Craig Schmersal of Overbrook will travel to Italy and Spain soon for world-class reining competitions. Schmersal will compete in the United States Equestrian Federation National Reining Championship in Manerbio, Italy, Sept. 11-14.


Craig Schmersal of Overbrook will travel to Italy and Spain soon for world-class reining competitions.


Schmersal will compete in the United States Equestrian Federation National Reining Championship in Manerbio, Italy, Sept. 11-14.


“I think we leave around Sept. 9 or 10,” Schmersal said. “I’ll be there for two weeks. I go to Italy for a week and then I go to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week.”


Schmersal will compete in the world championship in Italy.


In Spain, he said he will compete for about $150,000 added money. He’s been working with reining horses for 20 years.


“It always takes a lot of work to get on any team,” he said. “In our business, we ride about 70 horses every day. We have 70 that we train. I won the competition in Oklahoma City and that qualifies us.”


More than 20 countries from four continents are expected to compete in the 2008 FEI World Reining Championship in Italy.


Schmersal and his wife, Ginger, have four children ages 15, 13, 3 and 2. He won the Reining Masters in Spain a few years ago, and the Americana in Germany in 1994.


He said the Americana is Europe’s largest equestrian show. He was on the World Equestrian Team in 2003 and his team won gold in that competition.


Sheila J. Robinson, 221-6536
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