It’s Derby Time!

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We are at the National Reining Horse Association Derby in Oklahoma City! So far the weather has been pretty good. We are all set up and ready to show. I only brought one horse to show in the Derby as we had the opportunity to sell several of my others.

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How to Keep Your Horses Healthy During Summer Heat

CS EquiselWith the National Reining Horse Association Derby right ahead of us and the Futurities on the heels of that, I am taking extra precautions with my horses’ health. With the heat of the summer, I am always concerned about the stress and pressure on my horses.

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One of My Favorite Times of the Year

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This is one of my favorite times of the year. Our 2 year olds have had at least 30 days riding and we finally get to see them under saddle after 3 years of waiting time. A lot of people ask me why I start my 2 year olds early in Dec or Jan. The reason I do this is so they get 5 days a week of consistent training.


Happy New Year Everyone!


January is the month for resolutions. Mine usually starts the same, lose some weight and continue to be the best trainer I can be. As we roll through January the NRHA is having a judges school which I will be teaching and a membership meeting in Oklahoma City that is full of hot topics.


‘Go Pro’ With Craig Schmersal

GoProSchmersalHere's a unique perspective! NRHA Inside Reining put a GoPro video camera on NRHA $3 Million Rider Craig Schmersal as he rode Cashing Black Chex to a third-place finish and a score of 221 at the 50th National Reining Horse Association Futurity Open!

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Preparation for the NRHA Futurity

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The final showdown is just around the corner. This is the time when the pressure seems the greatest. I know my stress level goes up because of the expectations I have on myself and that my customers expect from me.

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The Life of a Trainer’s Wife

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.


What A 2-Year-Old Reining Horse Should Look Like

DunnitiniDunnitini, a Pale Face Dunnit filly that I have for sale now

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.