Top jumpers make indoor season finale memorable
In order to accommodate a tight-turn option that ultimately determined the top placings in the class, fence 11, the skinny Las Vegas jump, was set as the last element of a line towards the gate, with an option to turn inside and gallop to the final oxer. Preceding the skinny was a triple combination out of the corner at the top of the ring. This line caused rails to fall over 30 times during the class. However, it wasn’t the only trouble spot; the tall vertical at fence 3 came down a number of times and the forward bending line into the combination at 6a-b caused rails, refusals and one dismount. The 78-second time allowed was also a factor, as 15 riders accrued faults.
In third year, SCRCHA Non Pro Triple Crown pays out $10,000 in cash, awards - and fun
The two-day event for non professional riders was exactly that Nov. 16-17, as the host Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association built on its strong foundation of the last two years, attracting 65 entries on 50 horses to Casner’s Ranch to get a piece of more than $10,000 in added money and awards.
The Deer Springs area of San Marcos was especially well represented. SYP High Definition GCH, who is stabled at Deer Springs Equestrian and owned by Ted and Elaine Olsen of Coto De Caza, took the World Champion Park Harness Amateur Masters title, while another Olsen-owned Morgan, Arboria Arion, was Reserve World Champion Park Harness Amateur.
The Riverside area horsewoman may have taken up reining’s circles and patterns just seven years ago, but her youth from age 6 was spent alongside her older sister in competitive ice skating, where they both achieved senior level recognition in national competition. The training, discipline and awareness from that experience may have provided the 36-year-old Spencer a leg up in the show pen.
CRHA Challenge, Southwest Affiliate finals rock L.A. Equestrian Center
BURBANK — From aged events to Southwest Affiliate showdowns, the California Reining Horse Associaton’s Year-end Challenge show brought the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life Oct. 23-27, showcasing talent that soon will be heading to the NRHA Futurity and Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma City.
Davidson, Petite Flower top a brilliant Galway Int'l 3-Day competition
Nation's largest NRHA Affiliate vie for titles and trips to OKC
The event, the last stop for qualifiers before they head to Oklahoma City for the NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championships Nov. 28-Dec. 7, filled more than 300 MEC stalls , attracting entrants from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
SCRCHA ends 2013 with a bang at Casner's Ranch
Sunday afternoon’s Shootout, which has open, non pro and limited non pro divisions, followed a pair of weekend shows with NRCHA and AQHA approved classes, as well as the “Cut For A Cause” on Friday. The benefit cutting raised $7,000 to go along with another $5,000 from a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Surfers Healing program.
John Farris and his gelding, Boomba Chic, returned to the arena after a year’s layoff and won the Non Pro Shootout. “Red Ned”, as he is known in trainer Glen Aspinall’s barn, won the 2012 SCRCHA Shootout, then missed 2012 competition to allow for rehabilitation of a leg injury.
Del Mar Int'l attracts talent, spectators and fun to fall competition
An enthusiastic crowd – many in costume – enjoyed seeing 38 of the top Grand Prix riders and horses in the country take on the myriad challenges posed by Marina Azevedo’s extremely technical course. Out of 38 entries, only Vinton and Coral Reef Baloufino executed a round that left every rail intact, coming in well under the 74-second time.
Los Angeles celebrated the Day of the Horse on Oct. 2, and the city put horses front and center at City Hall. The Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee (LAEAC), created by City Council, with the help from Councilman Tom LaBonge, advises Los Angeles City Council on equestrian issues.
The LAEAC is working with the City’s Planning Department to preserve endangered agricultural and horse keeping areas within the City of Los Angeles. With L.A. City and L.A. Recreation and Parks support, the LAEAC erected two pipe corrals provided by East Valley Feed & Tack and placed horses in them on the South Lawn of City Hall. The LAEAC members put the corrals in place and removed them later in the morning to highlight the speed of installing “pipe corrals” for horse keeping. City Planning regards pipe corrals as permanent structures requiring the same building permits as needed for a barn.