By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalMarch 18, 2014
Jordan Larson rode Custom Cash Advance to win senior reining at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. Jordan is one of the riders expected to compete at the Kentucky Reining Cup for a chance to represent the United States at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Credit: Journal) Follow along April 23-27 with the Journal during the Kentucky Reining Cup to see which horses and riders will make the trip to France.
Tickets for the reining finals at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are sold out, said Fabien Grobon, CEO of the Normandy 2014 organizing committee.
In a Web briefing March 18 with equine journalists from around the world, Fabien said that tickets are still available for the preliminaries. Reining is one of eight equine disciplines and two demonstration disciplines that will be contested during the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
The reining team competition preliminaries are August 25 at the Exhibition Center in Caen, France, and the individual preliminaries are August 28. Tickets are available at www.normandy2014.com and also through the official Facebook page, Fabien said, adding that the preliminaries are likely to be sold out by the end of March. Reining preliminaries tickets cost 20 euros. Ticket buyers will receive ticket downloading instructions by email in May.
The Team USA reining squad will be chosen April 25-27 during the Kentucky Reining Cup in Lexington. AQHA, a sponsor of the Kentucky Reining Cup, has 10 pairs of weekend passes available through the AQHA Facebook page.
The reining venue – the Exhibition Center in Caen – is in the middle of the Games Village, which will include the Alltech Music Festival Concert Zone, an 8,000-seat facility. Between 15,000 and 30,000 visitors are expected daily in the village, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except September 1. Tickets to the village are available for 5 euros per day or 15 euros for the full two weeks.
The Games are scheduled to open August 23 and conclude September 2014. The opening ceremonies will include a parade of nations that will feature 500 people and 100 horses.
At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, Team USA dominated the reining competition and Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, won the individual competition on Gunners Special Nite.
Follow along with The American Quarter Horse Journal at www.aqha.com/showing during the Kentucky Reining Cup to stay up to date during the selection for Team USA.
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