Auctioneer Rick Machado will once again be at the podium for this first-rate event, part of a world-class six-day line-up at the Mid-state Fairgrounds from Aug. 16-21, including the NSHA Futurity, the World’s Richest Stock Horse Bridle competition and the pre-futurity horse show.
The competitors and attendees at this event is a “Who’s Who” in the reined cow horse world, and the competition is fierce among the world’s top riders and horses.
Heaven’s Ranch comes to Norco! Since 2002, Heaven’s Ranch in Chino Hills has been sharing its distinctive version of paradise with area horse lovers, both young and old. Anne Capelle, owner and founder of the historic, working cattle ranch recently announced the opening of a second Heaven’s Ranch facility in Norco. The Grand Opening is planned for July, 2016. The new establishment, located at 4036 Pedley Ave., has the ability to house more than 40 horses and will feature box stalls, outside pens, a 60′ x 200’ arena, round pen and hotwalker, and is a short ride to river trails. Heaven’s Ranch specializes in assisting newcomers to the equine world by providing the foundational skills and education necessary to truly enjoy life with an equine companion. As with the Chino Hills location, horsemanship skills for all levels, as well as lessons on cattle, will be in the offerings at the Norco site. For information, contact Heaven’s Ranch at 909-597-4920. For updates on their grand opening, visit their website at www.heavensranchllc.com.
The University of California – Davis Annual Production Sale coming on June 18 will include weanlings, yearlings, 2-year olds and several broodmares that have been worked with and trained by the program’s foal managers. They have been trained for parades, the farrier, hot walker, round pen, clippers — and even saddle-broke. Folks in the program like to emphasize that their yearlings “are better trained than most people’s 3-year olds!” Whether you are looking for a Quarter Horse or an Azteca, the UC Davis Horse Barn is a great source. As always, “the proof is in the progeny!”
Next month’s Western States Horse Expo June 10-12 at Cal Expo in Sacramento will offer “HorseMax: The new way to buy a horse.” For a flat $400 fee, sellers will receive a 10×10 stall for four days at the Expo (including three bags of shavings), scheduled access to arenas on-site for test rides, on-site prepurchase vet exams availability, three three-day parking passes, plus back-stage off-hour access to the Expo. All sales are private party, with no commissioned sales. Plus, HorseMax sellers get a California Horsetrader/Horsetrader.com account to place ads that appear both in print — in the California Horsetrader and the Official Horse Expo Program — as well as on Horsetrader.com. Call to sign up or get more info: 800-352-2411.
The Equine Health & Pleasure Fair, sponsored by the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC), is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orcas Park Equestrian Center. The entire community and equestrian friends are invited to share in this FREE, fun-filled event by riding on the trails at Hansen Dam, then continuing on your horse to the Fair! There will be lots of vendors, including L.A. Animal Services for micro-chipping/licensing of horses and dogs, horse-and-rider bling, BLM and other horse rescues, farriers and vets, various equine products, info booths from various equine-based organizations, political candidate booths, free food and drinks, free pony rides for the kids — and much more!
It’s here! Don your breeches and English attire for the Ninth Annual Broken Horn ALL ENGLISH SALE April 23-24. In so doing, you’ll be eligible for hundreds of free hourly prizes during this spectacular weekend. Everything English will be 10 to 50 percent off (some restriction apply). If you’re in need of Kastel sun shirts, you’ll find select styles on sale for $49.99. All English riding boots are up to 20 percent off, select hunt coats are 20 to 50 percent off, Ariat denim breeches are on sale, as are half-chaps, EOUS saddle pads, select Ovation helmets — and much more! In need of an English saddle? Check in-store for Broken Horn’s “Gift certificate for sales tax” special for all the details. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity on everything English at Broken Horn, your equestrian super store. Call 626-337-4266 or visit www.brokenhornsaddlery.com.
Wylene Wilson-Davis is coming to Rolling Horse Ranch in Ramona on April 16-17, 2016. Wylene is the most recent winner of Mustang Magic, a two-time winner of Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, and has been featured in Wild Horse, Wild Ride. She also has been in the 2014 three part miniseries, Mustang Millionaire for NatGeo Wild. Known for making quick and lasting changes for you and your horse, Wylene will provide lessons on how to ride, trust and communicate confidently with your horse, as well as how to create a safe partnership in both normal and “extreme” circumstances. She invites you to come, watch and learn, then leave with a more confident relationship between you and your horse! The clinic runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and costs $400 for two days, $30 per day for auditors. For more info, contact Ellen at email@example.com or 760-419-6768.
A few spots remain unfilled, but they aren’t expected to remain that way long for the Buck Brannaman clinic in the Los Angeles area April 1-4 at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lake View Terrace. Brannaman will be offering two classes: Foundation from 9 a.m. to noon, and Horsemanship 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. To bnook your spot in the clinic, call Sally at (323) 662-8085, and see the ad on page 62. Spectators are welcome to watch this remarkable teacher at work, and no reservations are necessary for that. More info is also available on the trainer’s website.
Fiesta Charity Horse Show and Spectacular is dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for cancer research in order to help find a cure for this disease and give people long lives, as well as to honor our nation’s military families. Many local and national organizations have benefitted from funds raised through Fiesta, including the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Fiesta brings together the special healing power of horses and people.
Colt Starting Challenge USA is coming to Norco on Feb. 26-27! Horse lovers will enjoy the Challenge in Horsetown USA. Competitions match young horses that have limited handling or never been saddled nor bridled, with great horsemen and horsewomen to train them. Russell and Cristy Beatty founded the Colt Starting Challenge USA which takes place over two days and showcases some of the best trainers in the country. By the time the contest concludes on the second day, trainers will take their horses through a series of challenges to show just how far the animals have come in a short time frame. The trainers use Natural Horsemanship techniques, which utilize each animal’s natural instincts. Each trainer receives markings by judges to decide the winners of each competition. This isn’t the old-school style of breaking horses to work under a saddle, where cowboys would saddle a young horse, then ride through the bucking and kicking in order to teach the animal to work. Natural horsemanship allows each horse the opportunity to understand its surroundings while gaining confidence. That’s what makes it exciting, not only for the contestants but also horse owners and those viewing from the audience. For more information, see the ad on page 29. To register your horse, call (808) 269-3408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is visit www.ColtStartingChallengeUSA.com.