Three talented horse-and-rider teams will represent Canada in the reining at this month’s FEI World Equestrian Games.
Officials say the reiners chosen to represent Team Canada are:
* Dean Brown and Cashin Malibus Chex, a 2010 stallion (Too Busy Cashin Chex x Malibu Whiz x Topsail Whiz) owned by Santa Hill Ranch, Bob and Arlene Santagata.
* Austin Seelhof and Lipstick Jungle, a 2008 mare (Big Chex To Cash x Tribeca Trucker x Lenas Wright On) owned by Lyle & Marie Whitmarsh.
Team Canada Reining Chef d’Equipe Rhea Pole said it is exciting to have a slate of experienced and talented riders to represent the country, as well as a roster of dedicated owners and supporters.
“We’re all extremely excited going forward,” Pole said. “We’ve got some great owners standing behind them and we’re looking to come down there and make a big splash in red and white.”
Of the three horse-and-rider entries, the Charles Vaughn-bred Smart Tinseltown has the highest lifetime earnings of $79,446. He and Coulter recently finished third in Senior Reining Level 2 at the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show.
Cashin Malibus Chex, Brown’s mount, is already well-versed in competing in the state of North Carolina. The Bob Santagata-bred stallion’s show record includes a win in the Derby Level 4 Open Championship at the 2016 Carolina Classic. He has a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $61,780.
Lipstick Jungle, bred by Joe Hayes, has an Equi-Stat record of $15,470. She was a Limited Open finalist at the 2011 National Reining Horse Association Futurity.
Pole said the team is grateful to the support of its sponsors as the reining team does not receive any funding from Equestrian Canada. Thanks to the help of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association and other sponsors, the WEG Reining Team’s supporters raised approximately $20,000 to offset costs for the horse owners and connections, she said.
“It really took a lot of pressure off our owners having to come up with those extra finances,” Pole said.
The World Equestrian Games will be held Sept. 11-23. The United States will be represented in reining by Casey Deary and Heavy Duty Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash); Dan Huss and Ms Dreamy (by Magnum Chic Dream); Jordan Larson and Arc Gunnabeabigstar (by Gunnatrashya) and Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun (by Gunner).
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