Reining Horse Foundation Scholarship Deadline is May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oklahoma City, Okla. – March 27, 2017 – High school seniors who are members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association are encouraged to apply for scholarships made possible by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017, for consideration. Seven academic and need-based scholarships will be awarded by an independent committee based upon applicants’ academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement with horses and NRHyA.

The scholarships range from $750 to $2,000, with three awarded at the highest level. Recipients in 2016 included Megan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Mass.; Holly Lansidel of McKenna, Wash.; Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Wash.; Shaelyn Vering of Scribner, Neb.; Jarid Walton of Coleman, Mich.; and Blair Willette of Haleiwa, Hawaii. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.

Chairman of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee is NRHA Vice President and Foundation Board member Mike Hancock. He said, “The foundation is committed to this scholarship program and what it means to our youth and their future. We appreciate every donor who makes the program possible through their support of fundraising efforts.”

Additionally, scholarship opportunities are available to NRHyA members through Youth Team Tournaments and the Varsity Reining Club. For details, visit http://www.nrhya.com/about.php.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com. You can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to NRHyA and RHF representatives about these programs.

Media Contact:
Leslie Baker, Reining Horse Foundation
lbaker@nrha.com
www.reiningfoundation.com
(405) 946-7400, x 106

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Successful Shows Continue to Slide into the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

62191899dfbe9c41d13d7002017b1cda2d7702b1Jacksonville, FL (March 24, 2017) – The sport of reining requires precision from horse and rider, impeccable footing, and safe, quality facilities, and that’s exactly what the Jacksonville Equestrian Center has to offer to the Florida Reining Horse Association (FHRA). In February, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted the FRHA Florida Classic, and this coming weekend it will host a FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show. The FRHA has chosen to host all of their 2017 shows at the Jacksonville, Florida facility. After the most recent show held at the center, the FRHA couldn’t be happier with that decision.

“The recent FRHA show held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Award will go down as one of the most successful shows the club has put on, and we could not be more thrilled,” says Catherine Crandon, show manager for the FRHA. “The staff at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is terrific. We had over 450 horses on the show grounds and an equal number of participants at the February show.”

The FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show on Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will see more talented reiners competing for winning titles.

“We chose the Jacksonville Equestrian Center because of the wonderful indoor coliseum, and the footing is especially great for our discipline,” says Crandon. Crandon also stated that the facility’s location was convenient for exhibitors and spectators traveling from the west and the north, inviting more participation.

At the FRHA Florida Classic, six days of competition at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center included the FRHA’s inaugural 777 Non Pro Challenge for older horses and non-professional riders, Para Reining, and short stirrup classes for the youngest reiners. Some of the top horses in the country also came to compete for their share of $30,000 added money in the Santa Hill Ranch Open Derby, which was won by Robin Schoeller of London, Ohio. “We had lots of great times at that show,” says Crandon. “Our Open and Non Pro derbies were just amazing this year and the competition was tough.”

Outside of the arena, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere allows for exhibitors and owners to enjoy some shopping and concession stands between classes.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility on 80 acres, with a multi-purpose coliseum that features a 150’ x 300’ arena with plenty of seating for spectators. For exhibitors, the center features climate-controlled restrooms and showers, night security, many RV hook-up sites, well-kept footing, and close proximity to highways, hotels, and restaurants.

The FRHA is looking forward to hosting two more shows at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this year, on March 25-26 and November 3-5. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no fee for spectators. To learn more about the sport of reining or the FRHA, please visit http://frha.com.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center always welcomes associations that are looking for top-quality care and amenities for their horse shows, educational seminars, sporting events, or community events. To learn more about what the facility has to offer, or to request more information, please visit http://www.jaxequestriancenter.com.

