As part of his continuous journey of improving his horsemanship skills, Michael was invited to spend 10 days in Arizona riding with Al Dunning. Al is a world renown western horseman and coach, and has produced multiple World Champions in both reining, cutting and all around events.
The culmination of the 2011 reining calendar in the UK was the British Reining Championships, held at the Bodiam International Arena in October. Michael had a great show securing a reserve championship position on Smart Rebel Girl and 5th on A Winnin Tradition in the Limited Open Championship. Both horses ran really well and are on track for the 2012 season.
Michael took the 2011 end of year British Reining Limited Open High Point on A Winnin Tradition in the gelding’s first season. The 5yr old Quarter Horse by DA Steady Vegas was started at ML Training as a three year old and was bred in the UK by Bob and Chrissie Mayhew. This big hearted little horse is proving to be a really easy horse to show and we are delighted to add yet another competitive reiner to our string of home produced horses.
Smart Rebel Girl (Baileys) is AQHA UK Second Reserve Champion in Senior Reining! She rode brilliantly and we are really excited about the 2012 season.
Michael won the 2011 WES Championship Reining on Smart Rebel Girl. He also took the Reserve Championship in Versatility on the same horse demonstrating that a well trained reining horse can do just about anything! ML Training client Linda Wood also showed her western trained Welsh Cob Dolly for the first time. They did brilliantly and had a great time.
It's always great to have you visit. I've been able to watch you grow as an outstanding trainer!Al Dunning, Arizona, World Champion trainer and author
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