Tassas Reflection was bred by Nathan Wilson & Brydie Hughes of Nathan Wilson Training Stables. He hails from the best their stables have to offer, the proven cross of Tassa N Smart & Shez Lethal.
Nathan purchased Tassa N Smart out of the Rockhampton Quarter Horse Sale as a 2yo colt, the same day, same sale as Seligman Spin. He trained him out, learning so much in the process.
TNS went on to win Novice Reining Horse of the Year with Warren Backhouse, many Open Challenges with Nathan, Rookie Challenges with various riders, including an Open Challenge and a Rookie Challenge with Brydie in 2015. He also won two campdrafts from not a lot of starts. Now 27 years old he looks an absolute picture.
Tassas Reflection’s dam Shez Lethal was again purchased out of the Rockhampton Quarter Horse Sale many years ago. She was a ridden mare that was used as a safe horse for backpackers to ride.
Unbeknown to Nathan at the time, she would go on to be his most valuable broodmare. Being by Lethal Lena & out of a Spinifex mare, it was her breeding that caught Nathan’s eye initially. Nathan says, “It was the best $5,000 I ever spent”.
In 2015 Brydie drafted Shez Lethal and soon fell in love with the way she would cutout and run a cow, however both Brydie and Nathan soon realised she was more valuable as a broodmare. She is also the dam of ARBC Classic Challenge Champion Lethal N Smart, now deceased and Tassas Lethal Spin, dam of Lethal King Cole.
Tassas Reflection was broken in and started by Nathan as a 2yo, showing a great amount of potential. A few months later Nathan received a phonecall from Cameron Parker asking, “What good ones do you have?” Nathan eventually sent Reflection up to Cameron to train him out and almost 2 years later he returned home a fully trained horse.
Within a short period of time he went on to win the Rocky Rush Classic Challenge, Cloncurry Futurity Draft & placed in other ASCA Challenges as a 4yo. The following year as a 5yo he won his first Derby Challenge at ARBC and the following weekend won the Nutrien Supreme Sale 5yo & Under Challenge.
In 2022 Nathan & Brydie made the decision to sell Reflection as they had recently purchased a colt they planned to use as a future sire. The purchasers were Terry & Marg Borland. Although Reflection was bought for Marg, the Borlands knew he was too good to just sit there so they decided Nathan and Brydie should continue to campaign him.
He still resides a Nathan Wilson Training Stables where he will stand for the 2023 Breeding season.