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    $1,000 cash for funniest horse video in Horsetrader.com contest

    From Horsetrader sales staff - September 4th, 2014 - Ingate Column

    The Horsetrader.com Funniest Horse Video Contest is back! Upload your funny videos to YouTube and them enter them on Horsetrader.com, and then invite your friends to vote! Cash prizes are: first place, $1,000; second place, $300 and third place, $200 – plus, there is a “People’s Choice” award of $500 given to whichever entry gets the most online votes! The contest is in conjunction with the Del Mar International Horse Show, where the winner will be announced and the Top 10 videos will be played on the big screen the night of the Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar Oct. 25! In addition to top level competition including world-class show jumping, hunter and jumper championships and year-end finals, the popular Del Mar International has an abundance of fun.

    In addition to the World Cup qualifier, show highlights will include the GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Final and the PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Hunter Championships, and much more! Don’t miss the annual Flash Mob and a special appearance by Michael Jackson, on Saturday night, Oct. 25th, at the Halloween Celebration. Cash prizes will be given for the best costumes! Join in the video contest at www.horsetrader.com/2014-video-contest, and check out the great show line-up at www.WestPalmsEvents.com for schedules, details and more info. See the ad on page 25!

    Western dressage in California has come far in the past year. A growing number of shows now offer Western dressage classes, and 39 shows throughout the state signed up to be a part of the California Western Dressage Association’s 2014 High Point Series. Entries in these classes have doubled, and in some cases tripled, over entries in 2013. The riders participating in this relatively new sport are coming from surprisingly diverse backgrounds. Some are experienced reiners or have working cow experience, while others are coming from a traditional English dressage background. Western dressage is also appealing to many amateur and novice riders, because it offers an opportunity to learn and compete at intro and basic levels, while developing skills and working toward higher goals. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) and its state affiliates are dedicated to educating horse owners and riders. To find more about Western dressage here in California and to learn more about the upcoming Oct. 5-6 “Train the Trainers Clinic” at the McCoy Equestrian Center in Chino Hills, visit www.CAWDA.org and see the ad on page 87.

    Bring your horse and a good attitude, and they’ll supply the rest! The Roy Rogers Rangers Mounted Shooting Club and the Silver Dollar Ranch will be presenting a “Beginner Mounted Shooting Clinic,” on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the Moreno Valley Equestrian Center. Always wanted to try this exciting event? Expert clinicians Kenny Lawson and Cathy Hendrick will be conducting the clinic, focusing on mounted shooting horsemanship, basic gun-handling skills, and conditioning your horse to gunfire. Cost is $100 to participate, or you can audit the clinic for $25. See the ad on page 31, and call (760) 805-6061 to reserve your spot today!

    Join Armstrong Feed & Supply in Valley Center on Saturday, Oct. 11, for its Customer Appreciation Day! There will be free gift buckets to the first 100 customers, a barbeque lunch, along with great opportunities to win prizes. Take advantage of their great deals, up to 40 percent off store-wide! Call (760) 749-2223 for details, and see their ad on page 23.

    The Hermanson/Kist All-Breed Fall Horse Sale will be held Oct. 3-5 at the Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, N.D. There are about 1,050 head expected, including well-broke and well-bred broodmares, colored and well-bred stud colts and stallions, lovely fillies, talented rope and ranch geldings, broke teams, broke ponies, and many more. See their ad on page 33, and visit www.kistlivestockauction.com to learn more or call (701) 400-8188.

    The Los Angeles National Preview and Los Angeles National Horse Show, two of California’s premier equestrian competitions traditionally held in early November, will move from their present location at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank to Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Oct. 29-Nov. 9. They will be known as National Sunshine I (formerly the L.A. Preview) and National Sunshine II (formerly the L.A. National). The shows will host top hunter-jumper events, medal finals and championships including the Onondarka Medal Finals, WCE Medal Finals, Desert Pony Hunter and Pony Jumper Finals. Both shows will be FEI-sanctioned with National Sunshine I offering a $50,000 and $75,000 FEI class and National Sunshine II offering a $35,000 FEI class, $100,000 CSIW2* World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix and $25,000 National Grand Prix. The National Sunshine I and II will have a boutique flavor, with space and entries limited. Only permanent stabling will be used, and entertainment and special classes will be tailored for each week. The shows will be designed for exhibitors and spectators alike. Evening competition will have additional touches and crowd-pleasers with VIP luxuries and food second to none. They will provide riders and patrons with a unique experience and highly competitive levels. See the ad on page 27, and visit www.NationalSunshineSeries.com for further details.

    Tickets are now on sale for the 29th Annual Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo at the Industry Hills Expo Center in City of Industry, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Top cowboys and cowgirls will compete for prizes in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, calf and team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and best all-around rider. The Gabriel Foundation, the Rodeo producer, has helped as many as 20,000 young people in the East San Gabriel Valley who are mentally challenged, physically handicapped or come from disadvantaged or abusive homes. The Industry Hills Pro Rodeo is the Foundation’s annual fund-raiser. Gates open Saturday at 4 p.m., and families can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and vendors selling Western-theme items. Food and beverage concessions will be available. For more details, see their ad on page 86 or to purchase tickets visit www.industryhillsprorodeo.org or call the Rodeo office at (626) 961-6892.

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