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Apr
24

Feed and Supplements

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Hi all,

I want to spend sometime talking about my feed and supplement program. We have several companies we have worked with for many years that I am confident have played a crucial part in my horses' good health and well-being. Working together with Purina feed and Omega Alpha supplements, I keep my horses looking and feeling the best they can.

Apr
07

The Breeding Game

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Show season is underway and I am so pleased with my group of 4-year-olds. I showed them for the first time at the Cactus Reining Classic and they all did well, earning good checks in their divisions.

Jan
27

Happy New Year!

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January has been a month of organizing and preparing for the New Year. We take this time to get ready by organizing our paper books, renewing all of our memberships and making sure all of our paperwork is in order.

Dec
15

Quality Time of Year

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Hi All!

What a year it has been! We had an incredible NRHA Futurity with all three of my Pale Face Dunnit colts making the top 10, along with my wife's horse winning almost $50,000 in the Non-Pro. Many more of his foals showed well and had combined earnings of almost $188,000 at the Futurity!! This was a huge accomplishment as we bred, raised and trained all of the ones we showed. I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, staff and customers for all of your support. Without you, I would not be where I am.

Oct
19

Return From Congress

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Hi All!

I just returned home from the All American Quarter Horse Congress, where my wife, Ginger, and I showed four futurity horses by Pale Face Dunnit that we bred and raised. Between the four of them, they brought home more than $36,000 in prize money. I am very proud of these horses and look forward to their futures in the show ring!

Aug
25

Back on the Road

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Summer is over, the kids are back in school and we are hitting the road for the futurities. Our next stop is Las Vegas for the High Roller Reining Classic, where we will show both our 3-year-olds and our derby horses.

Jul
28

A Time Like This

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Hi All! We are at our first futurity of the year, the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association Summer Slide in Denver. I brought four futurity horses, all by Pale Face Dunnit and out of mares that we have shown and retired.

Jun
28

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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May
03

Back From the NRBC

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Hi All!

I just returned home from the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas. It was an exciting show, starting off with torrential rains and flooding in Houston.

Feb
12

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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.

Jan
13

Happy New Year Everyone!

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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.

CashingBlackChex FuturityCashing Black Chex and Craig Schmersal took third at the 2015 NRHA Futurity!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.

Dec
08

'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!

Nov
09

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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.

Oct
14

The Life of a Trainer’s Wife

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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.

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.

Sep
18

Selecting a Sale Horse

PaleFaceDunnitxShinetiniSchmersal Ranch is offering this 2-year-old filly, who is a good example of what Craig Schmersal looks for in a sale horse – good conformation, fashionable bloodlines (Pale Face Dunnit x Shinetini) and a great mind.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.

Aug
17

All in the Reining Family

CraigSchmersal TimAndersonCraig Schmersal (left) with customer and friend Tim AndersonThe older I become the more I appreciate the customers and friends I have made in 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.

Aug
05

FaceOfAConquistadorMy first Futurity with Face Of A ConquistadorThe 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.