Articles: Press Release
USET Holds Individual Young Rider Reining Training Session With Reining
Champion Todd Bergen
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, NJ—October 23, 2001—Having won the 2001 United States Equestrian
Team (USET) Young Rider Reining Championship Final held during the
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, Kyle Johnson
of Portland, CT, was invited to participate in a week-long USET training
session with champion reining horse trainer Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, OR.
The USET covered the expenses of the session, while Bergen donated his time.
Johnson commented on the week, “This was a good experience for me. Todd is
so talented, I learned a lot just watching him ride. I rode a lot of horses
myself, and enjoyed working cows. I had never done that before and it was a
very good experience.”
He continued, “I am interested in competing at future international
competitions. The opportunity for young horsemen today is just incredible
and there are so many options to take between national and international
Kyle, who is currently training a two-year-old gelding by Smart Play, hopes
to compete at the 2002 NRHA Futurity. He will also continue to compete with
Boomerfritz with whom he won the Championship.
Bergen stated, “The USET Young Rider program teaches riders the end product
of training. Keeping an open mind about horses is an important key to
improving a rider’s skill and showing horses is the easy part. Training
horses and conducting business is difficult. Any exposure to various riding
styles is positive and promotes good horsemanship. It takes an open mind,
countless hours of hard work to reach the peaks of equestrian competition.”
Started in 2001, the USET Young Rider Reining program is designed to
identify future international riders while promoting valuable horsemanship
experience and test the riding abilities of each athlete. The Young Rider
Reining program is one of many programs that the USET has developed to
assist riders in their quest for equestrian excellence.
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 Young Rider program
please call the USET Director of Reining, Jeff Fox at (908)234-1251, or
visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.