From the US Equestrian Communications Department – Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian announced today that Gabe Hutchins (Joseph, Ore.) and FM Shine N Tag Chex, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Tamarack Ranch, will step in as a substitute combination for the U.S. Reining Squad at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018.
Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex were named as a reserve combination when the U.S. Reining Squad was announced in May, and will now serve as substitutes for Tom McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) and The Wizster, an eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Turnabout Farm, Inc.
The Wizster sustained a minor injury during a training session, but is expected to make a full recovery. After evaluation from the U.S. team veterinarian, and with the best interest of the gelding in mind, McCutcheon has chosen to withdraw The Wizster and not move forward with competing at the WEG.
Competition for the U.S. Reining Squad begins Wednesday, September 12.
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