|February, 2000||Vol. 2, Number 2|
The AHSA hosted a meeting this week in its Lexington, KY, office to discuss plans for reining to become an international discipline approved by the Fédération Internationale Equestre (FEI). The gathering was in preparation for the FEI General Assembly to be held from April 10-14, 2000 in Mainz, Germany. Focus points of the meeting included plans for presentation to the FEI General Assembly, the process for development of standard rules and regulations for governing reining events at the FEI level, as well as a tentative schedule of international test competitions to be held in 2000.
Joining the AHSA's President Alan F. Balch and Executive Director Kevin Carlon was FEI Assistant Secretary General, Michael Stone. Also present for the meeting were reining discipline leaders from the United States including Frank Costantini, President of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), Dan Wall, NRHA Executive Director, Don Treadway, Senior Director of Marketing and Membership Services of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), Cam Foreman, AQHA Senior Director of Shows and Regional Services, and Don Burt, who has served as past President of the AQHA, past AHSA Assistant Vice President for Western States, is a current member of the AQHA Board of Directors, as well as a current member of the AHSA Western Council. The meeting was coordinated by Sherry Frank, AHSA Assistant Secretary General, and Christina Stewart, AHSA Assistant Director of Breeds.
Together, the AHSA, NRHA, AQHA and United States Equestrian Team (USET)
share in the excitement of this step forward for reining. AHSA President
Alan Balch notes: "We have long felt that the athleticism and skill that
goes into top-notch reining competition here in the United States is equal
to the talent and training required by international levels of other
disciplines. The AHSA will strive to lead the way in promoting reining to
the world hand-in-hand with the NRHA, AQHA and USET. We are eager to discuss
the opportunity for this discipline that has long been a historic symbol for
the United States and we look forward to having reining recognized
worldwide. Today's meeting was a solid foundation for the advancement of
reining into the international spotlight.
From AHSA Press Release
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