Hard Times Ranch

Hard Times Du Impress

 Top 5 at the 2009 Paint World championship Show     

5th Place

  Hard Times Du Impress better know as "Patches" has shown his wonderful disposition and athletic abilities right from the start.  His very first outing was to the 2008 Pinto World Championship Show after only 8 months of reining training with Kyle Schurig.  He was the Reserve Champion out of 23 head.

 Hard Times Du Impress  - Patches

2003 Palomino  tobiano, dual registered APHA/PtHA. 

by (click here for pedigree) http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/hard+times+du+impress

Sire:  Hard Times Ilusion

Dam: Nevada San Peppy


2010 Pinto World - Reserve World Champion Amateur Reining Horse
Reserve World Champion Open Reining Horse

Top Ten finalist, 2009 North American Affiliate Championships, TRHA Year End High Point Limited Open Champion and Reserve Intermediate Open Champion for 2009.

Patches is by Hard Times Ilusion, who is out of Total Illusion x Diamonds Du Impres.    We owned both Total Illusion and Diamonds Du Impres.   Total Illusion was out of Bright Illusion x Cozy Impression (by Impressive).   We purchased Cozy in 1985 from the Faulkner Ranch where Impressive stood at stud.  She was a yearling when we bought her.  So we have owned all the way back to Patches' great grandam.  

We purchased Diamonds Du Impres from Jack Denton when she was a yearling.  Her sire Du Impress was an AHQA Champion, Superior Halter Horse by Mr Impressive x Dubie Dubie Dude and own daughter of Blondys Dude.

We sold Total Illusion (Frenchie) to Calvin Lange "Grandpa Calvin as he is fondly called" of Seguin Texas in 1992 as a weanling.  Calvin became and is still one of our dearest friends who has many, many years of experience in the horse business. He is responsible for Patches staying a stallion and going into training. It was my intention to have Patches gelded and just be a backyard pony.  But Calvin insisted that I wasn't going to get him gelded so then I bought the mustang mares for him to breed. 

Patches was a very happy boy living in the pasture with his mares and babies.  He loves the babies.  He is like the best babysitter ever.  He was very protective of the babies.  But along came "Grandpa Calvin" and insisted that Patches was to good a colt to just stand around breeding that he needed to go into training.  So at the age of 3 1/2 Patches went to Doris Schurig for his initial training then on to Kyle Schurig for reining training.

As you may have noticed Patches has excelled in reining.  Yet, his pedigree has Impressive in there.  Patches has the best of both the "Halter and Performance" Worlds.  His sire is both and his dam is working bred with Mr San Peppy in her line. (click: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com) 


July 2007- Present  Reining Training with Kyle Schurig, Schurig Performance Horses, Buda TX

December 2006 – March 2007 Basic Training with Doris Schurig, Twin Pines Stable, New Braunfels, TX

Experience Summary

Patches is enjoying a very successful professional life with many wins and placings at the Local, National and World Level Competitions in the Limited Open, Intermediate Open and the Open Classes.  He has accumulated 53 Open Reining Points with the American Pinto Horse Association (PtHA), 53 Points with the Texas Reining Horse Association (TRHA), 16 Points with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA),  and has LTE of over $2,000 with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) shows.  Now has 31 Amateur Reining Points with the American Pinto Horse Association.

He is currently being shown in the NON Pro/Amateur by Kelly Hale.  He now has Non Pro earnings.

Professional Highlights

  • July 2, 2010, 4th Place, Amateur Reining,  2010 Paint World Champion Show, Fort Worth, TX
  • July 1, 2010, 7th Place, Open Reining, 2010 Paint World Champion Show, Fort Worth, TX
  • June 18, 2010, Reserve World Champion Amateur, 2010 Pinto World Champion Show, Tulsa, OK
  • July 4, 2009, 5th Place, Open Reining, 2009 Paint World Champion Show, Fort Worth, TX
  • June 20, 2009, 3rd Place, Open Reining, 2009 Pinto World Championship Show, Tulsa, OK
  • May 2009,    3rd  Place, Intermediate Open, 4th Place, Limited Open,  TRHA Warm UP II, Katy, TX
  • April 16, 2009, 8th Place, Limited Open, NRBC, 3rd  Place, TRHA, Katy TX
  • March 18, 2009 Grand Champion, Open Reining, APHA,  Houston Livestock Show, Houston, TX
  • February 21, 2009 1st Place, Limited Open, 2nd Place, Intermediate Open, and 3rd Open Classes, NRHA & TRHA Competition, Warm Up I, Katy TX,
  • January 31, 2009, 6th Place, Limited Open, NRHA, 1st Place, APHA, Limited Open,  and 2nd  Place, Limited Open, TRHA, Hot Winter Slide, Katy, TX
  • November 2008, 2nd Place, Limited Open, NRHA, 2nd Place, TRHA, Warm Up IV, Kathy, TX
  • October 11, 2008, 1st Place (first time show at an NRHA event), NRHA and TRHA, Warm Up III, Katy, TX, Head to Head, Italian International Competition, Grand Champion – Kyle Schurig and Reserve Grand Champion with Max Reggeri from Italy
  • June 14, 2008  Reserve World Champion, Pinto World Championship Show, Tulsa, OK - very first time in the show pen

Professional Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  •         APHA # 850709   PtHA # 133902

  •         National Reining Horse Association Competition License # 550564  

  •         American Pinto Horse Association – Register of Merit

  •         American Paint Horse Association - Register of Merit 


Patches and Kyle at the NRBC Show in April 2009.  Patches sustained a stifle injury in the first rollback but he continued on and finished 8th overall.  Patches didn't show the effects of the injury for a couple of days then Kyle saw him ""kind of step wrong" and took him to the vet and they discovered he had pulled his stifle.  He had to rest for a couple of months just insure the injury healed.  It has and he is fine and continued to show.

 Kyle and Hard Times Du Impress, Aug 09

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Kyle with Patches at his ranch in Buda, TX.

Patches and gang after placing at the North American Affiliate Championships at Tulsa OK, November 2009.  Patches wanted to say hello to Punkin the boxer puppy.

 Vicki Stauffer, Amy Stauffer and Kelly Hale all riding Patches.  If you can stay on a horse you can ride him.  Although, Patches is easy to ride he is a """Hard"" working horse.  He does everything one way - fast and full power when in the show pen.

He is the most gentle horse.   No one ever guesses he is a stallion.  He lives for hugs and kisses.  He is the darling of Kyle's barn.