J. Craig Summers spent his teenage years horsing around - equestrian style. As a 15-year old in 1976, he competed in his first World Quarter Horse Championship as a member of the Ohio team. Summers and his horse, Sweet Irish, also represented Ohio that year in the National Youth Team Championship - the world's largest horse show. He competed in both events for the next three years. While attending Green High, Summers finished third in the overall standings in the youth reining division of the American Quarter Horse Association. In 1979, Summers captured the Reining Division Championship in the World Youth Activity Team Tournament and scored enough points to give Ohio its first National Team Championship.