Todd Sommers named USET Athlete of the Month

Todd Sommers of Whitesboro, Texas, was named United States Equestrian Team Athlete of the Month for December following his win at the 2000 National Reining Horse Association Futurity.Todd Sommers of Whitesboro, Texas, was named United States Equestrian Team Athlete of the Month for December following his win at the 2000 National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

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Todd Sommers of Whitesboro, Texas, was named United States Equestrian Team Athlete of the Month for December following his win at the 2000 National Reining Horse Association Futurity. Sommers rode Von Reminic, owned by Frank Bolea, to a score of 222 in the Open Championship in Oklahoma City on December 2, 2000.The pair earned the highest NRHA purse ever paid, a whopping $150,000.

In addition to being a 2001 USET Long Listed Rider, Sommers won the Gordyville Professional’s Choice/USET Open qualifier last March onboard Buenonic Chex to qualify him for the Professional’s Choice semi-finals at the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City in May.There he earned a high enough score to qualify for the $100,000 Cosequin-USET Reining Championship presented by Bayer, which was held at the 2000 Bayer-USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, N.J. in June.

In 1998, the USET adopted Reining as its sixth discipline.Since its acceptance, the USET has worked to promote Reining with the addition of Reining classes at the 1999 Bayer-USET Festival of Champions.In continuing its commitment to the sport, the USET hosted a Nations’ Cup team competition with teams invited to compete from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Italy and Japan.The 2001 Festival will feature a Futures Championship class and Young Rider Medal Final.

The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes – riders, drivers and horses – and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential.For more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit at www.uset.org.