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    Bakersfield brings out the best

    Ralls, Call Me Mitch take Derby in Lifeline Horse Trials highlight

    Horsetrader Staff Reports - May 21st, 2015 - Feature Article, Show & Event News

    Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt's stallion son of Metallic Cat, have picked up in 2015 where they left off, taking the Lifeline Derby Open Championship, earning $6,348.

    Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s stallion son of Metallic Cat, have picked up in 2015 where they left off, taking the Lifeline Derby Open Championship, earning $6,348.

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    BAKERSFIELD — When the California Cow Horse Association puts on a show, you can count on competition.

    The Central Valley is the cradle of reined cow horse, the root of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, so when the local club competes, there’s a round-up of all-stars.

    “You know, even just for our weekend shows down there in Bakersfield, we get the ‘big dogs’ because there are so many in this area,” says CCHA Board Member Lance Johnston, himself one of those big dogs. “Doug Williamson, Jake Gorrell, John Ward, Jon Roeser and Teddy (Robinson) comes over the hill with Tucker and Tina, and Ron Emmons comes down.

    “You would think that our club would put on a nice little weekend show, where we go, have a little fun, and back the horses off a bit,” added Johnston. “But you really don’t get to do that if you want to place at all, or win. You still got to run pretty hard and compete. There are no freebies down there in Bakersfield.”

    The “big dogs” as well as a large group of non pros brought the Sundance Arena to life April 24-26 Lifeline California Horse Trials, Derby and CCHA Show No. 4. Even with a rare threat of rain that had been forecasted — but never hit — in the week before the event, Sunday’s horse show classes had 160 entries, not including the seven sets of herd work, reining and fence work of Friday and Saturday’s Derby and Bridle Spectacular.

    With the NRCHA Hackamore Classic relocated to Colorado, this CCHA event has proved attractive for Californians coming off NRCHA Stakes competition in Las Vegas.

    Nicolas Barthelemy and Sheri Jamieson's Very Red Remedy tied for the reserve Derby Open title, earning $4,421.

    Nicolas Barthelemy and Sheri Jamieson’s Very Red Remedy tied for the reserve Derby Open title, earning $4,421.

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    One such competitor was Phillip Ralls of Paso Robles on Estelle Roitblat’s Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat X Miss Hickory Hill), who followed a good showing in the $56,600-added NRCHA Stakes Open, earning $18,461, before heading to Bakersfield to win the Lifeline Derby Open Championship, earning
    $6,348.

    “That’s a special horse, and Phillip’s doing real good with him,” Johnston said of Ralls, who was a Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals front-runner on Call Me Mitch at last fall. “He was a star as a 3-year old. He pretty much dominated our deal in Bakersfield and showed he was the best horse. I think he was the cream of the crop down there for the derby horses.”

    Next up for the CCHA is its Super Show events May 30-31 at Sundance, followed by weekend shows June 27 and Sept. 6.

    New this year will be the club’s Post-Futurity, Derby and Bridle Spectacular, along with a horse show, in November at the Paso Robles Events Center.
    “We’re going to put on a good-sized event,” said Johnston. “We have a lot of people who live on the coast and come to our shows, and we’re looking forward to trying to have a few shows in different spots. Everybody loves going to Paso. And, it if rains, we’ll be covered!”

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    2015 LIFELINE CALIFORNIA HORSE TRIALS & CCHA SHOW
    April 24-26, 2015 * Sundance Arena, Bakersfiled, Calif.
    Champions and Reserves
    Horse Rider Owner

