Tim McQuay got started in reining in the seventies and earned his first National Reining Horse Association money in 1978. That landmark event came at the NRHA Futurity when it was still held in Columbus, Ohio. Tim 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 National Reining Horse Association 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 price money on an astounding 229 different horses!
Tim McQuay qualified at least two horses for the NRHA Futurity finals each year from 1987 to 2000, and in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2008, he brought back all three! In 2000, he was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame. In 2001, even after being sidelined mid-year with a life-threatening illness, he was still a NRHA Futurity Finalist on Smart Miss Marker owned by Kanjiro Tokita
In 2002, McQuay tied for the win of the NRHA Derby, finishing as the reserve champion of that event on Kid Whiz, owned by Brian Fix. Then, a month later, he was 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 was a great year for Tim. He won the NRHA Derby Open Championship on RR Star, owned by Richard and Rose Lundin. A few months later he was riding into the winner’s circle again – this time as the American Quarter Horse Association Senior Reining World Champion on the great roan mare, Custom Red Berry, owned by Stone Canyon Ranch.
In 2004, Tim won the USEF Qualifier at the National Reining Breeders Classic on Custom Red Berry and was a top ten finisher at the NRHA Futurity.
Literally, everywhere in the world of reining, Tim McQuay has left his mark – he is a five-time All American 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 National Reining Horse Association World and Reserve World Champion.
Tim won a Silver medal at the FEI Masters Reining in Italy in 2005, riding Mister Montana Nic, then won the Reining Masters at the NRHA Futurity that same year. Also in 2005, he finished in the top five at the NRHA Futurity on Great King Pine, one of his three horses in the finals.
In 2006, Tim traveled to the World Equestrian Games and earned Team Gold and Individual silver medals on Mister Nicadual owned by Jerry Kimmel.
In 2007, he won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity on Dun It On The QT, also owned by Jerry Kimmel.
Tim McQuay has qualified for the NRHA Futurity finals every year but one since 1978 and in 2008, he once again qualified all three horses for the finals.
That wasn’t nearly enough – at that same futurity Tim showed that a lifetime of dedication to reining can still result in a coveted NRHA Futurity Championship when he, at the age of 56, 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.
That boosted his career earnings over the $2.5 million mark!
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 for the ages – and one that many other pros admittedly have copied.
The McQuay philosophy puts the horse first – and is a total program to attain a long-term career for a reining horse.
You can’t talk about Tim McQuay without talking about McQuay Stables – the operation that 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.
Originally from Minnesota, the McQuays moved to Tioga, Texas, in 1989 and since then, McQuay Stables has made the north Texas town a focal point.
Colleen’s success in the hunter and jumper industry has created a perfect counterpoint to the reining mecca that McQuay Stables has become. Colleen’s influence has spanned the reining world, too, and she served multiple terms on the NRHA’s Board of Directors and was elected to its Executive Committee.
Besides the training success, McQuay Stables has been known for breeding excellence.
Hollywood Dun It’s name was synonymous with that of McQuays. Dun It became the first-ever $5 Million NRHA Sire and the National Reining Horse’s all time leading sire. He was honored as a Hall of Fame inductee and his foals literally re-wrote the breeding history for the National Reining Horse Association before passing away in early 2005.
Even after his death, visitors and fans still come to McQuay Stables to visit his grave and the great dun horse is still making history - becoming the reining industry’s only $5 million sire in early 2007.
In 2008, three years after his death, he was the #3 leading sire of reining horses according to Equistat. After Hollywood Dun It’s death, another star came to reside at McQuay Stables - Gunner, the Hall of Fame Inductee and producer of World and Futurity Champions.
Gunner was the NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion in 1996, then tied for Reserve at the National Reining Breeders Classic in 1998. The charismatic stallion with the signature floppy ears went on to even greater success when he won the 2001 USET Reining Championship. From the preliminaries through the finals, he was unbeaten and untied, marking a 229, 233, 226.5, and a 222.
The stallion lineup at McQuay Stables now includes NRHA Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion and USEF Qualifier Dun Gotta Gun owned by Jerry Kimmel. Like his famous sire, Hollywood Dun It, Dun Gotta Gun’s likeness was captured as a Breyer Horse Model. In his first crop of babies to show, he had NRHA Futurity Open and Non Pro finalists.
World Equestrian Games Silver and Gold Medalist Mister Nicadual, is also owned by Jerry Kimmel. This great stopper has no foals of age yet, but his future as a sire looks very bright.
Smart and Shiney, owned by Lyle Lovett and Tim McQuay, is a beautiful mover and incredible stopper with over $113,000 in lifetime earnings. In 2008, he won the tough NRHA Open class at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity.
I Spin for Chics, earner of over $125,000 won both the NRBC Non Pro Classic and 2007 and 2008 NRHA Non Pro Derby. Owned by Tim & Colleen MCquay, I Spin For Chics is the newest addition to the McQuay Stallion lineup.
Foals raised at McQuay Stables have gone on to earn Futurity and World titles and each year the challenge is to try to see that sparkle of greatness in a gangly youngster.