With 47 years as a reining trainer and coach and three decades as an approved National Reining Horse Association Judge, Terry Thompson of Aubrey, Texas is well equipped to help Non Pros understand exactly how they are evaluated in the contemporary reining arena! He’ll be conducting a free seminar, The View from the Judge’s Chair, on August 29 at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
A top 100 all-time money earner for the NRHA with over $320,000 in Lifetime Earnings, Thompson has won the NRHA Open Derby, All American Quarter Horse Congress, and literally hundreds of other major events. Plus, his youth and Non Pro riders have earned over 200 world and national titles in the Appaloosa industry.
As a judge, he has officiated at the NRHA Futurity five times, and has judged almost every breed world championship show. Currently holding a judges’ card in the AQHA, APHA, ApHC, PHBA, NSBA, FEI, NRHA and NRCHA, he was one of the first-ever FEI judges in reining.
He is a member of the NRHA Judges Committee and Teaching Panel, the NRHA Hearing Panel and Non-Pro Committee and is currently the reining instructor at the International Equine Judges Seminar.
Most Non Pros, Thompson explains, do not fully understand the scoring system and the process by which their runs are evaluated. “There are some things most people have never thought about that go into the scoring of their run.”
Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, has known Thompson for years and admires his contribution to the reining world. “Terry has been a leader in our reining industry for as long as I can remember. Extremely competitive as an exhibitor he has also been a progressive thinker. He has contributed greatly, recognizing the importance of our breeding programs, judging programs and the need to teach. As a judge he is dedicated to perfecting the system and continuing education, and his credentials and judging credits prove that he is highly respected and a favorite of the exhibitors. Whether you are his friend or someone he doesn’t know he will tell you like it is and judge the same. We are lucky to have Terry as part of our teaching team here at the Tulsa Reining Classic and I know the McQuay Stables group will be attending the session! ”
Cheryl Cody with the Tulsa Reining Classic, noted. “Without exception, we find that the Non Pros who attend our events are hungry for information and knowledge that can help them in the show ring. We are thrilled to have Terry agree to come to Tulsa to hold this seminar. Attending can be an important game-changer for exhibitors as far as increasing their competitive skills and knowledge!”
The seminar is currently set for 3:30 pm on Friday, August 29 and will be held at the Ford Truck Arena Exhibit Hall.