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A Star-Spangled Slide

WCRHA's fifth (and last) 2015 NRHA Affiliate event shows off regional talent

Releases and Staff Reports - July 16th, 2015

ELK GROVE — The West Coast Reining Horse Association celebrated Independence Day in patriotic style with their Star Spangled Slide show, the fifth and last NRHA Affiliate show of 2015. Red, white, and blue decorations were all over Bill Madden’s Brookside Show Park in Elk Grove, California. Winning exhibitors happily packed home red, white, and blue flip flops, backpacks, spur straps, and other patriotic themed awards.

The weather was quite accommodating this year with temperatures in the low 90s, thankfully disputing the local weatherman’s predictions of 105+ degrees. If that was too warm, exhibitors put on their swimsuits and cooled off in the Brookside pool.

Augusta Iwasaki wins $5,000 Pony Derby

Special to the Horsetrader - July 16th, 2015

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The competition continued after the Grand Prix with the $5,000 Pony Derby, also presented by Markel Insurance. A unique opportunity for this division, the classic and handy rounds were held on the grass. With an overall total of 175, Augusta Iwasaki rode Ava Peck’s large pony Kingston to a decisive win.

In her classic round with Kingston, Iwasaki received an 87 and in her handy round, scored an 88. “I’ve been riding him since Thermal. He’s actually owned by Ava Peck and I’m very lucky to get to ride him,” Iwasaki says of her win. “I like the hunter derbies since they’re different. It’s something new and fun.”

Surf’s up

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 16th, 2015

Grand prix action and more came to the casual setting of the Huntington Beach Surf Classic.

Grand prix action and more came to the casual setting of the Huntington Beach Surf Classic.

Flying Horse photo

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Hunters, jumpers and the casual environs of the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center made for a special — if not low-key — holiday weekend July 1-4 at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic, managed by West Palm Events.

The headliners were Lane Clarke, who rode MH War Dance to victory in the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix, and Jamie Taylor, who took Caroline Eliades’s Jager to the $2,500 Grand Prix Hunter Derby title.

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Susie returns on fire

What injury?! Hutchison earns two Blenheim wins

Horsetrader Staff Reports - July 2nd, 2015

Susie Hutchison and Ziedento soar to a thrilling jump-off win in the $30,000 Blenheim Classic II Grand Prix on June 14.

Susie Hutchison and Ziedento soar to a thrilling jump-off win in the $30,000 Blenheim Classic II Grand Prix on June 14.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Back in the saddle after being sidelined with a winter leg injury at HITS Thermal, Susie Hutchison was on fire a the Blenheim June Classic II, winning two major events in a single day.

You could call June 14 “Susie Sunday” after the Temecula-based star rode to wins in both the afternoon $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix and the $7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity earlier in the day. She rode St. Bride Farm’s Ziedento to the grand prix win over Francie Steinwedell-Carvin aboard Lapsus du Lavoir, and she took 8-year-old SIG Firecracker to the futurity title.

From the hilltop VIP tent to the grassy knoll, there was a sizable crowd soaking up the Southern California sun while watching show jumping at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. Mexican course designer Javier Fernandez designed the track, with standout challenges in the first round, including a short turn to the Michael & Kenzie vertical line in five strides to the open water jump and an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination going away from the in-gate towards the end.

What’s UP with Real Estate?

What's the current scoop on ranch property? These experts of their areas share insight.

Horsetrader Sales Staff - July 2nd, 2015

Connie Amelang
Alam Realty
Inland Empire and High Desert
760.792.6477

We are in a “healthy” real estate market where the prices are trending upward steadily but not at a high rate. We are expecting single digit appreciation in California for 2015 and that is fine. Over-inflation causes problems of its own. Buyers are buying, and with the help of their agent, are doing their research on prices of the properties they are viewing. If a property is priced right (in line with comparables), the sellers are many times getting full price offers. If the property is over-priced we are seeing few showings and few, if any, offers. CalBRE #00896631

Josey and Chello Z double up big wins

2015 Zone 10 NAYR and NAJR Teams named; "I could hear my dad saying 'whoa' as I came to the last fence -- but I saw it, so I just went for it." -Josephina Nor Lantzman

Special to the Horsetrader - June 18th, 2015

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z soar to victory in the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix held June 6 in San Juan Capistrano.

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z soar to victory in the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix held June 6 in San Juan Capistrano.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — It was a Sunday showcase of talent in Southern California. The Blenheim EquiSports June Classic I show culminated with the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet, the $10,000 1.45m CardFlex Jumper Classic and the final Zone 10 North American Young Rider Trials.

