Junior and Young riders looking at qualification for the 2019 FEI World Reining Championships can begin entering in qualifying competitions now. While more detailed qualification criteria will be available soon, know that the rider, horse and horse’s owner must have current memberships in the USEF and USA Reining.
The horse and rider must also have current FEI registration, and the horse will need a valid FEI passport. A USEF National Passport with a FEI Horse Registration can be used in FEI Junior and Young Rider divisions if the competition is in the rider’s home country.
US Equestrian Director of Reining Programs Bryn Wells is excited about these opportunities for young people. “2017 was the inaugural year for the FEI World Reining Championships for Junior and Young Riders and it was a huge success! There were 14 countries participating and the CS Ranch in Switzerland made it a memorable experience for all,” Wells explained.” This program is for riders 21 years of age and younger. It provides this younger of group reiners the opportunity to represent their countries on the international stage and can serve as a great experience along the way to making a WEG team. We are looking forward to 2019 and the chance to participate in these championships again. Qualifying has already begun and we are excited about the number of riders that have shown interest in representing the US. “
The 2018 and 2019 Qualifying Competitions are as follows:
- Winter Slide (Jan 30-Feb 4) – Ardmore, OK
- Cactus Reining Classic (March 21-25) – Scottsdale, AZ
- NRBC (April 12-23) – Katy, TX
- High Roller Reining Classic (September 7-15) – Las Vegas, NV
- 2019 (Tentative)
- Winter Slide – Ardmore, OK
- Cactus Reining Classic – Scottsdale, AZ
- NRBC – Katy, TX
For more information, visit USEF.org/reining, or contact Bryn Wells at PBWells@usef.org.
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