Articles: Press Release
Rookie Hutchins Takes Home Adequan/USEF Open Reining
National Championship; Galbraith Sisters Dominate in the Youth Reining
National Championship presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2007
Lexington, KY - The 2007 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National
Championship boasted a small but talented field and there was a strong
showing from the youths in the USEF Youth Reining National Championship
presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at the Kentucky Horse
When the dust settled, Gabe Hutchins and Juiced Up Doc were the clear
winners bringing home the loot on a score of 226. In his first year of
FEI competition and his first try at the CRI**** level, Hutchins stared
down the best. He was second to go in the class and after putting up a
great score on the strength of excellent spins he waited while some of
the top reiners in the world tried to beat the standard he set.
"It's really exciting to show against these guys," said Hutchins. "Some
of them are Hall of Famers and million dollar riders. It's just an honor
to be here and be a part of it. I've shown this horse probably five
times this year and he's been real good for me. I wasn't nervous showing
him but I was nervous waiting on the rest of those guys to go."
Matt Mills had two chances to beat Hutchins score, but Shawn Flarida and
Tim McQuay got the closest, tying for second on 224.
Hutchins, 26, had plenty of praise for Juiced Up Doc, a seven-year-old
Quarter Horse owned by Lee Schild.
"This is a great show horse," said Hutchins. "This is by far the best
horse I've ever shown. This horse is the best show horse I've ever swung
a leg over. He has over $120,000 in NRHA earnings. He's the real deal."
Hutchins, who lives in Orland Park, Illinois near Chicago, hopes to
qualify Juiced Up Doc for the FEI Reining Masters, a major international
championship in Oklahoma City in November. He works for Jose Vasquez's
Smart Like Juice, Inc.
As a prelude to the Open Reining National Championship, 26 youths
competed for their own title at the USEF Youth Reining National
Championship presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in three age
divisions; 13 & Under, 14-18 and 19-21. It was girl power all the way
as the girls dominated each division by winning champion and reserve
champion. And reining runs in the family of the Galbraiths as two out
of the three division championships were won by sisters-Carly and
With a score of 211.5, Carly Galbraith and her seven-year-old Quarter
Horse mare Sweet Starbuck captured the 13 & Under division.
"I thought my ride went very good. I was really happy with her and she
did exactly what I asked," said Carly Galbraith.
Her sister Melanie Galbraith won the 14-18 division with a score of 219
riding her nine-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Smart Snap.
Melanie Galbraith has competed in the Youth Reining Championship since
its inception three years ago and she walked away with the highest
overall score in the competition- 219. With a big smile, M. Galbraith
admitted that she was very nervous about the competition.
"I usually don't get this nervous but I could feel the butterflies this
morning," laughed Melanie Galbraith.
It never showed as Melanie Galbraith had a determined look on her face
throughout her ride and with each maneuver, the crowd whistled and
Even though it was Kate Stewart's first time competing in the Youth
Reining National Championships and she was the first to go in the lineup
today, she won the 19-21 division with a score of 211. After her ride,
Stewart said that she was "pleased in the end" with her six-year-old
Quarter Horse gelding Pica Peppy Doc.
For more information, please contact USEF's Director of Reining Programs
Courtney Barnett at (859) 225-6919 or via email at email@example.com.
Joanie Morris and Stacey Meier
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competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
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