Top U.S. reiners will compete at the National Reining Breeders Classic for a chance to qualify for the Official U.S. Reining Team Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The $25,000 Open/CRI2*/USEF Reining at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, is the American's last chance to qualify for the USEF Reining National Championship, which is the Official Selection Trial for the Games this fall in Lexington, Kentucky. However, some international reiners still have time to get qualified for their nation's team.
"I think it's appropriate that NRBC is the final qualifier for the U.S. Selection Trial," said World Equestrian Games Reining Discipline Manager Brad Ettleman. "Not only is the NRBC a high-impact event in our industry, it has also supported the FEI Reining program classes since the inclusion of the sport as an FEI discipline in 2000."
With this being the last qualifier before the Official Selection Trial, which is July 5-10 in Oklahoma City, it will certainly be an event not to miss.
"NRBC has always proudly supported international reining and the FEI and USEF events," said Chris Potter of the NRBC Show Management Team. "Besides the CRI2* Reining, we will be offering a CRI1* Reining on Sunday, April 18, as well."
Riders can enter the CRI2* Reining up until noon Thursday, April 15, with the horse inspection, or "jog," to occur around 4 p.m. that same day. For the CRI1* Reining, entries will be taken for it up until 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the show office with the jog at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 18.
What has made the FEI events so critical this year is that many reiners from around the world are hoping to compete at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, which comes to U.S. soil for the first time September 25-October 10. Offered every four years like the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games were initiated in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, there have been four more Games with Reining included for the first time at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.
Reiners wanting to represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games Reining Championship are required to show at three qualifying shows between April 1, 2009, and May 1, 2010, and must achieve a minimum average score of 68 at two different CRIs during this period. Qualified riders are then eligible to enter the Official Selection Trial.
For horses to qualify, they must be no younger than 6 years old and have an FEI Passport. A rider can show any horse when he is qualifying but at the Official Selection Trial, he or she must ride the horse he wants to show at the World Equestrian Games.
"This trial will be held during the new Battle in the Saddle and will feature two go's," Ettleman said. "The scores will be combined from the two go's and the top four horse-and-rider combinations will represent the United States."
For more information on the National Reining Breeders Classic, visit www.nrbc.com and visit www.battleinthesaddle.com to find more about the USEF Reining National Championship. To learn about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, visit www.alltechfeigames.com.