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    Riders prepare for NRHA Futurity, affiliate finals at CRHA Challenge

    L.A. Equestrian Center hosts 16th annual event of Calif. Reining Horse Association

    Special to the Horsetrader - November 19th, 2009 - Show & Event News

    BURBANK — The California Reining Horse Association, as the Southern California affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association, hosted its premier annual event, the CRHA Challenge, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center from Oct. 21-26.

    This was the 16th consecutive year CRHA has put on this show. CRHA hosted the NRHA Western region affiliate finals in conjunction with the Challenge as they have done for the previous 12 years. As has become customary, the event offered something for every reining exhibitor, including open and non-pro futurities and derbies, a full slate of open and non-pro jackpot classes, NRHA Western region affiliate finals, and AQHA classes. Many used the show to prepare for the NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show slated for Nov. 26-Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City.

    Kelsey Nichols (left) and her Bayside Sailor, pictured with Carolyn Trammell, win the $1,000 Limited Non Pro Derby, NRHA Youth 14-18, and NRHA Youth Rookie.

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    Kelsey Nichols (left) and her Bayside Sailor, pictured with Carolyn Trammell, win the $1,000 Limited Non Pro Derby, NRHA Youth 14-18, and NRHA Youth Rookie.

    Hundreds of horses competed in the CRHA Challenge, and prizes included such items as trophy saddles, champion buckles, and Lawson and Morrison Bronzes. The CRHA Challenge also awarded several perpetual trophies.

    Tom Foran and Dun It With A Boom, owned by Rebecca Murray, win the $2,000 Open Derby. Foran on Hickorys Award also wins the CRHA Open and NRHA Open.

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    Tom Foran and Dun It With A Boom, owned by Rebecca Murray, win the $2,000 Open Derby. Foran on Hickorys Award also wins the CRHA Open and NRHA Open.

    Show organizers said the CRHA Challenge was another great show to end the year, with good weather, good turnout and extra-special thanks to all the sponsors, including platinum-level sponsors Jamie Mehren-Burton, Andrea Fappani Performance Horses, and Regina De La Madrid.

    Gold-level sponsors of CRHA and the Challenge show included Green Oaks Ranch, Cowdog Saddles, Pards, Donnie Bricker, Pat Wickenheiser, Terry Brown and Town & Country Hotel, Bill Coburn, and Baker Performance Horses.

    Lindy Longfellow aboard Peppy Chic Finale wins several championships at the 2009 CRHA Challenge: $2,000 Non Pro Derby, $250 Prime Time Non Pro Derby, and $1,000 Intermediate Non Pro Derby.

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    Lindy Longfellow aboard Peppy Chic Finale wins several championships at the 2009 CRHA Challenge: $2,000 Non Pro Derby, $250 Prime Time Non Pro Derby, and $1,000 Intermediate Non Pro Derby.

    “It takes all the sponsors and their support for us to put on the show; it just couldn’t be done without them,” CRHA office manager Liz Farquhar said.

    Show officials and several riders echoed similar sentiments that the CRHA Challenge was well-run and a success again, in big part to the expertise and efforts of show manager Larry Gimple and show secretary Poncie Gimple, both of Track One Events.

    For complete show results, visit the Web site: www.trackoneevents.com

    For information about California Reining Horse Association, visit the Web site: www.calreining.com

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