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2018 Horse Headliners

Saluting a year’s worth of highlights and heroes

- November 30th, 2018

WINTER

headliners_1_1812aTHE TRAUMA OF DECEMBER’S WILDFIRES—and subsequent mudslides a month later in some areas—was far from forgotten in communities from San Diego County to Central California. In many places, victim needs still outstripped supplies. But signs of recovery were appearing, slowly.
While the toll of the terrible trio—the Lilac Fire in Bonsall, Creek Fire in Los Angeles and Thomas Fire in Ventura County—was still being calculated, groups formed both formally and informally to mutually support and educate neighbors in respective communities.
Deer Springs Equestrian in San Marcos, a few miles due south of the Lilac Fire, conducted a two-hour equine microchip clinic on Jan. 13, where Dr. Emily Sandler of Pacific Coast Equine Veterinary Services microchipped and registered horses.
The local advocacy group, the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association, sent out a comprehensive self-evacuation guide that could be a difference-maker in preparation for a future event. The guide is rooted in the Cal Fire Volunteers in Prevention campaign after the June 2008 Lightning Strike Fires in Tehama County.
In the area struck by the Creek Fire in Los Angeles, equestrians banded together to educate, plan and communicate using lessons learned from the Dec. 6 firestorm that devastated longtime equestrian centerpieces in their community like Middle Ranch and Gibson Ranch.
At Gibson Ranch, volunteers worked several months, lending skills and effort toward a common vision: the return of the horse ranch to normal.

Pretty in PINK

10th Annual Pink Classic brings out innovations, talent

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 2nd, 2018

DEL MAR—The 10th Annual Pink Classic Championships came to Showpark Oct. 18-21, bringing the seaside venue to life with an all-breed show that kept multiple arenas humming.

Birdie Avery and her Talley have moved over to ranch riding, where they earned four AQHA points and qualified for the AQHA World Show Oct. 18-21 at the All-Breed Western Horse Show in Del Mar. Horsetrader photo

Birdie Avery and her Talley have moved over to ranch riding, where they earned four AQHA points and qualified for the AQHA World Show Oct. 18-21 at the All-Breed Western Horse Show in Del Mar. Horsetrader photo

Held every October, this cancer-awareness horse event featured signs throughout the venue that displayed cancer facts and statistics, emphasizing early detection. Pink Bandanas and wrist bands were free to exhibitors and spectators—pink wristbands symbolizing support and white wristbands for cancer survivors.

Ranch horse versatility classes have created a wave of interest, says show manager Poncie Hermann-Gimple, because they offer an opportunity to compete with your horse without the expense of an expensive show tack and outfits, and also becasue of a better sense of camaraderie that stems from a more level playing field due to the difficulty of patterns. Show management is allowed to draw and present original patterns that have not been seen prior to the show.

New this year was the High Point Ranch Horse, with the champion receiving the Emily Jungers Perpetual Mel Lawson Trophy. Emily, who succumbed to cancer nine years ago, was on the Track One Events staff many years.

The horses competed in ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch on the rail, and conformation at halter.

Del Mar Int’l Show features year-enders

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 2nd, 2018

DEL MAR—The Del Mar International swept through the Del Mar Fairgrounds three consecutive weekends in October, showcasing a spectrum of talent vying for series awards and medal finals.

Avery Kalafatas and Benetton were winners in the Onondarka Medal Finals. Amy McCool photo

Avery Kalafatas and Benetton were winners in the Onondarka Medal Finals. Amy McCool photo

One of the highlights was the Oct. 21 $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Final, presented by California Horsetrader and horsetrader.com. Eduardo Mendes took the final, but Kristiin Hardin ended the year as the GGT Series CHampions.

Menezes couldn’t say enough good things about the 15-year-old chestnut Warmblood gelding owned by Carlos Hank.

Coming in second was Mandy Porter on Pasilla, an 11-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood mare owned by Sarah Ballou.

An affair in Horsetown USA

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 2nd, 2018

Andrea Kaus photo

Andrea Kaus photo

NORCO—From the mounted shooting to carriage driving—and everything in-between, it seemed—the Second Annual Norco Horse Affair brought Ingalls Park Equestrian Center to life Oct. 5-7. Presented by The Thrifty Horse Consignment Shoppe, the event drew attendees from throughout Southern California to enjoy three days of seminars, entertainment and shopping the wares of more than 35 vendors.

