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Riders Qualify for Reining Selection Trial

Competing in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Jason Vanlandingham and Josh Visser qualify for the U.S. Reining Team Selection Trial.

By Brad Ettleman
USA Reining
February 11, 2014

Jason Vanlandingham rides Not Ruf At All for Vaughn Zimmerman

Jason Vanlandingham rode Not Ruf At All to the 2013 National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity championship. The Whitesboro, Texas, native qualified February 7 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for the 2014 U.S. Reining Team Selection Trial. (Credit: Journal photo)

In the final qualifying event for riders to advance to the U.S. Team Selection Trial for the U.S. Reining Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, a tied result stood unbroken for the first-place position.

Sharing the top of the podium were Jason Vanlandingham of Whitesboro, Texas, who scored a 71 while showing Shiners Chic, owned by Rosanne Sternberg of Great Britain, as well as Josh Visser, also of Whitesboro, riding his own Magnum With A Dream to a matching score.

Drake Johnson of Wray, Colorado, rode his own Sonic Chic Dream to a score of 70, earning the bronze-medal position.

In an international field of starters, the Ardmore, Oklahoma, Concours de Reining International event featured athletes and owners from five nations, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and the host nation of the United States. Riders from all corners of the globe continue to earn invaluable qualifying points to meet minimum criteria to attend their national championships, and ultimately the honor of representing their nation at the quadrennial FEI World Equestrian Games.

Additional riders at the Ardmore CRI event who gained the requisite scores for U.S. Reining Team official selection trial advancement include Todd Sommers, Jordan Larson and Rocky Dare. International riders include Martin Larcombe and Hernando Jimenez.

All qualified U.S. athletes now advance to the much-anticipated U.S. Team Selection Trial at the Kentucky Reining Cup, held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, April 25-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information about the Official Selection Trial, go to www.KentuckyReining.com.

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