CAMPBELL HALL, N.Y. — Jeremy Gates, head trainer at Stony Ford Ranch in Campbell Hall, N.Y. has been named as a reserve on the nominated entry list for the FEI World Equestrian Games for reining.
US Equestrian named five athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Reining Squad for the games which will take place in Tryon, North Carolina in September. Five others were named as reserves to replace any horse or rider on the team has to drop out.
Gates and Lil Dreamin Magnum owned by Kathy Biesecker are one of the five reserves. The 7-year-old, sorrel quarter horse was purchased as a yearling out of Oklahoma and is trained by Gates. “He’s a really nice horse,” he said. The stallion, who has earned more than $107,000 in competition, is also used for breeding.
Gates, a New York native who graduated from SUNY at Morrisville, N.Y., is the only rider east of the Mississippi to make the nominated list. To even be considered for the team a rider has to apply to the USEF and earn a minimum average score of 70 at a show designated by the USEF. Then the rider and horse they want to use in the Games must compete in a selection trial.
There were only two qualifying shows on the east coast — one in Syracuse, N.Y. and one in Logan Township, N.J. Gates went to the Syracuse show in June, 2017 only to get called back home because his wife, Kristen, was in labor. Gates drove the three hours back home to meet his new daughter and then went back to the show the next day to get his qualifying run in.
To help determine the final selections for the team, the selection trials were held May in Tryon. Gates and Lil Dreamin Magnum finished 14th overall.
The 2018 World Equestrian Games will be held Sept. 11 to 23. The finalized entry list is due by Sept. 3. Although it’s a long shot that a horse or rider above him will drop out and he would get to go to the games, just to be nominated is an honor, Gates said.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The event combines 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, Sweden in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague, Ntherlands in 1994, Rome, Italy in 1998, Jerez, Spain in 2002, and Aachen, Germany in 2006. The first Games to be organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, in Normandy, France, 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.
Stay up to date on U.S. Reining by following US Equestrian on Instagram, Twitter, and the USEF Reining Facebook page. Use #USAReining.
See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.