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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.

Monday Reining Recap - U.S. Leads Team and Individual Competition

by Mark Coley | Aug 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EST

The Adequan U.S. Reining Squad got competition underway at the Caen Exhibition Center with the first half of the 82 horse-and-athlete combinations completing FEI Pattern Six in the Team Championship and First Individual Qualifier. After strong performances on Monday from all three American athletes, the U.S. has high hopes to defend their Team Gold and Individual Gold and Silver medal performances from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky. Riding as an Individual, Troy...

Larson Follows Fappani's Lead and Helps Reining Team Grab Top Spot

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 25, 2014, 9:27 AM EST

The second team rider for the U.S. Reining Team, Jordan Larson, followed Andrea Fappani's excellent leading ride with an impressive showing on HF Mobster. The pair scored a 221.0, and have put the U.S. team in the lead halfway through team competition. USEF has posted a video of Jordan & Mobster on Instagram .

Fappani Takes Early Reining Lead

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 25, 2014, 7:12 AM EST

Andrea Fappani & Custom Cash Advance earned down a big score for U.S. Reining Monday morning in Caen. Fappani was 13th rider to complete the first pattern and nailed it with a 224.0 score. "I went in and tried to do the best I could. Overall it was great!" Great enough to have him in the lead 1/4 of the way through round one, and starts the U.S. team off well.

All Reining Horses Pass Jog

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 24, 2014, 7:48 AM EST

The U.S. Reining Horses have all passed insection and are ready for competition to begin at 2:40am ET (8:40am ET local time) with the first round of team competition and individual qualfying. More information about reining at #WEG2014 is online here: