Qualifying for WEG

Dan Huss and Ms Dreamy take the high score on the first day of reining qualifications at the Carolina Classic.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Dan Huss rode Christen Frederick's Ms Dreamy to the high score May 10 during the first day of qualifications forTeam USA at the Carolina Classic in Tryon, North Carolina. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Dan Huss rode Christen Frederick's Ms Dreamy to the high score May 10 during the first day of qualifications forTeam USA at the Carolina Classic in Tryon, North Carolina. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Ms Dreamy was simply dreamy May 10 at the Carolina Classic in Tryon, North Carolina.

Dan Huss of Scottsdale, Arizona, rode the mare to the high score of 224 during the World Equestrian Games qualifier.

The FEI 3* reining at the Carolina Classic is exclusively for horses age 7 and up, and serves as a qualification for international riders who want to represent their countries at the World Equestrian Games.

For riders from the United States, the two-phase event is part of the selection process for Team USA. The 22 riders entered will ride again May 12.

Ms Dreamy is a 2010 sorrel mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun by Colonels Smoking Gun. She was bred by Jana Simons of Aubrey, Texas, and is owned by Frederick Christen of Whitehouse, Ohio.

She was the 2014 AQHA world champion in amateur reining with Dee Dee Boeckman of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and has earned $168,473 in National Reining Horse Association competition.

Two riders tied for second place in the first night of reining. Cade McCutcheon, who turns 18 later this month, and Emily Emerson both scored 222.5.

Cade was the 2012 AQHYA reserve world champion in reining. He represented the United States on the Young Riders team at the 2017 FEI World Reining Championship in Givrins, Switzerland.

Custom Made Gun is a 2011 palomino stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Custom Made Dunit by Hollywood Dun It. He was bred and is owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas. He has $100,719 in NRHA earnings.

Emily, who lives in Elbert, Colorado, rode Wind Er Up Wimp, a 2009 buckskin stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Wind Her Up Doc by Docs Sidewinder. He was bred by Vaughn Zimmerman of Springfield, Missouri and is owned by Susan Geiger of Canon City, Colorado.

The competition continues May 12.

Reining is one of eight disciplines that will be contested during the World Equestrian Games. The others are dressage, para-dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, show jumping and vaulting.

WEG, considered one of the most prestigious horse events in the world, will be September 11-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.