A pretty little blog about all things reining and racing, with some other equestrian sports highlighting every once in a while. Got questions or comments? Please feel free to ask! I don't bite, I promise!
Thanks for the awesome questions! First, reiners are usually short because of breeding - the best reiners were the short ones at the beginning of this, so everything down from them is also fairly short. Also, stops are easier if a horse is shorter, because the body is able to sort of collect itself into one small ball rather than having huge long TB or WB legs getting in the way. Second, in actual NRHA things, Quarter Horses are the best reiners, although because of Gunner we get a lot of dual registered QH-paints as well. Paints are fairly common at NRHA shows as well. At more local or breed specific shows, I know that people do reining with apps, arabians, and morgans too. Generally you don’t see these breeds actually competing at NRHA events, simply because, for the most part, they really are not as talented as the QHs and Paints.
Big news! The McQuays just bought my favorite stallion ever, Yellow Jersey! He is going to be our new head stallion. Since the death of Gunner this summer, the McQuays have been searching for the right stallion to cross over our existing mares, and Jersey seems to be the right match!
I’m going to die the first time I’m allowed to ride this beautiful hulking beast.
Did you hear about what happened to one of Gunner's daughters, Bella Gunnabe Gifted? She was "bitted up" in a curb bit, left alone in a pen, and trying to escape the pain, flipped over and crushed her skull. It happened in a reining facility here in San Diego at a place called River Valley Ranch. Mark Arballo of Arballo Reining Horses is the one to blame, but the whole ranch is horrible. There's a FB page w/ more info called "RIP Bella Gunnabe Gifted" if you're interested in finding out more.
I have heard about Bella. She used to be at Tom McCutcheon’s place before she moved there.
It is a pity she died, and so young. Mark Arballo now has a very bad name in the industry, which he deserves.
#1778 is a 2 year old bay gelding, captured on September 18, 2011, in the Coyote Lakes HMA in Oregon. He is 14.2 hands high and is described as “nice and quiet in the chute and the pen”. There were no bids placed on this horse.
#1694 is a 2 year old chestnut gelding, captured September 18, 2011 in the Coyote Lakes HMA in Oregon. He is 15.2 hands high, and is described as “a gentle giant. calm and quiet”. There were no bids placed on this horse.
#1514 is a 4 year old bay roan gelding, captured on August 9, 2011 in the Three Fingers HMA in Oregon. He is 14.2 hands high, and described as “nervous in chute, moderate temperament in pen”. The winning bid was $145.
#1275 is a 4 year old black mare who was captured August 11, 2011 in the Jackies Butte HMA in Oregon. She stands 14.2 hands high, and is described as “nice and quiet in the chute; moderate temperament in pen”. There were no bids placed on this horse.
#1105 is a 2 year old bay filly, born in a holding facility. She is 15 hands high, described as “mostly-even tempered, friendly”. Mother is from the Cold Springs HMA in Oregon. There were no bids placed on this horse.
Thank you! Do you know if there are any juniors who ride hunter/jumper at McQuay stables?
And I think there may be one, she came after I left for school though, so I have only really met her once. Her name is Gretchen. I’m pretty sure she does the Juniors, mostly the hunters, but she is also leasing one from McQuay’s and she uses him as a sort of practice horse, so he does a bit of everything. :)
Next time you are at McQuay stables can you take some pictures of the hunters and jumpers?
I definitely will! Although, it will probably be a while until I have time to do that. I am going down next weekend, but it’s only for Legacy Sale, so I don’t know how much time I’m going to be able to spend at the ranch. I’ll try though!