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Season of success

- October 1st, 2021

SCRCHA wraps up super 2021 at Green Acres Ranch event

Craig and Rosie Cowley enjoy a win shot moment after winning first and third, respectively, in the SCRCHA Limited Open Hackamore standings. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Smiles, great runs and beautiful weather were all part of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s final scheduled show of 2021, the September Classic.

Reining in Paso

- October 1st, 2021

CRHA Summertime Slide enlivens Midstate Fairgrounds

Jimmy Nichols and Dreamin N Hollywood warm up at the California Midstate Fairgrounds during the CRHA Summertime Slide Aug. 27-30. (Mark Blakley photo)

PASO ROBLES — There were familiar faces and familiar horses at the 2021 California Reining Horse Association Summertime Slide, but one new item this year that had everyone’s attention was the venue itself — the iconic Midstate Fairgrounds. Steeped in history and Western heritage, the Central Coast town hosted a CRHA reining for the first time.

Ranch on the rise

- September 2nd, 2021

WCRH continues its successful Summer Classic Buckle Series at Tucalota Creek Ranch

Special to the Horsetrader

Sabrina Smith and her horse General showed in the Green Horse division with a strong third place finish in a large Ranch Trail class on a challenging course. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

Whitney Liu on Shiny Lil Whiz competing in Green Rider Rail Trail. This team placed first in the Ranch Conformation in their division. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

TEMECULA — Beautiful Tucalota Creek Ranch came to life Aug. 21 for the second of three shows in the West Coast Ranch Horse Classic Buckle Series. The series is just part of the WCRH line-up of popular 2021 events, which will culminate Nov. 5-7 with the big Ranch Horse Rendezvous at Tucalota Creek.

The three shows in the summer Ranch Horse Classic Buckle Series, featuring classes in Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Ranch Trail and Ranch Conformation, will wrap up at the series finale Sept. 25 at Green Acres Ranch in Temecula where winners of eight series belt buckles will be determined. All shows count for points in the series, and competitors must show in at least two shows in order to be eligible for high-point and division awards.

Courtney Walters rode her horse Spirit to win both the Youth and Green Horse Ranch Riding classes. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

November’s WCRH Rendezvous 2021 promises to be an exciting two-day event. In addition to the popular horse show with divisions for all levels and a futurity for 4-under and 5/6 year-old horses, there will be ranch horse clinics with Sami Hernandez and Cowley Performance Horses, as well as a silent auction, wine and cheese reception, vendors, and a banquet dinner with live cowboy music from Eric Gorsuch.

Adding to the excitement Saturday, Nov. 6, will be the Ranch Horse Select Sale produced by XIT Western Productions, who says 35 high quality ranch horses will be ready to be your next partner. Sale preview will take place during the wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and the sale is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Consignor check-in and vet checks will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, beginning at 8 a.m.. Horses can then begin moving into their stalls and can be ridden during the open riding that evening from 4-7 p.m.

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Young spirit lifts SCRCHA

- August 1st, 2021

‘Kids Ride Free’ takes off at Grant Berg Memorial Show

By SUE CARTER for the Horsetrader

Stacey Duestenhaus rides her own ISR A Little Lace to Non Pro Hackamore crown at the SCRCHA inaugural Grant Berg Memorial event at Green Acres Ranch July 9-11. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Cow horse enthusiasts came out to Green Acres Ranch on July 9-11 to compete at the Grant Berg Memorial Show.

Grant was the son of Mike and Kristi Berg, who train out of their ranch in Temecula. Southern California Reinied Cow Horse Association honored the Bergs with two commemorative headstalls for the First Annual Grant Berg Memorial Show.

TOKYO, Japan — After a year’s pandemic-driven delay, the U.S. Dressage Team opened its 2020 Olympic Games with a silver medal in Team Dressage — the first time a United States dressage team won team silver since the 1948 London Olympic Games.

Big wins by the Bay

- August 1st, 2021

From Horsetrader staff reports

With a 224.5, Andrea Fappani and Whizsicle win the Open L4 Derby and 4-year-old Stakes titles, earning $32,577 at the 2021 Reining By The Bay July 10-17. (John O’Hara photo)

WOODSIDE — Once again, the Reining By The Bay attracted the best reining horses and trainers to the picturesque Woodside Horse Park, and once again you could spell the headliner F-A-P-P-A-N-I.

Actually, you could do that twice, as while Andrea Fappani rose above the rest in the Open — clinching the top two spots in the Level 4 Derby Open with winner Whizsicle and runner-up Gun Dun It to earn $29,475 and $24,940, respectively — his son, Luca, was taking the Non Pro Derby Co-championship aboard Sharp Dressed Spook, tying with Kim Muehlstaetter on TR Baby Blues to pick up respective checks for $5,584.

Come Reiner Shine!

- July 1st, 2021

Talent comes out at CRHA June show

For the Horsetrader

Robyn Schiller on Spooks Dual Rey (Mark Blakley photo)

BURBANK — What a difference a year makes! Last year’s travails from the pandemic seem to be getting smaller in our rearview mirrors as the 2021 show season kicks into high gear. The California Reining Horse Association’s Reiner Shine show, held June 9-11, attracted the region’s top horses and riders for a competitive weekend that brought to life the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

The full slate of classes brought together both familiar and new faces, and the pathway to end-of-year qualifications and awards is highly anticipated. The next show on the CRHA calendar, the Summertime Slide, will be held in August.



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Spring Rein

- July 1st, 2021

West Coast Reiners come out in numbers

By Eileen Maxinoski / for the Horsetrader

Jordan Larson rides Tim Anderson’s Hold My Ground to a 74 to win the Open at the WCRHA Spring Show held May 21-23. (John O’Hara photo)

RANCHO MURIETA — It had been a long two months between shows for the West Coast Reining Horse Association members and exhibitors as the first show of the year was in early March. So, it was little surprise that this Spring show, held on May 21-23, exceeded expectations to the extent that a second arena had to be employed to accommodate all the runs that were entered.

Spectacular Memorial

- June 3rd, 2021

New and familiar faces both shine at popular SCRCHA competition

Special to the Horsetrader

Bob Grant rode Cynthia Baker’s Nic It Smartly to the Open Bridle Spectacular Championship at the 2021 Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial at Green Acres Ranch. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s most popular show of the year, the Jimmy Flores Sr. Memorial, took to the arena at Green Acres Ranch May 14-16.

In Spectacular competition, Judge Bill Enk saw a large, talented field. Finishing both first and third place in the Open was Bob Grant, who rode Nic It Smartly to the Open Bridle Championship with a 149.5 and was third with a 146.5 on Caymus Pepto. Both horses are owned by Cynthia Baker. Taking reserve in the Open Bridle Spectacular was Charles Stevens on his Smartest Hotshot with a 147.

In the groove

- June 3rd, 2021

Variety of action blooms in the High Desert

From Horsetrader staff reports

Arianna Henisey gets a high-five after her performance in the arena aboard Ozzy. (Evon Kurtz photo)

PALMDALE — The High Desert Horse Show Association show season continued in May with another popular one-day open show that once again had something for just about anybody. English classes especially picked up.

“We were excited to see additional English riders participating this show,” said Evon Kurtz, HiDHA President. “We saw very young to seasoned riders in the English arena and proud parents on the sidelines cheering them on.”