Articles: Press Release
United States Reining Team Heads to World Equestrian Games- An American
Tradition Thriving Globally
Jennifer Kappler of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lexington, KY - July 17, 2006 - The United States Equestrian Federation
(USEF) announced the members of the reining team that will represent the
United States at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany,
from August 20 to September 3, 2006. The reining competition will be
held September 1 and 3. The four horse and rider combinations and the
alternates are as follows:
Matt Mills, of Scottsdale, AZ, riding Easy Otie Whiz, a seven year old
Quarter Horse stallion owned by Outwest Stallion Station and Bobbie
Matt Mills was number six on the National Reining Horse Association
(NRHA) Top Twenty rider list for 2005. Easy Otie Whiz has lifetime NRHA
earnings of $220,000 and was the number one intermediate open horse for
2005. This pair won the National Reining Breeders Classic Intermediate
Open Derby in 2005 and was third at the 2005 Quarter Horse World in
Mills' partner, Easy Otie Whiz, marked a career-high 231.5 at the June
2006 Adequan/USEF Open Reining Championship in Lexington, Kentucky.
This earned them the championship and a spot on the 2006 FEI World
Equestrian Games team.
In early 2002, Mills established his own training operation in
Scottsdale, Arizona. He starts several two year olds every year and is
an approved judge for NRHA events.
Aaron Ralston, of Silt, CO, riding Smart Paul Olena, a 12 year old
Quarter Horse stallion owned by Meg Griffith-Ralston.
In 2005, Ralston was the winner of the 2005 Don Burt award, an award
that the USEF gives each year to the highest placed restricted rider in
the open reining division. Also in 2005, Ralston and Smart Paul Olena
were the winners of the 2005 NRHA Affiliate Intermediate Open Reserve
Championship. The pair was also the 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World
Champions. "Paul" with Aaron's wife, Meg, has also won the 2004 AQHA
Amateur Reining Reserve World Champion title and the AQHA Amateur
Reining World Champion in 2005. Paul was an NRHA Futurity and Derby
Finalist and has lifetime earnings of over $50,000. Aaron's lifetime
earnings are nearing $40,000.
Aaron grew up in western Colorado, and moved to Oklahoma and worked for
Doug Milholland, in 2000. In 2002, Aaron and his wife moved back to
western Colorado to establish his training business. They now reside in
Silt, Colorado with their six-month-old son, Parker.
Tim McQuay, of Tioga, TX, riding Mister Nicadual, a six year old Quarter
Horse stallion, owned by Jerry Kimmel.
Tim McQuay is the leading all-time money earner in the NRHA, with over
two million dollars in winnings to his credit. He has won every major
NRHA sanctioned event at least once, including the NRHA Futurity, the
National Reining Breeders Classic, the NRHA Derby and the NRHA
Superstakes. In 2000, he was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame. In
2002, McQuay was a Gold medalist for Team USA that won the Bayer/USET
CRIO Nations' Cup in Gladstone, New Jersey. In 2003, he won the NRHA
Derby Open Championship and the AQHA Senior Reining World Championship.
He is also a two-time AQHA World Champion and multiple NRHA World and
Reserve World Champion.
McQuay frequently travels abroad, where he presents reining clinics and
consults with horse owners and professionals. Originally from
Minnesota, the McQuays moved to Tioga, Texas, in 1989, in turn making
north Texas a focal point for the reining world.
Dell Hendricks, of Tioga, TX, riding Starbucks Sidekick, a six year old
Quarter Horse stallion, owned by Adair Reiners, LLC.
In 2005, he became a million dollar rider in the NRHA. Hendricks is one
of only seven riders in the history of the NRHA to have earned this
accomplishment. He is the only individual to have won the NRBC
Championship more than once. The prestigious All-American Quarter Horse
Congress Reining Futurity was won by Hendricks and Starbucks Sidekick in
2003. Hendricks and Starbucks were the NRHA Derby Open Reserve Champion
in 2005. Hendricks won AQHA World Championship titles in 1995, 2001,
and an AQHA Reserve World Championship in 2002. Hendricks traveled to
Germany to win the Americana in 2002.
Hendricks earned the honor of competing in the first United States
Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions in 1999. In 2000 and 2002,
Hendricks was a member of the USET Nations' Cup Team USA that brought
home the Gold medal. In 2001, Hendricks and Team USA traveled to
Germany to claim the USET Nations' Cup Silver medal. In 2003, Hendricks
was the Individual Silver medalist at the USET Festival of Champions.
Hendricks was elected as the NRHA President for the 2006 term. He and
his wife, Terri, own and operate Hendricks Reining Horses, Inc. in
1st alternate: Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, TX, riding Ruf Hearted Jac, a
seven year old Quarter Horse stallion, owned by Sarah Willeman.
Listed as one of the reining horse world's leading riders, Tom
McCutcheon has NRHA lifetime earnings of over $897,000. In 2002, he
was a member of Team USA that won the Gold at the World Equestrian Games
in Jerez, Spain (where reining made its WEG debut). He also brought
home an Individual Silver medal riding Smartest Chic Olena. He is the
owner of Tom McCutcheon Consulting Services, a worldwide consulting firm
for the reining industry. In addition, he is co-founder and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of the NRBC, the largest added money reining
event and stallion incentive program in history. He is also a member of
the NRHA Professional Riders Committee and the USEF Board of Directors.
Ruf Hearted Jac has lifetime earnings over $60,000 and is an NRHA
Futurity Finalist and an NRBC and NRHA Derby Finalist. Ruf Hearted Jac
was the 2006 USEF Qualifier Champion at the Denver Stock Show
Wife Mandy, the leading All-Time NRHA Non Pro, son, Cade, and daughter
Carlee join McCutcheon in Aubrey, Texas where he owns and operates his
The NRHA and USET
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is the backbone of the
reining industry. The NRHA was developed in 1966 to "encourage the
showing of Reining Horses by providing worthwhile purses for which they
can compete, by developing a standard method under which they can
compete, by developing a standard method under which all reining
contests can be conducted, and by acting as a forum for their breeders
Although the sport of reining is relatively new to FEI arenas, it is one
of the oldest and most established sports in American heritage.
Reining's roots came from the USA and has been a part of its culture for
over a century. In an effort to promote reining internationally, the
United States Equestrian Team (USET) adopted reining in 1998 as the
first Western riding discipline to be recognized around the world.
Large purses are now being offered, such as the $100,000 Adequan/USET
Open Reining Championship. The USET Foundation has awarded $1.9 Million
for High Performance Programs that include the sport of reining. This
generous contribution has made a huge positive impact on the United
States high-performance results, such as the Gold Medal won by Craig
Schmersal at the FEI World Reining Masters Championship in Manerbio,
In their short history as a recognized FEI discipline, the United States
USET Reining Team has continually produced medals and insured their spot
as a sport that Americans can be proud to support. The USET Reining team
put in a gold medal performance at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in
Jerez, Spain, and is sending a team to Aachen, Germany that will be
watched closely, influencing the future of reining style globally.
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