Top jumpers make indoor season finale memorable
In order to accommodate a tight-turn option that ultimately determined the top placings in the class, fence 11, the skinny Las Vegas jump, was set as the last element of a line towards the gate, with an option to turn inside and gallop to the final oxer. Preceding the skinny was a triple combination out of the corner at the top of the ring. This line caused rails to fall over 30 times during the class. However, it wasn’t the only trouble spot; the tall vertical at fence 3 came down a number of times and the forward bending line into the combination at 6a-b caused rails, refusals and one dismount. The 78-second time allowed was also a factor, as 15 riders accrued faults.
In third year, SCRCHA Non Pro Triple Crown pays out $10,000 in cash, awards - and fun
The two-day event for non professional riders was exactly that Nov. 16-17, as the host Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association built on its strong foundation of the last two years, attracting 65 entries on 50 horses to Casner’s Ranch to get a piece of more than $10,000 in added money and awards.
The Deer Springs area of San Marcos was especially well represented. SYP High Definition GCH, who is stabled at Deer Springs Equestrian and owned by Ted and Elaine Olsen of Coto De Caza, took the World Champion Park Harness Amateur Masters title, while another Olsen-owned Morgan, Arboria Arion, was Reserve World Champion Park Harness Amateur.
The 2013 AMHA Youth of the Year is Mackenzie Meier of Lenexa, Kan., and Sydney Cheong of Los Angeles is the reserve champion.
The contestants participated in a rigorous, four-part test throughout the course of two days. Included are a written exam, an oral presentation and interview, a ridden or driven horsemanship pattern, and a judging division with a reasons portion. The winner of this prestigious contest earns a custom-designed awards package valued at $2,500 and is generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson Trust. Meier placed first in the oral presentation, written exam, and the judging division, and received second place in the horsemanship pattern. Cheong, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School, also was in the show ribbons, winning the Horsemanship Pattern division. She also has earned a custom-designed awards package for her accomplishment.
A new category of rules referred to as “Prohibited Practices” has been introduced to the USEF Rule Book and took effect Dec. 1, 2013, the USEF announced last week.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation invites you to “Do the Extreme in 2014″! The 100-day wild horse training challenge is headed back to Horsetown USA, Norco, on May 16-17 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. Trainer applications will be due Jan. 3, so make sure your application is ready to turn in! For adults, there is a $10,000 estimated purse, while the youth division (offered for the first time at this event), offers a $5,000 estimated purse. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in order to recognize and highlight the value of Mustangs through a national training competition. These events give the public a unique opportunity to see the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses. See the ad on page 21, and call for more info at (512) 869-3225.
56th in a series
Last issue, Les prepared us well as we head into collected stops. Here are a few more pointers.
When you are ready for the stop and you take away your legs, don’t say “whoa.” We don’t want a crisp hard stop yet. We want a beautiful energy transfer from the front of the horse to the back, one that just melts. What you are going to feel when it’s right is that there is actually an energy current that goes from his poll, down his spine and to his hind legs. You can stop a little harder but don’t say “whoa” at this point; you’re letting him melt, and saying “whoa” means “get it into the ground.”
The Riverside area horsewoman may have taken up reining’s circles and patterns just seven years ago, but her youth from age 6 was spent alongside her older sister in competitive ice skating, where they both achieved senior level recognition in national competition. The training, discipline and awareness from that experience may have provided the 36-year-old Spencer a leg up in the show pen.
CRHA Challenge, Southwest Affiliate finals rock L.A. Equestrian Center
BURBANK — From aged events to Southwest Affiliate showdowns, the California Reining Horse Associaton’s Year-end Challenge show brought the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life Oct. 23-27, showcasing talent that soon will be heading to the NRHA Futurity and Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma City.