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2018 European Affiliate Championships Update

2018 European Affiliate Championships Update

In 2017, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Council made the decision to move the qualification timeline for the 2018 European Affiliate Championships to a calendar year.

The qualification timeline now runs January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. When asked about the new qualification period, Samantha Oldfield had this to say: “Riders who have shown since January of 2017 may have already contributed to their qualification for the 2018 European Championships, which will be held during one of Europe’s most prestigious events, the 2018 European Futurity.”

After much discussion, the Council opted for this decision as it works better with the new location of the European Affiliate Championships, which will now be held in conjunction with the 2018 European Futurity in Cremona, Italy. The European Council is excited to merge the two worlds together of aged events and ancillary riders. They hope that the camaraderie, support and sportsmanship from both sides will create a successful and fun environment for all who are attend.

This event and the conditions that go along with it were given much consideration, and even now as the Council meets they are discussing ways to make the event inviting, obtainable, and one of the most successful in Europe. Through several Council meetings the conditions were finalized, and the standings for each European Affiliate have been updated to reflect the current status of riders. Please review the new conditions and the current standings by visiting nrha.com/affiliate and going to the International section.

For questions in regard to the standings, conditions, or the current location of the European Affiliate Championships, please contact Samantha Oldfield at soldfield@nrha.com or Lauren Rufo at lrufo@nrha.com. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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British Reining Team slides to Silver!

The first British Team to compete at a World Para Reining Championship took the Silver medal position on the podium yesterday at the competition held by the Royal Dutch Equestrian Centre in Ermelo, Holland. The team riders consisting of Sir Lee Pearson, Fiona Durston and Ricky Balshaw posted solid scores to only be beaten by the more experienced riders who flew in from Canada. First out, Balshaw, riding stallion Yelena My Way banked a solid score, “It felt really good to be back in the saddle and with a flag on my chest. I am really looking forward to Saturday”. Durston, on Smart Like Valentino who rode a fluid and graceful test to post the high score of the day. Pearson on Shiners Lenas Oak brought the result home with an accurate and precise ride to seal the Team silver. Commenting on her run Durston said ~ With Ricky having already posted a score I was in a great position to go for It a little more and Tino knew exactly what to do. I think we both really enjoyed it...

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Latest BR Standings now published

The latest BR Standings are now published on the website along with the link to the Oakridge Sherwood Sizzler Results and Score Sheets.

GB Reiners confirmed for Switzerland

A team of Seven British athletes have been announced by British Reining ahead of the European Championships in Givrins, Switzerland (9-12 August 2017).

The team boasts a wealth of experience, with many of the selected members having previously represented Great Britain at World or European Equestrian Games.

The selected athletes are:

Seniors (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Doug Allen from Bodiam, East Sussex riding Ten Reasons;
  • Alison Bucknell from Carne, Co Wexford riding Jac Bar Bee Dream;
  • Luke Phillimore from Dormans Park, Surrey riding Tin Whizzin;
  • Lee Rutter from Witham St Hughes, Lincoln riding Little Nic;
  • Francesca Sternberg from Bodiam, East Sussex with RS Barbaresco Blue.

Young Rider

  • Tabitha Sternberg Allen riding Smart Like Valentino.

Junior Rider

  • Jolie Cooper riding Southern Comfort.
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