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2017 NSHA Futurity Program

- August 1st, 2017

1708AMonday, August 21
8 AM Reining Practice
RODEO ARENA — Open ALL DAY

Tuesday, August 22
8 AM Lucas Oil REIN WORK Non Pro Futurity
Protect The Harvest REIN WORK Open Futurity
RODEO ARENA — Open ALL DAY

Wednesday, August 23
8 AM REIN WORK Non Pro Derby
REIN WORK Open Derby
NRCHA Open Two Rein
RODEO ARENA– Fresh cattle herd practice

One HOT reining

Talent, temperatures ignite this year's Star Spangled Slide

By Eileen Maxinoski - August 1st, 2017
Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats's Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats’s Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

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ELK GROVE — It proved to be a hot reining show in more ways than one at the fifth NRHA Affiliate show for the West Coast Reining Horse Association held July 6-9.  Temperatures at the Brookside Equestrian Center in Elk Grove surpassed 105 degrees on most show days, but riders and horses did not falter. There were some very “hot” scores earned, judged by Margaret Fuchs from Ohio and Richard Pokluda from Texas.

The Open classes started the show off with a total of 37 entries.  With a score of 73, Martin Padilla carried off the honors in the $1,000-added Open with Spook Dunit owned by Annamarie Brown.  Second place was a tie between Martin on Spangled Desire owned by Tobyann Faingold and Eric La Porte on Celeste Nashagh’s Mr Mizzen Shine.

La Porte and Mr Mizzen Shine won the $400-added Intermediate Open with Ollie Galligan close behind on Smart Chucka, owned by Kelly Corbett.  With a score of 71, Kain Emmons and Rhonda Dunlap’s Wimpys Yellow Jacket handily won the $300-added Limited Open.  Kelly Keenan, riding A Whiz With A Gun owned by Marni Lopez, came in second.  Keenan proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the Rookie Professional, winning first and second — the championship on Marni’s A Whiz With A Gun and the reserve aboard Shewhiz Electric, owned by Mike Silva.

Bond aces it

New mom wins grand prix with thrilling jump-off

Special to the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2017

 

Ace of Hearts win

Ashlee Bond celebrates the win with her husband Roy and daughter Scottie, along with Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

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DEL MAR — After laying down an unbeatable jump-off round in a speedy 36.65 seconds, Ashlee Bond clinched the win in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix aboard Little Valley Farms’ Ace of Hearts. Third to go, Bond stopped the clock two seconds faster than the previous double clean. Tina Yates did ride ACE Equestrian’s Caesar faster than Bond, but with one heartbreak rail finished with four faults and fourth place.

Renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela designed the grand prix track, which challenged riders over three double combinations plus a variety of technical questions. Eleven riders incurred time faults, three of whom would otherwise have been clear.

Winning Hunter

Siebel rides Boss to USEF Jr. Hunter title

Special to the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2017
Hunter Siebel and Boss (left) and Augusta Iwasaki on Small Affair went first-second in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West

Hunter Siebel and Boss (left) and Augusta Iwasaki on Small Affair went first-second in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West

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DEL MAR – After two days and three phases, Hunter Siebel and Laura Wasserman’s Boss were crowned Overall Grand Champions of the 2017 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – West. Earning second in the classic round and first in both the under saddle and the handy, the pair rose to the top with a grand total of 262.6 points in July 25 competition at Showpark.

Taking reserve after winning the winning the Large Junior Hunter 15-under division was Augusta Iwaski and Lynn Pederson’s Small Affair with a total of 256.4 points from the three phases.

Reno riches

Top two teams take home more than $200,000 in 40th Bob Feist Invitational

From releases and staff reports - July 1st, 2017

1707A CoverRENO, Nev. — Middle America should be proud of the cowboys it sent to Nevada for the richest one-day team roping in the world.

Jake Long, 33, of Coffeyville, Kan., and his best friend Coleman Proctor, 31, of Pryor, Okla., have roped together since they were kids, partnering professionally in five different seasons over the past 10 years.

Despite the fact that today Proctor was partnered with fellow Oklahoman Billie Jack Saebens of Nowata, he was the first man to ride over and congratulate Long, horseback, after Long and Luke Brown bested Proctor and Saebens for the coveted Bob Feist Invitational championship. The two teams earned $204,000 in cash.

