qualify – with two important events ahead.

US Qualifying Competitions
May 11, 2019 – Carolina Classic (Tryon, NC)
May 12, 2019 – Carolina Classic (Tryon, NC)
June 8, 2019—CNYRHA Ride and Slide (Syracuse, NY)

For information regarding qualifying visit: www.usef.org/reining or

contact Bryn Wells pbwells@usef.org

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