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    Winning the West

    WCRHA's year-end show, Northwest Affiliate Finals draws top talent

    From releases and staff reports - November 20th, 2014 - Show & Event News

    Right down to their eyelids, Christian Rammersdorfer and his Maddox were in sync at the Northwest Affiliate Finals and WCRHA Year-end Show Oct. 7-12, bringing home five championships.

    Right down to their eyelids, Christian Rammersdorfer and his Maddox were in sync at the Northwest Affiliate Finals and WCRHA Year-end Show Oct. 7-12, bringing home five championships.

    John O’Hara photo

    RANCHO MURIETA — When the dust settled from the reining action Oct. 7-12 at the Murieta Equestrian Center, champions had been crowned, affilate tickets had been punched, and another successful West Coast Reining Horse Association season went into the books.

    The WCRHA Year End Show, held in conjunction with the National Reining Horse Association Northwest Affiliate Championships, attracted top reining talent to the MEC for six days on competition. From David Hanson’s spectacular run in winning the Open Derby L4 Championship on Giselle Turchet’s Gotta Nu Gun to Ellie Madsen’s victory on her Taris Topsail for the 13-under Affiliate Championship, there were dreams come true.

    One dream-maker was Maddox, Christian Rammerstorfer’s maturity horse that went home with five championships, including three NRHA Affiliate wins. In addition to winning the Select The Best Open 7-Up Maturity class, Maddox took the Novice Horse Open as well as affiliate titles in Open, Intermediate Open and Novice Horse Open.

    Thad Carr, riding Andrea Lee-Royer’s Walla Great Pine, captured both the $3,000-added Open Futurity L4 and L3 championships, with the L4and L3 reserve titles both going to John Irish riding Julia Schwartz’s Reed Her Like A Lady. Winning the Non Pro Futurity L4 Champion Saddle and Buckle was Kelly Moran riding her Blaise, who also carried Moran to the Non Pro Futurity L3 title.

    Kelly Moran earns a saddle and buckle on Blaise, winning the Non Pro Futurity L4 and L3 crowns.

    Kelly Moran earns a saddle and buckle on Blaise, winning the Non Pro Futurity L4 and L3 crowns.

    John O’Hara photo

    Another bright light was Courtney Yohey, who took her Imasmartlittlecheese to show titles in Limited Open, Youth 14-18 and thehotly contested Unrestricted Youth competition. She also is the 14-18 Youth Northwest Affiliate Champion.

    Hailey Robison was another young star, taking her horse, Our Happy Hour, to four titles, including a pair of affiliate championships. She won the respective Novice Horse Non Pro L1 and L2 classes as well as in the affiliate. What’s more, she took third in the very competitive bid for the Unrestricted Youth Champion Saddle and Buckle that went down to a three-way run-off. Yohey took the title with Hope Miller riding Dunit In Wranglers to reserve.

    Saturday night’s $3,000-added Topsail Cody Memorial Non Pro Derby was a crowd-pleaser. The Non Pro Derby L4 Champion Saddle and Buckle went to Cam Essick riding Who Loves You, and the Reserve Champion Buckle was won by Robyn Schiller riding Spook Me Now.The order was followed in the Non Pro Derby L3 with Essick and Schiller on the same horses. In addition, the Non Pro Derby L1 title went to Schiller and Spook Me Now, with the reserve going to Penny Wright on Bay Gangster.

    Another Non Pro star was Janiene Borrer on her Hick A Shine, who turned in winning performances in the 7-Up Non Pro Maturity and the Non Protitle, respectively.

    The $3,000 Topsail Cody Memorial Open Derby Classes exploded with excitement, as scores revved above 73. In reserve to Hanson and Gotta Nu Gun was Kyle Kellmer riding Suzanne Marlowe’s Banwhoa Whiz. Kellmer and Banwhoa Whiz also went homewith the LImited Open Derby Championship as well as the Novice Horse Open Northwest Affiliate title.

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