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A Star Spangled affiliate

WCRHA season heats up with four-day holiday show at Brookside

By Horsetrader staff reports - July 17th, 2014

Christian Rammersdorfer created fireworks at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide, taking Norm and Debbie Witt's Chics Sugar Daddy  to Open Derby Level 1.

Christian Rammersdorfer created fireworks at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide, taking Norm and Debbie Witt’s Chics Sugar Daddy to Open Derby Level 1.

John O’Hara photo

ELK GROVE — It figures that on the most patriotic of weekends, in a show called the Star Spangled Slide, in a sport that is truly American, that the happiest reiner may have been the one from France.

Eric Laporte, who came to Pleasant Grove two years ago, was very happy after a standout showing in the West Coast Reining Horse Association’s fifth affiliate show of 2014, held July 3-6 at Brookside Equestrian Park. Laporte continued a strong year on Linda Hardy’s mare, Whiz N Steady, by taking the Open, Novice Horse and the NRHA $2,500-added Open Level 4 and Level 3 Derby titles — marking a 75 and 76.

Trading Places

Bill Norwood and friends kick off WEG campaign with local fund-raiser

From Horsetrader staff reports - July 17th, 2014

Bill: "I'm humbled by the support."

Bill: “I’m humbled by the support.”

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Reiner Bill Norwood of Temecula is headed to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, next month to compete for his native Australia with Pegge Aldrete’s Quinberry, and more than 120 friends and supporters came to Tucalota Creek Ranch July 12 to give his campaign a boost.

Hosts Alan and Kay Needle provided a beautiful setting for the fund-raising dinner and wine-tasting, and the entertainment came from three local world-class local trainers, cutter Tim Smith, eventer Tamra Smith and Norwood himself — all of whom took a stab at each other’s disciplines before an appreciative crowd. Smith and Norwood brought down the house by donning jumper helmets — not the pants — and clearing 4-feet on their first attempt. The evening of fun raised about $11,000 towards Norwood’s expenses.

Surf’s Up

And so is Kristin Hardin, who edges Lane Clarke for GGT Grand Prix victory

Special to the Horsetrader - July 17th, 2014

Kristin Hardin and Bert soar to the GGT Footing Grand Prix win at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic July 3-6.

Kristin Hardin and Bert soar to the GGT Footing Grand Prix win at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic July 3-6.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — Independence Day was a hit at the beach, especially for rider Kristin Hardin on Bert, who captured Saturday’s $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix, presented by S&S Bankcard Systems, at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic July 3-6.

The pair’s jump-off time of 28.841 edged Lane Clarke on Kiss The Sky, owned by Horsemanship Unlimited, who came in at 29.106.

“The horses jumped so great,” said Hardin, who put the pedal to the metal in crunch time. “You can really take a shot when the footing is that perfect in the jump-off.”

SoCal summer cow work

Eastside Ranch atop the lists at SCRCHA show

From Horsetrader staff reports - July 3rd, 2014

Roy Rich rides Candy Flock's Smart Remedy Olena to the NRCHA Open Bridle Class title at the SCRCHA Summer Slide event at Casner's Ranch June 21.

Roy Rich rides Candy Flock’s Smart Remedy Olena to the NRCHA Open Bridle Class title at the SCRCHA Summer Slide event at Casner’s Ranch June 21.

Jeff Lynch photo

TEMECULA — Presidents Week was back in February, but don’t tell that to the current and immediate past presidents of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association, Laura Edwards and Cindy Mendoza, who came away from the June 21 Summer Slide Show with titles.

Edwards, who took the reins of the club a few years back, rode her Dun Leanin to SCRCHA and NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro Bridle wins, while Mendoza showed her TMC Cielo Solo for the first time in the hackamore and came away with SCRCHA and NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore crowns.

Showing “Solo” is special for Mendoza, too, because she is competing for the first time on offspring of the stallion she and husband Tony stand at their Eastside Ranch, Cielo Hickory.

Pratt in Red, White & Blue win

Special to the Horsetrader - July 3rd, 2014

Chris Pratt and Vanotrouska negotiate the winning ride in the June 28 Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic Grand Prix.

Chris Pratt and Vanotrouska negotiate the winning ride in the June 28 Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic Grand Prix.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — On a beautiful day for a grand prix in Southern California, it was Chris Pratt and Vanotrouska, owned by Luce del Sole, winning the $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix. Second to last to go in the jump-off, Pratt narrowly beat the leading time.

With 26 entries, nine were clean and five double-clean. Gabriella Salick and Centuria 2 were the first double-clean, stopping the clock in a solid 41.34. The last few to go also posted clean rides, but neither Melissa Doddridge with Mucho Gusto in 42.46, or Tiffany Sullivan on Tristan in 44.18 could catch Salick.