More online: http://bit.ly/811_Norco

Arizona Rein

- November 2nd, 2018

Bob Avila was headliner presenter at the Best of The West Boot Camp clinic.

Bob Avila was headliner presenter at the Best of The West Boot Camp clinic.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—With more than $100,000 in added prize money and some of reining’s biggest names, the Arizona Reining Horse Association’s The Best of the West highlighted the season for the host Arizona Reining Horse Association. The show featured the fund-raising Reining Boot Camp, designed for green, rookie and non pro riders who were introduced to other reiners, local affiliate volunteers and multiple trainers and had their maneuvers evaluated without the pressure of a show. Boot Camps benefit the RHF Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, helping reiners enduring hardships.

More online: http://bit.ly/811_AZRHA

NSHA debut in ‘Vegas is a hit

Clayton Edsall sweeps Open Hackamore, Derby titles

From Horsetrader staff reports - October 4th, 2018

Clayton Edsall was a star at the NSHA Futurity, Derby and World’s Richest event in Las Vegas Aug. 21-26, taking Metallic Train to the Open Hackamore Championship and Bet Hesa Boon (pictured) to the Open Derby title. Combined, the wins earned $11,235. Both horses are owned by Beverly Vaughn.

Clayton Edsall was a star at the NSHA Futurity, Derby and World’s Richest event in Las Vegas Aug. 21-26, taking Metallic Train to the Open Hackamore Championship and Bet Hesa Boon (pictured) to the Open Derby title. Combined, the wins earned $11,235. Both horses are owned by Beverly Vaughn.

Stacy Judd photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—If what goes over well in ‘Vegas, stays in `Vegas, than the National Stock Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, Derby and World’s Richest Bridle competition has found a new home.

In the Protect The Harvest-sponsored Open Futurity, Justin Wright shined, finishing with four horses in the money and racking up about $42,500. He claimed $27,055 for his championship finish on Eric Frietas’s Scooter Kat, a son of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Champion Kit Kat Sugar out of Scooters Daisy Dukes, a mare by Dual Smart Rey that earned $93,217 in the cutting pen. Reserve Champions Phillip Ralls on Lil Time Reymanising (One Time Pepto x Reymanising) were 5.5 points back in the composite score and earned $16,378 for owner Holy Cow Performance Horses.

Wright also earned Open Futurity money on Dan Heath’s Smokum Every Time (third place tie; $9,827), Mark and Kim Rauch’s One Sparkling Time (10th place tie; $4,397) and Bill Stevenson’s Metallic Flame (16th place; $1,213).

Return to Reno

Justin Wright takes Metallic Flame to $35,000 Open Futurity win

Special to the Horsetrader - October 4th, 2018

Justin Wright celebrates his $35,000 victory Sept. 16 in the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Open along with friends after scoring a composite 662.5 on Metallic Flame, owned by Bob Stevenson of Buellton.

Justin Wright celebrates his $35,000 victory Sept. 16 in the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Open along with friends after scoring a composite 662.5 on Metallic Flame, owned by Bob Stevenson of Buellton.

John O’Hara photo

RENO, Nev.—The tradition of the reined cow horse sport on the West Coast continued with the Second Annual Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest, held Sept. 10-16 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Highlights of the futurity included the crowning of Metallic Flame and Justin Wright as the Open Futurity champions, Got Kisses and Laurie Richards taking home the Non Pro Futurity championship titl, the continued tradition of Reno Snaffle Bit Sales held in conjunction with the futurity, the new addition of the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity competition (which Lance Johnston and Three Fingers Holly dominated), and plenty of shopping with the western vendors located along the concourse.

“Our entries were up from 2017 in the futurity divisions and horse show classes, and we are amazed at the remarkable support we’ve received from the reined cow horse world,” said John Ward of Tulare, and one of the founders of the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Young and the future

Champions crowned in Young Jumper Championships Western Regionals

Special to the Horsetrader - October 4th, 2018

Quentin VA and Susan Artes take the 5-year-old win at the Sept. 20-23 YJC Regionals in San Juan Capistrano.

