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Reiners hop to it

CRHA Bunny Slide draws top talent to Burbank

Horsetrader Staff Reports - April 16th, 2015

1504B CoverBURBANK — The Bunny Slide, the California Reining Horse Association’s first competition of the year, hopped into the Los Angeles Equestrian Center April 5-7, attracting established regional talent along with some newcomers looking to enjoy the popular sport.

With 175 horses competing for payouts over $12,000, this was no Easter egg hunt, as reiners vied for the payout and a variety of points. Not only were CRHA year-end and Reiner of the Year points at stake, so were points for respective NRHA Affiliate and AQHA qualifications, as well as PCHA points for the popular Jack and Linda Baker Finals event.

“We had a really nice show,” said CRHA Secretary Marilyn Scheffers, whose club will host another NRHA Affiliate-qualifier, the $11,500-added Reiner Shine, June 5-7 at the LAEC. “It was big. We pretty much had every trainer that’s on board, and we’re enjoying looking at bringing in new people now.”

From Churchill Downs to San Juan: Derby Hat Party is May 2

Horsetrader Sales Staff - April 16th, 2015

What do mint juleps, elaborately decorated hats and sea breezes have in common? The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition’s Fifth Annual Kentucky Derby Hat Party at the Regency Theatre in San Juan Capistrano. Join the SJCEC on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m. for this annual fundraiser. There will be prizes and drawings, food and flair, exciting race coverage in the theatre and a post-race showing of the film “50 to 1” about an underdog race horse from the Southwest qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. Limited seating will be available, so order your tickets early. You may purchase tickets at the theatre box office or RegencyMovies.com. For more information, visit www.sjcec.org. See ad on page 77.

Ready for the Rolex

Alliston rides Tivoli to big Galway win as Kentucky 3-day event nears

Special to the Horsetrader - April 16th, 2015

Tivoli, ridden by James Alliston to the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CIC3* Championship March 29, looks fully recovered from an injury setback and ready to compete in Lexington, Ky., later this month.

Tivoli, ridden by James Alliston to the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CIC3* Championship March 29, looks fully recovered from an injury setback and ready to compete in Lexington, Ky., later this month.

Captured Moment photo

TEMECULA — Tivoli and James Alliston jumped brilliantly and faultlessly around the cross-country course to win the CIC3* at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, finishing on their dressage score of 49.5.

Alliston and Tivoli took over the lead with a faultless show jumping round on Friday, and their fast cross-country round on Saturday kept them comfortably ahead of John Michael Durr on Esprit De La Danse (52.4) and Jolie Wentworth on GoodKnight (53.6).

Tivoli and Alliston won the Galway Downs CIC3* in March 2012, and that November they followed up that victory with another one in the Galway Downs CCI3*. But then foot problems and a dispute about his ownership kept Tivoli out of action for more than a year. Tivoli, 15, has since had surgery to remove a chip in his hoof, and Alliston is now his sole owner.

“He’s won a lot over the years, but I think I forgot what it felt like to win a big event like this,” said Alliston, of San Ramon. “It’s great fun to ride him around a big course - he’s so scopey. He makes big jumps feel not big, which is a very nice feeling. When they’re near the edge of what they can do, it’s a big deal if you make a mistake at a jump.”

Kocher finish

From St. Louis to San Juan, Andrew hits winning stride with Ciana at Blenheim

Special to the Horsetrader - April 16th, 2015

Andrew Kocher soars with Ciana in San Juan Capistrano April 11 to edge Eduardo Menenzes on Carushka in the 1.35m Jumper-Classic, sponsored by CardFlex.

Andrew Kocher soars with Ciana in San Juan Capistrano April 11 to edge Eduardo Menenzes on Carushka in the 1.35m Jumper-Classic, sponsored by CardFlex.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Saturday afternoon was filled with awards and accolades for a range of recipients, beginning with the $10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic, the $500 Grooms’ Class, sponsored by Shapley’s, and culminating with the $50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, Inc.

Andrew Kocher took home the top prize in the 1.35m Jumper Classic, sponsored by CardFlex, on Ciana (owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC), going quick and clear in the jump-off in 43.16 seconds. Eduardo Menezes and his own Carushka narrowly missed the win, stopping the clock in 43.30 for a close second place. The winners of Thursday’s Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix, Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Madeleine Wilson, owner), sped through the timers in 44.66 seconds to take home third.

As the riders took to the Grand Prix field to walk the course, the gleaming horses entered in the $500 Grooms’ Class sauntered in. Standing in center field the grooms illustrated all the essentials used to keep riders and horses prepared to enter the ring beautifully. Adolfo Garcia of Revolution Farms took home the win, showing off Laura Hite’s Chapot Z in pristine, sparkling condition.

Getting to your goals: Don’t settle – make improvements!

"You cannot make changes by focusing on what isn’t working; you make changes when you determine what you want to see happen, and then be open to trying something different."

