When a Schmersal shows Face The Attitude, big things happen. Three years ago, with Craig Schmersal at the reins, the mare won the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open Championship.
After a three-year hiatus, the great mare returned to the show pen, this time with 14-year-old Addi Schmersal. They may not have been a team long, but they executed an awesome run to mark a 221 and win the National Reining Breeders Classic Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro.
They also were Reserve Champions in the Level 4 Non-Pro.
All totaled, Schmersal won $29,500 in the finals.
“I’m pretty excited. It was my third time showing her. She stayed with me and was really good,” Schmersal said. “I felt a lot of pressure, because of how much she’s won, and it was a little more stressful with her because I haven’t ridden her as much. I didn’t really know what was going to happen, but she was really good and I’m excited I get to show her.”
By Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Miss Lil Addy Tude (by Whizard Jac), returned to the Schmersal’s barn following the NRHA Derby. Her first show back was the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association Summer Slide in Denver, Colorado, where they won the Derby Level 3 Non-Pro.
“I had no idea we were bringing her back. She showed up at the Derby. I saw her get out of the trailer and asked what we were doing with her,” Schmersal explained. “I showed her in Denver and then we brought her here.”
Schmersal and Face The Attitude had a great NRBC from beginning to end, marking a 220 in the preliminary round, where she pocketed close to $4,000. “
“I thank my parents for allowing me to show this mare and helping me get to where I am today,” she said. “I also thank my brothers for supporting me.”
Bred by KC Performance Horses of Bayfield, Colorado, Face The Attitude is owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, of Scottsdale, Arizona.