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Nathalie Manning is at home in San Juan with first grand prix win

Releases & Staff Reports - July 16th, 2015

1507B WP CoverSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Folks have been expecting Nathalie Manning to record her first grand prix victory for some time, perhaps none longer than Nathalie herself.

At age 2 (“before I was walking”, she says), her legendary horseman grandfather, Morton “Cappy” Smith, would lead her around his Middleburg, Va., farm. By age 7, she was riding almost any horse on the property, and as an 8-year-old, she conceived her future barn name: Acorn Farm, “where every little acorn turns into a great oak.”

“My grandfather would put me on just about anything,” she smiles. “He had a lot of sale horses, and I was fearless.”

A Star-Spangled Slide

WCRHA's fifth (and last) 2015 NRHA Affiliate event shows off regional talent

Releases and Staff Reports - July 16th, 2015

ELK GROVE — The West Coast Reining Horse Association celebrated Independence Day in patriotic style with their Star Spangled Slide show, the fifth and last NRHA Affiliate show of 2015. Red, white, and blue decorations were all over Bill Madden’s Brookside Show Park in Elk Grove, California. Winning exhibitors happily packed home red, white, and blue flip flops, backpacks, spur straps, and other patriotic themed awards.

The weather was quite accommodating this year with temperatures in the low 90s, thankfully disputing the local weatherman’s predictions of 105+ degrees. If that was too warm, exhibitors put on their swimsuits and cooled off in the Brookside pool.

Augusta Iwasaki wins $5,000 Pony Derby

Special to the Horsetrader - July 16th, 2015

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The competition continued after the Grand Prix with the $5,000 Pony Derby, also presented by Markel Insurance. A unique opportunity for this division, the classic and handy rounds were held on the grass. With an overall total of 175, Augusta Iwasaki rode Ava Peck’s large pony Kingston to a decisive win.

In her classic round with Kingston, Iwasaki received an 87 and in her handy round, scored an 88. “I’ve been riding him since Thermal. He’s actually owned by Ava Peck and I’m very lucky to get to ride him,” Iwasaki says of her win. “I like the hunter derbies since they’re different. It’s something new and fun.”

Surf’s up

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 16th, 2015

Grand prix action and more came to the casual setting of the Huntington Beach Surf Classic.

Grand prix action and more came to the casual setting of the Huntington Beach Surf Classic.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — Hunters, jumpers and the casual environs of the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center made for a special — if not low-key — holiday weekend July 1-4 at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic, managed by West Palm Events.

The headliners were Lane Clarke, who rode MH War Dance to victory in the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix, and Jamie Taylor, who took Caroline Eliades’s Jager to the $2,500 Grand Prix Hunter Derby title.

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Preparing for a driving show: Make your list!

Patricia Demers / Horsetrader columnist - July 16th, 2015

Now that you’ve enjoyed your introduction to the sport of driving, you might want to try participating in a driving show. If you don’t feel up to participating with your equine just yet, please consider becoming a volunteer! You’d be amazed at how much you can learn about a sport by being a part of it without competing. You will also be very much appreciated, as the vast majority of events run on volunteerism. Often times, when volunteering, you may get your own personal mini clinic from the experience.

Everything’s rosey with the AERC Parade Group!

American Endurance Ride Conference is pleased to announce that their Parade Group has been accepted into the 2016 Rose Parade.

Horsetrader Sales Staff - July 16th, 2015

The American Endurance Ride Conference is pleased to announce that their Parade Group has been accepted into the 2016 Rose Parade. This group of 25 riders, headed up by AERC member Gayle Pena of Moreno Valley, will be marching in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. The group, veterans of this year’s Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano, Nevada’s Carson Valley Days Parade in June and the Temecula Fourth of July parade, recently learned of their acceptance. “We wish them all the best and love the international exposure this will garner for AERC and endurance riding!” said AERC Vice President Lisa Schneider. The 5.5-mile route of the Rose Parade should be a breeze for these riders and horses, who regularly compete in distances of 25, 50 or even 100 miles a day. Fund-raising efforts will be under way soon. For more information, or to request a Discover Endurance Riding informational booklet, phone 866-271-2372 or email aerc@foothill.net.

The lion in Winters

Clinician and teacher Richard Winters puts on a winning Derby demonstration

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 2nd, 2015

1507A Cover-WPPASO ROBLES — While open competitors tuned their show horses in the two weeks before the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, Richard Winters was working in Parkfield.

