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InGate graphicThe Wild Card Reining Challenge, produced by Brumley Management Group, LLC, takes place May 19-26 at South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. The innovative reining’s design will feature a 4-year Old Futurity (with eligibility requirements), 4-year Old Stakes (no eligibility requirements), two slates of NRHA Ancillary divisions and NRHA Southwest Affiliate Qualifiers, two slates of National Arabian Reining Horse Association (NARHA) Divisions, a 4/5 Year Old NARHA Pre-Futurity, and Educational Seminars.

The Wild Card Reining Challenge 4-year Old Futurity is designed to allow horses to develop more slowly as well as to provide a venue in which they can garner significant earnings without going head-to-head with more experienced equines. The 4-year Old Futurity benefits not only the horses, but breeders, owners and trainers. It also encourages longevity of the reining performance horse. The event dates provide approximately nine additional months of training for these horses. There’s ONLY ONE REQUIREMENT to be eligible to compete: Horses must be four years of age as of the start of the calendar year and cannot have been shown in any NRHA approved 3-year old futurity.

Wild West Casino fund-raiser returns to Horsetown USA

From the Horsetrader sales staff - March 1st, 2018

InGate graphicThe Norco Horsemen’s Association 21st Annual Wild West Casino Night is dealing out winners on Saturday, March 10. Benefitting the Norco High School FFA Scholarship Fund, this event is reminiscent of the wild west saloon of days gone by with gun-slingers, dance hall girls, cowboys, great laughs, good company, food and entertainment. Enjoy the taco bar, music and place your bids in the silent auction with great items. There are hourly $100 “Pot of Gold” drawings and a $500 Grand Prize Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall giveaway. Casino Night is held at Nellie Weaver Hall at George Ingalls Park, 3737 Crestview Dr. in Norco. The event goes from 6 p.m. until midnight, and you must be 21 years or older to attend. Advance tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Keller Williams Realty, 3646 Hamner Ave., in Norco. At the door, tickets are $25 per person. Visit www.NHA-Norco.org for more information or call Bonnie Slager at (714) 585-9528.

Horse Expo Pomona coming March 11 — get with the program!

From the Horsetrader Sales Staff - February 1st, 2018

InGate graphicThe 2018 Western States Horse Expo looks to be more super than ever, as the Horse Expo team brings this first-class event to the L.A. County Fairplex in Pomona March 9-11. There are lots of exciting innovations ramping up for the event, and you’ll get to plan early this year as the March 1 California Horsetrader magazine will have the official Horse Expo Program inside! Founder Miki Nelsen is thrilled to have the program delivered early — in print and online, as it will put the program into the hands of horse people everywhere more than a week before the event. Folks will be able to see the great lineup and plan early. It’s a win-win! Deadline is Feb. 20 for this special edition, so call 760-546-1184 to place your ad today, or email lori.wilson@horsetrader.com!

Popular clinician Craig Cameron will host his crowd-pleasing “Extreme Cowboy Race” at this year’s Western States Horse Expo Pomona, lighting up the Expo on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. The Freedom Arena will explode each night with 15 contestants as they challenge 13 tough obstacles. The top 10 from Friday and Saturday will once again confront obstacles with grit and determination at the finals on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. “This race is a great test of horse and rider and it takes a great team to compete in a winning way,” says Cameron. “Both the audience and competitors love this race. As a matter of fact, I’d venture to say that it’s the fastest growing sport in the horse industry.

Free CRHA reining clinic at L.A. Equestrian Center & more

From the Horsetrader sales staff - January 1st, 2018

InGate graphicNow here’s an opportunity that will send you spinning! On Feb. 10, the California Reining Horse Association will host a FREE Reining Clinic at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with five top championship reiners, including Tom Foran, Brenda Brown, Mike Berg, Monica Albair, and Daphne Foran. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Contact the CRHA office via email at CRHAsecretary@aol.com or visit http://bit.ly/8clinic to access the entry form, release form or to register for vendor space during the event. This will be a day to remember for both participants and spectators. Reserve your spot today!

The CRHA was formed in 1993 and is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association. The Southern California-based group promotes reining in the region with events throughout the year and offers its members a variety of opportunities to compete for year-end buckles and awards, as well as a saddle for the coveted “Reiner of the Year”.

EquestFest returns this month better than ever!

From the Horsetrader sales staff - December 1st, 2017

InGate graphicGet up-close and personal with the 2018 Rose Parade equestrian units at Equestfest, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Presented by Wells Fargo, EquestFest gives the public a chance to watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances and demonstrate trick riding and roping, as well as the chance to stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds while enjoying the vendor court, displays, great music, food and drinks.

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is proud to announce 20 outstanding equestrian groups will ride in the 129th Rose Parade, presented by Honda this year with a theme of “Making a Difference.” The equestrian groups selected are (listed alphabetically): 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas); Broken Horn Ropers (Baldwin Park); Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Mo.); California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento); Long Beach Mounted Police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Detail; the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon, Honor Guard, Bagpipe & Drum Band; Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena); Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside); Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas, California); The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills); the Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Teams; Ramona – California’s Official Outdoor Play (Hemet); Scripps Miramar Ranch (San Diego); So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary, Inc. (Hemet); Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, California); United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow); The Valley Center Vaqueros (Valley Center); The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena); and the Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Meeker, Okla.)

