RANCHO MURIETA — A beautiful autumn weekend at Murieta Equestrian Center played host to the West Coast Reining Horse Association Year End Show Oct. 20-23. With eight saddles, $21,000 in added money, buckles to champions and reserves and even more prizes up for grabs, this premier Northern California show didn’t take long to hit a high note.
With a four-way tie and run-off for the Open championship saddle, Aces High Whiz owned by Larry Lease and shown by David Hanson, won the run-off with a 73.5 to win. Jennifer Gilliam and her gelding, Hick A Shine, and Martin Padilla showing Diamond Oak captured the Co-Championship in the Open 7 & Up Maturity and Reserve Championship in the Open class with a score of 73.
Maddox and Christian Rammerstorfer captured the Intermediate Open championship. In the Limited Open, Spook Dunnit, shown by Chuy Chavez for Andrea Starr, and Bay Shine, ridden by Robyn Burton for Nancy Hersh, were Co-Champions as well as Co-Reserve Champions in the Intermediate. Bay Shine was also Champion of the Rookie Pro division.
Another saddle went to Ashley Lynch, winner of the Rookie Level 1 and Rookie 2 with Revolutionic . In the Prime Time Rookie Division, Andrea Starr on Spook Dunnit and Jennifer Fisher on Lokotas Whizzen April tied for a Co-Championship.
In the inaugural Youth Maturity, the 14-18 Championhip went to Tessa Lindberg showing her mother’s horse, Caramel Candied Tag. In the 13-under, Lauren Hanson and Tuff Sliding Peppy took the title.
In Saturday night’s Open Derby, the Level 4 title – including a saddle, champion buckle and over $1,200 – went to Jacs Red Pine, ridden by Thad Carr for owner Debi Murnan. A mere half-point off was Aces High Whiz, ridden by The Level 1 was also a close affair, as Woodys Toy Gun, shown by Chuy Chavez for owner Karin Di Napoli, edged past Ms Benz, ridden by Kain Emmons for Britta Jacobson.
rah Avila riding Gonendunitt.
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