Shaun & Hayley welcome you to Saunders Performance Horses.
Shaun Saunders is the youngest rider to reach $100,000 in career earnings , winnning State and National, Futurity and Derby Championships. At only 25 Shaun is quickly earning a name as one of Australia top reining trainers. Shaun predominately trains futurity and aged event reining horses, Shaun is well known for being a good teacher, teaching both reining and horsemanship clinics. Shaun gives lessons to serious non pro's, breaks horses in and accepts outside horses for training and education. Shaun is also a qualified farrier. Hayley is an integral part of the business, she covers the day to day running of the business. Hayley enjoys showing as a Non Pro and has had a lot of success over the years, proving herself as a top non pro. Shaun and Hayley feel lucky to be able dedicate themselves to what they love and enjoy supporting each other in their sport and enjoy helping others pursue there goals.
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Shaun reaches $100,000 in career earnings. It is an honour to reach such a milestone alongside some of the industries greats! I have worked very hard to get here and lived and breathed reining for the past few years. It takes a team to do it and could not have done it without the support of my wife Hayley, and my help past and present, to all the clients that have entrusted me with there horses and to the horses that I rode to get there. They are the ones that turned fast stopped hard and gave me there talent and heart.
A Lil Elroy and Shaun won the Open Derby at the QRHA Shoot out, and at this show Shaun went over $100, 000 in earnings. This is the first time the QRHA ran the shoot out show and it went off great, lets hope it keeps going.
Go to Clinic Dates and Locations for our 2013 clinic dates. Get in quick to secure your spot in one of our horsemanship and reining clinics!
Whizz Peppy was in great form heading in to Equitana taking out the GVRHA Ride and Slide to Equitana Open Championship.
At equitana he ran a great pattern and turned the best he has ever turned. A bobble in his second stop cost him points and he came up short placing him third. I am so proud of this horse at 11 years of age to show so well, I beleive that puts his earnings over $60 000.
Photos: Jolene King
On the 22nd of September Shaun and Hayley tied the knot at the beautiful Tamrookum Church near Beaudesert. It was a perfect day and one to remember!
Shaun rode BigRiverSpannerInTheWorks for owner Ivy Thompson to 4th place in the Open Futurity and Smoke N Calboy for Jolene King to 5th.
But the highlight of the show came when Shaun and Whizz Peppy proved what a great team they are putting together a winning run in the Open on Saturday night scoring a combined score of 151.5. American Judge Ollie Griffith scored Shaun and Whizz Peppy a 76.5 equalling the highest score in Australian history. Congratulations to owner Charles Kalnins!
More photos to come.
The NSWRHA State Championships was a great show for Saunders Performance Horses. Shaun won the Open and the Open Derby aboard Sweet Whiz Sugar for owner Jo Buckley.
BigRiverSpannerInTheWorks had a smoking run in the Open Futurity to place 3rd for Ivy Thompson. Smoke N Calboy also had a great run in the Futurity and ended up 5th for Jolene King.
Congratulations to all competitors and place getters and thanks to NSWRHA for hosting a great show.
Photos coming soon.
21/04/2012 Shaun showed Migs Miss Whizzel for owner Avril Storey to equal 3rd place at the Q12 National Derby. It was a great effort from both 'Lette' and Shaun being their first major show for the year. Congratulations to all connections involved. Avril intends to breed Lette during the approaching breeding season and we are very excited to see the progeny this exceptional mare produces!
Equitana 2011 was a great way to finish the show season with Shaun and Whizz Peppy bringing home equal second prize. The exceptional gelding had an awesome run to finish co-reserve champion with Shiney and Nu. With nearly 5,000 spectators in the stands, the atmosphere was fantastic; each rider performing to the song of their choice. Shaun and Whizz Peppy rode to Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life', and brought the house down with his powerful stops.
Saunders Performance Horses would like to congratulate Warren Backhouse and Ruf Lil Renee on their win, and every other competitor for making it such a great event! Thank you to all sponsors, Reining Australia and Equitana for showcasing our sport. Everyone involved really did Reining proud!!
Equitana 2011 put Whizz Peppy's LTE over $50,000 and he remains the second highest money earning reining horse in Australia. It also put Shaun's earnings over $80,000. What an effort!
Whizz Peppy competing at Equitana 2011
Photo by Jolene King
Saunders Performances horses had a great Nationals.
Hayley won the Michelle Halliwell Memorial Non Pro class. It was a very emotional win for Hayley being her last run on Hasta before retiring her to stud. What a great way to send out such a great mare winning such a prestigious event.
Shaun Came second in the Open on Whizz Peppy. It is great for this horse to keep going at over 10 years of age. He had a great run and scored plus 1 1/2 for his left hand turns "cool".
Shaun came third in the Open Futurity aboard Sweet Whiz Sugar. Congratulations to his owner Angie Poole. He is a great little horse that we look forward campaining next year.
Shaun and Hayley would like to congratulate Warren on a great show. It has been a priviledge working for Backhouse Training Stables and great to have been involved with so many great horses. It was the last show working for Warren and Carol. We owe alot of what we know to them. We are constantly looking for better ways but the foundation we have recieved has been invaluable and we are grateful for such a great start.
"Migs Miss Whizzel" let them know she was back at the recent Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular with a smoking hot 74 run to place 2nd in the Open for owner Avril Storey!
It was a night of highs and lows with Whizz Peppy having a great run but a freeze up in his turns. Whizz Peppy also won the 5yrs and over with a good run.
Sweet Whiz Sugar placed 2nd in the Open Futurity for owner Angie Poole.
Predator was placed 3rd in the Open Futurity.
Congratulations to Predator's new owner Tim Hoffman!
Hayley rode "Hasta La Vista" to co championship in the Non Pro Derby with a fantastic Run.
A great show was had by Saunders Performance Horses.