Articles: Press Release
U.S. Reiners Make History, Winning Gold and Silver at FEI World Reining
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Oklahoma City, OK-Setting the pace for the rest of the world, the two
reiners representing the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) made
history December 3, winning the first Gold and Silver Medals ever
awarded at the inaugural FEI World Reining Masters, presented by
Netjets. Bringing home the Gold in the open division, Todd Crawford of
Blanchard, OK, and Matt Dillon Dun It (owned by 3 Peaks Ranch) finished
with a top score of 220.5. The win entitled the pair to $17,906.25 in
winnings-but Crawford, whose winnings total nearly half a million
dollars, says the check was secondary.
"Anytime you win it's a thrill," Crawford says. "But when you walk into
this arena at an event like this, it's an even bigger deal."
Todd Sommers of Whitesboro, TX, and Remin Whiz (owned by Lucy Van
Swearingen) were in close contention for the title. They won the Silver
Medal with a score of 219.5.
"I was real honored to ride for my country. I never did that before,"
said Sommers. "I have won qualifiers, but to be here representing the
United States was pretty exciting." Sommers added $12,892.50 to his
career earnings, which nearly reach the million dollar mark.
Crawford and Sommers, or The Two Todds, as they were affectionately
called during the competition, were up against the world's best reiners
in Oklahoma City. Only the top 21 made it to the Final.
"This event was truly phenomenal," says Frank Costantini,
the Chairman of Reining at the International Equestrian Federation
(FEI). "It lived up to every expectation and was better than we could
have ever imagined."
Rounding out the medal standings, Switzerland's Jeanette
Kraehenbuehl rode her own ARC Golden Boy to a Bronze Medal finish with a
score of 218.5. Close behind in fourth was Brazil's Jango Salgado,
riding Commandalena, Todd Crawford's alternate horse. Almost sidelined
after the horse he qualified on died, and the horse he borrowed for the
competition was excused for veterinary reasons, Salgado got a last
minute chance to ride, thanks to Crawford and Commandalena's owner,
"I can't thank Todd and Christina enough," Salgado says. "I
wasn't sure how it was going to turn out because I didn't know how the
horse would be for me, but Todd told me to just trust him and go. He was
such a big help. It was really nice of him to help me like that. I still
can't believe it."
For more information on the Masters and other USEF Reining
competitions, please visit our website, www.usef.org.
Top Finishers at the 2004 FEI World Reining Masters Finals - Open
Place, Rider, Country, Horse, Score
1) Todd Crawford, USA, Matt Dillon Dun It, 220.5
2) Todd Sommers, USA, Remin Whiz, 219.5
3) Jeannette Kraehenbuehl, Switzerland, ARC Golden Boy, 218.5
4) Jango Salgado, Brazil, Commandalena, 217.5
5) Rudi Kronsteiner, Austria, Shiners Chex Mix, 216
6) Aldo Lorenzoni, Italy, OT Taris Melody, 215
7) Lukas Jirak, Czech Republic, SR Sweet N Low, 214.5
8T) Steffen Breug, Germany, Dragon Jac, 214
8T) Dario Carmignani, Italy, Footworks Finest, 214
10) Ann Poels, Belgium, He's One Smart Chic, 210.5
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