Photo: Mark Rafacz from Ocala, Florida, riding for owners Peter and Courtney Morgan, won the 7up Open Derby at the FRHA Florida Classic at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (Photo courtesy of FRHA – no photo credit necessary)

For Immediate Release
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Debbie Stegner
(904) 255-4215
dstegner@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32221

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Markel Insurance Sale Graduates at the 2017 NRHA European Futurity

Cremona, March 27 – Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Breeders Showcase Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

As the in-gate of the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity opens in Cremona, Italy with the qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity, amid the 100 plus horse-rider-combinations vying for the titles in the four levels, the following Markel sale graduates will be competing:

  • Shine N Dixie – 2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Georg Hildner and shown by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner of Austria
  • Whiz Little Star – 2014 NRHA/Markel Select Yearling sale graduate – owned by Isabeau Rohde and shown by NRHA Professional Stephan Rohde of Germany
  • Wimpy Margarita – 2015 NRHA/Markle Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Maurizio Ferrarol and shown by NRHA Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri of Italy

2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospects consignments GH Smart Donna (owned by Domenico Gianniti and shown by NRHA Professional Roberta Dubini of Italy) and Whiz N Spook (owned by Margot Van Doorne and shown by NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig of Germany) will also be taking part in this ninth edition of the European Futurity.

Markel, official insurance partner of NRHA, has over 50 years of expertise in insuring horses and horse-related businesses. As a leader in the horse insurance industry, Markel pioneered many of the equine coverages available today. Their insurance products include: Horse Mortality, Private Horse Owner Liability, Farm/Ranch Property and Commercial Equine Liability.

For further information, visit https://www.markelinsurance.com/horseandfarm

Watch the 2017 NRHA European Open go-round live: http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/live\

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The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money

WCRC_logoThe Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition!

The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.

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“For years I have been listening to horsemen lament the fact that some very good horses are not ready for the extreme physical and mental stress that can come with three-year-old reining competition,” says Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, LLC., creator of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “Horsemen say that some horses are not ready for it. They need a little extra time; some slower preparation. Talk about a Four-Year-Old Futurity has been floating around here for a lot of years. I think it’s an idea whose time had come.”

A lot of folks agree with Amanda. The concept not only allows for slower development of valuable, top quality equine athletes, it also precipitates longevity for the horse’s ultimate career in the show pen. The event dates for the Wild Card show in late May provide an additional nine months of training time past the three-year-old deadlines. Those nine months can be critical to the development of muscle, bone, strength and dexterity.

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A big supporter of this concept and now the title sponsor of the Wild Card Reining Challenge Four-Year-Old Futurity is Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon. Owner Suzy Simar is a longtime supporter of the Brumley Management shows. “Without the financial support of sponsors like Tamarack Ranch, the shows I produce just wouldn’t happen,” states Brumley. “These premier events are very costly to produce. A facility like the South Point and all that it has to offer is a perfect location for a horse show, but comes at a high price. The folks at South Point are fantastic to work with and bend over backward to make my events a success so to me, every penny is worth it!”

In addition to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity, the Wild Card Reining Challenge has added a $40,000 Added 4 Year Old Stakes. While the Futurity has eligibility requirements, the Stakes does not. It is open to all 4 year old horses. Also if Futurity exhibitors wish to cross enter into the Stakes as well, they have the opportunity to win even more money.

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Eligibility for the Wild Card Four-Year-Old Futurity requires the entry to be a four-year-old at the beginning of the calendar year and cannot have been shown in ANY Age Event Competition/Futurities (NRHA Category 2) as a 3 Year Old. These horses can be shown in AQHA, NRHA or NRCHA events in order to receive the show seasoning required as part of the training process, as long as the added money and 3 Year Old Aged Event category restrictions are maintained. Horses are allowed to show in Aged Events as a 4 year old prior to the Wild Card event. “Our plans are to make the Wild Card Reining Challenge just as unique as its “sister shows”: the Cactus Classic, Arizona in March; the Reining By The Bay, California in July, and the Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic, Nevada in September,” says Amanda Brumley. “We have included two full slates (NRHA Category 1) of competition and a 7 & Up Non Pro SmartPak Maturity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, and classes for our friends from the World Para Reining Organization. In addition the Wild Card is hosting two slates of National Arabian Reining Horse Association qualifiers for the fall NARHA World Championships.”

