In His Blood | Western Rider Scott Reinartz
Scott Reinartz has western riding in his blood! His love of the sport runs deep, back to when he was a child even, and it’s still just as strong (if not stronger!) now.
Scott started showing horses when he was only fifteen years old. He started out doing poles, barrel racing, and other gaming events. Eventually, he switched over to western pleasure, which spun him into the world of trail, pleasure, riding, showmanship, and halter classes. Today, he does all western all-around events and enjoys the challenge of this discipline.
It makes sense that Scott got into western riding, as that’s what everyone did where he grew up in Austin, Minnesota. All of his neighbors and friends rode western style, and so naturally, Scott got into western this way. He also liked working with horses because he didn’t have to say goodbye to them like sheep and cattle at slaughter season. There was a brief period during college, where Scott was on the equestrian team and did fence jumping. He says he loved that sport too, and many of the skills he picked up while on the equestrian team have been applied to his western riding ever since!
Scott and his horses are in consistent, rigorous training. Scott trains with Miya Childers in Colorado and then with Mark Stevens when he is in Florida. Splitting his time between the two states allows him to get to know the horse communities in both regions, as well as attend and compete at even more shows! Once starting primarily in open, in-state shows, Scott now travels and goes to 12-18 shows a year!
Scott shows with My Bar Passer (aka Eddy) and Invest In A Good Bar (aka Hank), both quarter horses. He loves the lifetime investment you make in a horse and the deep connection that is built with every-day training and every show.
The industry has changed over the years and Scott has seen that evolution firsthand. He has seen the horse disciplines get more defined and specialized over the years, something that really forces you to get the right motions down, learn how to carry heads correctly, have the right gait, etc. Because of that, the industry is much more competitive and challenging.
The western riding world is a big, extended family. You get to see each other year after year at the various shows and meet new people along the way. Scott considers it a huge honor to be exposed to such a wonderful group of athletes who love competition, improving themselves, and above all, love horses like family!
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