At Sam Smith Reining Horses we have a number of Non Pro riders that we are proud to say "shine in the show ring".
Below you will find some info about Non-Pro's who have ridden
with Sam Smith and had great success. Of course Sam has helped such Non-Pros as his wife Kelle Smith, but he has also trained top Non-Pros such as
Rick Clark, Cathy Clark, Kathy Lopp, Sherri Sumptner, Veronica Phillips, Mark Robinson, Mara & Brie Van Reese, Tony Fritz, Carlie Thompson, Victoria Lambert, Carl Lambert and Raul Munoz.
It is of the utmost importance to Sam that he help his Non-Pros be the best they can be and it shows, as his Non-Pros have consistently made it into the finals at some of the most prestigious NRHA events around. We hope you enjoy the information below and visit this page often to see our most recent Non-Pro winners.
Guaranteed By Amos and Victoria Lambert were the 2009 Gordyville Breeders Cup and Open to the World Reserve Champions in the Intermediate Non Pro Derby.
Dunit Pistol Pete and Victoria Lambert made the Non Pro and the Intermediate Non Pro Finals at both the 2009 NRBC and the 2008 NRHA Futurity under the excellent guidance of Sam Smith.
Carl Lambert made the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and the Prime Time Non Pro finals at the 2009 NRBC on USS Nu Chex with a first round score of 215.5. This was USS Nu Chex and Carl Lambert's debut event and they were thrilled to make finals at such a prestigious event and against such tough competition.
Carl Lambert teamed up with Memorable Affair to win the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Prime Time and AQHA Amateur class at the 2009 One Hot Winter Slide.
Carlie Thompson and Major Smart Buck
took the Limited Non-Pro at the 2007 AAQH Congress.
11.15.2007 - Limited Non-Pro
To see the article about Carlie Thompson as seen in the Quarter Horse News click HERE
When Carlie Thompson won the Limited Non-Pro division of the Congress Non-Pro Reining Stakes on Major Smart Buck, it did not go unnoticed that Sam Smith coached the winners of both nonpro divisions.
“It was so much fun to be part of it,” Thompson said. “It was really cool.” So is Carlie Thompson. In 2005, Thompson was the NRHA Youth 14-18 Reserve World Champion on Sailor Dun It. In 2006, she earned the NRHA Limited Non-Pro Reserve title on Sailor Dun It, and the Limited Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Non-Pro reserve world titles on Maggie Chex.
Major Smart Buck, a gelding by Smart Starbuck out of Majors Serendipity by Major Bonanza, was purchased from Clinton Anderson last spring, but Thompson didn’t get to ride him until the fall. “As soon as we bought him I left for Africa. I spent my summer in Kenya,” she explained.
Thompson, a 20-year-old college student majoring in neuroscience, did volunteer work for a micro financing organization that gives small-business loans to people in a town called Malindi. When she came home to Ohio, Major Smart Buck was ready to go. “Sam did everything for me – all summer,” Thompson said. “When I got back and started riding my horse, it was unbelievable. His stops are his thing. They’re the best. He’s user-friendly and very consistent. He doesn’t act like a 3- year-old.”
Thompson is taking her gelding to Oklahoma City. “I don’t ever go to a show expecting anything, but I always try to be confident in what I know I can do.” Gary Achtenhagen, riding his Shiney Cuff Lynx by The Shriner out of Ruby Cuff Lynx by Diamon Cuff Lynx, was the Reserve Champion. Achtenhagen purchased his gelding from fellow Floridians
and non-pro riders Steve and Jane Mabe. Steve put the basics on the horse and, according to Gary, “His basics were wonderful.” Gary’s wife, Catherine, has done quite
a bit of hauling this season. “Jamie Bissell had the horse for 30 days while we were on the road,” explained Achtenhagen. “He did a very nice job. The rest I did myself.” Shiney Cuff Lynx proved to be a willing partner.
“I love his stops. He’s probably as easy and nice a horse I’ve ever had to stop,” he said. “He just loves it. And he’s a 20- to 30-minute horse. The fresher he is, the better he is.”
Riding a 3-year-old reining horse was a new experience for Achtenhagen and one he thoroughly enjoyed. When he trained pleasure and halter horses professionally, the young ones were always his favorites. “They’re waiting for your help,” he explained.
Showing successfully in NRHA nonpro competition gave him the confidence to prepare a futurity horse, and, he said, “now that I’ve had one, I’ll definitely have another.” The Achtenhagens had a great Congress, earning checks on every horse. In addition to Shiney Cuff Lynx’s earnings, Catherine tied for third in the NRHA Non-Pro class on Dualing Chic, who also placed in the Ladies with his stable mate, Breggo Nic. Breggo
Nic went on to win the AQHA Junior Reining with Todd Sommers in the driver’s seat.