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The region's best square off at LAEC in season-ending CRHA Challenge Show

From Horsetrader staff reports - January 1st, 2018

1801A CoverBURBANK — The California Reining Horse Associations capped off its 2017 year with good competition and good times, as competitors brought the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life for its year-end Challenge show and the National Reining Horse Association Affiliate Qualifier.

One of the association’s great fall traditions is the CRHA Reiner of the Year, and the 2017 winner, Micki Quinn, had quite a show. Riding her Jacs Electric Velvet, Quinn brought home hardware after winning the Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Maturity classes, and she also got to take home the Becca Goss Memorial Foundation trophy, Gatolotto Memorial buckle, Topsail Cody Memorial trophy — and a hrose trailer from All American Trailer. That is your 2017 CRHA Reiner of the Year!

A new CRHA award, the Rick Flathers Sportsmanship Award, was presented this year to trainer Penni Gerardi of Agoura Hills. The award honors a person who has distinguished herself or himself by demonstrating acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Donated by his friends and family, the award memorializes a favorite colleague who passed March 7, 2016, on the trail behind his home in Orange Park Acres following an accident on horseback. The award was presented by Nancy Flathers, whom Rick met in 1972 at the El Toro Stables in Orange County and later married. The couple were supportive, positive, and generous members of the CRHA, and along with his wife, Rick was an early club member and an enthusiastic presence at the CRHA shows. Rick was always encouraging not only to his wife, who was an avid competitor and successful Non Pro, but to his barnmates, fellow showmen and peers, setting an example of sportsmanship and goodwill that was infectious. A member of the CRHA since its inception, Rick was not only a financial supporter, but was also happy to give his time to the CRHA Board of Directors for several years, adding value not only as a competitor, but as a businessman, helping to shape what would ultimately become the flourishing association that CRHA is today.

West Coast wraps up 2017 season

Competition fierce at MEC

From releases and staff reports - January 1st, 2018
Margaret Munro is set to haul home her winnings for the Rookie L1 Championship aboard her Mercedes Shiningstar.

Margaret Munro is set to haul home her winnings for the Rookie L1 Championship aboard her Mercedes Shiningstar.

John O’Hara photo

RANCHO MURIETA—The West Coast Reining Horse Association’s last show of the year was held Oct. 19-22 at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta. Classes ranging from Futurities, Derbies, and Maturities to Lead Line and Ranch Riding provided a “something for everyone” venue. Over 70 Champion and Reserve Champion buckles and nine saddles were awarded to winners as well as prizes to fifth place.

Champion in the Open Maturity with a score of 74 was David Hanson riding Rockabilly Banjo owned by Melinda Gaw. One half point behind was Martin Padilla on Tobyann Faingold’s Spangled Desire. Hanson and Padilla were also Champion and Reserve Champion respectively in the Open class.

Twenty-four riders gave it their all for a chance to win the beautiful, prestigious Champion saddle that went to the winner of the Rookie 1 class. With a score of 71.5, Margaret Munro riding Mercedes Shiningstar emerged the happy victor. Margaret just came from winning the Rookie 1 class at the Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals held the prior week in Nampa, Idaho.

Are You Ready for HITS Desert Circuit?

HITS Desert Horse Park is ready for you as the 2018 HITS Coachella Desert Circuit begins Jan. 16.

- January 1st, 2018

THERMAL — Eight weeks of USEF premier-rated shows are on the launch pad in the Coachella Valley, as top riders and horses gear up for one of the nation’s most challenging circuits.

Many are looking to qualify for the HITS Championship and over $4 million in prize money. The 26th edition of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit will feature the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping CSI3*-W during Week IV and the sixth annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix during Week VIII.

HITS officials expect this year’s Coachella Desert Circuit to be one of the best yet, pointing out that response has been tremendous with permanent stalls nearly full.

Arizona rein

Desert heats up with talent at AZRHA show

From Horsetrader staff reports - January 1st, 2018
Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley took Mary Cachat's Hollywood Boom Town to both the L1 Open Aged and L3 Intermediate Open championships at the AZRHA Best of the West event.

Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley took Mary Cachat’s Hollywood Boom Town to both the L1 Open Aged and L3 Intermediate Open championships at the AZRHA Best of the West event.

John O’Hara photo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Reining Horse Association wrapped up a solid 2017 with its Best of the West Reining Classic, Futurity, Derby and Southwest Affiliate Regional Championships. The fall event held Oct. 9-15 at Westworld facility featured a line-up with an Open and Non-Pro Futurity, an Open, Non-Pro, and Youth Derby, two full slates of NRHA classes and a full offering of ancillary classes.

Californians made their presence felt. At the ehad of the class was trainer Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley, who took Mary Cachat’s Hollywood Boom Town to both the Level 1 Open Aged and Level 3 Intermediate Open championships.

Scottsdale-based Craig Schmersal enjoyed a dominant effort by one of his entries, Dunnit With Additude, who claimed the Level 4 Open Championship for owner Bruce Koefoot.
Dominating the Non Pro division at the 2017 AZRHA Best of The West was Terri Granger, who took her Gunnin For The Gold to the top.

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Lovingfoss shines in CPHA WCE Medal Finals

Special to the Horsetrader - December 1st, 2017
Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista.

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista.

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — You can call it a “trifecta” for Kaitlyn Lovingfoss.

The junior rider faced 41 junior and amateur equitation riders who had come to South Point Hotel and Casino Nov. 17-18 for the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finalsat the Las Vegas National.

