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The innovative team at Western States Horse Expo has done it again! A brand new edition of expo unlike any in Southern California will take over the Los Angeles County Fairplex just in time for horsey holiday shoppers—Nov. 8-10.

One of the fastest-growing expos in the U.S., Western States Horse Expo in Pomona is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse-owning lifestyle year round.

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Tickets are available now for the Third Annual Norco Horse Affair, scheduled for the George Ingalls Equestrian Events Center Oct. 4-6. Seminars, demonstrations, entertainment, shopping and lots of camaraderie with horsepeople from throughout the region will be part of the event, brought to you by the Thrifty Horse Consignment Shoppe. You can order tickets and see the updated list of presenters on the Norco Horse Affair website: www.norcohorseaffair.com. Admission is just $5 per person, and parking is $10 per day. To get a $10 savings, order a weekend package for $35.

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Adoption is a very good option, and Love This Horse Equine Rescue, Inc. is ready to help. This horse rescue specializes in taking in forgotten, neglected and abused Arabian horses from law enforcement seizures, local animal shelters, distressed owners, and low-end horse auctions. The goal is to train all our rescue horses so they are rideable, and also to find them permanent adoptive homes. Love This Horse Equine Rescue brings them into a safe and nurturing environment, where they are brought back to health, gentled and loved.  When the horses are strong enough, they are evaluated, and if possible, started or restarted for a new life as a riding horse.  Every horse deserves a job and permanent adoptive home. Some of Love This Horse Equine Rescue’s horses become great trail, endurance riding, hunter/jumper, dressage or lesson horses. Others are destined to become therapy horses, helping kids and adults healing from their own deep wounds.  The organization works hard to take care of these horses, all the while knowing that the horses are secretly taking care of us. As a Right Horse Initiative Partner, the horse rescue’s goal is to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions for Arabian horses in transition, by working to reframe the adoption conversation and to shatter the stigma surrounding horses in transition. It believes that through the adoption process, it can help Turn an unfortunate circumstance into a lifelong partnership! Love This Horse Equine Rescue can make your dreams come true. LTH is a GuideStar® Platinum Participant. A GuideStar Seal of Transparency indicates that a nonprofit has provided key information in its non-profit profile. By providing up-to-date information, nonprofits allow potential donors and funders to make educated decisions about the work they do to make the world a better place. Visit the website www.LoveThisHorseArabianRescue.org to learn more about, and be sure to see their ad on page 21.

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Discover Utah’s Canyon Country with Hondoo Rivers and Trails multi-day horseback riding vacations, hiking tours and Jeep tours. Two multi-day options include camping and inn accommodations. Camping with the horses allows a deeper interaction among people, horses and the backcountry that Hondoo Rivers and Trails is passionate to share with riders. With the camp pre-set and supplied by 4×4 vehicles, not only are they able to spend more time handling the horses, but also provide more opportunities for in-depth exploration of the surroundings—and ourselves. The backcountry featured on these Utah horseback camping rides access areas too remote for inn lodging. Camp location is generally situated at a higher elevation in mid-summer and a lower elevation in spring and fall seasons. Areas explored include Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell Wilderness, or Utah’s High Plateaus. Inn trail rides offer a broad array of riding conditions, top notch lodges and restaurants. Each day can be easily tailored to optimize a group’s wishes, weather conditions and local attractions. Hondoo Rivers and Trails lodging location changes mid-week from Torrey to Boulder, as the ride meanders down the Waterpocket Fold towards Lake Powell. Horseback ride destinations move from the Capitol Reef National Park area into the Grand Staircase/Escalante Canyons National Monument. During warm weather or fall foliage, excursions to the lakes and alpine meadows of Fishlake or Dixie National Forest become part of the itinerary. Trails on all the Hondoo Utah horseback rides are mostly un-groomed and pioneered by wildlife, Indians, outlaws or herdsmen. Areas explored are selected for their scenic quality, pristine natural condition and remote location. As a special offer, for the months of June, July, and August, receive a 15 percent discount on horseback riding trips. Visit the Hondoo Rivers and Trails website, www.hondoo.com, for more details. Also, the telephone number is (435) 425-3519. See ad on page 43.

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December 2018 record high seller, 4 year old palomino gelding at $100,000.

