Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Freestyle Reining at the World Equestrian Games

October 1, 2010

Now the world knows: Our reiners know how to have F.U.N.

AQHA Professional Horsewoman Stacy Westfall of Mount Gilead, Ohio, reprises her role as the masked bandit as she rides TSW Can Can Vaquero to Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."

A great bonus to reining’s inclusion in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is that the world gets to see, up close and personal, how athletic and versatile the American Quarter Horse is.

AQHA has a robust presence at the Games to promote our horse and our industry as much as possible. In fact, I’m watching the replay of an interview with AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway being broadcast in the main media center right now.

So when we had a packed house for the freestyle reining exhibition on Thursday night, it’s no wonder that the world paid attention. The blogs and news websites were humming Friday morning with reports from the freestyle. Here’s a sampling:

Want to see for yourself? Check out our exclusive slideshow and click on the photos to read the captions identifying horses and riders!

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Holly Clanahan

Holly Clanahan
Editor, America's Horse magazine