Andrea Fappani

Andrea Fappani

The educational seminars, sponsored by Horse & Rider Magazine, on training, horse health care and judging were a huge hit in 2016. NRHA Judges Chairman Jody Brainard hosted the “Inside the mind of a NRHA Judge” seminar. Samples of runs on video were reviewed to help spectators understand what judges are looking for in reining maneuvers, in addition to reasons for penalties. Dr Kris Crowe gave an extremely well detailed look into how to care for a performance horse prior to and after competition. Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani shared his insight into speed control and lead changes. Fappani pointed out what he sees exhibitors doing that sets them up for penalties and offered detailed instruction as to how to work with a horse to simplify cues so the horse can clearly understand what the rider is asking.

The Wild Card Reining Challenge has also joined forces with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining to offer a youth qualifier for the FEI Youth and Young Rider Reining World Championships August 9-12, 2017 at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. Another qualifier is being offered to Open riders interested in competing on the US Team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) September 10 – 23, 2018.

When asked about how the first year of the Wild Card Reining Challenge went, Brumley stated, “Fantastic! Of course I expected it to be small the first year and it was, but so was High Roller when it started ten years ago. The concept of the 4 Year Old Futurity needs time to evolve. Although I don’t think it’s going to take long. We are already expecting double the entries this year.”

For additional information contact Amanda Brumley (602) 677-3774. brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com or visit the event website at www.WildCardReiningChallenge.com

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Equine Businesses Welcomed to Register for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge

The 2017 Challenge features more winners and more ways to win! 

Georgetown, TX, March 9, 2017 – Time to Ride invites stables, clubs and all horse businesses nationwide to register now for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge, a grassroots competition offering $100,000 in cash and prizes!

In its fourth year of competition, the Challenge is the only industry-wide effort specifically designed to encourage entry-level participation in riding and other horse activities. Participating horse professionals will work to create engaging outreach events in Phase I, May 1st through August 31st, that connect with the general public and introduce families to the joy of horses. Then in Phase II, which occurs simultaneously and continues through September 30th, they will help these new horse enthusiasts get involved regularly through riding lessons or other ongoing horse experiences. The stables, clubs and businesses which introduce and convert the greatest number of newcomers will win their share of $100,000 cash and prizes across size-based divisions.

Past participants report enthusiastically about their experiences in the Challenge, including Susan Dudasik, owner of Misfit Farm in Salmon, Idaho: “Once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun and you come up with all kinds of new ideas. We had 55 [newcomers] last year [2015] and over 200 this year [2016] and really surprised ourselves!! Never thought we’d get that many. This is such a neat program and we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Tina Renison-Ambrose, owner and instructor at Cross Roads Stable in Elverta, California shared, “The Challenge helped me market my business, and I have picked up 30 more clients from all our events! Not too bad for sharing the love and passion we have for horses with new people every day!” Cross Roads Stable won $1,000 as fourth-place winners in the medium division.

Competing in the Challenge is free, and the contest takes place May 1st through September 30th. Time to Ride invites stables, clubs, businesses, instructors, veterinarians, and all other horse professionals to sign up now! For more information, please visit https://www.timetoride.com/time-to-ride-challenge/ or contact info@timetoride.com.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. Since 2014, Time to Ride programs have introduced nearly 100,000 newcomers to horses and helped grow 78% of the participating horse businesses. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, The Right Horse Initiative, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, the National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council 

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Contact: Christie Schulte - info@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Wildfire Relief Effort

NRHA Members & Supporters — Livestock Supply Donations are being accepted for those affected by the recent wildfires.

In the heart of horse country, NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are asking for donations of livestock supplies (hay, feed, wound supplies, fencing, etc.) to assist Oklahoma and Texas ranchers impacted by the recent fires. We are offering to connect those in the horse industry with those who are in need through a series of drop-off locations.

