Horse career began early for Tanya
Tanya began her life-long career with horses when she was eight. Showing all-around horses for almost 17 years, she worked with various pleasure & all-around trainers throughout her teens.
Focus on reining
In 1993 she was drawn to the sport of reining. During the course of several visits to NRHA & AQHA champion Bob Loomis’ ranch a few times a year — gaining as much knowledge as possible in those meetings; and working & riding with various reining trainers including the guidance and influence of NRHA Futurity winner John Slack, Tanya decided to focus her professional training career in reining industry.
2012 NRBC Intermediate Open Derby Championship, riding No Wimpy Cowboys (out of her wonderful mare Dunnits Cowgirl).
In 2007, Tanya earned a place on the NRHA’s Top 20 list, due in part to her successes with Rest Our Case and Whale Of A Whiz. The NRHA Top 20 are the highest earning reining professionals of the year. The year was capped off with a Top Ten finish on Rest Our Case in the 2007 NRHA Open Futurity.
In 2006, Tanya rode Challis Whiz, into the NRHA Open Derby Finals.
2005 was a highlight year for Tanya. At the NRHA Futurity, she took two horses back to the Open Finals, and all three of her horses back to the Intermediate Open Finals. Las Cruces Whiz won the Intermediate Open Finals AND the both go-rounds of the Intermediate Open division – going into the Open Finals 3rd over-all. Challis Whiz was another Open Finalist, and Lean Lil Dunnit was Tanya’s third Int. Open Finalist.
An early highlight in the NRHA Futurity show pen, was in 2000 when Tanya rode Dunnits Cowgirl to place 5th in the Intermediate Open. Having raised and trained the mare herself made it an incredibly special event.
Tanya has also enjoyed success in the world of Arab Reining. In 2008, she rode Mister Maserati through a year of reining Championships in the Arabian show world. Never defeated in 2008 in Arabian reining, the pair won the Open Derby Championship (all rounds and the finals) at the US Arabian Nationals.
Tanya is currently an NRHA judge, APHA and APHC specialty judge.