Ten years ago this coming August, four of the United States’ top reiners and an alternate rider arrived in Aachen, Germany, to represent their country in the Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG), held Aug. 20-Sept. 3.
Teams from 14 countries competed in the WEG with riders from six additional countries riding in the individual competition. Team USA left its mark at the WEG, posting 665 points total to take home the gold. Chef d’equipe Jeff Petska was very proud of his winning team, which consisted of Dell Handricks, Tim McQuay, Matt Mills, Aaron Ralston and alternate Tom McCutcheon.
The winner of the Individual Gold medal was determined by a run-off after Canadian reiner Duane Latimer and Hang Ten Surprize (Hangten Peppy x Mizzen Topsail x Topsail Cody) tied USA Team member Tim McQuay and Mister Nicadual (Mister Dual Pep x Nicachecka x Reminic) with scores of 230. McQuay and Mister Nicadual were the first to return to the pen, marking a 226. Latimer and Hang Ten Suprize scored a 228 to take home the Individual Gold medal.
Plans are already underway for the eighth edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games that will be held the summer of 2018 at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park near Bromont and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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