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.
Simpson has a six-pack of HITS grand prix wins
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.
40th Annual SEAHA Show reveals regional talent on eve of Arizona event
NORCO – 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.
Simpson hotter than Thermal in first weeks of HITS Desert Circuit
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.
Champions and reserve champions were awarded with custom buckles from A Cut Above Buckles, while the Top Five were awarded with custom breast collars created by Trophy Tack. Qualifiers were awarded with custom SCRCHA split reins donated by Thrifty Horse in Norco.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Yvonne Mathieu Award, a custom saddle stand by Trophy Tack, to Jimmy Flores.
Traveler gets special duty in 126th Rose Parade
POMONA–One of the fastest growing expos in the U.S., California’s Horse Expo Pomona comes to the L.A. County Fairplex Jan. 30-Feb. 1. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the Expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse owning lifestyle year round.
From posh World Championship competition at South Point in Las Vegas to simple backcountry riding, California associations offer rich experiences – on a horse and next to friends. Here are some of the best groups, events and venues.
Andalusian World Cup
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The Andalusian World Cup is the largest Iberian horse event in North America, scheduled this year for Sept. 24-26 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. A one-of-a-kind event, it is open to registered Iberian Horses from all registries.
Each year, these horses gather to compete in halter, performance, working equitation, dressage and dressage sport horse classes, which culminates on the evening of Sept 26 when most of the Supreme Championship classes are held. Horses and spectators travel from around the globe to compete and watch the event, with international competitors and guests from as far away as Egypt.
Those who cannot be there to watch the World Cup in person, can watch via live broadcast. Last year’s event attracted close to 30,000 viewers in 67 different countries over the course of the three-day event.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — California reiners made their presence felt at this year’s National Reining Horse Association Futurity, as Golden State competitors took their momentum from strong West Coast campaigns to the NRHA Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championships Nov. 28-Dec. 6. The Open Futurity finals gave a packed house what they were craving – the best of the best in a dramatic finish, right until the end of the second section.
Some memorable news from a year in - and out of - the arena
JANUARY: Every year kicks off with hope and enthusiasm, and 2014 has been no different. After all, it’s the Chinese “Year of the Horse”, as well as a World Equestrian Games year.
Out of the gate, 2014 featured change, as the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association moved the 39th version of its popular January show from the Fairplex in Pomona to a new venue, the expanded George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center in Norco. Happiest of all may have been Gordon and Paula Jahr of Wrightwood, whose 6-year-old Half-Arab gelding, WW Ive Been Spotted, went home with the Supreme Halter Championship.
Halfway across the nation in Oklahoma City, Lakeside horsewoman Elisa Swenson was named the 2014 Miss Rodeo USA at a pressure-filled competition at the International Professional Rodeo Association World Finals. Upon winning, the 25-year-old San Diego County native credited horses and her supportive father, Thomas Swenson, for overcoming some of life’s stumbling blocks.