Craig Schmersal

NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider


  • LTE ~ $3,921,000

  • No.3 NRHA All Time Leading Rider

  • 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 Three 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. 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.

Craig's Spin

Quarter Horse News

Welcome to my new column in Quarter Horse News. I am honored. I will be writing a monthly column from the trainer's perspective, topics like: a look inside the training barn, what it's like on the road at horse shows, the challenges of showing a horse internationally and more.

A unique view. An inside look. My spin on things.

I'm happy to have you along for the ride.


Show Record

2014 NRHA Derby
Oklahoma City, OK

Another Great show! Craig took 2 horses into the finals winning a combined $40k + which puts him into the $3 million dollar rider club!

L4 Open 4th place on King Of The Coast, owned by Hickory Creek Ranch.

L4 Open 5th place-tie on What A Waveowned by Chip and Terry Roberts.

Congratulations also to Nick Schmersal and Ci Ci Enterprise, who made Level 4 finals in the Non Pro Derby.

And a special congrats to our Level 2 Green Reiner Champion, Bruce Koefoot on Commanders Whiz Chic. 

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