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    40th Annual SEAHA Show reveals regional talent on eve of Arizona event

    From Horsetrader staff reports - February 5th, 2015 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

    1502AwpcoverNORCO – With the 60th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on the horizon, Southern California competitors stormed to the Ingalls Park Equestrian Center Jan. 23-25 for the popular Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association Show.

    Each year – for 40 years now – the SEAHA event serves as a valuable tune-up before heading east for the Scottsdale show that gives trainers, exhibitors and owners of all levels a preview of potential rivals for the fall’s Arabian Horse Association National Championships. This year’s edition, with numbers slightly up, marked its second year in its new home in Horsetown USA.

    Steeped in tradition, the SEAHA show has several special awards and perpetual trophies, and one of the grandest is the GG Ferrouge ++/ Memorial Trophy, presented to the Supreme Halter Champion. Signify DDA, a gelding handled by Samantha Price for owner Karsyn Patterson, took this year’s honor to cap a brilliant weekend. Patterson, who is 14, handled Signify DDA to a halter win in the Amateur To Handle class, and she also rode him to the Arabian Hunter Pleasure JOTR Reserve Championship.

    Signify DDA, a gelding handled by Samantha Price for owner Karsyn Patterson, received Supreme Halter Champion at the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association Show held Jan. 23-25 in Norco.

    Signify DDA, a gelding handled by Samantha Price for owner Karsyn Patterson, received Supreme Halter Champion at the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association Show held Jan. 23-25 in Norco.

    Rob Hess photo

    Signify DDA, who’ll go to Scottsdale Feb. 12-22, was one of eight horses from the Priceless Arabians barn in Alta Loma that finished at or near the top of judge Jim Porcher’s results.

    “It was a strong show for us,” said trainer Debbie Price, who recently relocated to the Canyon Creek Ranch facility. “The horses did well — same go every class, no boo-boos in corners. They were rock-solid the whole time and super easy to ride.”

    Price added that four of the eight Priceless Arabians horses who fared well at SEAHA will be in Scottsdale, including Signify DDA and another star in Norco, Maxim LOA with owner-rider Margo Minissian. Minissian, a mother of two who works as a nurse scientist, rode “Maverick” at last year’s Scottsdale event and fell in love with the gelding. She acquired him from Susan DeMeo of Rancho Cucamonga in last April.

    “We’re very excited,” said Minissian, who took SEAHA titles on Maverick in Hunter Pleasure ATR and Hunter Pleasure AOTR classes as well as the Hunter Pleasure Select Rider title – classes she’ll enter in Scottsdale.

    Minissian’s routine is a passionate one, riding with Price one to two times weekly. Her horse, family and work commitments require good organization, she says, and Price is a difference-maker.

    “My routine is pretty much going out to the barn one to two times a week, and Debbie gives me very in-depth one-on-one instruction so that we are really able to fine-tune the areas that I am in need to tune up,” said Minissian, who supervises the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute while she completes her doctorate at UCLA.

    Owner Karsyn Patterson (left), who handled her Signify DDA to Gelding Halter ATR wins as well as in the SEAHA Hunter Pleasure classes, lines up for her Supreme Halter Championship win photo along with Samantha Price.

    Owner Karsyn Patterson (left), who handled her Signify DDA to Gelding Halter ATR wins as well as in the SEAHA Hunter Pleasure classes, lines up for her Supreme Halter Championship win photo along with Samantha Price.

    Rob Hess photo

    “I am a good student, but it really comes from her instruction. She has the horses very finely-tuned. I think what makes it most successful is when you can teach your amateurs how to ride, as closely as you can, to how the professionals ride so that we are cueing them properly and really understand our horse.”

    “For busy professionals like myself, I wish that I could have them in my backyard, but it’s just not feasible where I live and with my professional line of work,” she added. “Having Debbie really allows me to compete at that level without having to be there seven days a week. She’s really capable of teaching us how to maximize our time together.”

    Time at the barn has proven to be good family time, too.

    “We really try to work our weekends around spending good, quality time out at the horse stable,” said Minissian. “My children both ride horses and they play soccer and instruments — these types of things. Debbie works with our schedule, but we really try to build weekends around spending time together at the stable.”

