Sale season is right around the corner. We are fitting quite a few yearlings and sending several 2-year-olds to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. When the topic of horse sales comes up, people always ask me what I am looking for in a prospect when I go to buy one for a customer.
The first thing I look for is a horse that is made correctly. I want to see good straight legs, a nice short back and a low hock set. I also want a good neck that ties in nicely with the shoulders. Conformation is very important to me.
Second, I want something that is bred fashionably. It does not have to be by the best stallion or out of the highest-producing mare, but it needs to be out of proven reining bloodlines.
Third, it has to have a good mind. Without that, the rest is moot
Reining horse professional Craig Schmersal is the fourth-leading rider of all-time, with earnings of more than $3.2 million. Over the last decade, Craig has won almost all of the major reining events, often taking all three of his entries into the finals.