Articles: Press Release
Stancik and Gilson Win Qualifiers at the Arizona Reining Horse Classic
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, New Jersey—March 11, 2002—Darren Stancik and Tracer Gilson won
USET Reining classes at the Arizona Reining Horse Classic, held March 9, in
Darren Stancik, of Salem, OR, won the Intervet/USET Reining Championship
Qualifier aboard Chocolate Chic Olena, owned by Carter Smith, with a score
of 225, winning $2659.80. Stancik edged out John Slack, on Jo Young’s
Smart Anna Lena, who scored 223 for second place, winning a check for
Riders in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers are competing
for a spot in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Semi-Finals, which will
be held May 17 at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby in
Oklahoma City, OK. The top twenty riders in the Semi-Finals will advance to
the $100,000 USET Reining Championship, Presented by Bayer at the 2002
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, to be held
June 20-23, in Gladstone, NJ.
The Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and the
Championship are all steps in the selection process to determine the United
States reining team for the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera,
Spain this September.
In the USET Futures Reining Championship Qualifier, held March 9 at the
Arizona Reining Horse Classic, hometown favorite Tracer Gilson, Scottsdale,
AZ, took the top prize riding Cherokee Smart Chic, owned by Kathie Thayer.
Gilson and Cherokee Smart Chic won the first prize of $1357.50 with a score
of 220.5. The competition for second place was hard-fought, with Mario
Boisjoli and Ben Gerst tying for second, just one-half point higher than the
fourth place finisher Jordan Larson. Boisjoli, riding Wildcat Lena, owned
by Carla and Chuck Arnold, and Gerst, on Nick Chavez’s Joses Bueno Chex,
both earned $848.44 prizes for their second place score of 215.5 points.
Larson, aboard Easters Gray Shot owned by Louise Simms, scored 215 to earn
the fourth place prize of $339.38. The top four riders in the USET Futures
Reining Championship Qualifier earn an invitation to compete in the USET
Futures Reining Championship Final at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
The USET Young Rider Reining Medal Qualifier was not held due to lack of
entries. Competitors in this event earn points towards the USET Young
Rider Reining Medal Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
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.