A Reining Tie During WEG Qualifier
Jordan Larson and Dan Huss tie for first during the FEI 3* reining on ARC Gunnabeabigstar and Ms Dreamy.
By Larri Jo Starkey | May 10, 2018
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Ms Dreamy held on to tie for first place May 12 during the FEI 3* reining at the Carolina Classic in Tryon, North Carolina.
On May 10, Dan Huss of Scottsdale, Arizona, rode the mare to the high score of 224 during the World Equestrian Games qualifier.
In the second phase of the competition, they scored a 226 for a 450 composite and the tie.
ARC Gunnabeabigstar and Jordan Larson matched that composite number. In the first round, they scored a 222, then topped that with a 228 to tie for first.
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.
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 Christen Frederick 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.
ARC Gunnabeabigstar is a 2011 palomino stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic by Wimpys Little Step. He was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by HDC Quarter Horses of Aubrey, Texas.
He was the 2017 AQHA reserve world champion in senior reining and has $284,139 in NRHA earnings.
Cade McCutcheon, who turns 18 later this month, was third on Custom Made Gun with a composite 446.
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.
Fourth place went to Heavy Duty Chex with AQHA Professional Horseman Casey Deary in the saddle.
Heavy Duty Chex is a 2011 sorrel stallion by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio by Teninolena Badger. He was bred and is owned by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas.
Heavy Duty Chex was AQHA reserve world champion in amateur reining in 2015 with Sarah Locker. He has $120,575 in NRHA earnings.
Tom McCutcheon rode his own horse The Wizster to fifth place. The Wizster is a 2010 bay gelding by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Miss Whizard Jac by Whizard Jac. He was bred by Haylee Jayne Finan-Fisher of Salisbury, Connecticut, and has $206,151 in NRHA earnings.
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.
The scores from the Carolina Classic FEI 3* will be considered in choosing the team that will represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games.
WEG, considered one of the most prestigious horse events in the world, will be September 11-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.