The 40th anniversary of the oldest, most prestigious invitational team roping in the sport paid out $800,000 in cash and prizes Monday over six rounds of fierce competition. Founded by Bob Feist in 1977 to showcase and reward the world’s best professional team ropers, the event today is owned by Ullman-Peterson Events. Annually they invite the top 100 teams in the sport to the Livestock Events Center, where they compete in six rounds for a cash-and-awards package worth more than $800,000.

Reiner Shine

$11,500 added money, affiliate qualifying brings out the talent

- July 1st, 2017
Whimpys Whiz Steps, ridden by Daphne Foran for owner Gail Hutcherson, won the Open Championship.

Whimpys Whiz Steps, ridden by Daphne Foran for owner Gail Hutcherson, won the Open Championship.

Mark Blakley photo

BURBANK — The second big show weekend of the California Reining Horse Association came and went last month, as the CRHA Reiner Shine event brought together the region’s best June 7-11 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

A strong turnout is no surprise, as the CRHA had an added payout of $11,500 to go with qualifying points for two National Reining Horse Association Affiliate shows. As it always done the CRHA club provided a bounty of great awards, including leather and silver headstalls to the champions and silver knives to reserves.

Zone 10 teams selected

- July 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The three-month qualifying period for the Zone 10 Junior and Young Rider teams culminated June 18 for riders looking to vie in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships July 19-23 in Saugerties, N.Y.

A group of Zone 10 Young and Junior riders gathered to compete in the final qualifying events during Blenheim June Classic I.

Speed thrills

Joie Gatlin and Rammstein pull the stops, score win in fast Blenheim grandprix

- July 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Joie Gatlin and Rammstein secured a first-place finish in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix after a blazing jump-off, where she daringly left strides out and all the fences up. Thirteen of 30 entries advanced to the jump-off, and of the four double-clear efforts, Gatlin’s 36.12 time was the fastest.

Course designer Ivan Tagle of Argentina built a 1.40m track that included both a triple and a double combination and required riders to make adjustments and plan their tracks carefully.

Gatlin showcased her talent and precision as she guided Rocking Basilisk Farm’s 9-year-old Rammstein through both phases promptly and accurately. John Pearce and Chantico nipped at their heels, coming in a close second, double-clean in 36.51, less than half a second slower.

Rosey reining

West Coast reiners bring Brookside to life with springtime tradition

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2017
Sandra Bentien wowed the judges aboard her Gotta Twist It Up,then celebrated with her posse the Non Pro Derby Level 4 Championship at the 2017 Rein for the Roses.

Sandra Bentien wowed the judges aboard her Gotta Twist It Up,then celebrated with her posse the Non Pro Derby Level 4 Championship at the 2017 Rein for the Roses.

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ELK GROVE – Good weather, good times and above all, good competition, added up to a highly successful 2017 Rein For The Roses May 4-7 at Brookside Equestrian Park.

Members and horses started prepping and showing in 90 degree temperature. However in the classic Brookside micro climate, the days cooled off and we were lovely. Host Bill Madden of Brookside greeted reiners with new sand footing in the warm-up arena – a one-of-a-kind warm-up arena for reiners in Northern California.

“It brings us back to Brookside every year,” said JoAnn Campas, President of the West Coast Reining Horse Association – the largest affiliate in the National Reining Horse Association. “Bill always does his best to provide the best warm-up and show conditions possible. The Sugar Shack is also new at Brookside. What a welcome treat right in the center of the action, providing all sorts of espresso concoctions. “

Dynamic duo

Spooner and 19-year-old Cristallo push to dramatic .04-second win in $60,000 Grand Prix of California

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2017
Richard Spooner and Cristallo soar to victory in the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, held May 13 at Showpark.

Richard Spooner and Cristallo soar to victory in the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, held May 13 at Showpark.

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DEL MAR — The Master of Faster turned on the heat with his equine partner of 15 years to clinch the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Boutique. The unstoppable duo, known as Richard Spooner and Cristallo, executed a flawless jump-off in 33.75, less than .04 seconds faster than the previous leaders, Vani Khosla and Billy Mexico. Relegated to a well-deserved second by a show jumping veteran, Khosla earned her second impressive grand prix red ribbon for the week.