California’s two major regional affiliates of the National Reined Cow Horse Association kick into high gear in October with their respective line-ups of events.
The Horsetrader.com Funniest Horse Video Contest is back! Upload your funny videos to YouTube and them enter them on Horsetrader.com, and then invite your friends to vote! Cash prizes are: first place, $1,000; second place, $300 and third place, $200 – plus, there is a “People’s Choice” award of $500 given to whichever entry gets the most online votes! The contest is in conjunction with the Del Mar International Horse Show, where the winner will be announced and the Top 10 videos will be played on the big screen the night of the Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar Oct. 25! In addition to top level competition including world-class show jumping, hunter and jumper championships and year-end finals, the popular Del Mar International has an abundance of fun.
In addition to the World Cup qualifier, show highlights will include the GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Final and the PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Hunter Championships, and much more! Don’t miss the annual Flash Mob and a special appearance by Michael Jackson, on Saturday night, Oct. 25th, at the Halloween Celebration. Cash prizes will be given for the best costumes! Join in the video contest at www.horsetrader.com/2014-video-contest, and check out the great show line-up at www.WestPalmsEvents.com for schedules, details and more info. See the ad on page 25!
The heartfelt campaign to bring a memorial for Korean War hero Sgt. Reckless comes to Camp Pendleton on Sept. 13, as the Camp Pendleton Historical Society will host a fund-raiser to assist building a memorial for the mare. Spearheaded by author Robin Hutton of Los Angeles, the proposed monument would duplicate the stunning statue by sculptor Jocelyn Russell dedicated last July at the National Museum for the Marine Corps in Quantico. Sgt. Reckless, who once carried 386 rounds– about five tons– 35 miles through rice paddies and up steep hills while enemy fire roared around her, was retired and buried at Camp Pendleton. The fund-raiser will be held at the historic Las Flores Adobe on the base, and it will include architectural tours, a book signing by Hutton with her book, “Sgt. Reckless, America’s Warhorse,” plus other activities including a war dog demonstration, Indian basket weaving, food, music, silent auction and more. Camp Pendleton CPHS will match any funds raised, dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000! See the ad on page 87, and learn more about this amazing project, at CampPendletonHistoricalSociety.org. For a moving glimpse at the story of Sgt. Reckless, visit www.sgtreckless.com/Reckless/Movie.html
The California Draft Horse and Equipment Sale returns to the Tulare County Fairgrounds on Oct. 30-Nov. 1, and consignments are under way for draft and saddle horses, mules, wagons, carriages, buggies, tack, horse trailers, antiques and collectibles. Visitors to this popular annual event can enjoy a free Draft Horse driving clinic conducted by the California Draft Horse and Mule Association, as well as the Fall Packers Challenge, hosted by the American Mule Association, and a Friesian demonstration and clinics with Jerry Tindell. See the ad on page 86, and for more info or a free brochure, call Dan at (559) 334-7731.
A unique futurity concept is now offered by the Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association for geldings bred in the Santa Ynez Valley. Prize money is available for these Arabian geldings as yearlings, 2-year olds and 3-year olds, with the geldings set to be sold on Tuesday, July 29, on Addis Online Auctions.com. Geldings that were foaled in 2013 are nominated by their breeders to the sale, and the new owner purchases a gelding that comes with a Futurity Right that will have payouts in 2014, 2015 and 2016! On projected figures, it is expected that it will be the biggest payout for futurity geldings existing in the U.S. The current nomination fees alone are $39,000 — not including their sale price -– which makes for a pretty exciting opportunity for buyers to take advantage of. Your gelding could pay for himself and then some! All Futurity classes are for amateur handlers and will take place at this fall’s Arabian Foal Festival on Oct. 4-5. See their ad on page 13, and visit www.SYVAHA.com to view the world class geldings available!
Summer is upon us, and that can mean more encounters with rattlesnakes on trails, around the ranch, or at home. One of San Diego’s premier performance facilities, Poway Equestrian Center, will be hosting a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Session, on Sunday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This informative course will expose your animal to live rattlesnakes indigenous to your area, and can help your animals learn to avoid danger. Snakebites to a human, dog or horse is a costly emergency -– protect your family by training your animals! Sign up at www.SRADT.com, and call Poway Equestrian Center at (858) 748-6441 for further details! See their ad on page 46.
Join Big Horse Feed & Mercantile in Temecula on Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, as it celebrates with its 16th Annual Anniversary Sale! Come early and take advantage of super savings and great deals on items and products for you, your family, your horses and your pets — all in one location! The first 100 customers each day receive a free Big Horse grain scoop with fun giveaways, and there will also be hourly drawings each day for many great prizes. And don’t forget to enter Big Horse’s free drawing for a $200 gift certificate! More than just a feed store, Big Horse provides a variety of products for a wide range of riding and driving disciplines, combined with friendly service. Known for its eclectic combination of equestrian, outdoor and lifestyle living retail products, Big Horse has created a destination location for the public for all ages! See the ad on page 2 for more info, or call (951) 676-2544.
Excitement is building in Sacramento as the 2014 Western States Horse Expo nears its run June 13-15 at Cal Expo, with a fresh line-up of clinics, vendors and other attractions. You don’t need to wait to plan your weekend, thanks to the new features on www.horsexpo.com built for Expo by horsetrader.com! Click on the Horse Expo website’s “Schedule” tab for clinics and demonstrations, complete with interactive content that works on your computer, tablet or phone! An extensive online vendor guide with maps, website links, coupons and more is under the “Exhibitors” tab. A favorite feature this year is the “My Don’t Miss List!”, where you can create your own itinerary through the clinics and shopping and either print it out and bring it to Expo…or use your phone! For more info, see the ad on page 12.
Let the countdown begin! The 34th Annual Ramona Rodeo will be held May 15-18 at the Fred Grand Arena. The event provides the community of Ramona with an action-packed weekend of thrills, spills and good clean fun! Long-time stock contractor Honeycutt Rodeo Productions puts on a show that is second to none in the industry. Enjoy bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin’, Main Street Parade, family fun and entertainment and so much more! Tickets do sell out, so make sure to stop by Albertsons in Ramona, the Ramona Business Barn and Boot Barn of El Cajon to get yours soon! See their ad on page 59, and call (760) 803-1422 for more info.
It’s that time of year again –- it’s Broken Horn’s 7th Annual All English Sale! The event spans two big days, May 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will lots of great specials, awesome savings and discounts on horse products and supplies, apparel and English tack. There will be thousands of dollars in hourly drawings and three English saddles will be available as grand prizes! You must dress English, or present a photo of yourself in English riding attire to enter the drawings. Since 1956, Broken Horn has been the West’s largest tack store and a premier manufacturer of quality tack, custom saddles, year-end awards, tack repair and so much more! See their ad on page 46, or call (626) 337-4266 for details.