For a horseman to achieve performance goals, whether personal or professional, it takes a great horse that has the talent and charisma to take his rider to the next level.

Shine By The Bay came out on top of the open western-horse heap and earned the reserve Superhorse title from the 2003 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. The reserve title was accompanied by a $2,500 paycheck.

Horseback teams are often called upon to cover tough terrain in an attempt to find lost or injured hikers and other backcountry enthusiasts. The team members’ roles are as varied as the situations they face.