aunders Performance Horses  

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Shaun is the youngest rider to reach $100,000 in earnings, in 2013 and 2014 he was the highest money earning rider in Australia. Shaun has won or placed in every major event in Australia.

Shaun recently competed at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy France, in which the team secured 5th place over all, Australia's best ever team result. 

Shaun and Hayley operate Saunders Performance Horses, training Futurity and Aged event horses. Also offering training and coaching to Non Professionals and their horses.

Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular

At the 2015 Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular Shaun won the Open Reining riding Hasta La Vista.

QXH Doc's Stylish Oak placed =2nd in the Open Derby followed by Condor Smart Play placing =5th.

Jason Melling, all the way from New Zealand rode his new mount Predator to win the horse 5yrs and over, Limited Open and the Open Non Pro.

ABRC - Australian Reining Breeders Cup 2015

This was the first year the ARBC was held and was developed by long time Reining Australia supporter, Errol Thomas. The event held Reining Australia’s National Derby worth $20,000 as well as other NRHA sanctioned events. The trip to Dalby, QLD was worthwhile for Shaun and his team taking out the feature event, the Open Derby aboard the 4 year old gelding 'Condor Smart Play' owned by Sean and Susan Donald. He also placed 4th riding the magnificent stud horse ‘QXH Doc’s Stylish Oak,’ also a 4 year old, owned by Xtreme Quarter Horses. Shaun rode Hasta La Vista to win the Open event. This was Hasta La Vista’s first show after having 3 foals.

Congratulations to all of the event organisers and sponsors for a successfully run show.

Blue Ribbon Clinics

Learn from Shaun the fundamentals of:

  • Body control
  • Reining manoeuvres
  • How to put the polish on your performance

To book Shaun in for a clinic in your area contact 0428 630 061 or email

Equitana 2014

Equitana 2014 saw Shaun pilot QXH Docs Stylish Oak and Ruf Major to Co Champions in the Open Reining. This was a great finish to the 2014 season with Shaun being the highest money earning rider for the second consecutive year.

Shaun would like to thank his owners and sponsors for their support.


Twisted X Boots


Thomas Arena Products

Ian Saunders Custom Saddles


Thanks for being apart of the team!

Reining Australia Nationals 2014

World Equestrian Games 2014

2014 was one of Saunders Performance Horses busiest and biggest years to date. Shaun was selected to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France. CS Ranch kindly loaned the horses they had available to the team as well as the hospitality of the Ranch leading up to the Games. The Reining Team members were Shaun Saunders, Martin Larcombe, Shauna Larcombe, Bill Norwood and John Wicks. Shaun's mount Sparkin Tinsel is a nine year old Stallion owned by Corina Schumacher. Team Australia achieved their best result to date, placing 5th overall in the team division. Although Shaun just missed out on the final of the individual competition, it was a big thrill for him to compete with the best riders in the World in the go rounds and was happy to contribute to the team result. Shaun is very grateful to those who supported him throughout his WEG journey, and to everyone who raised money and made effort to assist the team in any way.

QRHA State Championships 2014

At the 2014 QRHA State Show Shaun place 3rd in the Open Derby riding A Hollywood Whizz. The Open Futurity concluded with Condor Smart Play receiving the Reserve Championship and QXH Doc's Stylish Oak placing 3rd. It was a very busy show with Shaun flying out the following day to compete at the World Equestrian Games.

NSWRHA State Championships 2014

This year the NSWRHA held Reining Australia's National Derby. Shaun showed A Hollywood Whizz for Steven Gibbs to place 3rd with a score of 146.5. QXH Doc's Stylish Oak owned by Xtreme Quarter Horses was reserve Champion in the Open Futurity with a score of 145.5 and Miss Custom Made owned by Ivy Thompson placed 3rd and won the mare incentive for the highest placed mare in the Open Futurity.

Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular 2014

Saunders Performance Horses had a fantastic start to the year with Shaun winning the PCRS Open Futurity on Condor Smart Play for owner Susan Donald. He won on a 75.5 which was the equal high score of the show. Shaun also placed 3rd aboard QXH Doc's Stylish Oak owned by Xtreme Quarter Horses with a score of 73.5. Equal fourth with a score of 71.5 was Miss Custom Made owned by Ivy Thompson. Shaun was pleased with how his horses performed for their first Futurity.

2013 - A year in review

Shaun and A Little Elroy won the first show of the year, the QRHA Derby Shootout. A big congratulations to Tim Hoffmann who took out the Non Pro Derby aboard Predator.

The next show, Q13 Open Derby saw Shaun and Whiz Destiny become reserve champions.

At the Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular Shaun and Astonlee Kool Hustler were reserve champions in the Open Futurity with a score of 74. Whiz Destiny ran a 75 to Reserve Champion in the Open Derby and then backed it up with another 75 to win the Open the following morning. Our Non Pros had a great show, with Steven Gibbs winning the Prime Time Non Pro, Katy Jaimeson who ran her very first 70 to win two buckles and congratulations to Greer Campbell for winning the Rookies and Co Champion in the youth.

The QRHA State Championships was a great show for Saunders Performance Horses. Shaun won the Open Derby on Whiz Destiny and was Reserve Champion in the Open aboard Whizz Peppy with a score of 150. Shaun rode Playgirls Whizz to win the first CRI of the year with hopes to secure a spot on the Australian WEG team. A Hollywood Whizz was great for Shaun in the Open Futurity running a 147.5 for the win! Our Non Pros also had a great show with wins from Katie Jamieson and Greer Campbell. Hayley showed for the first time in a while after having her first child winning the ladies class on Whizz Peppy.

The Reining Australia National Futurity show shaped up to be one of their biggest in years. It was another great show for our team and for the QRHA club winning the Affiliate Championship. Our Non Pros were successful with Tim Hoffmann winning the Non Pro Classic for the second year in a row! Greer Campbell won the Youth and also congratulations to Bailey Lowe for taking out the Open Non Pro. Shaun and A Little Elroy won the Open and the Open Classic for owner Julie Johnson. Then came the event everyone was waiting for - the Open Futurity. Shaun rode A Hollywood Whizz to a 219 third out and held onto the lead right until the last horse when John Wicks went around them on a 219.5. What a show!!!

Equitana 2013 saw Shaun and Macobri Farm's Ruf Major imp crowned Reserve Champions. Shaun also placed 3rd on Whizz Peppy and 5th on A Little Elroy.

What a year!! Shaun earned over $39,000 in prize money and for the year of 2013 Shaun was Australia's leading money earner.

We would like to thank all of our clients for their ongoing and valued support. We would not have the opportunity to train and show such great horses without the trust of our owners. We would like to thank all of the people who pitched in and helped us this year, past and present, whether it be at home, shows or both; we couldn't do it without you guys. And the support of our family and friends goes without saying. It's no secret that taking a baby across the country to many shows isn't easy, but many of our friends and family have helped babysit little Alexis and made the impossible possible; we thank those who have, it means so much to us!