Quarter Horses Shine at Suncoast Dressage Show

Two reining-bred American Quarter Horses held their own at the November 22-23 dressage show in Tampa, Florida.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Chunkys Master Plan (left), trainer Vincent Ashley and Skeets Chunky Luvbug at the Suncoast November dressage show in Tampa, Florida. (Credit: courtesy of Vincent Ashley)

In a sport dominated by Warmbloods, Skeets Chunky Luvbug and Chunkys Master Plan are proving that American Quarter Horses have what it takes to be competitive in dressage, and they did that in a big way November 22-23 at the AQHA-United States Equestrian Federation-approved Suncoast Dressage and Combined Training Association show in Tampa, Florida. 

“Skeets Chunky Luvbug showed third level and won two of her four classes against very big Warmbloods,” reported trainer Vincent Ashley of Sarasota, Florida. “Chunkys Master Plan showed in first level, placing first and second in Saturday’s classes. Sunday, he turned around and won everything, proving that an American Quarter Horse can do this sport.”

Skeets Chunky Luvbug and Chunkys Master Plan, both 2008 models, boast bloodlines that turn the heads of reining enthusiasts. Owned and bred by David and JoEllen Smith of Sarasota, Florida, Skeets Chunky Luvbug is a sorrel mare by Skeets Peppy and out of Docs Chunky Kid by Mr Cimarron Kid. The Smiths also bred Chunkys Master Plan, a chestnut gelding by Master Snapper and out of Docs Chunky by Docs Super Cross. 

In his reining career, sire Skeets Peppy earned more than $85,000, the 1999 National Reinig Horse Association open reserve world championship, plus a fourth-place finish in junior reining at the 2000 AQHA World Championship Show and third place in senior reining the following year. Between AQHA World Show and National Cutting Horse, National Reining Horse and National Reined Cow Horse association competition, his offspring have earned more than $1.1 million.

As for Master Snapper, he earned nearly $70,000 in his NRHA career, but as a sire, he has produced earners of more than $287,367 in NRHA, NRCHA, Stock Horse of Texas and AQHA World Show competition. 

Looking at the dam side of the equation, Chunkys Master Plan’s dam, Docs Chunky, has more than $2,700 in NRHA earnings. And Docs Chunky happens to the maternal granddam of Skeets Chunky Luvbug, making these two dressage stars niece and uncle.

As you can imagine, the two have a bit of familial rivalry going. In 2013, Skeets Chunky Luvbug was the AQHA junior dressage second level high-point champion and junior first level reserve champion, while Chunkys Master Plan finished reserve champion in junior and all-ages training level. She has earned more than 70 AQHA points in her two-year dressage career, competing all the way up to third level, and he has earned more than 74 AQHA points in dressage, competing in the training and first levels. 

And things are looking good in terms of the 2014 AQHA high-point race, as Skeets Chunky Luvbug holds the lead in senior dressage second level and Chunkys Master Plan is at the top of the senior dressage first level standings.

Want to learn more about how to earn AQHA points in dressage? We’ve got you covered at www.aqha.com/dressage