Friday afternoon’s first round course with rollback turns and bending lines demanded an accurate ride and track. Lovingfoss topped the field with an initial score of 88, seeking to pull off her third medal final victory of the season. Natalie Dean sat in second place with a score 86.

On Saturday afternoon, every rider had the opportunity to return for the second round, but only the top 10 from the two rounds moved on to the third and final round. The second course included a triple combination and a multitude of tight turns, as well as a time allowed of 78 seconds. Sitting in sixth after day one, twenty-one-year old amateur rider Jayme Omand and her mount Zador dominated this round with a score of 83.75, with a total of 159.25 over the two days, moving into second place overall. Lovingfoss still held a narrow lead with a total of 162.75.

Spooner outduels Gates in `Vegas $50K FEI 1.45m; then wins Longines $100K

Special to the Horsetrader - December 1st, 2017
Richard Spooner and Arthos R

Richard Spooner and Arthos R

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — What happens in `Vegas surely will not remain in `Vegas, as far as the red-hot Richard Spooner is concerned.
The California rider was dominant during the week at the Las Vegas National, which culminated in riding his new equine star, Chatinus, to victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas.

“I’m just very optimistic for the future with this horse,” Spooner said. “It’s just absolutely blowing my mind.”

Spooner defeated Alison Robitaille and Serise du Bidou to claim the top check, outpacing that duo’s time by nearly three seconds.

Earlier, Spooner had competed in a class of 33 entries aboard the 12-year-old stallion, Arthos R, to win the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation.

Morgans come home World Champions

From releases and special reports - November 1st, 2017
Eric Antman and Merriehill’s After Hours, owned by Theodore and Elaine Olsen, proved again this year to be at the top of the Morgan breed with multiple titles.

Eric Antman and Merriehill’s After Hours, owned by Theodore and Elaine Olsen, proved again this year to be at the top of the Morgan breed with multiple titles.

Howard Schatzberg photo

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The best of the best in the Morgan breed was celebrated at the 2017 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, held Oct. 7-14. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world, and this year more than 1,000 of the world’s finest Morgan horses from across the U.S. and Canada met to compete in over 300 classes for $400,000-plus in prize money.

Several West Coast Morgan stables were extremely successful, bringing home multiple World Grand Championships and Grand Championships.

Kate Ramsower of Alamo, won the highly competitive AMHA Youth of the Year Award after competing with other youth from all over the nation in four different areas, including written exams, oral presentation, judging contest, and horsemanship pattern. She is trained and instructed by Merin Maggi at Maggi Stables in San Martin.

Jake Gorell and Plain Catty

Jake Gorell and Plain Catty

Primo Morales photo

FORT WORTH, Texas — They can take the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World Championship away from the West Coast, but they can’t take the West Coast out of the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

At least not this year, the first ever since the NRCHA moved its signature event for 3-year-olds from Reno, Nev., into the Will Rogers Coliseum. Jake Gorrell of Hanford, from the breadbasket of reined cow horses in Central California, rode Kevin Cantrelle’s Plain Catty (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain) to an exciting Open Championship, using a gutsy fence work to top Zane Davis on Bet Hes Black (Bet Hesa Cat x Soula Jule Forever), owned by C Ranches Inc..

Gorrell’s performance earned the winner’s check of $125,000 and all the trimmings that come with winning the sport’s most prestigious title.

Lights, cameras…’Vegas

A Saturday Spectacular awaits at 2017 Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W

Special to the Horsetrader - November 1st, 2017
Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny wow the crowd on their way to winning the 2016 $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage.

Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny wow the crowd on their way to winning the 2016 $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage.

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Organizers, certain 2017 will be its best year yet, are pointing out that the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W is creating quite a buzz.

Especially on Spectacular Saturday, Nov. 18, when the doors open at 5 p.m. for jumping, jugglers, magic, and more.

The festivities begin as attendees enter the South Point Equestrian Arena concourse greeted by the Red Bucket Equine Rescue Welcome Center. While perusing the latest in equestrian fashion and tack, try the ‘Do Good and Juggle Challenge’ with Jacob Weiss of Playing by Air, create a memory at the Smash Photo Booth with fun props and interactive Vegas backdrops, capture the moment in caricatures with world-renowned artist Ken Hofbauer, seek out Modern Magician Rob Anderson, who will mesmerize you with his talents, and have Amazing Face Painting give you a new look for the night.

Porter gets GGT-Footing Series win at Del Mar Int’l

Special to the Horsetrader - November 1st, 2017
Eric Nvet and Basimodo soar to victory in the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final on Oct. 22. Mandy Porter won the year-long series.

Eric Nvet and Basimodo soar to victory in the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final on Oct. 22. Mandy Porter won the year-long series.

Amy McCool photo

DEL MAR — Three weeks of premier competition filled the Showpark, as the Del Mar International brought the region three action-packed shows: Welcome Week (Oct. 11-15), World Cup Week (Oct. 18-22) and the Season Finale (Oct. 25-29).

One of World Cup week’s highlights was the Oct. 22 $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final, taken by Éric Navet riding Basimodo. The year-long GGT Footing Grand Prix Series, sponsored by GGT Footing, is a series of mid-level grand prix classes held at regional standards with $286,000 in prize money. The program is designed to give riders a chance to compete head-to-head for year-end credit to be used the next year in West Palms Events shows. Riders may ride as many horses as they would like, but only receive credit on their top-placing horse.