U.S. Reining Team

“Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse in the confines of a show arena. In Reining competitions, contestants are required to run one of several approved patterns which are divided into seven or eight manoeuvre groups. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, rollbacks over the hocks, a series of 360 degree spins done in place, and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.” - Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Reining became an FEI discipline in 2000. Since the discipline’s inception at the 2002 WEG (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain) the U.S. Reining Team has won the gold medal at all four Games. The U.S. has won a total of nine individual medals, three gold, four silver, and two bronze, and has made an appearance on the podium at all four of the past WEGs, as well.  

Fappani Takes Over The Lead!

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 30, 2014, 4:19 PM EST

Andrea Fappani & Custom Cash Advance have scored a 229 to take over th lead and guarantee that Americans will be Gold and Silver medalist!

Mandy McCutcheon Into the Lead!

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 30, 2014, 4:08 PM EST

Mandy mcCutcheon & yellow Jersey are guaranteed a medal!.With a 227 score and only two riders left they are in the lead.

Heikes Scores 220.5 in Individual Reining Final

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 30, 2014, 1:57 PM EST

Troy Heikes & Lil Gun Gunit were the first Americans up today in the Individual Reining Championship Final and they've earned a 220.5 score.

Heikes on Top in Reining Second Individual Qualifier - Full Report

by Mark Coley | Aug 28, 2014, 3:55 PM EST

Adequan U.S. Reining Squad member Troy Heikes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Lil Gun Dunit, owned by Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani, competed in today’s Second Individual Qualifier and secured a spot in Saturday evening’s Individual Reining Final at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Earning a score of 220, the pair improved on its performance in Monday’s first round. Pleased with his ride, Heikes said, “It was much better than the other day. I kept showing him and he...

Heikes Earns Spot In Individual Reining Final

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 28, 2014, 10:37 AM EST

Troy Heikes was the only American competiting in the 2nd Individual Reining Qualifer in Normandy today. He & Lil Gun Dunit scored a 220. That was the best score of the competition and earned them a spot in the Individual Reining Final . Heikes qualification means that every U.S. rider and horse are qualified to compete for individual medals on Saturday.

Adequan U.S. Reining Team Defends WEG Gold Medal - Full Recap

by Mark Coley | Aug 26, 2014, 7:03 PM EST

The Adequan U.S. Reining Team kicked off the opening week for the United States with a spectacular performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games earning the Team Gold medal. Andrea Fappani riding Custom Cash Advance, Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz, Jordan Larson riding HF Mobster, and Mandy McCutcheon riding Yellow Jersey all gave electric rides to take the U.S. to a large winning margin, earning a team score of 677.5. Today's FEI Reining World Championship was the...

Tom McCutcheon Punches Ticket to the Individual Reining Final

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 26, 2014, 11:36 AM EST

Not to be lost in the excitment of the Team Gold Medal is the individual effort from Tom McCutcheon and Dun Git A Nicadual. Riding for a spot in the Individual final on Saturday, and watched by nervous wife and fellow reining superstar Mandy, Tom overcame an early bobble to score 221 and finish in the top ten! He'll join the four Team members on Saturday and try for an individual Medal.


by Andrew Minnick | Aug 26, 2014, 10:29 AM EST

IT'S OFFICIAL. The Adequan U.S. Reining Team dominated competition over the first two days of competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. All four of the U.S. Team riders had individual scores that finished in the top six and the Team's final score, 677.5, was more than 10 points better than Silver Medalists Beglium.

Shawn Flarida & Spooks Gotta Whiz Slide Into First (and seal Team Reining Gold for the U.S.!)

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 26, 2014, 9:46 AM EST

Shawn Flarida & SPooks Gotta Whiz met some very high expectations and blew away all the competition up till now. Their 229.5 score is 5.5 better than the three combinations currently tied for second. With that score the Adequan U.S. Reining Team will end on 677.5 total, and win Team Gold! Y ou can watch clips from Shawn's ride on Instagram .

Mandy McCutcheon Ties for Reining Lead!

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 26, 2014, 5:10 AM EST

Mandy McCutcheon & Yellow Jersey earned a 224 and tied teammates Andrea Fappani & Custom Cash Advance at the top of the individual reining standings. That score has increased the U.S. lead in the team competition to 9 points with only Shawn Flarida left to ride.