Sheryl Lynde / Horsetrader columnist - April 16th, 2015

SherylLynde_170pxIf you want to see a different result, an improvement in your riding ability, or an improvement with a specific issue that you experience with your horse — no matter how big or small – then you need to make a change in your current approach. Learn to break down the task into smaller components that your horse can better understand.

They say the definition of madness is to do the same thing over and over, yet expect different results. You need to change the formula.

Simply Rancho

Charm, beauty, climate and horses make village of Rancho Santa Fe unique

AUDREY PAVIA for the Horsetrader - April 16th, 2015

The San Diego Polo Club holds matches through much of the year.

The San Diego Polo Club holds matches through much of the year.

San Diego Polo Club photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Swaying eucalyptus trees, the sweet scent of jasmine, and golden sunlight on the hillsides; if ever a community could be described as epitomizing all that’s beautiful in Southern California, it’s Rancho Santa Fe.

Rancho Santa Fe is situated 20 miles north of downtown San Diego and only four miles from the ocean. It is filled with upscale homes, luxurious golf courses, an exclusive tennis club, and plenty of horses.

Not only is Rancho Santa Fe known for its beauty and wealth (it is the highest income community in the United States), it is also renowned for the expertise of many of the equestrians who live and train there.

The town is a haven for those who are serious about their horses.

Where Reins meet the Sea

Encinitas, Olivenhain remain two San Diego County jewels

AUDREY PAVIA for the Horsetrader - April 16th, 2015

ENCINITAS — Many towns north of San Diego contribute to San Diego County’s reputation as being one of the most beautiful places in the United States. But two of the region’s crowning jewels—both with an equestrian flair—have to be Encinitas and Olivenhain.

Characterized by pristine beaches, rolling hills and bucolic ranches, Encinitas and Olivenhain are not only renowned for their beautiful scenery and perfect weather but also for the richness of their equestrian communities.

Recreational and show driving

11th in a series

Patricia Demers / Horsetrader columnist - April 16th, 2015

PatriciaDemers_170pxWelcome to spring, which means show season begins. Carriage driving shows share their history with the old agricultural fairs, where farmers and breeders would bring their best animals to sell or to publicize their breeding services. The good working animals would be paraded around for the prospective buyers, both private and military, and the general public who admired good horses and their beauty would also attend. The sellers then would compete their horses against one another with hopes of attracting the highest bidder.

Carriage and wagon builders would also bring their latest models to display to prospective buyers, very much like a trade show at a fair. Today, we carry on this tradition with horse shows. Some shows have both riding and driving classes, while others are events completely dedicated to driving.

Lords of the Ring

Peters inspires on both Legolas, 'Rosie', as Southern California dressage in bloom

Releases and Horsetrader Staff Reports - April 2nd, 2015

1504A CoverSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Southern California sunshine cast dressage in full bloom during March, filling Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park with back-to-back events on successive weekends that proved 2015 will be an exciting year.

With the Pan American Games in Toronto this July and the Olympics a year away, intensity is raised as competitors jostle for attention and qualifications.

Top American rider Steffen Peters cemented his top stature across both weekends. At the California Dreaming Productions’ Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25 on March 19 – 22, Peters successfully punched his ticket to next month’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas by not only winning the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92, but doing so with a new personal-best score of 80.925%. The following weekend, at the California Dreaming Productions’ Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25, Peters took his young star Rosamunde to her first Grand Prix Freestyle performance, and the Rheinlander mare affectionately known as “Rosie” looked like a seasoned veteran, earning a unanimous win under all five FEI judges with an impressive 77.750% final score.

Back to the Ranch

Ranch classes are big at first 2015 SCRCHA competition

Special to the Horsetrader - April 2nd, 2015

It was hats-off to Erica Vincent and Raygun at the SCRCHA Pot-O-Gold Show March 14-15. They won the NRCHA Youth Limited in Ranch Riding.

It was hats-off to Erica Vincent and Raygun at the SCRCHA Pot-O-Gold Show March 14-15. They won the NRCHA Youth Limited in Ranch Riding.

Jeff Lynch photo

TEMECULA — Something new was something popular at the first Southern California Reined Cow Association event of the year, the Pot-O-Gold Show held at Casner’s Ranch March 14-15.

Ranch riding classes, tested in a pair of SCRCHA events last September and October, made the line-up for 2015, and the classes attracted numbers.

“They’re are a great complement to the regular working cow classes,” said SCRCHA Past President, non-pro Laura Edwards. “Pretty much all the working cow horse skills are brought into it. The actual pattern itself is pretty much ‘everything slow and easy.’ But it’s a lot harder than it looks!”

Ranch riding is one of five categories of the American Quarter Horse Association Versaility Ranch Horse competition, designed to promote the horse’s athletic ability and versatility. This class shows the horse’s ability to move at a working speed with a rider chiefly in three gaits ­- walk, trot and lope — in each direction. According to AQHA, the horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. Responsiveness of the horse while performing requirements and the horse’s quality of movement are primary considerations.