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October 30, 2013

Concours de Reining International

AQHA will host an FEI CRI during the AQHA World Championship Show, offering riders the chance to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Gimme Major Bucks and AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle

AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle slides Gimme Major Bucks to a stop to win the CRI 3* reining at the 2012 AQHA World Show. (Journal photo)

The 2013 AQHA World Championship Show will host an International Equestrian Federation CRI1*, CRI2* and CRI3* (Concours de Reining International) event on November 15 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. AQHA and the National Reining Horse Association are jointly funding the $3,000 prize money for the CRI 3*, with awards offered in the 1* and 2*.

Download the entry form. Entries for the event are due Friday, November 8, and the cost to enter is $325. The FEI competition will take place in conjunction with the senior reining preliminaries in the Performance Arena (Barn 6). Part of the United States Equestrian Federation open qualifying series, USEF Long-List Riders are required to show at two CRI qualifying shows between January 1, 2013, until the U.S. selection trial for the 2014 World Equestrian Games (or in the case of international riders, until the nominated entry deadline for the 2014 WEG). Riders must meet minimum eligibility requirements, including a three-star status athlete to compete at the WEG.

“This is the second year AQHA has partnered with NRHA to bring the CRI event to the AQHA World Show,” said AQHA Executive Director of Competition and Breed Integrity Tom Persechino. “AQHA, NRHA FEI and the recently formed USA Reining had a very productive meeting in July 2012 and, as a result, AQHA is teaming with those bodies to organize more domestic and international reining events. We remain committed to seeing reining succeed on an international level and having a western discipline as part of FEI competition.”

In 2002, American Quarter Horses appeared for the first time in a World Equestrian Games arena when reining was accepted into FEI and allowed to compete in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

In 2010, reining was again part of the World Equestrian Games when those games came to the United States for the first time. AQHA and NRHA were major players at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The organizations are looking forward to the 2014 World Equestrian Games slated for August 24 - September 7 in Normandy, France.

“USA Reining seeks to foster the sport of reining in the United States and provide a pipeline for athletes to progress from national level competition into FEI and international competition,” said USA Reining President and AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. “It is also the goal of the organization to represent its members as a fully compliant USEF recognized affiliate for the sport, and we couldn’t be more pleased to work with these groups to see reining enjoy even more success – worldwide.”

The three-star competition at the AQHA World Show on November 15 is a great opportunity to see some of the athletes who will likely be vying for a place on a 2014 WEG Team. Judges for the event are Karen McQuistion, Marilyn Randall and Brad Kelsall. The competition is open to all eligible horses of any breed or national federation and will begin at approximately 9 a.m. in the Performance Arena at State Fair Park.

Download the entry form for the CRI1*, CRI2* and CRI3* event at the 2013 AQHA World Show.

The AQHA World Championship Show, comprising the Bank of America Amateur and Open divisions, is the largest single-breed championship horse show in the world. The exciting competition begins Friday, November 8, and continues through Saturday, November 23, at Oklahoma State Fair Park. For the latest information, including schedules and details of special events, visit www.aqha.com.

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