Thursday, Apr. 18, 2024




Everyone dreams of breeding together two of the best horses in the world—Sarah Willeman has done it.

On May 7, her phone lit up with a photo text message of an adorable chestnut filly with a big white face. If genes have anything to say about it, this filly should be a giant in the reining world, since her sire is 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games team and individual gold medalist Gunners Special Night, and her dam is 2011 FEI Reining World Final winner Darlins Not Painted, both ridden by Tom McCutcheon.

Bökeberg, Sweden, will be the host city for the inaugural Fédération Equestre Internationale World Reining Finals, on May 22. The World Reining Finals are a reworking of the FEI World Reining Masters, and will feature $100,000 in prize money. This is the first time the annual individual final has been held outside North America since 2005.

Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 30

Tom McCutcheon had two team golds and an individual silver in his world championship collection, but today he added the ever-elusive individual gold to his count aboard Gunners Special Nite at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

He placed first on a score of 228.0 over his U.S. teammate Craig Schmersal on Mister Montana Nic (223.0) and Canada’s Duane Latimer on Dun Playin Tag (222.5).

Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 26

The crowd may have been rowdy for today’s final reining team session, but they failed to drown out the announcer—until the moment Shawn Flarida entered the ring. 

And the wild roar didn’t die down until long after he left it, having secured the third consecutive U.S. team gold today, Sept. 26, at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Flarida and RC Fancy Step finished with the top individual score, a 227.0, a full 3 points ahead of anyone else in the field.


Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 25

Tim McQuay of the United States rode Hollywoodtinseltown, David Silva’s palomino Quarter Horse (Hollywood Dun It—Hollywood Jac 86), into first place during the first section of reining team competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a score of 220.50.

Dressage Canada officials and the Equine Canada Canadian Reining Committee have announced their respective teams for the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

The dressage team is comprised of:

In this monthly series leading up to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September and October, we watch a different competitor each month prepare for competition.

For U.S. reiners, the battle began well before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.) opening ceremonies.



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