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Steffen Breug
Countries send their best reiners - Ranking Update

On November 15, we will know which reiners will compete at the FEI World Reining Masters in Oklahoma City, USA. That day is the nomination deadline for the first $ 100 000,-- Masters in the history of reining. For this mega show, riders must qualify via CRIs (Concours Reining International) in their own countries. It's the prize money that counts then. The rider with the largest prize money will be sent by his or her National Federation to the FEI World Reining Masters. Those countries which qualified for the World Equestrian Games Final 2002 (U.S.A., Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Italy) are entitled to send two riders to the Masters which will take place on December 2, 2004 in Oklahoma City, USA. The presenting sponsor behind this remarkable reining project is equally remarkable: it's NetJets, the world's leading offerer of fractional aircraft ownership. The company owns more than 500 aircrafts worldwide with experienced service and crew, guaranteeing top availability of latest-technique aircrafts. NetJets has now applied its motto 'Leave nothing to chance' to the reining industry. Along with NetJets as the presenting sponsor, AQHA, NRHA and Classic S Ranch have Reining: FEI creates new milestone with $ 100 000,-- World Reining Masters generously donated funds to make the World Reining Masters a premier event in December. Through these donations, $100,000 in prize money are able to be offered for the event.

Volker Schmitt

So far, eleven nations organized CRIs: USA, Dominican Republic, Canada, Austria, Swizzerland, the Netherland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Israel and Great Britain. There are ranking list for Germany, Sweden, Italy and the USA. The two best candidates in German ranking at the moment are Volker Schmitt (Rhede) and Steffen Breug (Reichsweiler). They earnt their EUR 1246,-- resp. EUR 580,-- in the two first CRIs during the Kampmann Pferdesport Festival in Bremen in February and during the International Horseshow in Dortmund in March. Volker Schmitt was secondbest European and best German at the WEG 2002 and has been riding very successfully in the U.S.A. for quite some time as well. Steffen Breug belongs to the German National team. The next potential candidates are Grischa Ludwig (Bitz/ German Champion 2000) with EUR 495,-- and Oliver Stein (Coesfeld/ Team Gold Medal European Championship 2003) with EUR 455,--. The next CRI will be during the Super Slide at Kreuth (Oberpfalz) on September 5.

In Italy, the leading riders are Marco Ricotta and Dario Carmignani. The second Italian CRI will be at Egna on July 30. The Swedish ranking is led by Rick Lemay at the moment with another CRI to go in Falsterbo on July 11.
In U.S. ranking the first four riders are very close together: Todd Sommers (22328,--), Todd Crawford (21324,--), Tom McCutcheon (21223,--) and Craig Schmersal (20437,--). There will be two more CRIs in the next months, so everything is still open… Austria selects its competitor at Lermoos on August 7, Sizzerland at Waengi on August 28-29. There are two CRIs in Great Britain on July 31 / August 1 during the Garden of England in East Sussex and at Robertsbridge and one CRI in the Netherlands at Deume on July 9-10. Israel will host a CRI on September 16-18 .

With the World Reining Masters, FEI in close cooperation with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association USA (NRHA) created a new milestone for reining, which was officially recognized by FEI in 2000. "With the FEI World Reining Masters we want to further promote and encourage the growth of reining - hopefully to be a part of the Olympic Games in the future," says FEI Reining Committee Chairman Frank Constantini. The Masters will we organized every year from now on. They are already looking for a facility in Europe now for the FEI World Reining Masters 2005.


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