|Colleen McQuay, along with her husband
Tim, National Reining Horse Association’s all time leading money earner
for 9 years, currently second,
own and operate McQuay Stables, Inc. located in Tioga, Texas. The
business consists of three divisions to include a Breeding Division,
Reining training and sales and the Hunter and Jumper training and sales.
As a rider, Colleen earned numerous USEF championships in the hunter divisions while also competing at the AQHA events. She is a 6 time Congress champion, with numerous AQHA World Championships as well.
Over the past 25 years with the help of her husband Tim and other mentors in the hunter business, she has trained both horses and riders to many wins as well.
McQuay students have earned Youth, Amateur, and Open AQHA World Championships, numerous Congress Titles, USEF Championships, World Jr. Hunter Championship, and USEF top ten titles.
She has trained and developed such horses as “Stallone” AHSA top ten large junior hunter, “River Rodes” USEF top ten amateur owner hunter 18-30, “Brother Streakin,” aka “Chance,” two time World Champion, “Lonsum Zippo,” aka “Ziplock,” AJQHA and AQHA World Champion as well as AQHA/AHSA Best of Americas Horse small junior hunter champion, and “Silver Spirit” USET/ROLEX Talent Derby Champion.
Colleen coached her daughter Mandy as a junior to top ribbons throughout the country and at the indoors including Reserve Champion large junior hunter and winner of the prestigious “Winners Stake” at Harrisburg as well as the bronze medal on her jumper and the team silver. Mandy was Grand Amateur Owner hunter Champion at Cincinnati and was Amateur/Owner Hunter Champion seven out of nine times, her last year on River Rodes throughout the country starting in Indio, Ca. Mandy also placed in many Southwest Grand Prixs and was the winner of the $10,000 Cosequin High Jumper Classic at Culpepper. Mandy had also Hi Amateur Classic Wins at such prestigious shows as Indio and Kentucky Spring. Mandy is also currently showing Reiners with WEG Gold Medal winner husband Tom McCutcheon and raising son Cade and daughter Carlie, 8 months.
With assistant Alex Ansteth and Emily Williams now in the irons, Colleen divides her time from training her Hunters and Jumpers to helping with the Reining horse training. She also does clinics, and works with other trainers to help them develop their program, or on specifics such as lead change problems. “I’ve been very honored to work with some of the top trainers in the country.” Colleen says.
Colleen has also helped to develop some of the top equine events and programs in both the Hunter and Jumper World and the Reining world. Starting in the middle 1980’s she was a leader on the team who produced the NRHA Derby in St. Paul, Minnesota where the Freestyle Reining, Celebrity Reining and the intermediate divisions were born. It was also in St. Paul that the 1st Reining Nations Cup Competition took place initiated by Colleen and Ami Rossi. She currently serves on the board of the National Reining Horse Association where she is n Show Standard Committee and initiated the NRHA show rating system. In addition she serves on the Executive Board Event Production Committee for the two NRHA major shows, the Futurity and Derby.
Colleen is also part of the team which developed and maintains the National Reining Breeders Classic, a unique breeders program that produces the highest added money reining event in the industry, paying nearly one million in one class.
In the Hunter and Jumper world, Colleen serves on the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) board, USEF and several committees, including the USEF Hunter task force and judges groups.
She is part of the team who developed the Legacy Cup and also serves on the USHJA TRS Committee and the USHJA officials Education Committee and the newly established High Performance Hunter Committee. She is also part of High Performance Reining for USEF.