Reining Team takes on the World.
The British Reining Team has qualified for the International Finals
at the World Equestrian Games in Spain during September 2002.
The Team, pictured below, travelled to Reggio Emillio in Italy for
the European Qualifying round at the end of May, and was placed fourth
overall, against an incredibly strong field of 12 European countries
and nearly 50 riders. Five qualifying places were available in Italy
for European Teams, so Great Britain's fourth place has qualified
them for Spain and they will travel to Jharez La Frontierra in the
Autumn to take on the other eight qualified nations from the rest
of the world. This years World Equestrian Games are the first at which
Reining will be a full medal discipline.
Reining is a fast and exciting sport, involving spins and slides on
horseback which are spectacular and breathtaking to watch. The partnership
between horse and rider has to be perfection to achieve the accuracy
demanded during the reining patterns, and this growing sport is deservedly
on track to, hopefully, become an Olympic discipline in the near future.
Team members, Doug Allen, who is one of Europes most highly
respected AQHA and NRHA judges, and sisters Rosanne and Francesca
Sternberg are all based at the Sterling Quarter Horse Ranch at Bodiam
in East Sussex. Doug, Rosanne, six time European Amateur Reining Champion
and Francesca, who gained an individual seventh place in Italy, were
joined by Lauren Jolly, who replaced the side lined Bob Mayhew, for
the Italian Qualifiers.
The Team, who are understandably overjoyed at their achievement in
qualifying , against all odds, for the World Games are now working
hard towards the September finals and looking forward to taking on
the best in the world, including the Americans at their own game,
and will no doubt give them all a run for their money.
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the left: Bill Archer (Chef d'equipe), Doug Allen, Francesca
Sternberg, Rosanne Sternberg, Lauren Lolly.
Allen - Doug is one of Europes most highly respected AQHA
and NRHA judges. He has officiated at the All American Quarter Horse
Congress and the NRGA Futurity show on several occasions. He trains
reining horses from his Sterling Quarter Horse base in Britain and
has been very successful in training Non Pro and Youth competitors
as well winning himself in Open NRHA and AQHA competition.
Sternberg - Founder of Sterling Quarter Horses in Britain and North
America, Rosanne has been a long time breeder of performance Quarter
Horses. Owner of multiple European and World Champions, she has
been a top five finisher at the AQHA World Championship Quarter
Horse Show in Amateur Reining twice, in 1998 and 2001, and has been
six time European Champion in Amateur Reining. Rosanne s most
recent successes include winning all three Non Pro Divisions of
the 2002 Arizona Reining Classic Derby.
Sternberg - Britains highest earning NRHA rider, Francesca
has been at the top of International Quarter Horse and Reining competition
for more than 12 years. She has been a multiple Bronze Trophy winner
in most European countries, including Britain, Belgium, France,
Austria and Germany. In North America she has placed at the NRHA
Futurity, the Southwest Reining Horse Futurity Show and the Arizona