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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.

EquestFest returns this month better than ever!

From Horsetrader sales staff - November 30th, 2018

wordpress_column_ingateThe Tournament of Roses EquestFest presented by Wells Fargo, is coming soon to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank on Saturday, Dec. 29. Don’t miss the opportunity to be “up close and personal” with your favorite equestrian units from this year’s fabulous parade.
The very first Tournament of Roses parade took place on January 1, 1890, when Grand Marshal Francis Rowland and President Charles Holder mounted their favorite horses and led the Rose Parade through Pasadena. In 1920, the 31st Annual Rose Parade marked the end of the horse-drawn era and ushered in the innovation of motor-driven floats, powered by electric and gasoline engines. Over the years, the organizing committees have recognized and honored the horse-heritage of this great event. This year, 18 of the nearly 90 participants in the Tournament of Roses parade are equestrian.
Talented equestrians have performed many favorite and iconic roles, from pony races and chariot races, to beautiful horse-drawn carriages and horse-drawn floats. A tradition as old as the Tournament of Roses® itself, equestrian units remain an irreplaceable part of America’s New Year Celebration®. A wide variety of horse breeds entertain spectators, each with their own style and grace. Previous breeds have included Curly Horses, American Saddlebreds, Gypsy Cobs, Andalusians, Miniature Horses, Draft Horses, Quarter Horses and more.

Ho-ho-Horsetrader Gift Guide ready in print and online

From Horsetrader sales staff - November 2nd, 2018

wordpress_column_ingateAt a quandary as to where to find the perfect items for all the horse-happy people on your holiday gift-giving list? Be sure to check out the Ho-Ho-Horsetrader Holiday Gift Guide on pages 22-23. You’ll find everything from bling aprons, shirts, hats, and window decals; to home décor and furnishings; to tack, apparel, grooming and stable equipment; to blankets and coats for your horse and pets; and so much more.

Several of our stores are having sales in November! Broken Horn Saddlery in Baldwin Park (see ad on page 7) and Thrifty Horse in Norco (page 45) are both having big “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25. Deer Springs Feed & Supply in San Marcos (page 3) is hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 24 including photos with Santa for you and your pets. Inland Vet Supply both in Norco and Temecula (page 2) have all your essentials and Kruse Feed in La Habra (page 9) along with four other Standlee dealers, have a special coupon offer on their premium forage.

Be sure to shop early for the best selection, and by all means, say you saw it in the California Horsetrader. Give us a call at (760) 546-1184 if you have a gifty item you’d like to advertiser in our December Holiday Gift Guide.

Lynn Palm teaches Western Dressage, Ranch Riding Oct. 20-21

From Horsetrader sales staff - October 4th, 2018

Lynn Palm

Lynn Palm

California Western Dressage Association will present a Western Dressage and Ranch Riding Clinic with Lynn Palm Oct. 20-21 at the George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center in Norco. Palm is a world-renowned trainer, clinician, author and judge with a long list of accomplishments including 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Championships, seven Western Dressage Association of America™ World Championships and four “Superhorse” Championships. The four-time AQHA World CHampionship Show judge has performed over 50 bridleless exhibitions with the legendary Rugged Lark, and she also performed western dressage freestyle exhibitions at the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals Dressage Showcase. Don’t’ miss this opportunity to learn from a world class professional. Sharpen your ranch riding skills and learn how you can use western dressage to improve what you do with your equine partner in the “dressage court”, as well as in other disciplines—or out on the trail. Award-winning equestrian journalist Jennifer Forsberg Meyers quotes Lynn Palm as on western dressage, “You’ll love the control you gain…adding that it’s all without a bigger bit, without sharper spurs.”

This is it! Broken Horn Saddlery’s BIG sale Sept. 15-16

From Horsetrader sales staff - August 31st, 2018

wordpress_column_ingateThe “Sale of Sales” is coming to Your Equestrian Superstore on Sept. 15-16! You will be able to save 10-60 percent off nearly everything. Check out this month’s Broken Horn Saddlery ad on pages 44-45 for a sampling of what you can expect. In addition to great savings, there’s so much fun to be had. There are giveaways and raffles for gift cards and saddles. Mark your calendar and be one of the first 100 families in the door to receive a free bucket! Broken Horn is located at 1026 Leorita St. in Baldwin Park

Time for a BIG, FAT, HUGE sale at Hawthorne’s

From Horsetrader sales staff - August 8th, 2018

wordpress_column_ingateHawthorne Country Store will host a Purina® Check-R-Board® Day & BIG, FAT, HUGE SALE on Saturday, August 25 from 9 am to 5 pm. EVERYTHING WILL BE ON SALE from small discounts to serious yard-sale-pricing blow-out discounts! There will be back-to-school specials on kid’s clothing including boots and jeans. Come check out the sale in our extensive department for harvest prep, canning and food dehydration! Now is the time to get ready for your next FFA and 4-H project with great deals on equipment and supplies. PREPAY FOR FEED & COMMODITY PRODUCTS on sale this day and collect your discounted product for months to come! You’ll find manufacturer reps to talk about your favorite products, giveaways, samples and multiple fantastic raffle prizes! The sale is happening at both Hawthorne Country Store locations in Escondido and Fallbrook. Hawthorne Country Store is a Purina® Expert Dealer.

SmartPak continues its drive to reduce colic risks

From the Horsetrader sales staff - July 1st, 2018

InGate graphicA number of factors can increase your horse’s risk for colic commonly occurring with travel. These factors include sudden changes in activity level, lack of turnout or increased stall time, changes in hay and/or grain, and dehydration. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your horse cope with these common stresses. Along with management strategies, daily support from a digestive supplement, like SmartDigest® Ultra, may help support a healthy and balanced hindgut.

When you’re traveling with your horse, there’s more to do than simply hitch up the trailer and hit the road. Whether heading to a show or moving your horse to another barn, traveling with your horse comes with a variety of challenges so it’s important to be prepared. SmartPak is here with the helpful tips you need for a successful road trip with your horse to make it to your destination safe and sound.