Lineman Greensburg CC develops next foal on horse show circuit

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Saturday April 9, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.


Born on a 98-acre horse ranch in Scottdale, Tyler Shafer grew up surrounded by colts and fillies.

The animals were still there, so he didn’t know anything different.

His family bred and bred horses, so Shafer’s interest was more transmitted than discovered.

It led him down an acclaimed path doing something that turned into much more than a hobby.

“I was lucky and had a lot of success,” said Shafer, a senior at Greensburg Central Catholic and lineman for the football team. “What brings me joy is showing off the babies we’ve bred and nurtured and seeing them grow into senior horses.”

Shafer is a world champion on the horse show circuit. He competed all over the country, displaying his award-winning horses much like breeders show dogs in hopes of impressing judges.

“He showed different breeds at many championships across the United States,” said his father, Bruce Shafer. “Words cannot describe how proud my wife and I are of Tyler on and off the court. He works hard and strives for perfection. He competed against the best around the world and won.

Tyler Shafer is a carded member of several groups, including the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Association, and World Conformation Horse Association.

Along with numerous trophies and belt buckles, he has won over $20,000 in future earnings. Futurity races typically involve horses that are 2 years old and pegged for competition at birth or earlier.

His horses were born and raised at the Regency Horse Ranch in Scottdale, the family business.

“I was lucky to have won many championships,” Shafer said. “My greatest highlight is winning the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, which in the horse world is equivalent to winning the Super Bowl.”

He also won the Breeders Futurity in Mississippi, which saw him sport a 24-inch gold horse trophy and a 4-foot replica at an airport.

Shafer had shown 10 horses in all, with his best named FSR Remarkable (aka Gunner), Kiss This Ego (aka Curry), Cryptonite (aka Si) and Miss Delta.

Horseback riding was also part of his experience. Although he doesn’t show up in riding lessons like he used to.

“For the past nine years, I’ve only shown in halter classes,” he said. “The halter is judged on the conformation and presentation of the horse against the breed standard. It’s like bodybuilding in the sense that you want fit horses with soft musculature.

Shafer was a tri-sport athlete until he focused on football full-time. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound lineman will continue his playing career at Geneva College, a Division III program in Beaver Falls.

Between horse shows, Shafer took up football in eighth grade, playing for the Westmoreland Saints.

“I always played basketball until coach Rob Dlugos came to me and said I would make a great football player,” Shafer said.

Shafer played basketball until his second year and also competed in track and field.

“Football is where his heart is,” said Bruce Shafer. “The decision was tough, but Tyler chose Geneva to pursue engineering and his dream of playing football.”

Shafer also had an interest in the universities of Albright, Allegheny and Waynesburg.

Bill Beckner Jr. is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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