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By BECKY HANSON - January 2nd, 2014

Becky and David Hanson

Becky and David Hanson

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I accidentally grew into being a horse trainer, after graduating from college with an English degree and a certificate to teach high schoolers. That is a long chapter that, now, doesn’t matter. It isn’t The Story.

I was a parent’s dream as I entered adulthood, a textbook evolution: graduated high school, graduated college, married a good man, got employed, saved a little money, and produced two perfect grandchildren for my parents. Surrounded by good friends, family, and clients, I lived in an idyllic setting and for almost 20 years. I worked in the sand, day-in and day-out, side-by-side with my husband, David, while our children grew and flourished in the country. But, again, that isn’t The Story.

Something to cheer

San Diego County OKs new equine zoning that portends revitalization

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 19th, 2013

Supervisor Dianne Jacobs

Supervisor Dianne Jacob

SAN DIEGO — Owning and boarding horses in San Diego County became easier Sept. 11 when the Board of Supervisors approved a revised, tiered horse ordinance that could reinvigorate the region’s equestrian industry.

In the works for several years, the Equine Policy and Ordinance Development project updated the county’s zoning ordinance with regard to equine uses in unincorporated areas. With the Board’s vote, a long-standing need to obtain a major-use permit for small stables was eliminated — only operations with more than 100 horses on 10 acres or more now face such a requirement.

Kathy Higgins photo

Smart Boons with Corey Cushing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On the heels of a dominant year in working cow bridle competition, Smart Boons has been retired from the show pen as he embarks 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 2012 wins in his first year in the bridle — the Magnificent 7 at Horse Expo in June, then the World’s Richest Stock Horse event at the National Stock Horse Association Futurity in August — and pushed his lifetime earnings to almost $200,000.

Chics Magic Potion is euthanized after injury during demo at NFR

From Horsetrader staff reports - December 17th, 2012

Bob Avila and Chics Magic Potion

LAS VEGAS — The reined cow horse world lost one of its greatest champions Dec. 14 when Chics Magic Potion, the world’s highest-earning stock horse and an inseparable favorite of trainer Bob Avila, was euthanized after breaking a leg during a demonstration at the National Finals Rodeo.

The sudden loss of the 12-year old stallion, owned by Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg, Texas, sent the stock horse community grieving worldwide.

New era begins in North S.D. County

From Horsetrader staff reports - December 6th, 2012

New owners of Deer Springs Equestrian Center and Deer Springs Feed & Supply, Ted and Elaine Olsen, celebrated the grand opening of the facility and store along with their crew and customers on Oct. 27. The covered, lit arena with fabulous footing drew raves during a line-up of demonstrations throughout the day, which featured vendor booths (below) and a dog costume contest whre Isabella Baralti (left) and Victoria Bonta showed off “Goldie.” At left, Lindley Mason shares her project goats. Far left is DSE trainer Clarissa Czuprynski. The facility is located at 140 Deer Springs Road.

Sandy Collier rides into Cowgirl Hall of Fame

October induction awaits NRCHA World Champion

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 18th, 2011

Sandy Collier

Sandy Collier

FORT WORTH, Texas – Sandy Collier, who remembers vividly the first time she broke into the Open Finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, joined another elite club recently when she was voted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

The Buellton-based Collier, 58, is one of four 2011 inductees into the Hall, located in Fort Worth Texas. In a ceremony planned Oct. 26 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Collier will be inducted alongside Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper, Mary Lou LeComtpe and Anna Mebus Martin.

A Will to Give Back

Special to the Horsetrader - August 4th, 2011
Will Simpson entertains corporate sponsors during a day of appreciation held by the Compton Junior Posse in Compton.

Will Simpson entertains corporate sponsors during a day of appreciation held by the Compton Junior Posse in Compton.

Appreciation was the theme of the day at the annual Business and Corporate Barbeque July 15 at the Compton Junior Posse in Compton, where Director Mayisha Akbar and her team gave current and future sponsors the chance to become better acquainted with the CJP – and each other.

Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson, a staunch supporter of the program, pitched in with a range of skills, from the clinic arena to the barbeque. Simpson will conduct a clinic for the CJP students at the Del Mar International Horse Show in October. This month, Horsetrader columnist and trainer Ray Ariss will be hosting the CJP at his Norco ranch for a clinic and trail ride. For more info on the CJP, see add on page 78.

UC Davis: The shows CAN go on – carefully

Virus-scare clampdown is eased after study of California cases;
show managers receive guidelines to minimize risk to horses

From Horsetrader staff reports - May 25th, 2011

SACRAMENTO – After determining the virus that caused the death of one horse in California and the quarantine of 17 others is closely related to a single Utah horse show, the University of California Davis has informed horse show and event managers that the shows can go on – albeit carefully.

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital informed horse show and event managers Tuesday it has concluded the EHV-1 outbreak is centered around horses that were present at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships held at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden Utah, from April 30 to May 8 or the Kern County Cutting Event in Bakersfield on May 13. This includes

State confirms SoCal EHV-1 cases

Sixteen of 17 inflicted horses linked to Utah cutting;
suspect case from Santa Ynez trail ride proves negative

Special to the Horsetrader - May 23rd, 2011

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Food and Agriculture confirmed Sunday the list of California Equine Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) cases caused by the EHV-1 virus has grown to 17, including the first reported cases in Southern California.

All but one of the 17 confirmed cases participated in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships April 29-May 8 in Ogden, Utah, according to the CDFA. The only EHM case not involving a horse that participated at the Utah cutting show was a horse that had participated in the subsequent May 13 cutting in Bakersfield at the Kern County Fairgrounds, the report said.

A mare that did not particpate in either of the cuttings yet exhibited signs of EHM was subject of an investigation by Anmal Health Branch veterinarians who determined she did not have the same strain of virus as the horses in the confirmed cases. The mare, a participant in the Rancheros Vistadores ride in Santa Ynez May 5 – 12, reportedly exhibited neurological signs compatible with a number of equine diseases or conditions, but three sets of nasal swabs and blood testing on this mare indicated she was negative for the mutant strain of EHV-1 that causes EHM. Instead, she tested positive for a more common strain of EHV-1 that most frequently causes respiratory signs and on rare occasion causes neurological signs.

California reports counties with EHV-1 cases

All NCHA events May 20-22 cancelled as precaution;
Western States Horse Expo, PtHA World still on schedule

Special to the Horsetrader - May 19th, 2011

SACRAMENTO — Six states and western Canada have reported cases of the EHV-1 virus since an alert spread this week, but officials are optimistic that awareness and good practices by horse owners will prevent an epidemic or a widespread cancellation of events into June.