U.S. Reining Team Set for 2010 World Equestrian Games

The U.S. reining team has been set for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, after the July 10 selection trial.
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The U.S. reining team has been set for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, after the July 10 selection trial.

July 12, 2010 -- Team USA was set July 10 during the Adequan/U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Open Reining Championships at the American Quarter Horse Association Battle in the Saddle, also the selection trial for the U.S. reining team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Placings were based on a two-go-round composite score with the top four horse-and-rider combinations earning spots on the official U.S. reining team. The fifth placing horse-and-rider pair will serve an alternate at the Games.

Team USA

Shawn Flarida and RC Fancy Step, owned by Buffalo Ranch
Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite, owned by Turnabout Farms
Craig Schmersal and Boom Shernic, owned by Boom Shernic Syndicate
Tim McQuay and Hollywoodstinseltown, owned by David Silva
Casey Deary and Rootin Tootin Dunit, owned by Wolf Stern Partnership (alternate)

After leading the first go-round with a 223.5, Flarida and RC Fancy Step solidified their No. 1 spot on the team by marking a 223 and ultimately a composite score of 446.5. McCutcheon won second with a 445.5 composite (1st go - 220.5, 2nd go - 224.5). In third was Schmersal with a 444 composite (1st go - 221, 2nd go - 223). McQuay earned fourth place and a spot on Team USA with a 443.5 composite (1st go - 219.5, 2nd go - 224.5). Deary, who scored a 440.5 composite (1st go - 218.5, 2nd go - 222.5), will serve as the alternate for the team.