Individual reining finals later today

September 30, 2010

British riders dominated the second individual qualifying round for reining at the World Equestrian Games, with the final taking place at 1pm today (local time).


Tom McCutcheon (USA) and Gunners Special Nite are among the qualifiers for the individual reining title. © Kit Houghton/FEI
The top qualifying score of 217.5 went to Great Britain's Lee Rutter, riding Setting Off Sparks, while his countryman Doug Allen with Don Julio Whiz had the second-highest score of 216.5.

Twenty horses were given this second chance at qualifying for Thursday's individual finals. Sixteen horse-and-rider teams had already qualified by posting high marks during the team reining competition.

Other riders qualifying Tuesday included Fredrik Thomsson of Sweden, marking the first time his country has ever sent a rider to the individual finals. Australia's Warren Backhouse and the Netherlands' Hubertus Heule rounded out the qualifiers.

Anneli Silverstope, the Swedish chef d'equipe, was thrilled about the historic qualification. "I was sitting up there [in the stands] and was so nervous for Fred, counting the riders and [thinking)] ,'oh, I hope, I hope,' and I did make a text just to make it clear that he is in the finals. When we knew he was, I just texted away, and I hope it's all over Sweden now," she said.

Riders who qualified for the individual finals during the team reining competition are:
Shawn Flarida, USA, riding RC Fancy Step
Stefano Massignan, Italy, riding Yellow Jersey
Tom McCutcheon, USA, riding Gunners Special Nite
Bernard Fonck, Belgium, riding BA Reckless Chick
Craig Schmersal, USA, riding Mister Montana Nic
Duane Latimer, Canada, riding Dun Playin Tag
Sylvia Rzepka, Germany, riding Doctor Zip Nic
Rudolf Kronsteiner, Austria, riding Einsteins Revolution
Grischa Ludwig, Germany, riding Hot Smokin Chex
Tim McQuay, USA, riding Hollywoodstinseltown
Martin Muhlstatter, Austria, riding Wimpys Little Buddy
Ann Poels, Belgium, riding Whizdom Shines
Rieky Young-Van Osch, the Netherlands, riding Burnt Starlight
Shawna Sapergia, Canada, riding This Chics On Top
Wellington Jesus Teixeira, Brazil, riding SJ Rodopio
Martin Larcombe, Australia, riding Top Prize Prince