Reys Ya Garter
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“Reys Ya Garter is a horse I truly enjoy being associated with. He is a real pleasure to do anything with. His ability comes from being a very balanced and soft horse, and he corners very well for a purebred Quarter Horse. He is extremely cowy, yet good minded – this combination is very hard to find. He shocked me, how he transitioned so quickly to campdrafting. I really do look forward to getting him back, to keep drafting him. He seems to throw good sized progeny and all the ones I have seen are a good type”.
~ Hugh Miles

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Reys Ya Garter's Story
Reys Ya Garter.
Photo by Ken Anderson. Reys Ya Garter.

A big heart and a willing mind is what puts Reys Ya Garter up there among the best horses Corey Holden has ever trained or showed.

While 2 major accidents hampered ‘Rey’s’ early show career by causing serious injuries, he has proved time and again that nothing can keep him down. In the cutting pen, his hunger to read a cow made him a dynamic show horse. Now he has made a remarkable entry into campdrafting, proving his talent and versatility. This stallion has greatness ahead of him still, and aside from his personal achievements he is emerging as a true sire; with progeny that display his same will to please, trainability and cowyness that have made their sire a stand out.

The Reys Ya Garter story begins with a bay mare called Spinning Garter, bred by Corey Holden, by Doc’s Spinifex from Elgrando Blue Garter. Spinning Garter foaled in 2000 and, when ready, entered Corey’s training program in preparation for the 2004 Futurity. However, Corey left to work in the USA before she finished her training. He was very fond of the mare and was determined that she wouldn’t go to waste in his absence and decided to breed from her until he returned.

Corey Holden on Blue Dove.
Photo by Sally H. Corey Holden on Blue Dove, the full sister to Reys Ya Garter’s Grand Dam Blue Garter.

“I was working for the people that owned Dual Rey. I really liked his progeny, I had been riding a few and really liked them”.

In his absence Trevor and Trish Preston of Swan Hill, Victoria looked after the mare and resulting foal. Corey admits he wasn’t too thrilled to learn the foal was a colt. “At the time I would have preferred a filly”.

Before Corey returned home, his brother Dean ‘Doey’ Holden had come back to Australia from his own US training pilgrimage. Dean showed Spinning Garter a few times and from limited starts she did very well, including winning the $10,000 Novice at the Sydney Royal Show in 2007 with a score of 148. Corey also showed her a handful of times at weekend shows on his return.

He describes the mare as being very much like Reys Ya Garter. “She was very similar to him to look at and very cowy like him. She was very strong”.

Reys Ya Garter was a yearling when Corey came home. He had been bred American time and foaled in late February of 2006, making him several months younger than other breakers. “I thought I would start him and see how he came along, and if he would make the Futurity. He trained really good.  Right from the start he was cowy and he has always wanted to try really hard. He is very quiet and really good to be around, but when you put him on a cow he just lights up. He would be one of the best horses I’ve ever had, even though he hasn’t had the chance to achieve as much as some of them – due to injuries.”

Rey made the 2009 NCHA Futurity final, placing 8th. He also made the Toowoomba, Goondiwindi & Comet Futurity finals and was then spelled over the summer.

Reys Ya Garter
Rey passes his good bone and conformation on to his progeny. Photo by Sally H.

In January 2010, Corey took Rey to the Armidale Futurity, where he got his leg hooked in a panel and fractured his hock. The injury was serious and at first Corey was told to expect the worst. Rey went to Seven Creek’s Equine Veterinary Clinic to be looked after by Stacy McGregor. Initially the prognosis was not good. “It looked like we would never be able to ride him again.

He had to be locked up for a good while, there wasn’t much else that could be done for it. Then Stacy x-rayed him again after 3 or so months and she couldn’t believe it. She said that against all odds the injury had healed”.

Rey missed his Derby year but Corey was able to bring him back in for his first year of Classic Challenge.  Despite the miraculous recovery, Corey was disappointed that Rey had missed so much showing in those vital early years. “He was a really good horse and I felt like we missed getting the best out of him. I knew how good he was and wanted to get him going again for the rest of the aged events”.

In 2011 Rey won a round of the NCHA Classic Challenge and easily progressed to the final, where he finished 7th.

