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NRHA Open Futurity Champion
NRHA Open Derby Champion
NRBC Open Classic Champion
SWRHA Open Futurity Champion
FEI World Multiple & Silver Medalist
Multiple AQHA World Champion

Craig Schmersal is one of the youngest trainers on the NRHA's top ten list to hit Four Million Dollar rider status. Over the last decade, Craig is a finalist at all major reining events, usually taking all of his entries into the finals.

Craig has won numerous AQHA and NRHA Open World Championships, including the 2017 NRHA Futurity on Face The Attitude. Craig won the NRBC Open Derby Classic (2010) and was the NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion on Boom Shernic. Riding Mister Montana Nic, Craig joined the US Dream Team at the FEI World Games in Kentucky winning Team Gold and Individual Silver medals. In 2005, Craig flew to Spain to win the Gold Medal in the FEI World Reining Masters Open Division on Tidal Wave Jack. In 2004, Craig won the NRHA Open Derby on Commander's Nic. One of his early accomplishments was earning a position on the United States Equestrian Team 2002. The team competed in Jerez, Spain where they took home the Gold Medal for the United States. Showing his futurity horses, he has successfully proven himself to be one of the most competitive trainers bringing multiple horses every year to the NRHA Open Futurity finals.

In addition to training and showing Craig has created a set of training videos, in partnership with Shawn Flarida, demonstrating their winning techniques for futurity prospects and finished shows horses. Most recently, Craig created the video "Tack Made Simple" to de-mystify choosing and using reining tack. You can buy Craig's videos from our online store.

Craig's program includes of every level of horse. He has a great staff of assistant trainers who allow him to ride a variety of horses and help Non-Pros go to the top.

If you are looking for a trainer who is serious about his business and interested in making your horse the best it can be, or if you want to become more competitive in the show ring, then contact Craig.


NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal has only missed the finals once since 1995. On Saturday night last to enter the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City he burst into the pen knowing he had a nice enough horse to challenge for the lead. He knew he needed a 225 or better to win the coveted title. He focused on performing a clean pattern and trusting his mare for the rest. As the run built, the crowd sensed this could be the one. It was.... READ MORE >>> 

NRHA Professionals of the Year Honored for 2019

Horseman of the Year—Craig Schmersal

A staple in the industry since competing as a youth member, Craig Schmersal hasn’t missed the NRHA Futurity finals since 1997. His most recent major win came when he was crowned the 2019 Run for a Million co-champion. The NRHA Four Million Dollar rider not only specializes in training, showing, and selling futurity and derby horses, but also breeds prospects that regularly become champions in the arena. He’s trained and shown multiple NRHA Futurity and Derby winners, including winning the 2017 NRHA Futurity on his homegrown mare Face The Attitude. He’s earned multiple FEI team and individual medals, and multiple AQHA World Championships. He trains every horse as an individual and finds ways to maximize their strengths while minimizing their weaknesses.

Not only is Schmersal known for his contributions within the arena, but outside of it as well. As an active member of the Judge’s Committee, Schmersal is committed to the industry and continually trying to better it for horses and riders alike. He is often seen teaching Secrets of Judging courses to increase education for riders, as well. Along with educating in this way, he’s also created training videos to help demonstrate techniques for finished horses and futurity prospects and even covers proper tack tips.

Schmersal also promotes NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit (Gunner x Lena Dun It), who he also showed for most of his career in the show pen, further demonstrating his commitment to each aspect of the reining industry, from breeding to showing, at the highest level. - NRHA

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