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Craig Schmersal, aboard No Smoking Required, and Cade McCutcheon, riding Custom Made Gun, settled on a tie in Las Vegas. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska

Million Dollar Invitational: It’s A Draw

The Run For A Million (TRFAM) Million Dollar Invitational was billed as the biggest event in the history of reining. The Las Vegas event, held Aug. 17, didn’t disappoint.  Twelve of the most successful trainers in the sport were invited to compete for a $1 million payout, and they rode a roster of some of […]
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Custom Made Gun Headed to Europe After Topping Legacy Reining Sales

As the sun began to set in Aubrey, Texas, the evening of Sept. 28, royally bred reining horses were still walking through the Legacy Reining Sales ring. It was a poetic setting for the McQuay Stables Dispersal session, held immediately before the Legacy Consignment Sale. The anticipation was high leading up to Hip No. 38 […]
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Belgium’s Bernard Fonck Grabs Reining Gold

Tonight’s Individual Reining finals at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG) more than delivered on the expectations of reining fans at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. What A Wave carried Bernard Fonck to a 227 to bring home the gold medal for Belgium.
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It’s Another WEG Gold Medal for Reining’s Team USA

Stormy days, flooding at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Hurricane Florence aiming for one of the performance horse world’s biggest events couldn’t keep Team USA down during the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2018 Tryon Team Reining competition. Camaraderie and a close partnership with each rider’s horse were on display as Casey […]
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Let the Games Begin! – Slideshow

The FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG) kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. The patriotic opening ceremonies showcased the upcoming weeks’ contestants, and the Team USA reiners put on the finishing touches before tomorrow’s first day of competition.

In The Blood: Custom Made Gun—WEG Part 2

When Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun hit the arena together in 2015, they did it in a big way. They were the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Derby Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champions and a few weeks later, they were the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro Champions. They have successfully campaigned since then, and […]

High Roller Reining Classic Derby Non-Pro Ends in Tie

With older, well-seasoned horses, the derby classes bring a lot of excitement to the High Roller Reining Classic. The Derby and Stakes Non-Pro took place Sept. 14 at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, and with 111 draws, there were quite a few competitive teams in attendance. In the Derby Level 4 Open, two […]