Pale Taschka, a Warmblood Quarter Horse cross, jumping
Courtesy of Craig Schmersal

Pale Taschka: Reining Stud Meets Warmblood

Hi all! Spring is on its way, finally! We had a cold, wet winter here in Arizona, with snow in Scottsdale! I’m glad we are back to the 70s with no rain. I have had a lot of inquires and comments about our experiment, Pale Taschka, so I’m going to tell you all about him. […]
Craig Schmersal reining horses

How I Start My 2-Year-Old Horses

Hi All!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed mine with lots of family and friends. For me, it’s a great time of year to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. As many of you are starting 2-year-olds, I thought I would touch on a few things I do […]
Craig Schmersal standing by horse

Tips for Hauling Your Horses

With futurity season in full swing, I thought I would talk to you about what I do when hauling horses long distances to shows. First and foremost, all of my trucks and trailers get full inspections before we take road trips. This includes checking all the bearings and tires on everything. We run heavy-duty tires […]
Craig Schmersal on palomino

Falling out of Lead

I get many questions about what to do if your horse falls out of lead in the circles. The root cause of this is generally that your horse is leaning out. He can be pushing out with his front end, his back end or both. The simple fix for this is teaching them to be […]

Time to Start Again

Hi All! It’s the time of year when we are breeding our mares in hopes of raising the next futurity champion. Finally, I can now say I have experienced it from start to finish! It has been a lifelong dream of mine to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, but winning it […]

Craig’s Spin: It Paid off to Never Give Up

Happy New Year! I am still in awe of my mare Face The Attitude and her win at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. I could not be more proud of the fact that I bred this mare, own her and trained her.   As a professional, this is the ultimate accomplishment. It has […]

Being Better Horseman

Hi All! I have had a busy fall with my futurity horses. This has been one of my favorite years, as this group is outstanding. They have been consistently in the money everywhere they go, with several wins and reserve championships. I could not be more pleased with them. Now comes the hard part of […]

The Learning Process

Futurity season is well underway. I took my first set of 3-year-olds to Denver, where I showed them at the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) Summer Slide. We had a great show, placing second and third in the finals. My third horse had an unfortunate costly penalty in the first go when he broke […]

Cattalou is a freak!

When Cattalou arrived at Buffalo Ranch in 2016 David Plummer said “If you can find a better looking stallion out there, you should breed to him.”

Escaping the Heat

So now on to my favorite part of the year, Futurity time! My first show will be the Denver Summer Slide, I have been attending this event for 20 years.