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    Kelli Norwood, One Flashy Rooster win Jack and Linda Baker Reining

    From Horsetrader staff reports - September 5th, 2013 - Show & Event News

    After an earlier chat with husband Bill, Kelli Norwood and One Flashy Rooster win the Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic Finals Aug. 17 under the lights at the L.A. Equestrian Center Equidome.

    After an earlier chat with husband Bill, Kelli Norwood and One Flashy Rooster win the Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic Finals Aug. 17 under the lights at the L.A. Equestrian Center Equidome.

    Don Mcphee photo

    BURBANK — No one expected Kelli Norwood NOT to win the 2013 Jack and Linda Baker Classic Reining more than, well, Kelli Norwood.

    “I worked really hard for this event, but I still can’t believe I won,” said Kelli, who topped the large, competitive amateur field under the lights Los Angeles Equestrian Center Equidome Aug. 17 on One Flashy Rooster for the title. “I had never won a buckle in my life, so my goal was to qualify for the event and hopefully win a buckle. I still cannot believe it.”

    Her first buckle is now displayed on a prominent wall in the barn of her trainer husband, Bill Norwood of Temecula, and the trophy saddle rests nearby, too. The win climaxed a quick, three-month campaign for Kelli starting in May when she began riding One Flashy Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Flashy Jackie Jac) after a year of no riding at all. The full-time physical education teacher at Great Oak High School in Temecula is the mother of three, including Austin, 7, Ella, 4, and Grace, who was born Jan. 7.

    After not riding since April 2012, Kelli returned to the saddle on “Tom” and then showed the gelding in the NRHA Derby in late June, making the Level 1 Finals.

    “When I got back from the Derby, it was a big learning experience,” said Kelli, who finished 20th in Oklahoma City. “I’m an ex-barrel racer, so I tend to be real quick with my hands and fast with everything. Bill really worked with me between the Derby and the Jack and Linda Baker. He said, ‘Kelly, ride him with emotion — he’s a horse. Feel him. Don’t just yell at him. Give him a chance to respond by just kind of whispering to him lightly, and then move on.’

    Carrie Clark and Santa Anna Whiz win the Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic 49-under title.

    Carrie Clark and Santa Anna Whiz win the Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic 49-under title.

    Don Mcphee photo

    “After that, I started feeling him with emotion and giving him a chance to be good instead of expecting the worst,” she added. “I just started to trust him. I think that’s the biggest thing. Then we clicked.”

    She qualified for the Jack and Linda Baker Classic by winning a pair of classes at a summer reining held at nearby Galway Downs — granting her first entry into an event that she had admired for years from the sidelines.

    “I’ve watched the Jack and Linda Baker forever, and I’ve always thoguht it would be so much fun if I could ever do it,” she said. “It is the neatest show, and there is so much camaraderie. Everybody is so excited and just happy to be there. If you make it, if you qualify, it’s just fantastic.”

    Her husband and coach is at the top of the list of folks she credits for her success.

    “I would not be able to do this without him,” she said. “He’s amazing. He doesn’t make a horse do anything — he wants a horse to find that spot and WANT to do it. He showed Tom in an Open class for three years, and when you watched the horse, you never saw him pin his ears. Bill trains them all to their personality. He teaches his non pros and me to be the same — let them find that place and reward them.”

    “He also watches the kids when I ride,” added Kelli, who appreciates the practical support, too. She credits her parents, the farrier and the vet for their roles in her big win.

    “You cannot do it without all these people,” she said. “It’s amazing what it takes behind the scenes.”

    Kelli and One Flashy Rooster scored a 288.5 for the win, a single point ahead of reserve champion Carrie Clark riding Santa Anna Whiz. Clark received the title in the 49-under Division. The Prime Time Champion was Lynn Klein riding Hearts Cruiser, scoring a 279 that was ninth overall.

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    2013 PCHA JACK & LINDA BAKER REINING CLASSIC FINALS
    Aug. 17, 2013 * L.A. Equestrian Center, Burbank, Calif.
    1st One Flashy Rooster / Kelli Norwood 288½
    2nd Santa Anna Whiz / Carrie Clark 287½
    3rd Remenic N Poco / Bree Hokana 286
    4th Brother White / Dana Avila 285½
    5th Ruff Draft / Jane King 284½
    6th Lil Ruff Hollywood / Kristin Booth 281
    7th Roxys Custom Crome / Lindsay Handren 279
    8th Hearts Cruiser / Lynn Klein 279
    9th Zen Master / Adina Valenzuela 279
    10th Twister Jac Whiz / Linda Dalton 278

    Prime Time Champion
    Hearts Cruiser / Lynn Klein

    49 & Under Champion
    Santa Anna Whiz / Carrie Clark

    Bud Dillon Perpetual Memorial Trophy
    High Point Gelding

    One Flashy Rooster

    Kemars Bar Chex Trophy
    High Point Mare

    Tinseltown Girl

    High Score Opposite
    Alyssa Frias

    The Rona Doc Perpetual Trophy For The Oldest Horse
    Brother White

    The Tricia Bisbee Perpetual Trophy For The Youngest Rider
    Taylor Jensen

    The Golden Years Perpetual Trophy For The Most Senior Rider
    Lorraine Larramendy

    John Varble Sportsmanship Trophy
    Anouk Krueger

    Emily Jungers Memorial Green Rider Trophy
    Carrie Clark

    Shiner’s Hickory Perpetual Trophy For the First Qualifier Every Year
    Guinness Light / Kaitlyn Kerl

    Helen Larramendy Memorial Perpetual Trophy
    One Flashy Rooster / Kelli Norwood

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