Gorrell, Smooth N Cash are brilliant in Stakes Bridle Spectacular win
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.
Californians shine in 2014 Cactus Classic
Dreaming of getting away from everything BUT horses? Here are some of the best places to consider
7 Lazy P
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.
West Coast brings home titles from Fort Worth
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).
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.
Thanks to dedication, focus and hard work, Lakeside's Elisa Swenson is Miss Rodeo USA
“I’d never done anything like that — a whole week of competition,” says Swenson, whose pageant days began at 4:30 a.m. and ended when her head hit the hotel pillow about midnight. “By the end of the week, you are so proud of yourself that you did this and completed it — whether or not you get the crown. I felt like I was a winner.”
Efforts under way to memorialize California's true war horse
Hutton, a writer who has weaved horses into her work throughout her career, encountered Sergeant Reckless and was astonished the mare had slipped through a generation barely noticed.
Norco Cowgirls ride their way to Rose Parade
PASADENA — A funny thing happened after the Norco Cowgirls applied a third and final time to be an equestrian entry in the venerable Tournament of Roses Parade.
They got in.
The Norco-based drill team, formed by Mychon Bowen in 2008, had previously turned in its comprehensive, three-ring binder of an application for the 2010 and 2011 parades, but didn’t get the call.
Californians shine in 2013 NRHA Futurity
This year’s NRHA Futurity paid out $2,104,900, with 1,108 Open entries vying for $1,500,950. There were 660 Non Pro Futurity entries going for $603,980. The 3,047 combined Futurity and NAAC entries were the second-largest in history, and taking into account the record-setting prices at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sale, the mood was upbeat.