After competing in the NCHA Classic Challenge, where Rey finished 3rd, Corey headed north to prepare for the Queensland aged events. Bad luck struck again, this time Rey got hooked in a fence and sustained another serious injury, in the same leg, his near-side hind. “Barb wire wrapped around it and mashed it up really bad. It took ages to heal properly. He needed another 3 months off”. Fortunately, despite taking some time to heal, the wound is barely recognisable now.

Trudy & Reys Ya Garter.
Photo by Wild Fillies. Trudy & Reys Ya Garter.

After his recovery, Corey’s wife Trudy started showing Rey winning quite a few Rookies and other Non Pro classes. Then at the 2014 Pink Ladies Cutting at the Victorian Futurity, Jackie Graham showed Rey, wowing the crowd by taking the bridle off during the run.

Corey and Trudy had been discussing Rey’s future and both were keen to see him campdraft. “We decided he was going to waste standing around, just bringing him in every now and again to show”.

Trudy competed on Rey in the Open Non Pro at the 2015 Toowoomba Futurity and then Hugh Miles gave him a ride to see if he thought he had the ability to campdraft. “He liked him and was keen to give him a go. He went straight to Paradise Lagoons for his first start”.

Reys Ya Garter & Hugh Miles, Paradise Lagoons
Photo by Wild Fillies. Rey’s first campdraft, Maiden Final at Paradise Lagoons 2015, with Hugh Miles.

He had never had a run on a cow outside, and straight up got 3 full courses and made the Maiden final. Trudy said that despite her belief in Rey, she was a bit apprehensive, “I was nervous about having him start in front of so many people – but Corey knew he would love it”.

Trudy has done a few southern camprafts with Rey and even with limited starts has been a natural, scoring 90 points at Cobram. Rey returned to Hugh Miles for the Spring campdraft campaign, where he excelled, particularly at Warwick where he came 2nd in the Stallion Draft after two runoffs.

Up until now the focus for Rey has not been promoting him as a sire. He didn’t breed any mares until after his Derby year even though Corey didn’t push him. Corey said the progeny that are out there are very impressive in type and ability. “They are like their sire, super cowy and willing”.

Corey Holden & Reylee Play.
Corey winning the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge, scoring 152 on Reylee Play. Photo by Denise Ellis.

Corey showed one of Rey’s first foals Reylee Play and she won the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge with a score of 152 in an electrifying run. “She is just like Rey, she tries really hard all the time and is very honest. They are all like that”.

Corey said the progeny are also a good size. “Reylee Play is about the smallest, the majority are a really good size, most I’d say are around 15hh. They are good type’s, I think they will really suit both sports (campdrafting and cutting)”.

There are already a couple of progeny campdrafting and both are doing very well, Pull Ya Socks Up (winner of the West Wyalong Challenge) and Reys Sweet Bobby Sox.

Reys Ya Garter will continue to compete in campdrafts and his progeny are showing up in both campdrafting and cutting, both with impressive results. He is campaigned by Hugh Miles and stands at Hugh Miles Breeding & Performance Horses’ facilities at Tamworth.



Nutrien Classic 

  • Young Guns Winner with Beau Beutel (89 92)
  • Stallion Shoot Out, with Hugh Miles.

Campdraft 2018 to 2019


  • Warwick Stallion draft Cutout – 2nd after 3 way runoff
  • Condamine Bell – 2nd after Runoff (90 92 89 90).
    Equal top score in Rd 2. Missed win by just 0.5 point.


Campdraft 2015 to 2017


  • Wee Waa – Res Open – 3rd.  Res Open & Open cut out – 1st.
  • Mick Boss Memorial Open, Come by Chance – 1st.
  • Gulargambone Novice – 2nd.
  • Landmark Classic Stallion Shootout – 2nd.    [View Rd 2 Video]  |   [View 3 Round Cutouts]


  • Warwick Stallion Draft – 2nd after 2 runoffs.
    [View Video]
  • Tyringham Campdraft
    • Maiden 1st (86 & 89)  |  Cut out 1st  (23)
    • Open finalist (88)
    • Novice finalist (86)
  • Lockington Campdraft 3rd Maiden
  • Lockington Campdraft Novice Cut Out 1st
  • Quirindi Ladies Draft 4th
  • Armidale Maiden Finalist