With a talented field of riders, including Thursday’s Markel Insurance Grand Prix winner Nayel Nassar with two horses, veteran Susan Hutchison also with two mounts, Josephina Nor Lantzman, Michael Endicott, Harley Brown and more, the Grand Prix had eighteen quality horse and rider combinations performing for a sizable group of spectators enjoying the beautiful Southern California afternoon. Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany ensured a display of scope and skill from riders with a twisting track of 16 elements in a time allowed of 90 seconds.

Bakersfield brings out the best

Ralls, Call Me Mitch take Derby in Lifeline Horse Trials highlight

Horsetrader Staff Reports - May 21st, 2015

Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt's stallion son of Metallic Cat, have picked up in 2015 where they left off, taking the Lifeline Derby Open Championship, earning $6,348.

Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s stallion son of Metallic Cat, have picked up in 2015 where they left off, taking the Lifeline Derby Open Championship, earning $6,348.

Big Daddy photo

BAKERSFIELD — When the California Cow Horse Association puts on a show, you can count on competition.

The Central Valley is the cradle of reined cow horse, the root of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, so when the local club competes, there’s a round-up of all-stars.

“You know, even just for our weekend shows down there in Bakersfield, we get the ‘big dogs’ because there are so many in this area,” says CCHA Board Member Lance Johnston, himself one of those big dogs. “Doug Williamson, Jake Gorrell, John Ward, Jon Roeser and Teddy (Robinson) comes over the hill with Tucker and Tina, and Ron Emmons comes down.

“You would think that our club would put on a nice little weekend show, where we go, have a little fun, and back the horses off a bit,” added Johnston. “But you really don’t get to do that if you want to place at all, or win. You still got to run pretty hard and compete. There are no freebies down there in Bakersfield.”

Feeling Flexible

Dynamic duo is winning, but Fellers says no World Cup Final on horizon

Special to the Horsetrader - May 21st, 2015

Rich Fellers and Flexible win the $60,000 Grand Prix of California May 9 at Showpark in Del Mar.

Rich Fellers and Flexible win the $60,000 Grand Prix of California May 9 at Showpark in Del Mar.

Captured Moment photo

DEL MAR — Fan favorites and famously talented duo Flexible and Rich Fellers thrilled a crowd of spectators, taking the victory in the highlight event of the week, the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Boutique at Showpark open May 9.

Back for the third time as master builder for the Ranch & Coast Classic, Texan course designer Oscar Soberon is quite familiar with the challenges of building for this class. After Thursday’s tight and technical Markel Insurance Grand Prix track, Soberon planned today’s course with less technical emphasis.

The 16-element course with a time allowed of 84 seconds presented plenty of tests for the experienced field. “It’s a $60,000 class, so it’s tougher than Thursday because of the height, but it’s not as tricky. I do think there are questions everywhere; from fence one, which is a wall, to a lot of fences with solid rails, which are always difficult to jump,” he explained. “The combination of white and black rails is also tough. I hope we get to see between four and six clear.”

Stars of Spring

Rising talent is showcased during Blenheim season

Special to the Horsetrader - May 7th, 2015

Trained by her father, Estelle Navet and Revann de Lojou have shined this spring, here winning the Modified Junior-Amateur Jumper Classic.

Trained by her father, Estelle Navet and Revann de Lojou have shined this spring, here winning the Modified Junior-Amateur Jumper Classic.

McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The Spring Series in San Juan Capistrano at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park was a full four weeks this year. Offering classes for young horses and young riders as well as Hunter Derbies and Grand Prix events, there was an abundance of winners during the circuit. Highlighted below are four female champions, three amateurs and one professional, who not only enjoyed the experience but brought home some top prizes.

Estelle Navet and Revann de Lojou
Blenheim Spring was a comfortable and rewarding venue for the young and elegant Estelle Navet. Trained by her father, international show jumping champion Eric Navet, the two have formed an undeniably successful partnership. Her victory in the Modified Junior-Amateur Jumper Classic was particularly sweet with her family in attendance. Estelle credits both parents and her sister for valuable help and support.

Focus on Boarding

Looking for a home for your horse? Here are some of California's best

Horsetrader Sales Staff - May 7th, 2015

Blackjack Farm

Blackjack Farm

Blackjack Farm
Vista
760-310-5717 * BlackjackFarm.net

“The Compound,” as they like to call it, is the ongoing dream of Robin and Dionicio Martinez.  Their desire was to create and maintain a place that would suit two of their passions: horses and fitness.  After starting from scratch three years ago, they’ve been able to build a place that is perfect for people to reach both their riding goals and their fitness goals.  There has been a cross-over, as horse people work out, and fitness people have started to take riding lessons.  It’s a great combination,and the vide is grounded, serene, supportive, friendly and fun! Whether you are a horse person looking for that hard-to-find facility that provides high-end care for your horse and access to professional trainers without requiring that you be in full-training, or are a person looking for a fitness facility that’s as far from the typical gym setting that you can get, this is the place.