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Ralls o’fire!

Phillip Ralls, 'Mitch' look Reno-ready after Futurity win in Paso

From releases and staff reports - September 18th, 2014

1409BwpcoverPASO ROBLES — From the new to the seasoned, trainer Phillip Ralls proved to be best at the 2014 Protect The Harvest / Lucas Oil Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Richest Stock Horse event Aug. 19-24 at the Mid-State Fairgrounds.

Ralls, who won last year’s World’s Richest Stock Horse event on Dom Dualuise, repeated the feat on Christian Larson’s 7-year-old gelding again this year before concluding the week with an Open Futurity championship aboard Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s son of Metallic Cat.

“To come back and win again was even better — the World’s Richest to me was always a big one,” said Ralls, 33, whose father, Ron Ralls, won the first World’s Richest Stock Horse event in 2006 in Fresno. “I was there helping my dad the first year they had it, and he ended up winning it. It was kind of always on my bucket list, to have a horse good enough to someday win.”

It’s the View and much more

'A' circuit to trails to polo to charros, equestrians appreciate Lake View Terrace

By AUDREY PAVIA for the Horsetrader - September 18th, 2014

LAKE VIEW TERRACE — If you love California, you will appreciate Lake View Terrace. In the wintertime, the snow covered ridges of the San Gabriel Mountains stand as a backdrop. In the spring, wildflowers color the foothill slopes. On summer evenings, the smell of sage rises up from the creek beds. And in the fall, a crisp wind blows down from the hills.

On top of ASPCA Maclay

Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi top field of 36 in West Regionals; Kentucky next

From releases and staff reports - September 18th, 2014

With George Morris observing, Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi handle designer Skip Bailey's intricate course to win the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regonals Region 8 title Sept. 13 at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

With George Morris observing, Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi handle designer Skip Bailey’s intricate course to win the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regonals Region 8 title Sept. 13 at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Blenheim EquiSports once again hosted the much-anticipated, prestigious ASPCA Maclay Regionals Region 8, West at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

Monumental fund-raiser

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 18th, 2014

The son of Gunnery Sgt. Cecil Lively enjoyed getting close to his father's legacy and meeting others close to the scene. The elder Lively fired hundreds of rounds delivered by the legendary mare at Outpost Vegas in Korea.

The son of Gunnery Sgt. Cecil Lively enjoyed getting close to his father’s legacy and meeting others close to the scene. The elder Lively fired hundreds of rounds delivered by the legendary mare at Outpost Vegas in Korea.

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The Camp Pendleton Historical Society faced an all-day invasion at the historic Las Flores Adobe Sept. 13 for a fund-raiser for SSgt. Reckless at the seaside U.S. Marine Base. Both old and young fans of the Korean Warhorse came by for the festivities, food and history — plus a chance to receive a signed copy of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse by author Robin Hutton.

October will be a busy cow horse month – north and south!

From Horsetrader sales staff - September 18th, 2014

California’s two major regional affiliates of the National Reined Cow Horse Association kick into high gear in October with their respective line-ups of events.

Build the fearless horse and rider from the ground up

By SHERYL LYNDE - Horsetrader columnist - September 18th, 2014

A fearful horse can chip away at a rider’s confidence. Similarly, a fearful rider can make a horse fearful , so there lies the potential for a never-ending cycle. The more fearful the horse, the more fearful the rider becomes – and vice versa.

Troubleshooting turnarounds: Here’s a review

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - September 18th, 2014

75th in a series
Last issue, Les showed us in detail what turnarounds should look like; here’s what to do if they don’t.

If the horse keeps trying to go forward once you’ve asked him to start the turnaround, just keep him in the proper bend and keep pushing his pivot foot up underneath him with your legs. He’ll eventually figure out that stepping into the turnaround is the easiest response to the cues that you’re giving him.

Harness selection and fit are a matter of ‘form following function’

By PATRICIA DEMERS - Horsetrader columnist - September 18th, 2014

Fifth in a series

Once you have decided on teaching your horse to pull a cart, carriage or wagon, what do you use to pull it with? A harness of course!

Robinson and Avila clinic

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 18th, 2014

Nine riders and a good turnout of spectators brought to life Bob and Dana Avila’s new ranch Sept. 6-7 during a boxing clinic put on by Avila and Ted Robinson.

Team Bronze for jumpers

U.S. wraps up Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with seven medals

Special to the Horsetrader - September 18th, 2014

The Bronze Medal-winning U.S. Show Jumping team.

The Bronze Medal-winning U.S. Show Jumping team.

Susan J. Stickle photo

CAEN, France — On a day when luck often eluded the Americans over Frédéric Cottier’s 13-obstacle track, the team of world-class riders, bookended by two championship stalwarts, persevered to finish on total of 16.72 and win the Team Bronze at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The U.S. returned home from the WEG, held in Normandy, France, from Sept. 2-7, with seven total medals (two Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze). They finished fourth in the world count, behind Great Britain (seven Gold, 15 total), Netherlands (six, 18) and Germany (five, 15).