  • Paradise Lagoons Maiden Finalist


2015 – Pioneer Country QHA Rookies 1st

2013 – Wild West Cutters $10,000 NP 1st


  • NCHA Classic Challenge 7th
  • Southern 7 $10,000 Novice 1st
  • Central Hope Cutters Rookies 1st
  • Albury Wodonga Rookies 1st
  • Murray River WPC Rookies 1st
  • Sydney Royal Show Open 1st
  • Pretty Pine Cutting Club Rookies 1st
  • Murray River WPC Rookies 1st
  • Sydney Royal Show Open 1st
  • Pretty Pine Cutting Club Rookies 1st


  • NCHA Derby 8th
  • Southern 7:  Open 1st   |    $3,500 Novice 1st


  • NCHA Open Futurity 8th
  • CCCC Open Futurity 8th
  • DDCC Open Futurity 11th
  • Comet Open Futurity 6th
  • Deniliquin $3,500 Novice 1st


  • Sydney Royal Show $10,000 Novice 1st
  • Pretty Pine $10,000 Novice 1st

Reylee Play


  • Ladies Pink Cutting Champion with Trudy Holden
  • Benalla Open Champion.


  • Paradise Lagoons Open Cutting Champion (149)
  • DDCC Open Co – Reserve Champion


  • Tatura Mare Stakes Champion – 149 pts
  • NCHA Classic Challenge Champion


  • NCHA Derby 4th
  • Comet Derby 3rd
  • Victorian Derby 4th
  • DDCC Derby 6th


  • DDCC Open Futurity Finalist
  • Comet Open Futurity Finalist

Sliprey Little Garter


  • 1st – Cloncurry ladies after a run off, ridden by Emily Curr
  • 2nd – Toogoolawah Open with Marcus Curr
  • Cooyar Open & Novice finalist with Marcus Curr


  • Sold to Marcus Curr


  • Sold to Bruce O’Dell.
  • Bunnaloo Maiden – 1st (88 91) with Ben Hall.  Only 3rd start.

2017 (1st campdraft with Trudy Holden)

  • Cobram:
    • Encouragement – = 2nd (86), Maiden – 80


  • filly
  • Dam: Duckalicious.
  • Bred & owned by Corey Holden

4 x Open Futurity Finalist


  • Illabo Show Open Non Pro Champion (75)with Trudy Holden


  • Victorian Futurity – 3rd.
  • NCHA Open Futurity Finalist with Corey Holden

Dee Bar Blue Ya Garter

Players Garter


  • Rocky Rush Rookie Challenge Champion with Darrin Jones.


  • Warwick Gold Cup – 3rd (88.8 87 89), with Darrin Jones.


Mighty Garter

  • Gelding


  • Sold Nutrien Classic for $7,000 when 2 yo.

Shake Ya Garter

  • Mare


  • Sold Nutrien Classic for $15,000, when 2 yo.

Landmark LOT #576 “Shake Ya Garter “ 💕Dam: Turner Lethal PennySire: Rey’s ya Garter Well this is the very first cows this young filly has worked!! Couldn’t be more happier!! This young filly will be an absolute perfect type to draft and come back and Challenge!! Lovely easy going mare!! Very proud of this young Rey’s ya Garter filly

Posted by Rey's Ya Garter on Thursday, November 28, 2019


2021 Nutrien Classic Sale

  • Lot 256 – Reys Ya Destiny
  • Sold: $34,000
  • Purchaser: PETER & TRACEY LAWLER

Cashed Up Garter

2021 Nutrien Classic Sale

  • Lot 596 – Cashed Up Garter
  • Sold: $30,000. (Initially passed in, but sold)
  • Purchaser: Luci Cunningham (Latest member of the RYG Team)
  • Vendor: Corey & Trudy Holden

Peelvale Reys Corvette

2021 Nutrien Classic Sale

  • Lot 553 – Peelvale Reys Corvette
  • Sold: $30,000
  • Purchaser: SAMUEL KNIGHT
  • Vendor: Jannine Miles

Reys Little Leo


  • NCHA Open & Non Pro Futurity Finalist

Reys Centrefold

Owned by Danny Carey.

