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2019 Horse Headliners

- December 2nd, 2019

Saluting a year’s worth of highlights and heroes


CELEBRATING THE CHALLENGE—Each year, the California Reining Horse Association puts on “the show of shows” on the West Coast, and last January’s issue was the one to celebrate “The Challenge”. It also was time to to honor the club’s list of 2018 Year-end Champions and Reserve Champions.

Best Of The West

- December 2nd, 2019

More than $260,000 paid out in ARHA reining at Westworld

Andrea Fappani rode Rancho Oso Rio’s Guns N My Genes to a 226 and the Open Futurity Level 4 Championship. (John O’Hara photos)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The Arizona Reining Horse Association hosted its “Best of The West” show at West World Oct. 1-6, paying out more than $260,000 for all classes—including over $130,000 in the open and non pro futurities.

Highlights were in abundance, from Craig Schmersal’s Open Derby title with a 225.5 aboard Pale Face Gunslinger in the Open Derby, to a battle in the Non Pro Derby between Luca Fappani on Spooks N Jewels and Jennifer Neudorf on Shining In Town—ultimately won by Luca by a half-point, 220-219.5.

The Open Futurity winner was Andrea Fappani on Guns In My Genes, owned by Rancho Oso Rio, with a 226.

More online: http://bit.ly/912A_rein

From Horsetrader sales staff

If boots, hats or clothes are on the shopping list for your favorite cowboy or vaquero this Christmas, be sure to check out the huge sales are some of your favorite stores! Herradura de Oro in Ontario has 10X Larry Mahan hats discounted to $299 and Bota La Barca boots for just $45.99! (see Herradura ad on page 18). Hawthorne Country Store in Escondido has a cozy supply of Pendleton® shirts as well as sweaters at great prices, too (see Hawthorne ad on page 19), as well as their traditional gems of country Christmas decorations. And at Thrifty Horse in Norco, Bill and Fran Klovstad have put together an unmatched selection of holiday decorations and gifts, including hats for you as well as your furry-haired friends! (see Thrifty Horse ad on page 19). There are lots of other gift ideas in the Horsetrader Holiday Gift Guide on pages 18-19. Support your local stores this Christmas!

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM

Horses are extremely good at dealing with a drop in temperature. I have driven through snow-filled states in temperatures in the teens and watched horses happily walking through the snow without a care in the world, no shivering or any other sign of a low body temperature. I have been in Southern California when it was 50° F out and I have full-grown adult mares coming into the barn to be palpated—and they were shivering like no tomorrow. What is the difference? Mostly, human management! Yes, there are certain circumstances where an individual may not be capable of proper thermoregulation without human interference, but by and large, with a little help, they can usually do it very well on their own.

Leadership through Awareness

- December 2nd, 2019

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

A client whose horse I had in training some time ago returned for follow-up instruction. After watching me work with her horse for a few minutes, she made the observation that he respected me more than her. She said that when she took him home from training, he was attentive and respectful, but after a period of time, she lost it, Now she wanted to know how to get it back.

How do you get respect from your horse? You have to lead. What exactly does it mean to be the leader that your horse is looking for?

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.”