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Thriving by the Bay

Familiar faces, new ones, too star at 2014 Reining By The Bay

From releases and staff reports - August 21st, 2014

Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpy’s Little Buddy win the $5,000-added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity worth $3,470.

Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpy’s Little Buddy win the $5,000-added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity worth $3,470.

K.C. Montgomery photo

WOODSIDE– You know it’s going to be a weeklong battle in the saddle in every division when the increase in top horse and rider combinations over last year is a whopping 55 percent.

The 2014 Reining By The Bay once again surpassed expectations, drawing more reiners and spectators than before as the best in the west competed for more than $200,000 in added money and prizes at the Horse Park at Woodside on July 23-27.

Again, there were familiar stars this year — Tish Fappani and her longtime partner Premier Diamond (Like A Diamond x Sexy Chexy Nic) took top honors in the class of 17 exhibitors in the Non Pro Level 4 maturuity, earning $2,307 — and there were some who rose to the head of the class.

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From Horsetrader staff - August 21st, 2014

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CPHA Royalty

King, Jorgenson capture 2014 Adult, Junior Medal titles

Special to the Horsetrader - August 21st, 2014

CPHA Junior Medal Final winner Abby Jorgenson with her family and trainers at the Blenheim Summer Classic Aug. 17 in San Juan Capistrano.

CPHA Junior Medal Final winner Abby Jorgenson with her family and trainers at the Blenheim Summer Classic Aug. 17 in San Juan Capistrano.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Kicking off the medal finals season, Blenheim EquiSports hosted the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Junior and Adult Finals at the Blenheim Summer Classic, and Abby Jorgenson and Leina King took respective Junior and Adult titles Aug. 17.

An impressive crowd gathered at Blenheim Farms’ indoor ring for the Final Round, as three experienced equestrians made up the judging panel in Stacia Madden, Rita Timpanaro, and Debbie Sands.

After two qualifying rounds, the top 10 juniors and top 11 adults came back to contest for the overall top prize in the finalround of their division. Jorgensen, a rider from Woodside, held on to her second-round lead and won decisively, and King, of Santa Barbara, topped the Adult section.

Catherine the Great

Catherine Chamberlain, longtime partner Verdicci are FEI Young Rider superstars

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 7th, 2014

1408A CoverLEXINGTON, Ky. — Catherine Chamberlain found the formula. Dream large, focus small.

The 19-year old dressage competitor, who last fall moved to Murrieta to train with Kathleen Raine and David Wightman, dominated the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships July 15-20. Her three rides at Rolex Stadium were her first beyond 70 percent, and they earned her three gold medals in individual, team and freestyle, respectively.

Dressed for success

Ryan Melendez enjoys break-out year at the 2014 Arabian Youth Nationals

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 7th, 2014

No, that's not ZZ Top winning the Youth Arabian Nationals Freestyle Reining title -- it's Ryan Melendez of Valley Center, one of California's 2014 stars.

No, that’s not ZZ Top winning the Youth Arabian Nationals Freestyle Reining title — it’s Ryan Melendez of Valley Center, one of California’s 2014 stars.

Ferrara photo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At age 8, Ryan Melendez claimed his first Top Ten at the Arabian Horse Association Youth Nationals, and those who watched him agreed — it would be just a matter of time before he’d finish with National Champion roses.

That time was last month for Melendez, the 16-year-old son of trainer and judge Bill Melendez of Temecula. Riding AM Liberty Parade +/// — the same mare that carried him to that first Top Ten in 2007 — Ryan claimed his first Youth National Championship, winning the Half-Arabian Western Horsemanship 14-18 title. He then claimed his second, riding his Western trainer Jessica Bein’s 12-year old reiner, Khaarga Escobar Slik, in the Freestyle Reining competition.

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.”

Horsetrader photo

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.

Captured Moment photo

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.