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Legolas 92 and Peters mark 80.825 -- their best

By JENNIFER KEELER - For the Horsetrader - March 5th, 2015

Steffen Peters & Legolas 92 accept congratulations from the ground jury for their big win Feb. XX in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Mid-Winter Dressage CDI-W.

Steffen Peters & Legolas 92 accept congratulations from the ground jury for their big win Feb. XX in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Mid-Winter Dressage CDI-W.

Terri Miller photo

BURBANK — The much-anticipated inaugural West Coast qualifying competition for this year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final came to a resounding conclusion on the final day of California Dreaming Productions’ Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W/Y/J/U-25 in Burbank as U.S. Dressage Team veterans Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 earned an impressive score of 80.825% for their popular U-2 themed Grand Prix Freestyle. This remarkable score is not only a personal best for the pair, but it also firmly cements them as favorites to lead the American contingent to Las Vegas. Finishing in second was Peters’ 2012 Olympic team mate Jan Ebeling aboard Vantage Equestrian Group LLC’s impressive Hanoverian stallion FRH Rassolini (Rubioso N x Sweetheart by Silvano) with 75.050%.

“We had an exciting ride today and I’m so pleased,” said Peters, who explained that he specifically asked announcer Brian O’Connor to raise the volume in the Equidome, which almost created a problem mid-test. “When we did the sound check, I didn’t want to take it easy because that’s not going to be the reality in Las Vegas. So the music was definitely louder, and at the end of the arena just before the one tempi’s, Legolas reacted to it. But even though we had that bobble, he recovered and still did the line of one’s, and I’m particularly happy about that. This is his fifth test in a row where he hasn’t made a mistake in the changes, and that’s huge improvement for him.”

Corey Cushing and PRF Spoonful Of Gold

Corey Cushing and PRF Spoonful Of Gold

NRCHA photo

FORT WORTH — Corey Cushing won the 2015 Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman competition on PRF Spoonful Of Gold, and California riders and horses also made their respective marks at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, held Feb. 13-21.

PRF Spoonful Of Gold (Hes A Peptospoonful X Sons Miss Sprat) is a 2008 sorrel stallion owned by Cathy Corrigan. The reserve championship went to Phillip Ralls of Paso Robles on Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey X Smart Little XX), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Christian Larson of Park City, Utah. Jake Gorrell took fourth place on Smooth N Cash, owned by the Roloff Ranch in Temecula.

One Moore try

Don Moore and his gelding, 'Nic', put it all together to win Super Horse

From Horsetrader staff reports - March 5th, 2015

After winning the 2015 Charles Wilhelm Ultimate Super Horse Challenge at Horse Expo Jan. 31, Don Moore of Reed Valley Ranch in Hemet poses with those who inspired him (from left) Charles Wilhelm, Barbara Ferrante, Robin Bond, Ricky Cruz, Moore's wife Janet, Kelli Buffington, and Jimmy Flores, Jr.

After winning the 2015 Charles Wilhelm Ultimate Super Horse Challenge at Horse Expo Jan. 31, Don Moore of Reed Valley Ranch in Hemet poses with those who inspired him (from left) Charles Wilhelm, Barbara Ferrante, Robin Bond, Ricky Cruz, Moore’s wife Janet, Kelli Buffington, and Jimmy Flores, Jr.

Lauren Koski photo


POMONA — After finishing close behind highly regarded Robin Bond in the last two of Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse competitions, Don Moore put it all together Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at Horse Expo Pomona and scored a decisive championship with his partner, Nic-O-Lena.

Moore, who along with wife Janet have operated Reed Valley Ranch in Hemet since 2005, gives all the credit to his support team — and also to “Nic”, an 8-year-old gelding he bought in an out-of-state auction as a 2-year old.

“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and I waited 50 years for him,” said Moore, a Northern California native who was a cowboy in Montana and Idaho for three decades before moving to Reed Valley Ranch. “And it’s been worth the wait.”

Moore received a custom saddle designed by Charles Wilhelm for the title, as well as a championship buckle provided by Horse Expo, Pomona, clippers from Andis, supplements from HorseTech, and other sponsor prizes.

Getting Back to Basics

California's first big AQHA circuit of year starts off 2015 with a bang

Special to the Horsetrader - March 5th, 2015

RANCHO MURIETA — California’s Quarter Horse Show scene got off to a booming start of 2015 at the Murieta Equestrian Center Feb. 11-15, as the Back to Basics Show came to town for five days of busy competition.

The circuit hosted almost 900 entries per day with classes for everyone at all levels and age groups — both AQHA and all-breed. From halter to pleasure, cattle classes to trail, ranch riding to hunters under saddle, this show had it.