Donation Locations for Hay, Feed, Wound Supplies, Fencing Supplies

  • NRHA Office – 3021 W. Reno, Oklahoma City 73107 – 405-946-7400 – Drop off on-site, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F. To help keep a sustained effort beyond the initial response, the NRHA Office plans to take donations until further notice, and coordinate delivery to those most-in need.
  • Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide – Tulsa Expo Square – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Visit the OkRHA show office for instructions for drop-off.
  • Southwest Reined Cow Horse Spring Into Spring Horse Show – Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044 – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Drop donations in Stall 110. Stop by Stall Office for questions.
  • Additionally, NRHA member and Texas AgriLife Extension agent Mike Jeffcoat is heading up donations for Gray, Wheeler and Roberts counties (806-669-8033, office). Hay donations can be made directly at Clyde Carruth Pavillion (301 Ball Park Drive, Pampa, TX).

Volunteers to Transport
If you are interested in donating your time/equipment to haul, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (405-946-7400 or cmorris@nrha.com). This will be a huge help in the effort.

RHF Crisis Fund
NRHA members affected directly by these disasters are reminded that the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund can stand in the gap to assist financially in the weeks and months ahead. Donations are always welcomed. More information and an application for aid can be found at reiningfoundation.com/crisisfund.​​

Question? Other Ways to Help?
Contact Christa Morris-Stone at NRHA if you have questions (405-946-7400), or other ideas that can help in the effort. We encourage everyone to share this information with their horse friends.

Donate directly to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Fire Relief Fund

RELATED NEWS UPDATES:

Ranchers Organize a ‘Cattle Drive’ for Panhandle Ranchers Affected by Fire

Governor Abbott Grants Waiver To Hay Carriers In Texas Panhandle Due To Wildfires

 

We thank the Lazy E Arena, Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association for their cooperation.

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Youth Members Discovered Their Inner Strengths

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., (March-06-2017) –  Held during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association’s Winter Meeting, youth members challenged themselves to learn more about their true self during the NRHyA’s Leadership Development Workshop. From February 10th through the 11th, youth members came out of the workshops with a better understanding of their strengths and how to use them to better themselves in the future.

Leading the workshops was Director of Marketing at The Western Integrity Agency, Katie Hollingsworth, of Stillwater, Okla. Hollingsworth is passionate about helping others discover their strengths, and this unique opportunity offered insight to the next generation of equine industry leaders.

“It was a genuine honor to be a part of the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development,” said Hollingsworth, “I could not have asked for a better group of young leaders to work with.”

Pre-registered youth members were given a personality assessment that asked questions revolving around 34 common themes. Each person’s individual themes lead them to five personal strengths. “Through our workshops, I learned what my strengths were and how to put them to use,” said NRHyA Historian Reagan Stephens, “It was fun learning that I had a unique set of strengths that defined me.”

As the workshops progressed, youth members continued to develop and build upon their personal strengths. Youth members were put to the test as three teams were formed with varying personal strengths. “I learned that being on a team you don’t necessarily want to have the same kind of people,” said NRHyA Vice President Kenleigh Wells. NRHyA Treasurer Liz Blaser agreed saying, “Each person naturally took a role on the team based on their strengths.”

Teams were given a task to complete to see how the teams managed to work together despite opposing strengths.

When asked if aspects from the team building exercise resonated with students and if they would use the skills they learned in other aspects of their life, NRHyA Secretary Taylor Masson said, “I believe, as officers, we can use our own strengths to make a stronger and more compassionate leadership team for others. We can use our strengths to get more regions and youth involved with the NRHyA.”

Youth members who attended the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development workshops came out with a better understanding of their strengths all while building lasting relationships with other youth members from across the nation.  “The workshops helped me become a stronger leader,” said NRHyA member Kate Lilley, “I learned things about myself that will help me in the future, I also made several new friends.”

“I would say that the NRHyA leadership symposium has helped me grow and expand my horizons in many ways that I am very thankful for,” said NRHyA Delegate Olivia Klug.

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Where Dreams Become Reality: NRHyA Buy A Pro Auction

Ever wonder what it is like to ride with elite reining trainers in the industry? The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) hosts the annual Buy A Pro online auction where reining enthusiasts can bid on their chance to ride with NRHA Professionals and experience what it’s like first-hand. Even after the lessons are complete, past auction winners have stayed in contact with their Buy A Pro, creating a lasting partnerships both in and out of the show pen. This year’s auction ends March 1, so visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017 to learn more about the trainers and to bid today!

