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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

7 Lazy P
(406) 466-2245
Choteau, MT
www.7lazyp.com

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.

Good to be Queen

Thanks to dedication, focus and hard work, Lakeside's Elisa Swenson is Miss Rodeo USA

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 20th, 2014

There's a busy year ahead for Elisa Swenson of Lakeside, crowned 2014 Miss Rodeo USA on Jan. 19.

There’s a busy year ahead for Elisa Swenson of Lakeside, crowned 2014 Miss Rodeo USA on Jan. 19.

Reminisce photo

LAKESIDE — At the end of seven arduous days of rodeo queen competition at the International Professional Rodeo Association Finals in Oklahoma City, Elisa Swenson stood in the arena, awaiting announcement of the 2014 queen. Whether her name or someone else’s was called didn’t matter. She felt like a winner.

“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.”

Sergeant Reckless

Efforts under way to memorialize California's true war horse

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 6th, 2014

The wartime heroics of a mare named Sgt. Reckless on the Korean front lines endeared her to fellow marines.

The wartime heroics of a mare named Sgt. Reckless on the Korean front lines endeared her to fellow marines.

Courtesy of Robin Hutton

MOORPARK — Robin Hutton has a horse story to tell, and it’s a very good one.

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.

Dreams Come True

Norco Cowgirls ride their way to Rose Parade

From Horsetrader staff reports - January 16th, 2014

CoverPASADENA — 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.

Golden Rein

Californians shine in 2013 NRHA Futurity

From Horsetrader staff reports - January 2nd, 2014

David Hanson takes Giselle Turchet's Load Your Gun to the Ancillary Intermediate Open Championship during the NRHA and Adequan NAAC show Nov. 28-Dec. 7.

David Hanson takes Giselle Turchet’s Load Your Gun to the Ancillary Intermediate Open Championship during the NRHA and Adequan NAAC show Nov. 28-Dec. 7.

Waltenberry photo

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — California reiners were hot indoors during an otherwise icy 10 days at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, returning home with some notable performances at the national competition – both the Futurity and the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

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.

A Year Remembered

Some memorable news from a year in - and out of - the arena

From Horsetrader staff reports - December 19th, 2013

Smart Boons

Smart Boons

JANUARY: On the heels of a dominant year in working cow bridle competition, Smart Boons was retired from the show pen as he embarked on his new career as a breeding stallion. Under trainer Corey Cushing, the striking 8-year old red roan stallion (Peptoboonsmal X Smart Little Easter) recorded two major wins in his first year in the bridle — the Magnificent 7 at Horse Expo and the World’s Richest Stock Horse event — and pushed his lifetime earnings to almost $200,000. The 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Open champion, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, is at the top of Cushing’s rides in the arena. “He’s been a great horse for a long time,” said the trainer. “I think the most important thing if you want to have a breeding stallion is to finish when he is at the top of his game. With the success Smart Boons had this year, we felt he was at the height of his career, and this was the best time.”