Friday night at the Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic was all about US Equestrian Team competition and million dollar rider Tim McQuay teamed up with Carol Rose’s Smart Shiner to take gold medal honors.
It was the first time for McQuay to show the son of Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark (X Smart Hickory) and he rode him to a score of 223.5! Smart Shiner was actually already qualified for the USET Championship with Rose Ranch trainer, Robby Boyce, but when a schedule conflict arose that would prevent his progressing, it was decided that McQuay would show the horse.
Carol Rose was unable to attend the event, but when reached by telephone, stated, “I’m ecstatic! It’s great to be teamed up with Tim again!” McQuay showed Shining Spark to his AQHA World Championship.
Silver Honors went to Dell Hendricks on Twice As Shiney, owned by James Waldron of Sherman, Texas for a score of 219.5. Ken Eppers rode Freeway Frank, owned by The Texas Venture of Era, Texas, to the bronze medal. On hand to give the medals to the winners was United States Equestrian Team President Armand Leone, Jr.
Qualifiers from Intervet/USET Reining Events earn a slot at the semi finals at the NRHA Derby in May, then the top 20 rider/horse teams advance to the $75,000 USET Reining Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey, in June.
In the USET Futures Class, Ben Gerst claimed both Gold and Silver honors for owner Nick Chavez of Los Angeles, California. He won first on Travelena King and second on Smart Flo Lena. Third went to Sally Broten of River Falls, Wisconsin on Rio Dun Good.
Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic action will begin again on Saturday morning at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas at 7 am. The culmination of the day’s activities will be the Open Finals at 7 pm – with $50,000 going to the winner!