WCRHA season heats up with four-day holiday show at Brookside
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.
Bill Norwood and friends kick off WEG campaign with local fund-raiser
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.
And so is Kristin Hardin, who edges Lane Clarke for GGT Grand Prix victory
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.”
Eastside Ranch atop the lists at SCRCHA show
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.
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.
Randy Paul wins Int. Open Derby; Californians shine in bridle
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.
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.
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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WCRHA spices up affiliate weekend with Non Pro event
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.
Anderson wins Gilkerson Bridle Spectacular in return to SoCal
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.