Nine talented Paints and their elite reining riders have advanced to compete for the individual gold medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, taking place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. The roster of finalists includes all four members of Team USA, who took home the team gold on Wednesday night.
To qualify for the individual finals, riders must have scored within the Top 15 during the First Individual Qualifier held concurrently with the Team Competition; those not qualifying on their first ride could earn redemption by scoring in the Top 5 of the Second Individual Qualifier held Thursday, September 13.
Custom Made Gun, a 7-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse stallion, carried Team USA rider Cade McCutcheon to the top score of 229 during the team competition, and teammates Dan Huss and Ms Dreamy, an 8-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse mare , followed close behind for the second-highest score of 226.5.
The following Paint-bred competitors will advance to the Individual Medal Finals taking place Saturday, September 15:
- Custom Made Gun/Cade McCutcheon (229)—USA
- Ms Dreamy/Dan Huss (226.5)—USA
- ARC Gunnabeabigstar/Jordan Larson (225.5)—USA
- Ruf Lil Diamond/Grischa Ludwig (223.5)—Germany
- Blo Gun/Martin Muhlstatter (223)—Austria
- Gunna Sassya/Mathieu Buton (222.5)—France
- Gun At The Gate/Pierluigi Chioldo (222.5)—Italy
- Designed With Shine/Shauna Larcombe (221.5)—Australia
- Gunner Dun It Again/João Felipe Andrade C S Lacerda (221.5)—Brazil
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About the Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.Tryon.com.
About FEI World Equestrian Games™
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here.