During the 2015 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Cheryl Freemantle of Middlefield, Conn., opened up an issue of the NRHA Reiner and saw the ad. Her interest sparked, Freemantle decided to see which professionals were available. After some research and conversations with her daughter, Freemantle decided to “bid” on Jeremy Gates, ultimately winning the auction.

“I had a wonderful experience riding with Jeremy through the Buy A Pro program,” Freemantle explained.

After watching her daughter riding and showing reining horses growing up, Freemantle saw her opportunity to join her daughter, thanks to Buy A Pro. Two years after winning her Buy A Pro contract, Freemantle is still riding and learning from Jeremy. In 2016, she earned over 70 NRHA Green Reiner points under his direction.

Paul Wilinski from Green Bay, Wis., saw the Buy A Pro promotion through an association email. During the 2016 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Wilinski won auctions from Ben Balow of Skull Valley, Ariz.; Michael Davis from Davenport, Iowa; and Becky Sorrell of Whitesboro, Texas.

After completing a Buy A Pro with Ben Balow, Wilinski had this to say: “It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to improve my skills right away, and because of Ben’s help, I have been able to make the finals in major national shows.”

Not only is the Buy A Pro program a great way for riders to learn one on one from some of reining’s greatest professionals, trainers also get the opportunity to build their clientele all by supporting the future of reining.

“In a heartbeat, I would recommend the program to friends!” said Freemantle.

“It was a great overall experience!” said Wilinski.

For your chance to experience what the NRHyA Buy A Pro program can do for you, visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017. The online auction is currently open for bids. Bidding will end on March 1 at noon CST. For more information about the auction, please contact Emily Schaefer at eschaefer@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 129.

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USEF Memo: Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes

Dear Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes,

In accordance with FEI Reining Rules [5th Edition, Updates effective 1st January 2017], we would like to remind all Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes that are 17 years of age and younger participating in FEI Reining competitions they are required to wear protective headgear.

Chapter VI Equipment

Article 320 Dress, Protective Headgear and Salute

1.     All Athletes must wear appropriate western attire while competing; this will include a long sleeve shirt with collar, cowboy boots and western hat or safety helmet. When Athletes are training in the Competition arena they are required to wear Competition wear or team attire (no ball caps are allowed during training). Failure to wear such Headgear where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

2.     Athletes under the age of 18 years old must wear Protective Headgear (safety helmet) at all times while riding. Failure to wear such Protective Headgear where and when required after being told to do so by an official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

3.     Salute: Must be done in accordance with General Regulations unless the pattern used is a run in pattern.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Sincerely,

BRYN WELLS
DirectorofReining, EventingPrograms
8592256948, 5756445659
pbwells@usef.org
usequestrian.org

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 16, 2017, 5:30 PM EST

logoLexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce that U.S. reining athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders. The inaugural world championships for Juniors (14-18 years of age) and Young Riders (16-21 years of age) will be held in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017. The aim is to have this new championship become a popular addition to high-profile reining competitions that will give reining athletes the opportunity to represent their country at a young age.

FEI Qualifying Criteria for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

  • Juniors are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 14 until December of the year in which they turn 18.
  • Young Riders are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 16 until December of the year in which they turn 21.
  • Horses must be seven years of age for qualifying events and the Championships (using January 1 of their foaling year as their birthday).
  • The qualifying period for the championships is January 1, 2017 through June 24, 2017.
  • View membership requirements.
  • During the qualifying period, a Junior or Young Rider must score a minimum average of 67 at one CRIJ3* or CRIYR3*. View a list of competitions that will have FEI Reining CRIJ3* and CRIYR3* classes.
  • Athletes must submit an application to US Equestrian to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Athletes who are qualified (have obtained a 67 at a CRIJ3* or CRIYR3* during the qualifying period) and have submitted an application will be put forward to the USEF Reining Sport Committee to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Flights (equine and athlete), hotel, ground transportation, stabling, and entry fees will be covered by US Equestrian for the horse/athlete combinations named to the U.S. Squad.
  • The U.S. Squad will be named the last week of June 2017.

View detailed selection procedures for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells at bwells@usef.org or (859) 225-6948.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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