On April 17, Craig Schmersal and Boom Shernic edged out 30 tough riders for the National Reining Breeders Classic championship.
After learning he’d won the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic open championship April 17 in Katy, Texas, it was clear where Craig Schmersal wanted the credit to go.
“I couldn’t be more happy for this horse,” Craig says of 2004 stallion Boom Shernic, owned by Boom Shernic Syndicate. “There isn’t a horse I’ve ever ridden who deserved to win more than him. I’ve ridden enough horses, and I’m old enough to say that this horse is special, and I’ve known that since his 2-year-old year.”
Craig and Boom Shernic’s score of 228 beat 30 other riders in a tough finals that required a 221 to enter. Reserve was split between Jordan Larson and Stop Like A Dream, owned by Gilbertgo Leal, and Shawn Flarida and Wimpys Little Chic, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses. Both riders marked a 227.5.
“The competition was tough,” Craig says. “Jordan and Shawn’s horses were hooked tonight. Anymore, it is so tough to get on top. I couldn’t be more happy for this horse. I’m happy for me, too, but it’s getting toward the end of his derby career, and this horse has been one of my all-time favorites.”
Craig was thankful for good ground, a great arena and his favorite pattern during the finals.
“Pattern 10 is the test of all tests for a reining horse,” he says. “There’s not a better pattern in the NRHA. It’s exciting for the crowd, which is very important. You run and stop right off the bat, turn around, then your two large fast, small slow, change into a small slow. That separates the men from the boys. I’ve always been a big believer in that pattern. It’s a great finals pattern with four stops. I ride reining horses because I love to run and stop! I don’t think anybody out there will disagree or have a more favorite maneuver than run and stops.”
Craig has his sights set on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. After qualifying with the bronze medal in the April 16 CRI-2*/U.S. Equestrian Federation reining, he’s headed to the USEF Reining Championship in Oklahoma City during Battle in the Saddle, where he hopes to make the four-person team to represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, in September.
“The WEG is super special, especially since it’s here in the States this year,” Craig says. “We’re all shooting for it. It’s a big deal. I’d love to have this horse on the U.S. team, but I’m going to show him at the [National Reining Horse Association] Derby first. If he’s not able to show the next week, for whatever reason, I’m OK with that. I’d just like to win the NRHA Derby with him.”
Craig recently reached the NRHA $2 million rider status, and a good chunk of his earnings came from the NRBC.
“This has always been one of my favorite shows,” he says. “There’s so much money here. You don’t have to do good here to win a lot of money. It’s been a good horse show for me.”
Boom Shernic is by Boomernic and out of She And Chic Dunit.
“I love that horse,” he says. “If they made me ride away on one horse, I’m taking that one with me. You can teach him anything. You could house break him. He is a special horse. It’s easy for him. It’s a no-brainer for him.”