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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today U.S. riders finished in second place in the international reining competition held in Kreuth, Germany, August 30- September 2, 2001. Seven teams competed in this third-ever FEI-sanctioned reining team competition since the FEI officially recognized reining last year.

The team comprising Clint Haverty, Krum, TX, (Salano Jac 2 - 8 year-old Quarter horse mare) scored a total of 425; Dell Hendricks, Scottsdale, AZ, (Little Gump - 7 year-old Quarter horse stallion) 433; Craig Johnson, Gainsville, TX (Smart Little Flo - 6 year-old Quarter horse stallion) 430 and Scott McCutcheon, Whitesboro, TX (Golden Jac Nicholson - 6 year-old Quarter horse stallion) 213, were the first U.S. team to compete at an international event. They all rode borrowed horses and achieved a total score of 1289.0 behind Italy on 1314.0 with Switzerland in third place on 1261.0. Jim Kiser of Pilot Point, TX was Chef d'Equipe.

Dell Hendricks was fourth on Little Gump in the individual placings behind Germany's Volker Schmitt who won the gold. Dario Carmignani and Adriano Meacci of Italy took the silver and bronze respectively.

All four of the reiners have amassed outstanding career records in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competitions. They are all leading money earners on the All Time NRHA earnings list and each has earned world championships in reining competitions. NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Haverty, and Johnson, the first $100,000 NRHA Futurity Champion, helped the U.S. team place second in the CRIO Gladstone Nations Cup competition at the 2001 Bayer/ USET Festival of Champions. In the 2000 Nations Cup competition at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Hendricks, Johnson and McCutcheon were part of the winning U.S. team.

1. Italy 1314.0
2. USA 1289.0
3. Switzerland 1261.0
4. France 1252.0
5. Austria 1250.0
6. Czech Republic 1210.0
7. Great Britain 1217.5

USA Equestrian Inc., 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 Federation has over 77,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 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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