HITS homestretch

Fellers, Flexible get win as AIG $1 million grand prix nears

From Horsetrader staff reports - March 5th, 2015

THERMAL — Rich Fellers and Flexible, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Feb. 27, topping a field of 44 contenders at HITS Desert Horse Park.

Fifteen horses made the jump-off and nine went double-clear. John Pearce, of Bermuda Dunes and Chianto, owned by Forest View Farm, went second in the jump-off, finishing in 35.047 with the first double-clear, setting the Great American Time to Beat that held up through the next eight competitors who tried to catch him. Fellers, of Wilsonville, Ore., went 13th in the jump-off, completing the round in 34.488 seconds to take the lead.

Day of the Horse in Valley Center

Submitted by Michaela Sanderson - March 5th, 2015

The Valley Center Vaqueros hosted its Second Annual “Day of the Horse” on Feb. 7, featuring a wide range of activities for horse-lovers.Created to be a fun educational opportunity for the community, the event included vendors, drill team performances, and demonstrations of reining, mounted shooting, driving, vaulting, jumping, polo, dressage and more.

“We began the Day of the Horse to be a venue for all equestrians to learn,” said Vaqueros President Deanne Sanderson.

MORE ONLINE: Http://www.valleycentervaqueros.com

WCRHA opener is a wet one

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 19th, 2015

Raney Fichtner slides to a 73 and the Intermediate Open title on her BP Gallardo at the WCRHA Affiliate 1 show Feb. 5-8 at the Murieta Equestrian Center.

Raney Fichtner slides to a 73 and the Intermediate Open title on her BP Gallardo at the WCRHA Affiliate 1 show Feb. 5-8 at the Murieta Equestrian Center.

John O’Hara photo

RANCHO MURIETA – Rain couldn’t dampen spirits at the West Coast Reining Horse Association’s Affiliate No. 1 show, as reiners of all ages and levels kicked the 2015 show season into gear Feb. 5-8 at the Murieta Equestrian Center.

Mike Boyle rode Vicki Dias’s I Spook to the respective Open and Prime Time Open titles, marking a 73 that tied for the event’s high score with Intermediate Open champion Raney Fichtner on her BP Gallardo.

The next WCRHA Affiliate Show will be the Rein For The Roses on Kentucky Derby weekend, April 30-May 3 at Brookside.

A Will and a way

Simpson has a six-pack of HITS grand prix wins

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 19th, 2015

THERMAL — Will Simpson took one more HITS Desert Circuit Grand Prix win on Sunday, Feb. 8, on Monarch International’s Katie Riddle in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. The victory marked Simpson’s sixth Grand Prix win so far at HITS Thermal. Simpson topped a field of 41 riders – including eight others who made it to the jump-off – going double-clear and completing the second round in 43.203 seconds to claim the victory at HITS Desert Horse Park.

Ready for Scottsdale

40th Annual SEAHA Show reveals regional talent on eve of Arizona event

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 5th, 2015

1502AwpcoverNORCO – With the 60th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on the horizon, Southern California competitors stormed to the Ingalls Park Equestrian Center Jan. 23-25 for the popular Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association Show.

Each year – for 40 years now – the SEAHA event serves as a valuable tune-up before heading east for the Scottsdale show that gives trainers, exhibitors and owners of all levels a preview of potential rivals for the fall’s Arabian Horse Association National Championships. This year’s edition, with numbers slightly up, marked its second year in its new home in Horsetown USA.

Will to win

Simpson hotter than Thermal in first weeks of HITS Desert Circuit

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 5th, 2015

Will Simpson is off to a soaring start to 2015 with a spectacular showing at HITS Desert Circuit I, II and III; so far he's won five grand prixes.

Will Simpson is off to a soaring start to 2015 with a spectacular showing at HITS Desert Circuit I, II and III; so far he’s won five grand prixes.

ESI Photography photo

THERMAL — Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson has virtually shut out the field of Grand Prix riders so far at HITS Desert Horse Park. Simpson, riding S.F. Ariantha, claimed his fifth consecutive victory with a first place finish in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Jan. 30. S.F. Ariantha, a new mount for Simpson, is owned Olivia Cox-Fill.

Thirty-five riders competed in the class and 11 returned for the jump-off. Simpson took home the $7,500 top prize by cleanly completing the jump-off course in 39.033 seconds — just a tenth of a second faster than second place finisher Karl Cook on Basimodo, owned by Signe Ostby, with a time of 39.130 seconds. A little more than a full second behind Simpson and Cook, to finish in third, was Kara Chad, riding Stone Ridge Farms LLC’s Alberto II, in a clean 40.551 seconds. Both Cook and Chad finished in the top six on other horses, Cook with Ostby’s Tembla in fourth, and Chad on Stone Ridge’s Zamiro 16, in sixth.