Articles: Press Release
McQuay and Gerst Win Qualifiers at the National Reining Breeders Classic
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Gladstone, New Jersey—April 25, 2002—Tim McQuay and Ben Gerst won USET
Reining classes at the National Reining Breeders Classic, held April 17-21,
in Katy, TX.
Tim McQuay, of Tioga, TX, won the Intervet/USET Reining Championship
Qualifier aboard Smart Shiner, owned by Carol Rose, with a score of 223.
McQuay bested Dell Hendricks, on James Waldron’s Twice As Shiny, who scored
219.5 for second place.
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 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 April 19 at the
National Reining Breeders Classic, Ben Gerst, Yuma, AZ, took the top two
prizes riding Nick Chavez’s horses. Gerst scored 219 points on Travalena
King, and followed up with 214 points on Smart Flo Lena. Sally Broten took
third place on her Rio Dun Good with 212 points, while David Silva and his
Been There Dunit That scored 208 points for fourth place. 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.