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    Reiner Shine

    CRHA talent converges on LAEC for weekend of top competition

    Special to the Horsetrader - July 1st, 2018 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

    1807A CoverBURBANK — Under a cloudless sky, the Reiner Shine horse show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on June 8-10 brought together some of Southern California’s best reining horses and riders.

    The event, put on by the California Reining Horse Association, marked the second opportunity for competitors to qualify for the National Reining Horse Association Futurity later this year in Oklahoma.

    Riding her Gunna Juice You, Marilyn Scheffers marked a 72.5 and swept the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes in a Saturday highlight. Close on her heels with a 72 was Allison Williams riding her RickyCacInHollywood. Williams placed second behind Scheffers in the NRHA Non Pro.

    Intermediate Non Pro classes, and her score also secured her the win in the first slate of the CRHA Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro classes. Kelly Cooper, riding her Dough For It, topped a field of 15 to take the blue in the NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Prime Time Rookie divisions. Her score of 71 also bested a field of 18 entries in the CRHA Level 1 and in the CRHA Prime Time Rookie.

    Daphne Foran, riding Gail Hutcherson’s Wimpys Whiz Steps, claimed Saturday’s high score with a 73, winning the NRHA Open and Intermediate Open as well as the CRHA Open.

    Sunday was another exciting day of competition, and Cooper again topped the field in both NRHA and CRHA Rookie Level 1 and Prime Time Rookie classes, earning her the overall Circuit championships in the CRHA Rookie Level 1 and Prime Time Rookie divisions. Hannah Warde had a successful run in the CRHA Non Pro Divisions, marking a 71 on her Millionchic to sweep the CRHA Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro classes. Combined with her reserve placings from Saturday, Warde took home the Circuit Champion awards in the CRHA Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro divisions.

    Mike Berg earned Sunday’s highest score aboard Diane Yoder’s Special Mi. Marking an astounding 74.5, Berg earned blues in the NRHA Open and Intermediate Open as well as the CRHA Open classes. Berg’s big win, combined with his reserve placing on Saturday, earned him enough points to take home the CRHA Open circuit championship.

    “He’s about as talented a horse as I’ve ever ridden,” Berg said of Special Mi. “Ultimately, the goal is for Diane to go show.”
    The Bergs found Special Mi after the horse had won the 2016 Prime Time Open Futurity with Scott McCutcheon.

    “We hope to show in ‘Vegas and hopefully qualify for the affiliate in Oklahoma,” Berg added.

    Many of the competitors took advantage of the recently-added Ranch Riding Classes. Patricia Cooley, aboard her Shirleys Gotta Gun, won the AQHA Level 1 Amateur Ranch Riding. Suzanne Ferris also found success, winning the PCHA Green Horse Ranch RIding and the CRHA Amateur Ranch Riding.

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