and Gerst Win Qualifiers at the National Reining Breeders
New JerseyApril 25, 2002Tim McQuay and Ben Gerst won
USET Reining classes at the National Reining Breeders Classic,
held April 17-21, in Katy, TX.
McQuay, of Tioga, TX, won the Intervet/USET Reining Championship
Qualifier aboard Smart Shiner, owned by Carol Rose, with a score
of 223. McQuay bested Dell Hendricks, on James Waldrons
Twice As Shiny, who scored 219.5 for second place.
in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers are competing
for a spot in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Semi-Finals,
which will be held May 17 at the National Reining Horse Association
(NRHA) Derby in Oklahoma City, OK. The top twenty riders in the
Semi-Finals will advance to the USET Reining Championship, Presented
by Bayer at the 2002 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented
by State Line Tack, to be held June 20-23, in Gladstone, NJ.
Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and
the Championship are all steps in the selection process to determine
the United States reining team for the World Equestrian Games
in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain this September.
the USET Futures Reining Championship Qualifier, held April 19
at the National Reining Breeders Classic, Ben Gerst, Yuma, AZ,
took the top two prizes riding Nick Chavezs horses. Gerst
scored 219 points on Travalena King, and followed up with 214
points on Smart Flo Lena. Sally Broten took third place on her
Rio Dun Good with 212 points, while David Silva and his Been There
Dunit That scored 208 points for fourth place. The top four riders
in the USET Futures Reining Championship Qualifier earn an invitation
to compete in the USET Futures Reining Championship Final at the
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
USET Young Rider Reining Medal Qualifier was not held due to lack
of entries. Competitors in this event earn points towards the
USET Young Rider Reining Medal Championship at the Bayer/USET
Festival of Champions.
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Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects, trains,
equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard
to represent our country in major international competition, including
the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this,
the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes
- riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and guidance
they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For more
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