Quentin VA and Susan Artes take the 5-year-old win at the Sept. 20-23 YJC Regionals in San Juan Capistrano.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—As the 2018 outdoor season comes to a close, Blenheim EquiSports welcomed the horses and riders who have prepared for the Young Jumper Championships throughout the year. About 50 young horses from ages four to seven competed on the grass of The Oaks International Grand Prix Field Sept. 23 in this year’s YJC Western Regional Finals, presented by Electronic Vet, during the International Jumping Festival.

Many of the future equine stars qualified through competing in young jumper classes for free at Blenheim EquiSports. A group of six wide-eyed and wonderful 4-year-olds competed on The Oaks International Grand Prix Field in their division of the Futurity Regionals. With a flat phase and jumping course on Wednesday, and a full course over slightly larger obstacles on Thursday, the youngsters were judged on rideability, jumping scope, technique, and movement. Two experienced horsemen, Will Simpson and Jason McArdle, adjudicated. U.S. bred C Everest (Cancara Z x Diamond Dancer by Blue Diamond), with rider and owner Kristina Cain, remained consistent over the two days to take home a well-deserved victory.

Reining’s a Beach

CRHA heads to Huntington for annual coastal slide

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 31st, 2018

Heather Smith-Porter and her Lil Joe Tag dominated non-pro action at the CRHA Slide on the Beach with five titles.

Heather Smith-Porter and her Lil Joe Tag dominated non-pro action at the CRHA Slide on the Beach with five titles.

Mark Blakley photo

HUNTINGTON BEACH—The California Reining Horse Association Slide on the Beach, the club’s third in a four-event season, brought to life the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center Aug.4 for a one-day show.

Although not a National Reining Horse Association Affliate qualifier, this show is a popular one that brings out top competition to a different venue.

Non Pro competitor Heather Smith-Porter and Lil Joe Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex X Katie Jo Fritz) were among them, as Smith-Porter took her gelding to titles in four classes—Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro and LImited Non Pro. Cindi Smart-Zeigler, riding her Doctor Pepper to the Novice Horse Non Pro victory.

In the Rookie Division, Dee Allen was a hit with her Twogunsarebetter, winning championships in the L1, L2 and Prime Time rookie divisions. Mary “Riley” Cachat rode her Dun Its Legacy to the Youth 13-under Championship, and Alondra Sosa rode Luis Torres’s Smokin Montana Baby to the Youth 14-18 Championship.

In the Open Division, Tom Foran captured the Novice Horse title on Robert Hutcherson’s Check Your Gun Lad, while Daphne Foran won the Open Championship on Gail Hutcherson’s Wimpys Whiz Steps. The Limited Open Championship belonged to Roslyn Proffer riding A Diamond Shy, owned by Robert Holloway.

Next up on the CRHA schedule will be The Challenge on Oct. 24–28 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Medal moment

CPHA Equitation Championships put top riders to the test

Special to the Horsetrader - August 31st, 2018

Among those taking the stand Aug. 26 after the highly competitive, two-day 2018 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships were the 22-over top three trio.

Among those taking the stand Aug. 26 after the highly competitive, two-day 2018 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships were the 22-over top three trio.

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DEL MAR—As summer fades to a close, 119 equestrians in three age sections hit the books—the USEF Rule Book, that is—to practice the equitation tests that are uniquely built into the two rounds of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation Equitation Championships. Those who had put in extra hours with the counter-canter had an edge throughout the Championships, held Aug. 25-26, at the Showpark Summer Classic at the Del Mar Horse Park.

With more than 50 starters, the 21-under division was the biggest of three. Designed to be more of a jumper-oriented test than the 14-under and 22-over divisions, the 21-under was held on the expansive grass Grand Prix field and included a liverpool. However, the courses used by the other two age groups in the smaller sand arena were no less demanding.

For the 22-over and 14-under sections in the sand arena, tests included a halt-and-counter canter on the first day and on Day 2 a set number of strides from fences 2 to 3, as well as a counter canter on a left bend from a Swedish oxer to a grass-draped vertical option towards the end of the 3’3” course.