Craig Schmersal Achieves Longtime Goal of Winning the NRHA Futurity
Oklahoma City, OK (December 18, 2017) — The year 2017 will be one to remember for professional reiner and Omega Alpha Ambassador Craig Schmersal, who rounded out his competition year by accomplishing a goal he had set at the beginning of his career. “For 35 years, not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about one day winning the NRHA Futurity,” said Schmersal. At the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his dreams became reality.
Schmersal, a NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider, partnered with Face The Attitude (Pale Face Dunnit x Miss Lil Addy Tude), a mare owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC and bred by KC Performance Horses LLC, for the NRHA Futurity Open Championship Final. Although Schmersal has taken home a winning title in nearly every major NRHA event possible in his time in the saddle, the Futurity Championship remained the one that evaded him until this year. Schmersal and Face The Attitude were the final draw in the competition, and entered the arena with Andrea Fappani’s score of 224.5 to beat.
Schmersal and the mare put in an impressive ride to earn a score of 226.5 and win the competition. “It was a humbling experience, and my mare gave me everything I could have asked for,” said Schmersal, who accepted his victory in tears of joy. “I am grateful for my help, and I could not do it without them. Their dedication to my horses health and well being allowed for one of my biggest dreams to come true. I am glad I was able to celebrate this special night with my parents, my family, my friends, my clients, my sponsors, and the entire NRHA.”
Schmersal’s sponsor Omega Alpha, a leading producer of all-natural equine health supplements, was proud to see Schmersal achieve his goal aboard a mare that uses Omega Alpha products to stay at the top of her sport. Omega Alpha employs scientific research and over two decades of experience to formulate products that effectively address horses’ specific health needs. The company offers product lines to improve respiration, digestion, joint health, hormonal balance, immune health, detoxification, muscle rehabilitation, endurance, performance, and more. Omega Alpha is proud to congratulate Schmersal and Face The Attitude on their victory, and is excited to see what the future holds for the talented mare and all of Schmersal’s horses. With Omega Alpha health products as a regular part of their diet, the horses are sure to be ready to face the exciting challenges ahead in 2018.
Omega Alpha products are a staple ingredient in the diet of many top reining horses, as well as dressage horses, hunters, jumpers, western pleasure horses, polo horses, race horses, and more. To learn more about Omega Alpha, visit www.OmegaAlpha.ca or call 1-800-651-3172.
Photo 1: Craig Schmersal aboard Face the Attitude during the prize giving for winning the 2017 NRHA Futurity.