Austin Griffith of The Ohio State University wins EquestrianCoach.com-Sponsored Apprenticeship with Reiner Tim McQuay
Fairfield, CT (August 28, 2013)“I’ve enjoyed getting to work with younger horses, which I don’t get to do as much. The horses that I’ve been riding have been great. You can tell they’re talented. It’s almost as if they want to learn what to do and that’s what it’s all about,” said 2013 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Open Reining National Champion, Austin Griffith, of The Ohio State University (OSU), about his week-long apprenticeship, sponsored by EquestrianCoach.com, with National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Famer and legendary trainer, Tim McQuay. Among the horses Griffith had the chance to work with was Mr. Lonely Gun, owned by McQuay Stables.
Griffith is only the second AQHA High Point Western Rider in IHSA history to successfully defend consecutive national titles and also slid into the IHSA individual Open Reining title and reserve in team reining, receiving the 2013 Jack Fritz Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late advocate of collegiate riding, and an EquestrianCoach.com Achievement of Excellence Award package that included a Pard’s gift certificate, $1,000 travel stipend underwritten by EquestrianCoach.com, and week-long apprenticeship with NRHA Hall of Famer and legendary trainer, Tim McQuay.
“The colt Austin was riding is just a two year-old and we are getting him pretty broke. Austin was working on making him turn around with a nice step, with consistent movement that stays smooth. That’s stuff we do a lot of every day so the horse learns to be very repetitious with that step and then it gets easy for them,” said McQuay about Griffith’s contributions to his young horse program.
“I hope that more people get the opportunity to do what I got to do for a week. It’s been a really big learning experience,” said Griffith, who hopes to apply what he has learned while on OSU’s IHSA Western team this school year. “It’s helped me a lot. Having the opportunity to come out and be a part of this program has really meant a lot to me.”
McQuay was the NRHA’s first-ever $2 Million Dollar Rider and won every major NRHA event including its Futurity, Breeders Classic, Derby and Superstakes. He earned prize money on 229 different reiners and was inducted in 2000 to the NRHA Hall of Fame, having left his mark as a five-time All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion, two-time AQHA World Champion and multiple NRHA World Champion. He won Silver at the 2005 FEI Masters Reining in Italy, Team Gold and Individual Silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, and in 2010 at the WEG won Individual Gold, securing his reputation as one of the world’s great reining horseman.