I am happy to report we had a great time at the Futurity this year. With this being NRHA’s 50th Anniversary, there was a great program and video recognizing all the history-makers in the NRHA.
By Ginger Schmersal
Quarter Horse News asked me to be a guest blogger for Craig this month — I am flattered. The question was: what's it like to be a trainer’s wife this time of year? Well, I can tell you the first word that comes to mind is chaotic.
I hate to see a 2-year-old that has been pushed too hard in their training. I am able to see ability without having to see it running plus-one everything. When I see young horses looking like they have been pushed too hard, it is a red flag for me. I like my prospects to be healthy and happy, both physically and mentally. Here is a little video of one of my Pale Face Dunnit fillies that I have for sale now. I feel like this is what a 2-year-old should look like at this point in their training.
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 reining industry. I have lost several friends and clients in the past few years that should not have been lost so young. We are so busy working and trying to win the next big event that we forget to take time to appreciate why we all do what we do.The older I become the more I appreciate the customers and friends I have made in
The Futurity season is my favorite time of year — we get to see a new group of future show horses and watch them for the first time. My philosophy for showing my Futurity horses for the first time is equivalent to taking my kids to school in first grade — I expect them to behave and perform their maneuvers the same as they do at home.
I just returned home from the NRHA Derby, where I showed FS Taris Walla Whiz to an ancillary Open class championship and Redhot Walla to 8th in the Level 4 Open Derby. Both of these horses are owned by Tim Anderson. He has been a longtime customer for me, and I am so happy we had such great success this week!