    The stable environment is, well, stabilizing.

    “I think with being a mother and the heavy demands of a professional career that it’s really important for us to make time for those things that we are really passionate about,” she said. “If I can do it, anybody else can do it. It’s just being a good planner, and incorporating family time alongside of it, which I think most horse people do.”

    PA Raptor, ridden by Tami Pacho to the SEAHA Arabian Reining Open win, will also vie in Scottsdale from the Priceless Arabian barn, as will Ponti RDR, who’ll be shown by Patterson in Showmanship and Adult Seat Equitation (14-under).

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    40th Annual Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Assn. Show
    Jan. 23-25, 2015 * Ingalls Equestrian Center, Norco, Calif.
    Show Champions and Reserves
    Pl Horse/ Exhibitor/ Owner,Hometown

    Arabian Western Trail Horse Open Championship
    CH Marco NA +/ – Kathy Bast – Patricia Hoye, Ramona
    RS Cytting Pretty – Kathy Bast – Rosalee Burrell, El Cajon

    HA/AA Western Trail Horse, Open Championship
    CH Yellowstoan – Michael Damianos – Judith Ann North, Ranch Palos Verdes
    RS Alada Promise+// – Yvette De Priest – Yvette De Priest, Norco

    Arabian Western Trail Horse, ATR Championship
    CH Hoku Alii +// – Stella M Brown – Stella M Brown, San Diego
    RS Noing + – Alice Reese – Alice Reese, Fullerton

    HA/AA Western Trai Horse, ATR Championship
    CH Alada Promise+// – Yvette De Priest – Yvette De Priest, Norco
    CH Dress Blues – Ashley Price – Ashley Price, Ranch Cucamonga
    RS Buggati LOE – Christian Umemoto – Christian Umemoto, Temecula

    Arabian Country Pleasure Driving, Championship
    CH Vendettaa – James O Lowe – Beth Jupp, Rancho Santa Fe

    Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship
    CH Kickstart My Hart – Kimberly Anne Verhage – Deborah Cullen, Acton
    RS Maverikk – Rhonda R Karsten – Sarah Bancroft, Carlsbad

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure Jr Horse Championship
    CH PA Elcarim – Kim Arranaga – Hannah Glaser, Rolling Hills Estates

    Arabian Western Pleasure, Jr Horse Championship
    CH Kharmel J – Brett A Becker – Lawrence F Jerome, Barron, WI
    RS Perseus Pmb – Laura Ann Cole – Laura Ann Cole, Morgan Hill

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure, JOTR Championship
    CH PA Elcarim – Hannah Glaser – Hannah Glaser, Rolling Hills Estates
    RS Evg Jericho – Samantha Crosmer – Samantha Crosmer, Upland

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure, AAOTR Championship
    CH Maxim LOA – Margo Feather Minissian – Margo Feather Missian, Pasadena
    RS Forte Afire VF – Jill Contreras – Jill Contreras, Simi Valley

    Arabian Country English Pleasure, ATR Championships
    CH Reaching For The Stars ER – Breanna Cisneros – Breanna Cisneros, Grand Terrace
    RS Serinity ER – Bridget Vice – Donald H Schmidt, San Bernadino

    HA/AA Country English Pleasure, ATR Championship
    CH Mr Boombastic ++// – Lauren Aguilera – Lauren Aguilera, Upland
    RS Green Acres Appollo – Keeley Bullard – Mona Nicole Belts, Temecula

    HA/AA English Pleasure Open Championship
    CH SF Stonewoods N Cook – James O Lowe – Jamie Costanzo, Escondido
    RS Something Blue – Jonathan Ramsay – CSC Breeders, Pilot Point, TX

    HA/AA Breeding Mare Championship
    c Josies Heart Of Gold – Mackenzie Wayne – Mackenzie Wayne, Norco
    RS Imagine Fame++/ – Bill Melendez – Susan G Mekeel, Temecula

