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Susie zips to wins

Reunion with Ziedento is a victorious one at Blenheim

From releases and staff reports - April 17th, 2014

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Susie Hutchison is back on top of the 2014 Blenheim EquiSports grand prix scene. Hutchison, reunited with Ziedento after a couple years, on Saturday took the 10-year-old gelding to his second grand prix win in seven days, the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix, after she and Ziedento had taken the $40,000 Blenheim Spring II Grand Prix the previous weekend.

Smooth and Spectacular

Gorrell, Smooth N Cash are brilliant in Stakes Bridle Spectacular win

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 17th, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jake Gorrell and his longtime partner, Smooth N Cash, used a 228 fence work to blast past the field and win the $25,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular held at South Point Equestrian Center.

Very ready

Very Red Remedy's Open Novice victory latest for Jamieson, Barthelemy program

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 17th, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Trainer Nicolas Barthelemy of Ramona notched another 2014 victory in the show pen, this time at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes aboard Sheri Jamieson’s 4-year-old mare, Very Red Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x Flo N Blue Boon x Pretty Boy Boon), in the Open Novice Horse Division.

Galway gallop

Auburn's Kristi Nunnick and R-Star race to exciting, close CIC3* victory

From releases and staff reports - April 17th, 2014

TEMECULA — After taking the two-phase lead in the CIC3* at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, Kristi Nunnink said that she planned to gallop fast enough around the cross-country course to win, and she did just that. She rode R-Star across the finish line 14 seconds slow, and those 5.6 time faults kept her just in front, with a total score of 57.5. Nunnink and R-Star finished fast enough to defeat John Michael Durr on Esprit De La Danse (58.4) and Hawley Bennett-Awad on Gin ‘N Juice (60.3).

CRHA slides into spring at LAEC

Special to the Horsetrader - April 17th, 2014

BURBANK, CA — Entries were up and the spring-like weather was gorgeous for the 2014 California Reining Horse Association “Bunny Slide” show held March 28-30 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Desert rein

Californians shine in 2014 Cactus Classic

Special to the Horsetrader - April 3rd, 2014

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and "Tink" kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and “Tink” kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Waltenberry photo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Top riders and horses converged on WestWorld March 5-9 to compete and get a glimpse into 2014 at the Cactus Reining Classic, the first of Brumley Management Group’s highly successful trio of annual events.

Going for it

Brian Hafner and longtime partner Lombardo win again

From releases and staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Brian Hafner and Lombardo LHF are competing against veteran riders of past Olympic and WEG teams this year -- and winning.

Brian Hafner and Lombardo LHF are competing against veteran riders of past Olympic and WEG teams this year — and winning.

Terri Miller photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Sonoma-based dressage trainer Brian Hafner, 25, is quickly making a name for himself in the arena — most recently a second-straight Reem Acra FEI World Cup-qualifying freestyle win March 23 on his longtime partner Lombardo LHF at California Dreaming Productions’ Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25.

Normandy-ready

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 score 79.425% at Festival

Special to the Horsetrader - April 3rd, 2014

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, the No. 1-ranked Grand Prix rider and horse combination in the country, “wowed” not only spectators but also the judges on their way to dominating the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle on the final day of California Dreaming Productions’ Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 (presented by Hof Kasselmann).

Catching fire

Mounted shooters vie for titles

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Madison Berry, 18, competes at the California Mounted Shooting Association's State Championship event in Murrieta on March 22-23.

Madison Berry, 18, competes at the California Mounted Shooting Association’s State Championship event in Murrieta on March 22-23.

CMSA photo

MURRIETA — Shooting skills and horsemanship are making a comeback, and the phenomenon of mounted shooting came to Southern California where nearly 40 contestants from throughout the region mounted up and competed March 22-23 in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association California state event recently. This fast-action, timed event uses two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The CMSA has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.

Lots to learn, enjoy at 2014 ‘Rendezvous’

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Mule-packing tips like these to FFA students were just one of many educational opportunities at the 2014 Back country Horsemen of california Rendezvous held march 21-23 at Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco.

Mule-packing tips like these to FFA students were just one of many educational opportunities at the 2014 Back country Horsemen of california Rendezvous held march 21-23 at Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco.

BCHC photo

NORCO — Back Country Horsemen of California brought Ingalls Equestrian Center to life March 21-23, featuring trainer clinicians like Robin Bond, Jerry Tindell and Shawna Karrasch as well as scores of other activities and attractions including a concert by Dave Stamey, a BCHC member as well as Western Music Association 2012 Male Performer of the Year.

BCHC spokesperson Peter Kriger said this year’s BCHA Rendezvous drew more than 2,000 attendees from a wide area, promoting the 3,000-plus member association’s triple-headed mission.