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WE puts fun into showing

- November 8th, 2019

North American Working Equitation Championship Show comes to California

Special to the Horsetrader

Suzi Vliestra’s Haflinger mare, Aurelia of Genesis, had a terrific show in Del Mar.

DEL MAR—Seventy-seven entries from across the nation descended on a beautiful Southern California weekend at the Del Mar Horse Park Oct. 10-13 for the 2019 North American Working Equitation Championships, an A-Rated show licensed by WE United.

New dates. New season

One of the fastest growing expos in the United States, California’s Western States Horse Expo in Pomona, is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse owning lifestyle year round.

Winning Time

- November 8th, 2019

SCRCHA season-ender at Green Acres is a wrap

From Horsetrader staff reports

When the dust had settled at the SCRCHA September Classic Sept. 20-21, Karisma Lindsey and Seven S Prairie Fire claimed the 2019 SCRCHA Junior Youth Limited title. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA—The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association wrapped up a super 2019 season with its September Classic and Year-end Awards Sept. 20-22 at Green Acres Ranch.

In Open Bridle, Roy Rich took both the Champion and Reserve Champion spots on a pair of Rocking J Ranch horses. Competing in 10 shows aboard Soula Shining Star, Rich accumulated 49 points to earn the top spot and its $1,875 payout. The Green Acres-based trainer also rode Very Smart Luck to 31 points in five shows to earn another $755. In the Open Two Rein, Rich also took first and second, taking the title on Siegfried Schmueckle’s Ruby Merada (10 shows, 49 points) and the reserve on Rocking J Ranch’s Cat From Ipanema (10 shows, 41 points). The horse’s respective earnings were $1,560 and $865.

Going viral: be vigilant

- November 8th, 2019

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM

In the United States, we have two viruses that are currently a hot topic for those of us traveling with our horses. The first is Equine Herpes Virus. I have discussed this previously in this forum. It is a group of viruses from the herpes family. There are nine different known varieties, but three of them are the most important, 1, 3, and 4. They can cause respiratory disease, neurological disease, venereal disease and abortion, depending upon which one you are dealing with. There are vaccines available to protect our horses. Vaccination along with bio-security are your best tools to prevent this being an issue for your horse.

Character vs. comfort

- November 8th, 2019

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

Character is forged when you dare to leave your comfort zone. It is built by being aware and true to who you are, by reaching to be better than you were yesterday, by having a willingness to grow, and by doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Working with horses has always been a source of inspiration to know better, to be better. As quoted by Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company: “to know what I don’t, and trust what I do know.”

From Horsetrader sales staff

Horses make us feel good—and at times they can make us LAUGH! Have you caught your horse’s funny moments on video? If so, enter the Horsetrader’s Horse Expo Funniest Horse Video Contest and be in the running for $2,000 in prizes. There will be FOUR “Shopping Spree” awards where you can win $1,000, $500, $300 or $200—and then take a shopping spree around the Western States Horse Expo Holiday Edition at Pomona. Go to Horsetrader.com to enter—and vote! If you sign up and vote for a winner, you’ll get a 2-for-1 voucher for admission to the big event at the L.A. County Fairplex on Nov. 8-10.

When Reining’s a Beach

- October 1st, 2019

CRHA annual Huntington Beach show marks summer’s end

Special to the Horsetrader


Bridgette Neese took Allison Williams’s Hesa Smokin Edition to the Open Championship at the CRHA Slide On The Beach show. (Mark Blakley photo)

HUNTINGTON BEACH—Reiners from the Californai Reining Horse Association head as far west as they can each August—to the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, to be exact—for a Slide on the Beach. The popular one-day show Aug. 4 offered a jackpot reining as well as CRHA and NRCHA classes in a (cooler) change of scenery.

In the Open Division, Bridgette Neese took Allison Williams’s Hesa Smokin Edition to the title, with Daphne Foran winning the Novice Horse Open Championship on Zins Rowdy Whiz.

In the Limited Open, co-champions were Karleigh Farmer on Stephen Silver’s Roocat and Luis Torres aboard Mobster Gold Gun, owned by Suzanne Farris.

Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country

PASADENA—The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has selected 17 equestrian groups to ride in the 131st Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, and the list includes 13 units from California—including the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country (California Horsetrader article, August issue).

Presented by Honda, this year’s parade theme is “The Power of Hope,” and equestrians participating in the Rose Parade will showcase a variety of breeds as well as unique tack and costumes. All riders must have previous parade riding experience. In addition to riding in the five and a half mile-long Rose Parade route on Wednesday, Jan. 1, these equestrian groups are invited to take part in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. During Equestfest, groups perform trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills, and attendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders.

From Horsetrader sales staff


The innovative team at Western States Horse Expo has done it again! A brand new edition of expo unlike any in Southern California will take over the Los Angeles County Fairplex just in time for horsey holiday shoppers—Nov. 8-10.

One of the fastest-growing expos in the U.S., Western States Horse Expo in Pomona is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse-owning lifestyle year round.

When to start dentistry?

- October 1st, 2019

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM


Ask the Vet

In the past, we have discussed the importance of dentistry or floating of teeth. I am often asked, “When should a horse receive its first float?” I think is a great starting point is around the age of one year. I understand people want to stave off putting out money when they can, but hopefully we can show you why it is important to get it done early.

In my practice, I get to do many young horses’ teeth. They are usually 14-20 months old and are going to start getting a bit put in their mouths. All of the horses in these pictures are from the same farm. They have not ever had any bit or other device in their mouths, and they are all 14-16 months old.