Building Blocks

May has been a month of clinics and horse shows. I just returned from two weeks in Germany and Italy, where I presented several clinics. I am so appreciative of the riders who trust me to help them better their horsemanship and training skills. I am always honored that I have the opportunity to work with them. It is fun to meet new friends and be able to share my knowledge. My wife, Ginger, and I had a great time and came home with many fantastic memories.

We are headed to the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City this month and then to Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association Summer Slide, where I will show a few of my 3-year-olds in the Futurity. This is a great time of year – my 3-year-olds are coming along well, and I am always excited to get them to their first futurity.

Read “What a 2-year-old Reining Horse Should Look Like”

My plan for any horse at its first show is to make sure everything is a good experience, so I can build confidence and create building blocks. Many riders show their futurity horses all out the first time they walk in the pen. I have never been a believer in this. I am building a horse with the ultimate goal being the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. This event is the premier event and has the largest payout, if you are lucky enough to make it to the finals.

Of course, if I do well in the pre-futurities, that is always a bonus! I look forward to sharing my progress with you this summer!

Read “How to Keep Your Horses Healthy During Summer Heat”

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions at [email protected]


About Craig

Reining horse professional Craig Schmersal is the third-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.

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