Horse Sales

2021 Nutrien Classic

  • Lot 256 – REYS YA DESTINY, 2yo Mare.  Sold $34,000.[View Video]
  • Lot 553 – PEELVALE REYS CORVETTE, 2yo Mare.  Sold $30,000. [View Video]
  • Lot 596 – CASHED UP GARTER, 3yo Mare.  Sold $30,000. [View Video]

Sire – Dual Rey

Offspring earnings in excess of US$31 million. The only horse to ever sire the NCHA Futurity Open Champion, the National Reined Cowhorse Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion and the National Stock Horse Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion — and all in the same year!

Visit Holmes Performance Horses’ website for a full list of this outstanding sire’s accomplishments.

Dam – Spinning Garter

By the legendary sire Doc’s Spinifex from Elgrando Blue Garter (full sister to NCHA Hall Of Fame mare Blue Dove). Known to be an extremely cowy and expressive mare.

Maternal Grandsire – Doc’s Spinifex

Sire with progeny earnings of $1.2million including 7 NCHA Futurity Champions, and the Hall Of Fame mare One Moore Spin.

Maternal Grandam – Elgrando Blue Garter

Progeny include campdraft mare Dually Blue, and cutters Garters Telesis and Destachics Garter, as well as Spinning Garter.

Paternal Great Grandam – Jay Moss

By Rey Jay, a stallion who was renowned for his cowyness and the way he worked low to the ground with a lot of expression.

Half sister - Asa Cat


  • NCHA NP Derby Champion
  • Comet NP Derby 2nd
  • Comet Open Derby 4th
  • CCCC Open NP Champion


  • DDCC Futurity 3rd

Half sister - Garter Cat


  • CCCC Futurity NP Derby – 3rd
  • DDCC Futurity NP Derby – 4th
  • NCHA Futurity Open Derby Champion with Corey Holden (221)
  • NCHA Futurity NP Derby Res Champion with Trudy Holden


  • Victorian NP Futurity Champion

Finalist in ALL NP Futurites to date in 2016, 2017

  • Comet NP Futurity Champion
  • NCHA Ltd NP Futurity Co-Champion
  • DDCC NP Futurity Finalist
  • NCHA NP Futurity 4th

Registration #:  Q-59611
Foaling Date:  24/02/2006
Breeder/Owner:  COREY HOLDEN

(Click on PEDIGREE TAB within icompete)

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Video Gallery

Reys Ya Garter Promotional Video

2021 ​

  • Nutrien Classic Stallion Shootout Rd 2 – 89 (22 63 4).  [View Video]


Nutrien Classic 


Warwick Gold Cup

Condamine Bell Open


  • Warwick Gold Cup (86 90 91) – 3rd
    • Rd 1 – 86 (23 59 4)  |  Rd 2 – 90 (24 62 4)  |  Final – 91 (24 63 4)
    • 3 round Compilation – [View Video]
  • Warwick Stallion Draft (88 88) – 5th
    • Rnd 1 – 88 (23 61 4)  |  Final – 88 (23 61 4)
    • 2 round Compilation – [View Video]



  • Warwick Stallion Draft – 2nd after 2 runoffs –  [View Video]

Corey Holden

Jackie Dudley
Watch Jackie ride bridleless on her third cow.  Brilliant!


2021 Nutrien Classic Horse Sale

Players Garter

Reylee Play

  • 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge Final with Corey Holden.  [View Video]

Sliprey Little Garter

  • 2019 Corryong Open Rd 1 – 86 with Bruce O’Dell – [View Video]
  • 2019 Bunnaloo Maiden – 1st (88 91) with Ben Hall – [View Video]
  • 2017 Cobram Encouragement campdraft with Trudy Holden. [View Video]


  • 2019 NCHA Futurity GR1 with Corey Holden – 216.  [View Video]



Corey & Trudy Holden
73 Weiss Road
Cobram  Victoria  3644
Corey:  0448 715 566
Trudy:  0428 385 562

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