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The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) announced today that the first International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned reining competition (CRIO) in the United States was held June 22-24, 2001 at Gladstone, NJ. Four nations competed; Canada, Germany, Japan and the United States with riders from Germany and Japan on borrowed horses.

Following the first day of competition, Team Canada member, Jason Grimshaw on Listo Pollito Lena owned by Robert Thompson turned in a score of 223.5 to lead the way into the second go-round with Team USA members in second, third and tied for fourth. Few points separated Team USA from second place Team Canada going into the final day.

Following a close and exciting conclusion to the Nations Cup, Team Canada earned the gold medal with 1304 points followed by Team USA on 1299. Team Germany came in third with 1231 and Team Japan finished on 982.5.

In the individual competition Jason Grimshaw (CAN) turned in two impressive runs to take him to the top of the podium with 445 points. The silver medal went to Craig Johnson (USA) with 433.5 and the bronze to Pete Kyle (USA) on a score of 433. Kimberly Horn was the first female to represent the USA in an international reining competition.

The judges for this inaugural event were Clark Bradley (USA), Carol Rose (USA), James Davison (USA), Jeff Delaet (BEL), Brad Kelsall (USA), and Filippo Masi (ITA). FEI Veterinary Delegate was Dr. Ray Randall (USA) and the FEI Steward, Eric Straus (USA).

Team Canada: Jason Grimshaw (Listo Pollito Lena)
1st Shawna Sapergia (Pretty Much Eagle)
Lance Griffin (Moon Stone Chex)
Cody Sapergia (SR Cotton Candy)
Chef de Equipe - Molly Sapergia

Team USA: Clint Haverty (Jumping Jack Whiz)
2nd Craig Johnson (Smokin Chic Olena)
Kimberly Horn (BH Back Splash)
Pete Kyle (Dun It The Hard Way)
Chef de Equipe - Rocky Dare

Team Germany: Kay Wienrich (Doc Char Sport)
3rd Steffen Breug (Ima Lucky Freckalena)
Martin Steck (Scootin Little Lady)
Grisha Ludwig (Peppy Sol Anson)
Chef de Equipe - Paul H. Kratschmer

Team Japan: Tetsuro Kawashima (Whoa Fritzie Whoa)
4th Yuko Sakashita (Moca Pep)
Toshiharu Yamada (Bobby Dough Badger)
Yocchi Takahashi (Texalena Paleface)
Chef de Equipe - Midori Pace

For more information on the CRIO Gladstone and the first FEI Course for Reining Stewards held at Gladstone, please visit our website at www.ahsa.organd click on International.

The American Horse Shows Association, as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the AHSA has over 70,000 members and recognizes more than 2,600 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.

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