Trainers Debbie McEwen, Leslie Thompson and Brianna Leahy are excited to announce that a new Western horse show series is coming to the North Orange County area! Way Out Western (W.O.W.) will be a series of four shows at the Mara Brandman Arena in Orange Park Acres. W.O.W. horse shows offer an open, affordable opportunity to show or school your Western horse. There is no club to join, and there will be enough divisions that all levels of riders will have a chance to compete with their peers. This could very well be the perfect show series you’ve been looking for – ready to start the beginners or tune up the experienced. Shows will offer classes in trail, horsemanship, pleasure, country pleasure and ranch pleasure. The trail courses will be designed by Don Lehman, who has been creating courses for PCHA and AQHA events for years. Plan to join the W.O.W. crew on March 16, June 15, July 20 and Sept 21. The W.O.W. goal is to provide a high-quality, non-rated, community event that brings riders from all over Orange County. The W.O.W. team welcomes input and comments as the shows progress. For further info, call (714) 740-5151, or visit www.wowhorseshows.com.
Norco is called “Horsetown USA” for good reason (see article on page 40), and when this community puts on a casino night, it’s a horseman’s “don’t miss” event. The Norco Horsemen’s Association will help celebrate Norco’s 50th Birthday with its 18th Annual Casino Night on Saturday, March 15, at Nellie Weaver Hall. This fun event features blackjack, roulette, craps – and new for this year –faro! There will also be hourly “Pot of Gold” drawings, a prize wheel and a $500 Grand Prize. Enjoy great music and take advantage of the Western Saloon and Chuck Wagon. All proceeds will go to support the Norco High School FFA Scholarship Fund and other community events. Get your pre-sale tickets for $20 each, which will include a limited edition coin that commemorates Norco’s 50th Anniversary. See ad on page 45, and visit www.nha-norco.org for details!
In response to the growing popularity of the AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes, the Cactus Reining Classic has added AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the schedule of the upcoming event at WestWorld in Scottsdale March 5-9. A favorite of exhibitors and spectators alike, the class is judged on how well horses and riders perform in a simulated ranch environment. Show producer Amanda Brumley calls the addition of these classes “icing on the cake” of an already super line-up. Established in 2005, the Cactus Reining Classic is the first event in the three show “Triple Crown of Reining Series” that includes Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic, all of which are recognized by the NRHA among their top-ranked approved events worldwide. See ad on page 25.
You don’t need to wait for the gates to open at Fairplex Feb. 7-9 to see what’s new at the 2014 Horse Expo Pomona — you can check it out NOW! Horsetrader.com, the official online marketplace of Horse Expo Events, offers a cool online guide to the two things Expo visitors care about most: the schedule and the vendors! Check out our innovative, interactive sites by going to horseexpoevents.com, and click on either “schedule” or “exhibitors”. You can even create (and share!) your own “Don’t Miss List!”, complete with maps, inside info, and even money-saving coupons! The site is designed for your computer, your tablet and your phone … so have fun NOW. See more info on page 8.
The Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous is coming back to Norco! Open to the public, this free, fun springtime event will be held March 21-23 at the Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. Nationally acclaimed cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey will be on hand for a Friday night show and events include trainers Jerry Tindell, Robin Bond and Shawna Karrasch; trail trials, U.S. Forest Service Pack Mule string, contests, vendors, kids’ events, raffles and so much more! See their ad on page 66, and get your tickets and more info at www.bchcalifornia.org, or call (951) 833-6403.
Looking ahead to another great year with your horses in 2014? Be sure your club or private events, shows, meetings or fund-raisers are listed on Horsetrader.com. Shows also will be in the California Horsetrader printed calendar! To place them online, just go to Horsetrader.com and click on “Place An Ad” on the homepage. Then, log in or create an account, and select “New Show/Event” … then list it! With more than 1,000 visitors every day (and growing!), you don’t want to miss out on this great FREE service.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation invites you to “Do the Extreme in 2014″! The 100-day wild horse training challenge is headed back to Horsetown USA, Norco, on May 16-17 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. Trainer applications will be due Jan. 3, so make sure your application is ready to turn in! For adults, there is a $10,000 estimated purse, while the youth division (offered for the first time at this event), offers a $5,000 estimated purse. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in order to recognize and highlight the value of Mustangs through a national training competition. These events give the public a unique opportunity to see the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses. See the ad on page 21, and call for more info at (512) 869-3225.
The Christmas shopping season is upon us! Planning out your ‘Black Friday’ sales circuit? Don’t miss out on the super discounts and great deals available at some of your favorite tack and feed stores! See the California Horsetrader’s ‘Black Friday’ special section on page 58, for more details!
Looking for a top notch gelding? A well-broke trail or reining horse? The Twombly Performance Horse Sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas! This is one of the best broke gelding sales in the U.S., specializing in reining, ranch broke and trail riding geldings — and features lots of duns and buckskins! They’ll also be selling the entire Zan It 2013 foal crop by private treaty. For directions and more information about the sale, see the ad on page 73, and call (308) 783-1866. You also can check out early consignments and view videos on www.TwomblyArena.com.
Calling all Non Pros! The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association wants you to save the dates of Nov. 16-17, for the 2013 SCRCHA Triple Crown. The competition will be held at Casner Ranch in Temecula and will feature snaffle bit, derby, bridle, youth and limited divisions. More than $10,000 in added money and awards will be given, and there will be buckles for champions, stirrups for reserve champions, plus go-round awards! You won’t want to miss this exciting event. Call Laura at (951) 551-9505 and see the ad on page 72 for further details.