    NRCHA NOB: OPEN BRIDLE
    Heart Of A Remedy Ron E. Emmons Kristin Marie Bacchett
    Tuckers Smart Cat Lyn Anderson David And/or Barbara Archer
    CCHA COB: OPEN BRIDLE
    Heart Of A Remedy Ron E. Emmons Kristin Marie Bacchett
    Tuckers Smart Cat Lyn Anderson David And/or Barbara Archer
    NRCHA NLOB: LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE
    Gallo My Heart Tye MacDonald Nancy Or C Creighto Macdonald
    Tr Dual Jewell Tye MacDonald Cynthia Belmont
    CCHA CLOB: LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE
    Gallo My Heart Tye MacDonald Nancy Or C Creighto Macdonald
    TLC Little Indian Travis B Mankins Rebecca E Gilda
    CCHA CYB: YOUTH BRIDLE
    Farileas Colonel Zip Camille Arnold Lydia Vanlandingham
    Smart Rockin Pepinic Chandler Daddino Chandler Daddino
    NRCHA NNPB : NON PRO BRIDLE
    Just Plain Hip Scott Trueblood Scott and Darnell Trueblood
    Wild N Seven Nicki J Mamelzat Rancho Paradiso
    CCHA CNPB: NON PRO BRIDLE
    Slider Up Buck Cynthia L Bias Roger or Cynthia Bias
    Just Plain Hip Scott Trueblood Scott and Darnell Trueblood
    NRCHA NINPB: INTERMEDIATE NON PRO BRIDLE
    Just Plain Hip Scott Trueblood Scott and Darnell Trueblood
    Dats Trouble Kathryn L Schaefer Kathryn L Schafer
    NRCHA NNPB : NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE
    Zo Flo Nina S Mc Corkie Nina S Mc Corkie
    Kt Nics Salty Pearl Tammy Evans Tammy Evans
    CCHA CNNPB: NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE
    Anuther Mister 505 Landona D Emmons Ron E Emmons
    Sallipep Marcel D Mendes Julia Picher/ Marcel Mendes
    NRCHA NOH: OPEN HACKAMORE
    Night Time Dual Doug Williamson Imperial Ranch Llc
    Shes Smokin Cash Ted Robinson Allan Moyer
    CCHA COH: OPEN JR HORSE
    Night Time Dual Doug Williamson Imperial Ranch Llc
    Shes Smokin Cash Ted Robinson Allan Moyer
    NRCHA NLOH: LIMITED OPEN HACKAMORE
    Little Lena Prize Travis B Mankins Meghan Mankins
    CCHA CLOH: LOMITED OPEN HACKAMORE
    Little Lena Prize Travis B Mankins Meghan Mankins
    NRCHA NOTR: OPEN TWO REIN
    High Brow Shiner Doug Williamson Belle Meade Ranch
    Topsails Slidergirl Monica J Caetano FredricS Marns
    CCHA COTR: OPEN TWO REIN
    Topsails Slidergirl Monica J Caetano FredricS Marns
    Fancy Blue Roo Monica J Caetano Linda A Mars
    NRCHA NPTR: NON PRO TWO REIN
    Call Me WR Murray G Thompson Murray G Thompson
    NRCHA NNPL: NON PRO LIMITED
    Arc Sparked Interest Diane L Shaffer 4d Ranch
    Smokums Dual Move Erin Schlegel Erin Schlegel
    CCHA CNPL : NON PRO LIMITED
    Arc Sparked Interest Diane L Shaffer 4d Ranch
    Mr Spook Nic Doreen Dalbey Doreen Dalbey
    NRCHA 5KNPL: 5000 NON PRO LIMITED
    Smokums Dual Move Erin Schlegel Erin Schlegel
    Get a Dual Pep Lisa C Nelson Lisa C Nelson
    CCHA C5KNPL: $5,000 NON PRO LIMITED
    Get a Dual Pep Lisa C Nelson Lisa C Nelson
    Miss Peekaboon Ashley Elcano Diane L Lucas
    NRCHA NYL: Youth Limited
    Will He Boogie Dana Gramckow Martin & Linda Gramckow
    Miss Peekaboon Ashley Elcano Diane L Lucas
    CCHA CYL: YOUTH LIMITED
    Will He Boogie Dana Gramckow Martin & Linda Gramckow
    Bingo Nic Hannah M Self Hannah M Self
    NRCHA 1KNPL: $1,000 NON PRO LIMITED
    Wimpys Little Havoc Carlee Miller Carlee Miller
    Von Remichex Samara C Trimble Samara C Trimble
    CCHA CNNPL: NOVICE NON PRO LIMITED
    Wimpys Little Havoc Carlee Miller Carlee Miller
    Me Col Fox Chrissy M Rogers Christine and Todd Rogers
    CCHA COBX: OPEN BOXING
    Shesa Berry Clanton Berry Clanton
    Nu Shiney Shocks Laura Rene’ Johnson Laura Rene’ Johnson
    CCHA CNPR NON PRO REINING
    Shiners Money Talks Elizabeth Poor Elizabeth Poor
    What A Pretty Cat Barry A Kerns Barry K Kerns
    CCHA COR: OPEN REINING
    Nu Shiney Shocks Laura Rene’ Johnson Laura Rene’ Johnson
    Chex Out This Wave Tommy F Thompson Lauren DeReget
    CCHA CYR: YOUTH REINING
    Fairleas Colonel Zip Camille Arnold Lydia Vanlandingham
    Qts Trash Man Camille Arnold Lydia Vanlandingham

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