InGate graphicThe Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) is situated on 25 acres of beautiful, sea-breezed land in Orange County, just two miles from the beach. Home to nearly 400 horses, with multiple trainers and arenas, annual horse shows in several disciplines, a wedding venue, and more than 150 acres of public trails, the HCPEC is one of Southern California’s premier equestrian facilities. HCPEC offers facility rentals and full-service show management for your next event, offering park-like facilities, beautiful weather, ample spectator seating, easy freeway access, and a full-time staff to meet your needs. The wide variety of riding disciplines that HCPEC can accommodate include hunter-jumper, reining, dressage, gymkhana, extreme cowboy, and breed shows.

HCPEC has stall rentals and ample trailer parking, as well as bedding and feed available for sale to your exhibitors. Our nine arenas are watered and dragged twice daily, and we also offer on-line class registration.

To learn more about this first-class boarding facility in a premier Southern California locale, contact the HCPEC at (714) 848-6565 or boarders@hcpec.com, or visit www.hcpec.com for more details.

Fall’s here — and so are great horse events!

From the Horsetrader sales staff - October 1st, 2017

InGate graphicWhether you compete on your horse or not, you’ll find excellent events to attend in fall, and this month is proof!

In Norco, a new event for the equine industry presented by Thrifty Horse Consignment Shoppe will enliven the George Ingalls Equestrian Center Oct. 6-8, as the inaugural Norco Horse Affair comes to Horsetown USA. The entire venue will be teeming with demonstrations, clinics, entertainment, shopping, and an educational equine symposium. (See event program in this issue of the Horsetrader, pages 37-51!) Admission is only $15 per carload, or $5 per walk-in. Much of these proceeds with go to benefit several local area non-profit organizations. Purina Animal Nutrition will also be inviting Norco Horse Affair attendees to enter its drawing for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Purina Nutrition Center as a 2018 Professional Horse VIP. This high-tech research facility located in Gray Summit, Mo., is a 1,200-acre working farm with separate units devoted to equine, dairy, swine, cattle and companion animal research. Caring for over 1,000 animals in every stage of development, Purina researchers seek vital new data in areas like digestive physiology, animal metabolism, and growth and development. Stop by the Purina Animal Nutrition booth in the California Horsetrader Breed Pavilion to register. Don’t forget — you can find the Norco Horse Affair Program on page 37 with the map, vendor list, daily schedules, clinician bios, and more! You won’t want to miss the All American Horse Challenge with Mary Rose Anderson (see schedule). You can also visit NorcoHorseAffair.com for more details.

AERC offers fall introductions to endurance riding

From the Horsetrader sales staff - September 1st, 2017

American Endurance Ride Conference Fall Special

When you think of endurance riding, you may conjure up images of 100-mile rides across rocky terrain or multi-day rides across the high desert. In reality, endurance riding careers can begin with a relatively easy 10-mile introductory ride or a 25-mile limited distance ride—not so forbidding for those new to distance riding. The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) is making those first steps to endurance riding a little easier with their 2017 Fall Special promotion. Beginning now, new members can join for the remainder of the 2017 ride season and all of the 2018 ride season, which runs through November 30, 2018, for the discounted price of $88.75. Additional adult family members are $57.50; those 17 or younger are $27.

California Peacekeepers working to grow Mounted Shooting

From the Horsetrader sales staff - July 1st, 2017

InGate graphicCalifornia Peacekeepers is a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, “CMSA”. The club offers sanctioned CMSA competitions at two Southern California venues: the Krogh Ranch in Warner Springs and Star Valley Arena in Valley Center. These arenas were chosen specifically for their premium arena footing. The Krogh Ranch offers a venue to facilitate two-day shoots, barbeque dinners, pancake breakfasts and evening entertainment such as cowboy poetry and live music.

California Peacekeepers was established specifically to help grow and facilitate the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting in the state, offering practices and clinics to improve your skills and increase your horse’s ability to be athletic on the course. California Peacekeepers competitions are professional, detailed oriented, fun and competitive. You can reach California Peacekeepers at (760) 805-6061 or visit their website at www.CaliforniaPeacekeepers.com.

Something really BIG this month at Big Horse

From the Horsetrader sales staff - June 1st, 2017

If you’re in the mood to shop for the cutest clothes, jewelry, boots, and hats on the planet, then just don’t save the date, tear the Big Horse Feed and Mercantile ad out of this magazine and put it on the fridge. Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, marks Big Horse’s 19th Annual Anniversary Sale, and you’re in for some real deals. Hailed as the go-to event of the year, you’ll find savings in nearly every department and have the opportunity to talk directly with manufacturer reps of some of your favorite products, meet up with friends and have a great time. Home décor? Got it! English and western riding gear and helmets? Got it! Saddles and tack? Got it! Handbags and purses? Got it! And the fun just doesn’t stop there. The first 100 customers each day will receive a free gift — there will be hourly drawings for great prizes, and you can enter to win the grand prize drawing of a $200 gift card. As you’re heading out the door, don’t forget to grab the ad on the fridge! With it, you’ll receive a 30 percent discount on one of your favorite items with a $50 purchase (exclusions apply). See you at Big Horse for sizzling summer savings for you, your home, horse and hound!