After a yearlong recovery from a fracture, during which he was taught how to do "tricks," REF Sturgis has seen quite a lot of success in the show ring. He carried Anne-Marie Burns to the 2018 Tulsa Reining Classic Levels 3, 2 and 1 Co-Championships. • Photo by Waltenberry

REF Sturgis Spins Tragedy Into Success

When Anne-Marie Burns’ horse, REF Sturgis, fractured his navicular bone during the summer of his 3-year-old year in 2015, the prognosis for a full recovery as a reiner was not promising. Burns was left with the decision to stall rest for one year then reassess the gelding’s future once the year had passed. Despite the […]