July 13, 2019 – Courtesy of by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department
Givrins, Switzerland – The U.S. Reining Teams had excellent performances at the 2019 SVAG FEI Reining World Championships for Young Riders & Juniors in Givrins, Switzerland. The talented U.S. combinations collected two team medals and four individual medals under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Jeff Petska. The U.S. Junior Reining Team won team gold and swept the individual podium, while the U.S. Young Rider Team collected team bronze and Cade McCutcheon won individual gold.
The U.S. Junior Reining Team dominated in Friday’s junior team competition. Sarah Armenta (Whitesboro, Texas) and Gun Smoke Dennis, Julia Kraetschmar’s 14-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, were the first U.S. combination in the show pen and they earned the highest score of the juniors with a 217.5. Next, Mattie Gustin (Weatherford, Texas) and Guns R Spooky, her nine-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, delivered a great run for a score of 217.0. Raeanna Thayn (Tioga, Texas) and Coded N Karma, Robbin and Robert Thayn’s eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, were next in the show pen for the U.S., and they delivered another quality run to score 216.5. Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) and Gunner Gump, Bundy Lane’s 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, were last to go of the U.S. juniors, and they had a solid run to score 211.0. The U.S. Junior Reining Team finished on an impressive score of 651.0 to claim team gold. Germany collected team silver with a score of 641.0, and Switzerland earned team bronze with a score of 622.5.
“The juniors were outstanding. There were some jitters early in the week when we got here, but they performed great,” explained Chef d’Equipe Petska. “I am proud of them as horsemen as well as young adults and people they are going to become.”
The U.S. Young Rider Reining Team showed determination in Friday’s young rider team competition. Dani Latimer (Marietta, Okla.) and Crime Wave, Letizia Tosetti’s 10-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, were the first U.S. young rider pair in the click to continue reading.