Win by a whisker
TWO years of hard work has paid off for Ed Smith who recently won three titles at the Queensland Reining Horse Association State Championships.
Competing between August 15 and 18, Smith walked away the winner of Intermediate open futurity, non-pro futurity and intermediate pro futurity.
Although reining is just a hobby for Smith, he decided to mix it with the professionals at the state competition and entered the Open futurity as well, to place third.
The success came as no surprise to Smith who said he had plenty of faith in his horse Shadyacres Docs Lena (or Whiskers as he is affectionately known).
"I knew I had a good horse," Smith said.
"You know when you have something special.
"What stuck out was his desire to be worked and ridden."
After buying Whiskers in Rockhampton Smith said from day one the horse proved his worth.
Now Smith said he had his next goal in mind: "A national title."
"That's what we all aim for - that big show."
And according to people in the industry, Smith and Whiskers are in with a chance when they head down to Tamworth in October.