The renowned Twombly Performance Horse Sale is ramping up for its July 26-27 dates in Cheyenne, Wyom. The sale takes place during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo—on the street in front of the Cheyenne Depot Museum. Twombly Performance Horses at Coyote Slide Ranch, located in the hills of western Nebraska, specializes in training and selling top quality geldings and mares. They offer conformation, dispositions, color and great pedigree and athletic ability. Ranch, trail, roping and reining are the ranch’s main focus, known for a style and flash. Twombly rides its horses through thick brush, up and down big hills and steep canyons. The horses are trained to be soft in the face and take their correct leads, stop on “whoa” command and to move away from the neck rein and leg pressure. All the horses offered in Twombly sales are owned and ridden by the Twombly family, nd they want to match a potential buyer with the perfect horse for them—and they intend to do whatever it takes to make that happen! Two major horse sales are held each year—the July sale in Cheyenne and the December sale in Las Vegas, Nev., during the National Finals Rodeo. The summer sale preview will be held Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m., and the sale will be held Saturday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. Phone bids are welcome, and to view an online catalog with photos and video, visit www.TwomblyHorse.com. See ad on page 57, and direct any questions to (308) 783-1866.

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Come ride and learn with “The Six Million Dollar Man,” world-renowned reiner Shawn Flarida, when he comes to Southern California May 11-12 for a two-day clinic at Hansen Dam Horse Park in Lake View Terrace. Flarida is known not only for being the man in the green shirt, but also as the man winning the green: He’s the first to top the $6 million mark in earnings and also is the National Reining Horse Association’s all-time leading money-earner. His accolades include winning the NRHA Open Futurity championship six times and winning the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity 11 times.

This special clinic will be presented by Ariat, LEGISequine.com, Foran Performance Horses, and Langer Equestrian Group. Professionals will ride May 11, with non-pros on the following day. Cost is $450 per day, with auditors welcome for $50 per day or $80 for the weekend. Each rider will receive lunch and two one-day audit passes, and the first fifty auditors will receive gift bags with a $25 online gift certificate to Ariat. Stalls and RV space are available. Contact Marnye@langershows.com for more information, or call (818) 563-3250, ext. 6. See ad on page 21.

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Winter is behind us, and as attractive as hillsides in a poppy superbloom comes April! Two major events that have been part of the Southern California landscape for decades take place this month. First, the 49th Annual Norco Horseweek comes to Horsetown USA from April 12-21. It’s a grand celebration of equestrian life, for those horsepeople in Norco and throughout the region. There is always something for everyone, young and not-so-young. Be sure to check out the happenings and schedule on page 40, and then plan a visit to to see what makes Norco so special—its people!

Also this month, the 74th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for three weeks of variety, top competition, and fun. This event is truly a treasure historically, and its ongoing relevance in today’s world is special. Don’t miss the preview that begins on page 34.

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In the tradition of the venerable Fiesta of the Spanish Horse, a new springtime event will bring the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life April 25-28—the inaugural Burbank Showcase Multi Breed Horse Show.

The Burbank Showcase will honor the tradition originated and then run by Fiesta of the Spanish Horse for more than 20 years, helping the non-profit organization in its quest to find a cure for cancer, the beneficiary cause this year.

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The Backcountry Horsemen of California’s annual Rendezvous will return to Norco this year, giving Southern California horsepeople a chance to learn about horsemanship, trail use and preservation and more. The 2019 conference, titled “Preserving Trails for Future Generations”, is set for March 29-31 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. The BCHC Rendezvous features equine training clinicians, scores of vendors, horse and mule packing seminars, “Gentle-use/Leave No Trace” classes, Western Art Show, awards and accolades, Dutch Oven Cook-off, Trail Challenge, Beer and Wine tasting, Cowboy Church, Youth classes, raffles and auction. There is always lots to learn, lots of fun, and plenty of horses and mules.

The beginnings of BCHC started in 1981, when a group of private and commercial packers met to form the High Sierra Stock Users Association with the purpose of representing horsemen in dealings with the administrators of public lands.

GGT-Footing sets the standard for Western discipline arenas, too

From Horsetrader sales staff - December 28th, 2018

wordpress_column_ingateChelsey Berkstresser has joined the team at GGT-Footing, and her enthusiastic attitude and knowledge of western riding disciplines will help spread the benefits of the GGT’s great products into the western pleasure and western markets. Growing up in the horse industry with a grandfather who bred Quarter Horses and Appaloosas, Chelsea is no newcomer to the equine industry. She showed Western Pleasure as a young girl before turning to working cow horse. In 2009, she represented the state of Pennsylvania and the PRCA as Miss Rodeo Pennsylvania. She currently competes in working cow horse events and is a show producer for the RSTPA.

Meanwhile, GGT-Footing anticipates its groomers will revolutionize the ease and effectiveness of keeping arena footings in their best condition. They were developed especially for the care and levelling of uneven surfaces and geotextile soils as well as for sandy underground. Their construction is robust, and the handling is easy. Because of their compact and modular design, the device requires little space and offers one of the best price/performance ratios on the market.