United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) together with USA Reining, the recognized affiliate for the sport of reining, announced the addition of two important Open qualifier classes to be held at the Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 2014.The
Vital steps for reining athletes on the road to Normandy, France and the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), reining athletes from around the globe will have two more opportunities to chart their course to these important Games.
Required for riders to earn a seat at the USEF National Championship & Official Team Selection Trial, athletes must attend a minimum number of FEI reining events known as Concours de Reining International (CRI). Two separate, but equally important classes will be added to the schedule of the Sun Circuit, offering riders the opportunity to advance to the next step of making the US Reining Team. Among the final qualifying events, The Arizona Sun Circuit CRI classes will be a milestone for many of the elite-level riders working to securing a seat on the team.
Once named to the US Reining Team, athletes and horses will represent the US at the highest level of equestrian sport and work to defend the gold-medal earnings of every US Reining Team at an FEI WEG. Since its introduction in 2000, reining has been the fastest growing discipline in the equestrian industry and showcases the sport to large, enthusiastic crowds at the quadrennial WEG and other high performance international competitions.
Produced annually by the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, the Arizona Sun Circuit is the premier Quarter Horse show of the southwest and offers large and high-quality American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) classes in the existing schedule. This foundation offers the perfect opportunity to feature CRI classes concurrently in the Sun Circuit schedule.
To learn more about USEF high performance programs, including FEI reining, visit https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allReining.aspx.Contact Brad Ettleman at [email protected] for entry information.