USET Announces Reining FEI Stewards Seminar During Bayer/USET Festival of Champions

Friday, April 20, 2001
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Gladstone, New Jersey - April 20, 2001 - The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Reining Steward seminar during the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions presented by State Line Tack at the USET Olympic Training Center and Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ on Wednesday, June 20, 2001.

The objectives of the seminar are to provide guidance and education to FEI Reining Stewards in order that they may be better able to preside at FEI Reining competitions.

The seminar will be conducted by David Distler, who is the FEI Steward General for North America, and Allen Mitchells, who is the Director of Judges for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Mr. Mitchells will speak specifically about the sport of Reining whereas Mr. Distler will address the duties of a FEI Steward.

"Since Reining was adopted as the sixth USET discipline and sanctioned by the FEI in 2000, the USET has actively promoted the sport. The USET took the initiative to coordinate this seminar in order to further develop Reining as an international sport," said Robert C. Standish, USET Executive Director.

This year’s Reining Division at the Festival will again feature the $100,000 Cosequin/USET Reining Championship presented by Bayer. Reiners have competed throughout the year in a series of qualifiers sponsored by Intervet for the opportunity to compete in this Championship competition. Additionally, the Division will include the highly popular Invitational Freestyle class and Nations Cup Competition as well as the addition of the Sooner Trailer Futures Championship and Young Rider Medal Final.

Every year, the Festival offers a wide variety of family entertainment for equestrian enthusiasts with various competitions in Reining, Dressage, Combined Driving, Show Jumping, and Endurance. Although the weekends are geared toward equestrian competition, it is the goal of the USET to provide an opportunity for families to enjoy equestrian sports along with a more traditional country fair and "Children’s Corral." The fair includes over 70 vendors offering a large selection of crafts, clothing, jewelry, gifts and the latest in equestrian supplies for every age and interest.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children who are 6 – 12 years of age with children under 6 attending free of charge. Parking is $5.00. Also available for purchase are reserved tables in the Reining, Pine Meadow and Dressage Clubs. Reserved table costs are $2000.00 for 8 people, $1000.00 for 4 people and $500.00 for two chairs.

If you want to see impressive equestrian competition in a beautiful country atmosphere, coupled with a weekend of family fun, then the place to venture to is Bayer/USET Festival of Champions in June. To learn more about this spectacular event call the Festival Hotline at (908) 234-0555 or visit the USET on line at www.uset.org.