USA Reining Team Second In Germany National Reining Horse Association stars Craig Johnson, Dell Hendricks, Clint Haverty and Scott McCutcheon earned the United States a Reserve Championship slot at the FEI-sanctioned reining competition held in Kreuth, Germany, August 30 - September 2. Seven teams competed in the event, which was the third such competition since the FEI officially recognized reining last year. With Texas reiner Jim Kiser serving as Chef d'Equipe, and Jeff Fox, USET Director of Reining Activities, as the Team Leader, the USA contingency became the first-ever reining team to represent the US in an FEI event outside the United States. The talented quartet of riders piloted their multi-national borrowed horses to a team score of 1289 to finish behind Italy's 1314 total. Topping the USA group was Dell Hendricks, of Pilot Point, Texas. Hendricks, the 1999 NRHA Futurity Champion, scored 433 on Little Gump (Haidas Little Pep X Little Marmoset), a 7-year-old AQHA stallion owned by Cira Baeck of Belgium. Thirteen-time World Champion Craig Johnson of Gainesville, Texas, scored 430 points on Smart Little Flo (Smart Little Lena X Right On Flo), a 6-year-old AQHA stallion owned by Claudia Haselsteiner or Germany. NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Clint Haverty, of Krum, Texas, rode Salano Jac 2, an 8-year-old AQHA mare owned by Astrid Kavelius to a total of 425. NRHA Derby Champion Scott McCutcheon of Whitesboro, Texas, scored 213 on Golden Jac Nicholson (Jac O Rima X Its Sugar Time), a 6-year-old AQHA stallion owned by Renate Wustinger of Austria. In individual placings, Dell Hendricks was fourth on Little Gump, behind Germany's Volker Schmitt, and Italians Dario Carmignani and Adriano Meacci, who took the gold, silver and bronze respectively. The four USA reiners have amassed outstanding career records. All are world champions and each one is listed on the Leading All Time NRHA Earnings list. The National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of the sport of reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to insure the highest standards of competition and educating its members and the public about reining. For information on the National Reining Horse Association, call 405-946-7400 or visit the NRHA Official Web Site at www.nrha.com.
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