Ed Smith collected several awards at the Reinup National Horse Championships.
Ed Smith collected several awards at the Reinup National Horse Championships. Tom Huntley

Ed reins in national awards at Tamworth horse event

A TRIP to Tamworth has proved fruitful for expert horseman Ed Smith.

Competing at the Reining Australia National Futurity and Continental Affiliate Championships from October 10 to 13, Ed came away with a bag of prestigious titles and placings.

Ed won the non-pro futurity, the Limited non-pro futurity, was reserve champion in the limited open and managed to tussle to the top against the pros in the open competition coming in third.

This meant that he walked away with $10,000 and a trophy saddle, something he was excited about.

"It's the first saddle I've won," he said.

The horse that got him to the title was Shadyacres Docs Lena, or Whiskers as he is affectionately known by Ed.

After training Whiskers for two and a half years, Ed had every confidence in him.

"From when I first started him he was a cut above the rest," he said.

From his temperament to his ability, Whiskers has proven to be worth the time and effort gone into getting him competition-ready.

Whiskers is owned by Ed as well as Robyn O'Brien, who travelled down to Tamworth with her family to watch the competition.

This year's Open Futurity Champion was Warren Backhouse aboard Debbie Keogh's stallion, Lil Hollywood Jac, with a score of 217.

Whiskers was close behind on a score of 213.

"The two guys that beat me are the top in Australia, with horses a lot older," Ed said.

Ed said the event had been a great time with most people knowing each other in the reining community.

"It's a pretty friendly environment," he said.

Next up for Whiskers are some cutting and stockman challenges next year.

Ed said he was looking forward to holding another clinic at his property on the other side of Calliope from December 14 to 16, with coaching from three times Australian Reining Futurity Champion John Wicks.



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