Without pause, there was the all-women’s horsemanship retreat he and wife Cheryl conduct each year at the V-6 Ranch, followed by a pair of “ultimate horse” clinics — back-to-back-to-back — and then a haul straight to the Mid State Fairgrounds where he “got into horse show mode.”

“That’s the tough deal for me, knowing that I’ve got to compete against guys who have not been sitting out here talking to the average clinic participant about their horses,” said Richards, who loves his 25-year work as a popular clinician and teacher and who also has had a lifelong passion for reined cow horses. “They’ve been schooling their cow horses. They are getting ready to compete, and here I am out here. You just do what you can do.”

Susie returns on fire

What injury?! Hutchison earns two Blenheim wins

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 2nd, 2015

Susie Hutchison and Ziedento soar to a thrilling jump-off win in the $30,000 Blenheim Classic II Grand Prix on June 14.

Susie Hutchison and Ziedento soar to a thrilling jump-off win in the $30,000 Blenheim Classic II Grand Prix on June 14.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Back in the saddle after being sidelined with a winter leg injury at HITS Thermal, Susie Hutchison was on fire a the Blenheim June Classic II, winning two major events in a single day.

You could call June 14 “Susie Sunday” after the Temecula-based star rode to wins in both the afternoon $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix and the $7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity earlier in the day. She rode St. Bride Farm’s Ziedento to the grand prix win over Francie Steinwedell-Carvin aboard Lapsus du Lavoir, and she took 8-year-old SIG Firecracker to the futurity title.

From the hilltop VIP tent to the grassy knoll, there was a sizable crowd soaking up the Southern California sun while watching show jumping at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. Mexican course designer Javier Fernandez designed the track, with standout challenges in the first round, including a short turn to the Michael & Kenzie vertical line in five strides to the open water jump and an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination going away from the in-gate towards the end.

Augusta Iwasaki tops Zone 10 Pony Challenge

Special to the Horsetrader - July 2nd, 2015

Hearts were big in competitors like Juliette Joseph, here with Augusta Iwasaki and Small Addition after taking Reserve Champion.

Hearts were big in competitors like Juliette Joseph, here with Augusta Iwasaki and Small Addition after taking Reserve Champion.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Forty-seven small, medium and large ponies competed on the grass in the Zone 10 Pony Challenge open and green divisions. With model and under saddle classes on Saturday morning, ice cream and cupcakes in the afternoon, and an over-fences portion on Sunday morning, the tinier yet talented troop had an excellent showing.

Ten-year-old Augusta Iwasaki had her work cut out for her, riding seven ponies between the open and green divisions. After the two days of competing were complete, Iwasaki and her medium pony Somekindawonderful garnered a model score of 88, under saddle of 92 and another 88 over fences for a total of 268 points and the Overall Grand Champion honors.

Overall Reserve Grand Champion went to Small Addition, piloted by Juliette Joseph and owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, who finished with scores of 90, 92 and 82 for a total of 264.

Brightly shining

Southern California reining hits full stide at LAEC with 2015 CRHA Reiner Shine event

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 2nd, 2015

Elaine Davis and her Custom Made Nic slide to the Limited Non Pro Championship at CRHA Reiner Shine Show June 4-7 at the L.A. Equestrian Center.

Elaine Davis and her Custom Made Nic slide to the Limited Non Pro Championship at CRHA Reiner Shine Show June 4-7 at the L.A. Equestrian Center.

Mark Blakley photo

BURBANK — With $11,500 in added money, a pair of National Reining Horse Association Affiliate-qualifers, and added APHA classes to accompany PCHA and AQHA ones, the Reiner Shine Horse Show had a lot going for it.

Not to mention those talented reiners.

Good crowds and good times filled the weekend June 4-7 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, as the California Reining Horse Association hit its mid-year stride with a competition that boosted members’ campaigns to qualify for year-end opportunities.

From youth to non pros to open, competition was sharp. Ryan Kali and Ben Balow were judges.

Elaine Davis went home with a pair of Circuit Championships with her Custom Made Nic, taking the Limited Non Pro title along with the Novice Horse Championship. Finishing reserve to Custom Made Nic in the respective classes were Rebecca Armour on San Cielo Rey in the Limited Non Pro competition, and Taylor Stephens in the Novice Horse.