Then came Pratt. Aboard the coppery chestnut Vanotrouska, he stole the top spot when he shaved .1 seconds off Salick’s time for the win in 41.24.

NRCHA Derby delights

Randy Paul wins Int. Open Derby; Californians shine in bridle

From Horsetrader staff reports - July 3rd, 2014

Phillip Ralls rode Dom Dualuise, shown here winning the 2013 NSHA World's Richest Stock Horse, outdueled Nicolas Barthelemy on Jans Cuatro Rey to win the Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Stakes in Paso Robles June 9-14.

Phillip Ralls rode Dom Dualuise, shown here winning the 2013 NSHA World’s Richest Stock Horse, outdueled Nicolas Barthelemy on Jans Cuatro Rey to win the Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Stakes in Paso Robles June 9-14.

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PASO ROBLES — One Time Pepto offspring were quite an Open Division one-two punch at the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, held June 9-14 at the Paso Robles Events Center.

Get of the 2001 Peptoboonsmal son captured the Derby Open championship (Hickory Holly Time) and reserve (This One Time) and the Limited Open Championship (Tootsie Rey Time) as the NRCHA held the largest and richest limited age event for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses.

Randy Paul of Day Creek Ranch in Simi Valley won the Intermediate Open Derby on Mister Olena Chic (Mr Dual Pep x April Olena), capturing $6,881.

Other top West Coast finishers were found in the NRCHA Derby Bridle Spectacular, won by Phillip Ralls on Christian Larson’s Dom Dualuise. The duo’s 663.5 score earned $14,325 top prize ahead of reserve champion Nicolas Barthelemy riding Sheri Jamieson’s Jans Rey Cuatro. The Ramona-based Barthelemy recorded a 660 that earned $11,937.

Reiner Shine

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 19th, 2014

BURBANK — The mid-year point revealed Southern California reiners in mid-season form June 5-8, as the California Reining Horse Association held its four-day Reiner Shine show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Expo excellence

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 19th, 2014

Kerry Kune's Clinic

Kerry Kune’s Clinic

SACRAMENTO — For the 16th straight year, the Western States Horse Expo brought Cal Expo to life for three days of horses, excitement, education and much more.

From the Art show to demonstrations to the vendors, new attractions blended with the traditional, like the Magnificent Seven stock horse competition captured by Justin Wright on Little Brown Indian (Hickorys Indian Pep x No Pleasin This Chic x Chic Please), owned by Wyatt Fisher of Arroyo Grande. San Marcos-based trainer Robin Bond won the Charles Wilhelm’s Super Horse Challenge on Hanna.

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Shootout at the MEC corral

WCRHA spices up affiliate weekend with Non Pro event

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 5th, 2014

Jennifer Gilliam rides Janiene Borror's Hick A Shine to the $3,000-added Murieta Equine Center Shootout Non-Pro title, held during the WCRHA Affiliate 3 and 4 shows May 22-25.

Jennifer Gilliam rides Janiene Borror’s Hick A Shine to the $3,000-added Murieta Equine Center Shootout Non-Pro title, held during the WCRHA Affiliate 3 and 4 shows May 22-25.

John O’Hara photo

RANCHO MURIETA — It’s not every day that a non pro reiner can catch-ride someone else’s horse and compete against other non pros in a major venue — for cash, nonetheless.

For the fifth straight year, that’s just what the West Coast Reining Horse Association provided its members May 24 at the $5,000-added Murieta Equine Center Non Pro Shootout, a popular Saturday night event sandwiched between the club’s Affiliate No. 3 and Affiliate No. 4 shows.

Lyn’s ‘in’ at the ‘Sherri’

Anderson wins Gilkerson Bridle Spectacular in return to SoCal

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 5th, 2014

Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by David and Barbara Archer, work their way to a 149.5 composite score to claim the 2014 Sherri Gilkerson Open Bridle Spectacular May 18 at Casner's Ranch in Temecula.

Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by David and Barbara Archer, work their way to a 149.5 composite score to claim the 2014 Sherri Gilkerson Open Bridle Spectacular May 18 at Casner’s Ranch in Temecula.

Jeff Lynch photo

TEMECULA — Lyn Anderson will keep the boots for another year.

The Madera-based trainer returned to Casner’s Ranch with Tuckers Smart Cat May 16-18 and won her second straight Sherri Gilkerson Open Bridle Spectacular title on the 2007 gelding. The signature class was part of a big three-day competition jointly managed by the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association and the Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association. The Memorial Bridle Spectacular is in memory of Sherri Gilkerson, who died in 2006 at age 34 after a horse accident. The perpetual trophy — Gilkerson’s bronzed boots — has become a favorite amoung the riders.