    Arabian In Hand Gelding Championships
    CH Evening Shayde – Rocksanne Pieters – Rocksanne Pieters, Ramona
    RS Signify DDA – Karsyn Patterson – Karsyn Patterson, Uplands

    Arabian Breeding Mare Championship
    CH Tia Bella – Margaret Vanden Broek – Margaret Vanden Broek, Norco
    RS Mercedes ER – Bridget Vice – Rosewood Arabians, Norco

    Arabian Breeding Stallion Championship
    CH Steele Temptation – Caroline Stack – Steve Lauzier, Colombia, MO
    RS Mi Valorem – Phillip Chavez – Cheryl Clegg

    Arabian/HA/AA Supreme Halter Championship
    CH Signify DDA – Karsyn Patterson – Karsyn Patterson, Uplands

    HA/AA Hunter Pleasure, ATR Championship
    CH Dress Blues – Ashley Price – Ashley Price, Ranch Cucamonga
    RS Encounter Me – Brandi Scimone – Brandi Scimone, Chino Hills

    HA/AA Western Pleasure, Open Championship
    CH WH Macnificent – Michael Damianos – Priciscilla D Stuart Galgas, Oak view
    RS Imagine Fame++/ – Bill Melendez – Susan G Mekeel, Temecula

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure, ATR Championship
    CH Maxim LOA – Margo Feather Minissian – Margo Feather Missian, Pasadena
    RS Evg Jericho – Samantha Crosmer – Samantha Crosmer, Upland

    Arabian Country English Pleasure Championship
    CH SCF Aathena Bey – Alexis Cole – Alexis Cole, North Hollywood
    RS Kyss SMA – Sarah Ann Karsten – Tami Dubois, Highland

    Arabian Western Pleasure AOTR Championship
    CH Na Brins – Joann Landin – Joann Landin, Norco
    RS Perseus Pmb – Laura Ann Cole – Laura Ann Cole, Morgan Hill

    Hunter Pleasure Championship
    CH Dress Blues – Samantha Price – Ashley Price, Ranch Cucamonga
    RS HS Cinders Girl – Tamera Bowles – High Star Farms LLC, Las Vegas

    Western Pleasure ATR, Championship
    CH Donovan PCF – Sannene Garehime – Sannene Garehime, Las Vegas, NV
    RS Lucky Wish – Jake Connell – Karen L Klienfelder, La Habra Heights

    Arabian Western Pleasure, ATR Championship
    CH Cytting Pretty – Rosalee Burrell – Rosalee Burrell, El Cajon
    RS Cazius Klay Cf – Jenna Bailey – Jenna Bailey, Pedley

    HA/AA Country English Pleasure, Championship
    CH Heir Force One CCF – Jonathan Ramsay – Ann Simic, Burbank
    RS Judita Amore BPA – Katherine L Rich – Katherine L Rich, Temecula

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship
    CH Marco NA +/ – Kathy Bast – Patricia Hoye, Ramona
    RS Rodan Ltd – Ricky Johnson – Dazzo Arabians LLC, Albuquerque

    HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AOTR Championship
    CH Sky High Connection V – Madison Hardy – Madison Hardy, San Dimas
    RS Momentum LPR – Mary Catherine Buchanan – Mary Catherine Buchanan, Redondo Beach

    Arabian Western Pleasure Championship
    CH Aj Khema Gabriella – Bill Melendez – Alan Tavener, Murrieta

    Arabian Country English Pleasure Select Rider ATR Championship
    CH Kd Elijah Bey – Theresa Oakley – Theresa Oakley, Carlsbad
    RS MC Miss Korinask – Madison Fenton – Madison Fenton, Upland

    Arabian Hunter Pleasure, JTR 18 & under Championship
    CH Noveau Baskin TJP – Marianna Graziadio – Marianna Graziadio, Redondo Beach
    RS Marco NA +/ – Hannah Baca – Patricia Hoye, Ramona

    Arabian Mounted Native Costume, ATR Championship
    CH Balize Pr – Kurt Wacker – Rosewood Arabians, Norco
    RS Serinity ER – Bridget Vice – Donald H Schmidt, San Bernadino

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