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WEG Newsletter - June 2017


Meet the Platinum Performance Young Rider Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championship for Juniors and Young Riders

Lexington, Ky. - Gabriella Kammerer, Dani Latimer, Cade McCutcheon, and Jack Medows are rising stars in the reining world. They will get their first dose of international and team experience when they compete on the Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider team in the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championship for Junior and Young Riders August 9-12. This impressive group of diverse athletes will bring depth and experience not often seen in riders of their age to the show pen in Givrins, Switzerland. Learn more about them and their accomplishments as they prepare to represent U.S. reining in Switzerland.


Gabriella Kammerer (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), known as “Boo”, is a 16-year-old high school junior. Kammerer has been showing reining horses since 2014. Some of her major accomplishments include being named the two-time Kentucky Reining Horse Association Champion, as well as the two-time National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) East Central Affiliate Champion. In addition, Kammerer garnered the NRHA Derby APHA Championship title and named the Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Champion, Buckeye Reining Classic Champion, Tennessee Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion Level 1 and Level 2, IEA Reserve National Champion, and the Central New York Reining Horse Association CRI Silver Medalist. Kammerer will ride her own Gunners Star, a 2009 Paint gelding, in the SVAG FEI World Reining Championship for Juniors and Young Riders.

Dani Latimer (Marietta, Okla.) is the 16-year-old daughter of Dean and Bunkey Latimer. She has been showing horses since the age of six, with much success in the show pen. Her accolades include winning the 2016 NRHA NAAC Adequan© Affiliate Youth 14-18 Championship. Latimer loves the challenge of competing in reining and the many friends she has met through participating in the sport. Latimer will ride Fancy Sailor Oak, Angelucci Quarter Horses' 2006 Quarter Horse stallion, in the SVAG FEI World Reining Championship for Juniors and Young Riders.

Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) is the 17-year-old son of NRHA million dollar riders Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, grandson of NRHA multi-million dollar rider/NRHA Hall of Fame member Tim McQuay and NRHA Hall of Fame member Collen McQuay. Starting as soon as he could walk and ride a stick horse, he ran every NRHA reining pattern he could. At age seven, McCutcheon made his reining debut in the first ever Short Stirrup class. By 10-years-old, he was showing in his first NRHA Non Pro Futurity. Some of McCutcheon’s accolades include the NRHA Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion title, the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Reserve Champion title, and the 2016 SmartPak Tulsa Non Pro Derby champion title. Since then, McCutcheon has been a top finisher in every major NRHA event he has ridden in. He will begin his senior year of high school in the fall where he will finish his final season of basketball. McCutcheon will ride Tim and Colleen McQuay’s Yellow Jersey, a 2004 Quarter Horse stallion in the FEI World Reining Championship for Juniors and Young Riders.

Jack Medows (Cuba, Mo.) was born and raised in Cuba, Missouri. In 2016, he started an academic road towards earning his Civil Engineering degree at Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo. Medows spent most of his life on a horse and began reining in 2011. Since then, he has garnered numerous titles, including the 2014 NRBC Levels 1, 2, and 3 Champion, the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Champion in Reining, the 2015 NRHA Derby Non-Pro Reserve Champion, and the 2016 AQHYA World Champion in Reining. He was also the 2016 NRHA Futurity Non Pro Champion and the 2017 NRBC Non Pro Champion. Medows will ride his own Wimpys Show Stopper, a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding in the FEI World Reining Championship for Juniors and Young Riders.



