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Reining – the queen of Stars and Stripes disciplines – enthrals Fieracavalli

8 November 2019

The protagonists of the Elementa Masters Première also include Gina Schumacher, daughter of the Formula1 champion

The calendar of events dedicated to the western world scheduled at the 121st Fieracavalli is expanded with many new items. The debut of the Elementa Masters Première sees reining – the queen of Stars and Stripes disciplines – take on a new look with the preview of the most important pool of competitions for reiners among those qualifying for NRHA world standings, with a prize fund of 300,000 dollars. The Elementa Masters Première has Open and Non-Pro classes competing in Hall 12.


The reining discipline traces its origins to the Wild West, when cowboys had to perform almost acrobatic movements to vaccinate and look after cattle: long slides to cut off the escape route of fleeing animals, sudden turnarounds and “ground skimming” gallops. This is how reining came into being. Reining stylises those movements – so old and yet so modern – which were then encoded in sporting terms as a series of manoeuvres making up the “pattern”, the course to be performed in the competition ring.


The competition, inasmuch, is also a spectacle with freestyle costumes and music on Saturday 9 November starting at 21:00. Performances include one by FEI world champion, Gennaro Lendi, who – after his recent experience as Sylvester Stallone’s coach on the set of “Rambo: last blood” – will impersonate the most famous Vietnam veteran in the world. There are also high expectations for Cira Baecknei as Wonder Woman and, among the top non-professionals, Gina Schumacher, daughter of the famous Formula 1 champion, with a Ferrari-themed choreography. And precisely Gina Schumacher, a lady-rider well-known to reining audiences, took her horse Gunstep, aka Eliott, to the top of the standings (levels 4 and 3) of the Non Pro category yesterday (Friday 7 November).


The multi-medal winning rider – who is only 22 years old yet was already NRHA Non Pro World Champion in 2016 and won the World Young Riders Championship individual and team medals the following year – says: “It is not easy to describe what makes Quarter horses so special for me. It is about all a series of things that help you create a special relationship. I can say, though, that Eliott is one of the most talented horses I’ve ever ridden. What do I think when I pass through the gate into the ring? The dominant feeling is hope: trust in my horse and therefore the hope we will do well.”