Articles: Press Release
USET Announces Young Rider Reining Medal Classes
Marty Bauman, (508)698-6810,email@example.com
Joanna Smith, (908)234-1251,firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, New Jersey -September 1, 2000- The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) has announced a Young Rider Reining Medal class as part of the 2001
USET programs. In addition to identifying future international riders, the
class promotes valuable horsemanship experience and tests the riding
abilities of each athlete. The Young Rider Reining Medal class is one of many
programs that the USET has developed to assist riders in their quest for
A USET Young Rider Reining Medal class is open to members of the USET - ages
16-21 as defined by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). The class
will be conducted and judged in accordance with AHSA/NRHA Reining Rules and
Guidelines, with the exception that riders need not own their horses and a
rider may compete with a stallion. This class may be held at any show that
is a member of the AHSA, AQHA, NRHA, AMHA, APHA, APHC, IBHA, or PHBA (ie
National Breed Association). Competitions planning to hold a USET Young
Rider Reining Medal Class must apply to the USET for permission and
application to hold the class.
The USET will hold a Young Rider Reining Medal Final during the 2001
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions. The top twenty riders, plus any ties for
20th, qualify for the Finals based on accumulated points from qualifying
classes held throughout the year. The qualifying period for the 2001 Finals
is January 1 - May 20, 2001 (a qualification period for 2002 final will be
May 21, 2001-May 20, 2002).
Points will be awarded in qualifying classes as follows: 30 points for first
place, 15 points for second place, 10 points for third place and 5 points for
Additionally, competitors in these classes may win medals by accumulating
points throughout the year. Competitors who win fifteen classes will receive
a USET gold medal, while competitors who win ten classes will receive a
silver and winners of five classes will receive a bronze.
Since its acceptance of Reining as the Team's sixth discipline in 1998, the
USET has worked to promote Reining with the first Cosequin/USET Open Reining
Championship classes premiering at the 1999 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
Carla Wennberg, Director of Reining Activities for the USET, stated,
"Reining is one of the most popular western equestrian sports and the USET
has made a commitment to continue to expand its Reining programs.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908)234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.