Green Hits NSBA Million-Dollar Mark

AQHA Judge Rusty Green hits $1 million in earnings through the National Snaffle Bit Association

National Snaffle Bit Association

Rusty Green rides Only A Breeze to the 2015 world championship in senior western pleasure. The AQHA judge has reached $1 million in earnings through the National Snaffle Bit Association.

Rusty Green rides Only A Breeze to the 2015 world championship in senior western pleasure. The AQHA judge has reached $1 million in earnings through the National Snaffle Bit Association. (Journal photo)

AQHA judge Rusty Green of Pilot Point, Texas, has reached $1 million in lifetime earnings through the National Snaffle Bit Association.

Only one other rider, Gil Galyean, has reached that NSBA milestone.

When Rusty was named reserve champion in the 2016 Congress Masters 2-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Futurity at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, his $5,880 earnings pushed him over the $1 million mark. His mount, Whatilikeaboutyou, is a homebred for Capital Quarter Horses LLC of Pilot Point.

Rusty’s mother, Mary Green, had a love for horses that she passed along to her son. As a result, from a young age, Rusty helped his mother with her western pleasure and halter show horses. They were often found competing on the tough Texas open show circuit.

Rusty has worked for Gordon and Sandra Childress, Shorty Parks, Steve Heckaman, Ed Mulick and Carl Yamber. He was also greatly influenced by trainers Dale Livingston, Shane Dowdy and Brent Tincher.

Rusty credits earning his judge’s card 20 years ago with greatly influencing the way he has trained and presented horses in the show ring over the years. His heart lies in working with the young horses and preparing them for futurities.

“When you start a young horse, their potential is so unlimited, and their talent is not capped,” he says. “I love the fact that you just don’t know how far they’ll go.”

Just a few of the great horses Rusty has swung a leg over include Potential Diva, Roses Only, Radically Fired Up, Classic Coupe, Invite Mefor Cookies, Surely Im Good, Blazinmytroublesaway, Suddens Leadin Lady, RA Undisputed, Talk About Lazy, Shez My Kind Of Rain, Go Figure, Dark Jasmine, Snap Krackle Pop, Whatscookngoodlookn and NSBA Horse of the Year Rock County Kid.

He has also been part of a few horses’ careers that people might not realize – including Acadamosby Award, Dont Skip Zip and Skips Shy Sequel, for example.

Rusty was inducted into the NSBA’s prestigious Quarter Million Dollar Club in 2008. Rusty and Katie Green married in 2009, and Rusty’s earnings continued to steadily rise after this talented couple began training horses together.

A long-time client has been Blair, Susan and Hillary Roberts, owners of Capital Quarter Horses LLC, with whom Rusty and Katie Green have seen success with such horses as Only Ever After, Only A Breeze, Whatscookngoodlookin, No Doubt Im Trouble and NSBA Horse of the Year For One Night Only.

In 2015, the Roberts family and Rusty and Katie Green jointly announced that they would combine forces at the new Capital Quarter Horses, LLC, facility in Pilot Point, Texas. The new venture will combine the Roberts family’s breeding operation and Rusty and Katie’s training operation at a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility. Construction is almost completed, and move-in is slated for the end of the year. Rusty and Katie will continue to accept outside clients in addition to their work with Capital Quarter Horses LLC.

About NSBA

Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s programs uphold keeping the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all activities and encourage the use of standard rules for holding and judging events.