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USET Names Reining Squad for 2002 World Equestrian Games

Gladstone, NJ—June 27, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has named the squad of four riders plus one alternate for the Reining World Championships that will be contested at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain this September.

Tom McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX will ride Conquistador Whiz owned by George Shifrin of Aspen Colorado. Joining Tom is his brother Scott McCutcheon of Whitesboro, TX, who will ride Inwhizable, owned by Inwhizable Partners of Whitesboro, TX. Shawn Flarida of Springfield, OH will compete on San Jo Freckles owned by Mike Harper of Morrow, OH, and Craig Schmersal of Menifee, CA, will ride Tidal Wave Jack owned by the BS Syndicate of Menifee, CA. The team alternate is Craig Johnson of Gainesville, TX, and his equine partner Smokin Chic Olena who is owned by Mary Susan Mason of Fairmont, WV.

The top twenty riders from the Intervet/USET Semi-Finals for the USET Reining Championship held during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby qualified to compete in the final Selection Trial at Gladstone. The riders were named to the team after finishing as the top placed riders in the $75,000 USET Reining Championship, presented by Bayer, held at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack held at the USET Olympic Training Facility in Gladstone, NJ.

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


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