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Ralls o’fire!

Phillip Ralls, 'Mitch' look Reno-ready after Futurity win in Paso

From releases and staff reports - September 18th, 2014

1409BwpcoverPASO ROBLES — From the new to the seasoned, trainer Phillip Ralls proved to be best at the 2014 Protect The Harvest / Lucas Oil Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Richest Stock Horse event Aug. 19-24 at the Mid-State Fairgrounds.

Ralls, who won last year’s World’s Richest Stock Horse event on Dom Dualuise, repeated the feat on Christian Larson’s 7-year-old gelding again this year before concluding the week with an Open Futurity championship aboard Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s son of Metallic Cat.

“To come back and win again was even better — the World’s Richest to me was always a big one,” said Ralls, 33, whose father, Ron Ralls, won the first World’s Richest Stock Horse event in 2006 in Fresno. “I was there helping my dad the first year they had it, and he ended up winning it. It was kind of always on my bucket list, to have a horse good enough to someday win.”

Pedals to the medals

Ingalls, Browne and Nagler top CPHA Foundation Finals

From releases and staff reports - September 4th, 2014

1409A coverDEL MAR — The Showpark Summer Classic hosted the second rounds of the California Professional Horseman’s Association (CPHA) Foundation Finals Aug. 24, wrapping up the three sections of competition. Divided into 22-and-over, 21-under, and 14-under age divisions. Riders of all ages brought their medal finals game, as esteemed judges Robin Fairclough and Scott Williamson scored, tested and ultimately awarded the final placings.

After 19 entries competed in Round 1 of the 22-over, the top prize for the first round went to Stephanie Goodson aboard Poetic, who earned scores of 87 and 85 for a first round average of 86. Second went to Nicole Haseltine and Magic Act, with an average of 84.50, and third to Laura Owens and L Alta Vida for an average of 84. Rounding out the top five were Kim Hall and Jacob, earning fourth with an average of 81.50, and Caroline Ingalls and Y2K, just behind Hall in fifth with an 81.25 first round average.

Thriving by the Bay

Familiar faces, new ones, too star at 2014 Reining By The Bay

From releases and staff reports - August 21st, 2014

Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpy’s Little Buddy win the $5,000-added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity worth $3,470.

Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpy’s Little Buddy win the $5,000-added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity worth $3,470.

K.C. Montgomery photo

WOODSIDE– You know it’s going to be a weeklong battle in the saddle in every division when the increase in top horse and rider combinations over last year is a whopping 55 percent.

The 2014 Reining By The Bay once again surpassed expectations, drawing more reiners and spectators than before as the best in the west competed for more than $200,000 in added money and prizes at the Horse Park at Woodside on July 23-27.

Again, there were familiar stars this year — Tish Fappani and her longtime partner Premier Diamond (Like A Diamond x Sexy Chexy Nic) took top honors in the class of 17 exhibitors in the Non Pro Level 4 maturuity, earning $2,307 — and there were some who rose to the head of the class.

Catherine the Great

Catherine Chamberlain, longtime partner Verdicci are FEI Young Rider superstars

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 7th, 2014

1408A CoverLEXINGTON, Ky. — Catherine Chamberlain found the formula. Dream large, focus small.

The 19-year old dressage competitor, who last fall moved to Murrieta to train with Kathleen Raine and David Wightman, dominated the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships July 15-20. Her three rides at Rolex Stadium were her first beyond 70 percent, and they earned her three gold medals in individual, team and freestyle, respectively.

A Star Spangled affiliate

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.