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Chef

Jeff Petska

Hometown: Collinsville, Texas Birthday: 7/30/1965 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Jeff Petska has served as chef d’equipe for the U.S. Reining Team since the inaugural year for reining at the FEI World Equestrian Games. He has been involved with US Equestrian since 2002, serving as chef d’equipe for the gold medal-winning teams at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Petska owns Whitesboro Equine Therapy in Whitesboro, Texas, and Petska Performance Horses in Collinsville, Texas, with his wife Lisa, where he manages and trains at least 50 horses. Petska grew up in Nebraska and got involved in the horse business as a college student. He currently serves as an NRHA judge and an AQHA judge; he also is an NRHA board member and chairs the organization’s NRHA Professionals.


Team Leader

Bryn Wells

Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Bryn Wells grew up a competitive reiner in New Mexico and rode on the equestrian team at her alma mater, New Mexico State University, in both reining and hunt seat equitation. Wells joined US Equestrian in 2009 as the Director of Reining and Eventing Programs. When an opportunity to work with the U.S. Reining Team presented itself in 2015, she jumped at the chance, excited to get back to her roots and help grow the sport she loves. Wells says working with the high performance reining athletes has been a highlight of her career and she looks forward to being a part of the U.S. Reining Team for Tryon 2018. Wells’ role as team leader includes managing all logistics around the selection process and preparation for the WEG, as well as coordinating the day-to-day plans for the U.S. Reining Team while at the WEG.


Competitor

Casey Deary

Hometown: Weatherford, Texas Birthday: 11/24/1980 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Casey Deary is a 2018 FEI CRI3* reserve champion at the National Reining Breeders Classic and was top-5 on two horses at the 2017 FEI CRI3* at the Tulsa Reining Classic. He was the 2017 NRHA Level 4 Open Derby champion and tied for champion at the 2017 FEI CRI3* at the NRHA North American Derby.


Competitor

Dan Huss

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Birthday: 11/13/1960 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Dan Huss is the 2018 NRBC Open Prime Time reserve champion and USA Reining Open reserve champion at the NRHA Derby. He was top-10 at the FEI CRI3* at the NRHA Derby in 2017 and third place at the 2017 CRI3* Wild Card Reining Challenge. He is also the 2017 Open Prim Time Reserve Champion at NRBC.


Competitor

Jordan Larson

Hometown: Valley View, Texas Birthday: 3/21/1981 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Jordan Larson recently tied for second at the 2018 National Reining Breeders Cup FEI CRI3* and was a 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist. He was the team silver medal at the 2008 FEI World Reining Championships and was the gold medalist at the 2008 National Reining Breeders Cup USEF.


Competitor

Cade McCutcheon

Hometown: Aubrey, Texas Birthday: 5/22/2000 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Cade McCutcheon is the 2018 CRIJ3* individual champion at Winter Slide with Custom Made Gun and a member of the 2017 Platinum Performance Young Rider team at the FEI Young Riders Team Competition in Givrins, Switzerland, placing as the top U.S. rider in fourth. He won the 2017 USEF Reining Championship at the Tulsa Reining Classic with REF Sturgis and was the youngest competitor to win the Level 4 NRHA Non-Pro Derby with Custom Made Gun in 2015 at 15 years old.


Competitor

Tom McCutcheon

Hometown: Aubrey, Texas Birthday: 3/27/1967 Sport/Disciplines: Reining

Tom McCutcheon won the 2016 USEF Reining Championship at the Tulsa Reining Classic and was a 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist He also won the team gold and individual silver medal at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games and was the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games first alternate. In addition, in 2002 he won the team gold and individual gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games.