Tim McQuay got started in reining in the seventies, earning his first NRHA money in 1978 at the NRHA Futurity where he rode Band Of Glo to a 13th place finish, earning a little over eleven hundred dollars. In the years since, McQuay’s wins have gotten larger and his paychecks more lucrative. He became the first-ever $2 Million Dollar rider in NRHA history – and was the NRHA’s All Time Leading Money Earner for an incredible 11 years! Tim has been a trailblazer in the industry throughout his career. He has won every major NRHA sanctioned event, including the NRHA Futurity, the National Reining Breeders Classic, the NRHA Derby and the NRHA Superstakes. In the past 31 years, Tim has earned reining prize money on an astounding 229 different horses!
Literally, everywhere in the world of reining, Tim McQuay has left his mark – he is a five-time Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion and a four-time Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion, He is also a two-time AQHA World Champion and multiple NRHA World and Reserve World Champion.
With a worldwide clientele, McQuay travels stateside and abroad where he presents reining clinics and consults with horse owners and professionals. His training program for professionals and Non Pros is one that many other pros admittedly have copied.
- 2000 – Inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame.
- 2001 - Even after being sidelined mid-year with a life-threatening illness, Tim is still an NRHA Futurity Finalist on Smart Miss Marker owned by Kanjiro Tokita
- 2002 - Ties for the win of the NRHA Derby, finishing as the reserve champion on Kid Whiz, owned by Brian Fix. Is a Gold medalist for Team USA that won the Bayer/USET CRIO Nation’s Cup in Gladstone, New Jersey riding Okie Dun Did It, owned by Monica HIcks.
- 2003 - Wins the NRHA Derby Open Championship on RR Star, owned by Richard and Rose Lundin and later becomes the AQHA Senior Reining World Champion on Custom Red Berry, owned by Stone Canyon Ranch.
- 2004 - Wins the USEF Qualifier at the NRBC on Custom Red Berry and is a top ten finisher at the NRHA Futurity.
- 2005 - Wins a Silver medal at the FEI Masters Reining in Italy riding Mister Montana Nic, then goes on to win the Reining Masters at the NRHA Futurity.
- 2006 - Earns Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the World Equestrian Games on Mister Nicadual owned by Jerry Kimmel.
- 2007 - Wins the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity on Dun It On The QT, owned by Jerry Kimmel.
- 2008 - Shows a lifetime of dedication to reining can still result in a coveted NRHA Futurity Championship when, at the age of 56, he rode Carol Rose’s Shining And Sassy to win the $150,000 first place check and an amazing $187,300 in total earnings from the event, boosting his career earnings over the $2.5 million mark!
About McQuay Stables
The McQuay philosophy puts the horse first – and is a total program to attain a long-term career for a reining horse. McQuay Stables has been making a difference in the industry in breeding and training for over three decades. Tim and his wife Colleen have literally helped shape the performance horse environment and the great horses they have been involved with make a who’s who in the equine world.
Besides the training success, McQuay Stables has been known for breeding excellence. Their famous stallions include Hollywood Dun It the first-ever $5 Million NRHA Sire and the NRHA’s all time leading sire, and Gunner, the charismatic stallion with floppy ears who’s a Hall of Fame Inductee and producer of World and Futurity Champions. Gunner is now a $2 Million NRHA Sire. Their stallion lineup also includes NRHA Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion and USEF Qualifier Dun Gotta Gun owned by Jerry Kimmel, World Equestrian Games Silver and Gold Medalist Mister Nicadual also owned by Jerry Kimmel, Smart and Shiney owned by Lyle Lovett and Tim McQuay, and I Spin for Chics owned by Tim & Colleen MCquay.