March 10, 2010
There is more money available for representing your country.
By Larri Jo Starkey of The American Quarter Horse Journal
At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it’s all about the teams, the countries they represent and the money that can be won.
To increase reining team participation in the Games, the Federation Equestre Internationale has approved deepening the prize-money payout. This year, the team reining competition will pay a $100,000 purse to 15 places, while the individual finals will pay out to 20 places. Countries that haven’t yet met the FEI requirements for a full team can still apply for wild-card status. The Games are September 25 through October 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.
“We at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are working to have as many countries represented as possible and are committed to making it possible for anyone interested to participate,” says Brad Ettleman, reining discipline manager for the Games. “Nations that are interested in applying for wild cards should let me know right away so I can help them in the process.”
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Ever have a bad day in the show ring? The Second Qualifying Competition acknowledges that good horses and riders can have bad days. The top five competitors in the Second Qualifying Competition earn a berth in the individual reining finals and are guaranteed to earn at least $2,000.
“With this new, far-reaching payback system, we look forward to many competitors who might not otherwise be able to fund their trip to join us in Lexington, Kentucky, this autumn,” Brad says. “Plus, as the Games are in the United States, there are a great number of quality, show-ready and qualified horses that are available for lease, making the cost of traveling to Kentucky even more economical.”
In the individual finals, a purse of $100,000 will be paid out through 20 places.
“This new system allows for a minimum of $2,000 for 35 competitors – very deep within the field of starters,” Brad says. “We want as many full teams as possible.”
AQHA is an official sponsor of WEG and the official breed sponsor of the reining discipline at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To ask a question about leasing a horse or forming a team, write to Brad.Ettleman@FEIGames2010.org.
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