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WCRHA season heats up with four-day holiday show at Brookside

By Horsetrader staff reports - July 17th, 2014

Christian Rammersdorfer created fireworks at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide, taking Norm and Debbie Witt's Chics Sugar Daddy  to Open Derby Level 1.

Christian Rammersdorfer created fireworks at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide, taking Norm and Debbie Witt’s Chics Sugar Daddy to Open Derby Level 1.

John O’Hara photo

ELK GROVE — It figures that on the most patriotic of weekends, in a show called the Star Spangled Slide, in a sport that is truly American, that the happiest reiner may have been the one from France.

Eric Laporte, who came to Pleasant Grove two years ago, was very happy after a standout showing in the West Coast Reining Horse Association’s fifth affiliate show of 2014, held July 3-6 at Brookside Equestrian Park. Laporte continued a strong year on Linda Hardy’s mare, Whiz N Steady, by taking the Open, Novice Horse and the NRHA $2,500-added Open Level 4 and Level 3 Derby titles — marking a 75 and 76.

SoCal summer cow work

Eastside Ranch atop the lists at SCRCHA show

From Horsetrader staff reports - July 3rd, 2014

Roy Rich rides Candy Flock's Smart Remedy Olena to the NRCHA Open Bridle Class title at the SCRCHA Summer Slide event at Casner's Ranch June 21.

Roy Rich rides Candy Flock’s Smart Remedy Olena to the NRCHA Open Bridle Class title at the SCRCHA Summer Slide event at Casner’s Ranch June 21.

Jeff Lynch photo

TEMECULA — Presidents Week was back in February, but don’t tell that to the current and immediate past presidents of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association, Laura Edwards and Cindy Mendoza, who came away from the June 21 Summer Slide Show with titles.

Edwards, who took the reins of the club a few years back, rode her Dun Leanin to SCRCHA and NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro Bridle wins, while Mendoza showed her TMC Cielo Solo for the first time in the hackamore and came away with SCRCHA and NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore crowns.

Showing “Solo” is special for Mendoza, too, because she is competing for the first time on offspring of the stallion she and husband Tony stand at their Eastside Ranch, Cielo Hickory.

Shootout at the MEC corral

WCRHA spices up affiliate weekend with Non Pro event

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 5th, 2014

Jennifer Gilliam rides Janiene Borror's Hick A Shine to the $3,000-added Murieta Equine Center Shootout Non-Pro title, held during the WCRHA Affiliate 3 and 4 shows May 22-25.

Jennifer Gilliam rides Janiene Borror’s Hick A Shine to the $3,000-added Murieta Equine Center Shootout Non-Pro title, held during the WCRHA Affiliate 3 and 4 shows May 22-25.

John O’Hara photo

RANCHO MURIETA — It’s not every day that a non pro reiner can catch-ride someone else’s horse and compete against other non pros in a major venue — for cash, nonetheless.

For the fifth straight year, that’s just what the West Coast Reining Horse Association provided its members May 24 at the $5,000-added Murieta Equine Center Non Pro Shootout, a popular Saturday night event sandwiched between the club’s Affiliate No. 3 and Affiliate No. 4 shows.

Lance’s lot

VCHA Derby win at Sundance Arena is Johnston's third in three years

From Horsetrader staff reports - May 15th, 2014

Lance Johnston and his Cee Me Too won the Open Derby title at the VCHA California Horse Trials held April 25-27 in Bakersfield -- Johnston's third such win in three years.

Lance Johnston and his Cee Me Too won the Open Derby title at the VCHA California Horse Trials held April 25-27 in Bakersfield — Johnston’s third such win in three years.

Big Daddy photo

BAKERSFIELD — Even though Lance Johnston won the $13,000-added Valley Cow Horse Association California Horse Trials Open Derby for the third straight year, the win was a fresh one.

The Lindsey-based trainer used stellar herd and fence scores at the popular three-day VCHA show April 25-27 to claim the $5,912 top prize on Cee Me Too, his 5-year-old mare that missed almost all her 3 and 4-year-old campaigns after a barn accident at the 2012 pre-Futurity in Paso Robles.

Super Susie

Good health, good horses and good riding have Susie Hutchison on top again

From Horsetrader staff reports - May 1st, 2014

1405A CoverTEMECULA — Between Susie Hutchison’s barn and her arena at Casner’s Ranch, there lies a hill.

Since she moved here 20 months ago, each day begins with an up-and-down trek that, for a good stretch along the crest, makes one feel on top of the Temecula Valley.

“It’s good for the horses — it gives them a little ride up, and a little ride back,” Hutchison says. “And there’s a great view from up here.”

Smooth and Spectacular

Gorrell, Smooth N Cash are brilliant in Stakes Bridle Spectacular win

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 17th, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jake Gorrell and his longtime partner, Smooth N Cash, used a 228 fence work to blast past the field and win the $25,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular held at South Point Equestrian Center.

Desert rein

Californians shine in 2014 Cactus Classic

Special to the Horsetrader - April 3rd, 2014

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and "Tink" kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and “Tink” kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Waltenberry photo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Top riders and horses converged on WestWorld March 5-9 to compete and get a glimpse into 2014 at the Cactus Reining Classic, the first of Brumley Management Group’s highly successful trio of annual events.

2014 Horse Vacations

Dreaming of getting away from everything BUT horses? Here are some of the best places to consider

From Horsetrader sales staff - March 20th, 2014

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(406) 466-2245
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Welcome to the 7 Lazy P! The Crary family invites you experience the Crown Jewel of Americas Wilderness System, the Bob Marshall. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 7 Lazy P has been providing extraordinary backcountry adventures since 1931. You can camp beneath stunning cliffs and alpine lakes, alongside gin-clear streams and mountain meadows.

Our itineraries include the iconic destinations of the Bob Marshall, such as the Chinese Wall, the North Wall, the Trilobite Range, and the North Fork of the Sun River and Middle Fork of the Flathead. Experience a sensory kaleidoscope of wildflowers and wildlife. Cast a fly for a native Cutthroat, scramble to the summit of a peak, or just relax as you watch the horse herd graze peacefully in a meadow.

You’ll ride a seasoned mountain horse while the camp and your gear is packed on our wonderful mules. You will be accompanied by an experienced and enjoyable crew, and will enjoy fantastic wilderness meals prepared by our backcountry chef. Trips can accommodate up to 10 guests and include lodging and meals at our historic lodge the night before and after your pack trip.

California ‘celebrates’ NRCHA wins

West Coast brings home titles from Fort Worth

Special to the Horsetrader - March 6th, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — Doug Williamson and the Rocking J Ranch’s Short And Smart nabbed the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby, setting the stage for other California trainers and horses to make their mark in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, held Feb. 14 – 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. The big week featured the Derby, the 2013 NRCHA World Championshps, and the 2014 World’s Greatest Horseman competition (see page 20).

Boyd Rice is ‘Greatest’ on SBF champ Oh Cay N Short

Special to the Horsetrader - March 6th, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — True to form, the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman Championship finals, held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Fort Worth, Texas, came down to the very last fence run. The showdown in Cowtown ended with Spearman, Texas, professional Boyd Rice capturing the $25,000 World’s Greatest Horseman Championship by a half-point aboard Oh Cay N Short.