East Coast Rider Wins Prestigious Western Championship

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East meets west, as horse trainer Jeremy Gates secures the 2008 National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse World Championship.

Based at Stonyford Reining Horses, Campbell Hall, NY, a little more than an hour\’s drive from Manhattan, Jeremy Gates secured the title in this western event riding the seven-year-old AQHA stallion, Peptos I Brow for the Stonyford Syndicate.

Since becoming an event sanctioned by the Federation Equestre Internationale nearly a decade ago, reining has captured the attention of US and international competitors, owners, and equine enthusiasts. The only US-bred sport in international equestrian competition, reining is based on the maneuvers used in working cattle in the old west. It is also a discipline recognized by the United States Equestrian Team.

Gates secured his win by competing throughout the east coast, with victories at highly competitive equestrian events in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Quebec, Ontario, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Tennessee. Significantly, most competitors who achieve this award travel as far as Texas. Gates managed to accomplish his goal without ever leaving the east coast!

He\’s been very successful with Peptos I Brow since the pair first
stepped into the show ring four years ago.

In addition to his own showing schedule – which pits him against the country\’s top professionals – Gates operates an active coaching and teaching program for reining enthusiasts at Stonyford. The farm also offers a selection of quality reining horses for sale, including young prospects by Peptos I Brow.

\”A great aspect of reining is the opportunity for beginners and experienced non pros to go to the shows, be competitive, and have fun,\” says Gates. \”The horses are very broke, so they\’re safe. I have clients who range in age from 15 to 60. Some people have never ridden a horse before they got involved with this sport. It\’s great for families.\”

Reining has been characterized as a sport that demands the accuracy of golf, the precise moves of figure skating, and asks for a perfect partnership between horse and rider.