Get to Know the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders



Ready to compete in the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Junior and Young Riders August 9-12, this group of up-and-coming junior riders is prepared to impress as they spin, slide, and rollback into Givrins, Switzerland. Gain an insider perspective and learn more about the members of the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team:

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) is an accomplished 14-year-old who started riding and showing with his dad when he was nine years old. In his short career, Flarida is already a three-time All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion and has placed in both ancillary and aged horse National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) events. Flarida is proud to ride Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse Stallion owned by his lifelong friend Katsy Leeman. "Footwork" has won over $100,000 in both Open and Non Pro NRHA events. In their first time competing together, Flarida and Footwork qualified by winning the Syracuse, New York qualifier. When Flarida is not riding, he loves to play baseball and swim with his sister and friends. He also spends a lot of time with his two dogs, Milo and Deeks, and enjoys his family (Dad, Shawn; Mom, Michele; brother, Cody; and sister, Courtney) and horse farm. Flarida is also a high honors student at Clark Shawnee Middle School.

Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) is 14 years old and will be entering the tenth grade in the fall of 2017. Lane has been riding since she was big enough to sit in the saddle and showed her first reiner when she was just eight years old. In 2016, she became the NRHA Youth 13 and Under World Champion. At the FEI World Reining Championships, Lane will be riding Buddy Lane’s Gunner Gump, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding. Lane not only rides her own horses at home, but also plays varsity basketball and soccer, and is on the yearbook staff at her school. In the future, Lane hopes to participate on a college equestrian team and study to become a neonatal intensive care physician assistant or registered nurse.

Emilia Reutimann (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) is 15 years old and attends Statesville Christian School, where she served as the National Junior Society President for the 2016/2017 school year. In her numerous years as an equestrian athlete, Reutimann has gathered a variety of equine accolades, including the 2016 Congress Champion in the National Youth Activity Team Tournament Reining and Reserve Champion in 13 and under reining. She was the 2016 Level 1 Buckeye Reining Series Champion, as well as the 2017 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Youth 14-18 winner and Youth Challenge Champion. Additionally, Reutimann was the 2017 NRBC scholarship winner and currently serves on the Board of Directions for the North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association. Reutimann will ride Black Hails Gold, Lisa Reutimann’s 2010 Quarter Horse gelding at the FEI World Reining Championships in August.


US Equestrian Names Platinum Performance U.S. Teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 23, 2017, 10:20 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named a group of up-and-coming athletes to the U.S. teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders, August 9-12, in Givrins, Switzerland. Platinum Performance will serve as the title sponsor for the junior and young rider teams at the inaugural championships.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. (in alphabetical order):


Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) with Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse stallion

Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) with Bundy Lane’s Gunner Gump, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Emilia Reutimann (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) with Lisa Reutimann’s Black Hails Gold, a 2010 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Bo Van Duys (Westcliffe, Colo.) with her own and Holly Van Duys’s Wimpy’s Lucky Girl, a 2009 Quarter Horse mare


Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider Team

Gabriella Kammerer (Mt Sterling, Ky.) with her own Gunners Star, a 2009 Paint gelding

Dani Latimer (Marietta, Okla.) with Angelucci Quarter Horses' Fancy Sailor Oak, a 2006 Quarter Horse

Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) and Tim and Colleen McQuay’s Yellow Jersey, a 2004 Quarter Horse stallion

Jack Medows (Cuba, Mo.) with his own Wimpys Show Stopper, a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Aubrey Galbraith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) with Nadine Galbraith’s Cortez Conquistador, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Find out more about the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.


Jack Medows at the 2017 National Reining Breeders Classic (©Alden Corrigan Media)

USA Reining 2016 Champions Announced

The USA Reining 2016 Champions have been announced and members of the USA Reining Board of Directors were quick to congratulate the new champions who attained their titles through year-long competition at USA Reining events.

For the second year in a row, Shane Brown of Elbert, Colorado is the USA Open Champion Reiner. Shane, was a member of Team USA at the 201 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships August 11-13, at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland riding Susan Geiger's 2009 AQHA stallion Wind Er Up Wimp. Shane has been a National Reining Horse Association Futurity Intermediate Finalist, multiple AQHA World Show qualifier and finalist, an APHA World Show Champion. He has served as Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Reining Horse Association and Chairman of its Professional’s Committee. ~ more ~





               Shane Brown

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