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Monday, February 10, 2014

Reining championship in Lexington qualifies riders for upcoming World Equestrian Games

For the fourth consecutive year, top international horses and riders will compete in Lexington as the Kentucky Horse Park hosts the Kentucky Reining Cup, April 24-27, 2014.

 The Kentucky Reining Cup returns to the Alltech Arena in Lexington April 24-27. (Photo from Kentucky Reining)

The Kentucky Reining Cup returns to the Alltech Arena in Lexington April 24-27. (Photo from Kentucky Reining)

The Kentucky Reining Cup has become established as a major competition on the international reining calendar, and it has become regarded as the premier annual FEI Reining event in the world, offering prize money that is unparalleled at the top level of the sport. In addition, the reining championship will serve as the selection trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team.
Designed to showcase the maneuvers of a working ranch horse, Reining is a judged competition that highlights the athletic ability of a horse through the performance of required elements such as small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll-backs over the hocks, 360-degree spins, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the Reining horse. This variety of movements is linked into a graceful sequence with no observable resistance on the horse’s part. For freestyle events, the movements are set to music and performed in costume. This is a particularly thrilling crowd-pleaser.
Produced by HorsePower, the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup will also feature a World Championship Freestyle class and offer $120,000 in total prize money. The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial will be a Concours de Reining International 3-Star (CRI3*) event held in two rounds over three days, April 25-27 in the Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Athletes must achieve high scores in at least two qualifying competitions to be eligible to compete in the selection trial. Having won the team gold medal at the World Equestrian Games three consecutive times, the United States will be under pressure to field the strongest possible team for this year’s Games that take place later this summer in Normandy, France.
“We are very excited as this is a big year for the sport, and the Kentucky Reining Cup will be the perfect home to such an important process,” said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc., and producer of the Kentucky Reining Cup. “The opportunity to host the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and WEG Selection Trial guarantees that we will have the best horses and riders in the nation, and indeed from around the world at our event!”
Among other notable reining athletes, top competitors like Shawn Flarida, Tim McQuay, Tom McCutcheon, and Craig Schmersal, who teamed to win the Gold Medal for the U.S. at the last World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Kentucky, will all be vying for a spot on the team that will be looking to defend the Gold this summer.
•The Kentucky Reining Cup will run in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, and host numerous events over the course of the week:Friday, April 25 – CRI3* and Opening Round of the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge
•Saturday, April 26 – FEI Junior and Young Rider classes, Para-Reining classes, and The Freestyle Reining World Championship – An annual crowd favorite
•Sunday, April 27 – Kentucky Reining Cup CRI3* / Second Go and Final of the Adequan/USEF National Open Championship & Official US Reining Team Selection Trial
Tickets for Reining’s premier event are on sale now. Tickets good for the CRI3*Championship and Selection Trial on Friday are $15 per person and tickets for Saturday’s World Freestyle Championship are $22 per person. Sunday admission is included with a ticket from either Friday or Saturday. Ticket packages including admission for all three days are available for just $35.00 per person. Parking is included free of charge.
For more information or to order tickets for the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup, please visit www.KentuckyReining.com.
From Classic Communications