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Keri Potter’s wizardry continues

Blenheim hosts first CSI3*

Special to the Horsetrader - May 1st, 2018

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Blenheim Equisports hosted its first CSI3* at Spring Classic II to great success. Comprised of the 1.35m Bronze Tour, the 1.40m Silver Tour, and the 1.45m Gold Tour, the competition welcomed 82 horses from 13 countries.

Rancho Santa Fe’s Keri Potter captured an early win in the $2,500 Bronze Tour Welcome Speed Stake on Jo Cho’s American-bred Oldenburg gelding Diabolical C. The pair also won the Young Jumper Championships last September. “I don’t think I’ve ever gone this fast with him until today, so I’m very pleased,” exclaimed Potter.

Rachel’s reward

Cornacchia records her first GP win on Valkyrie de Talma

Special to the Horsetrader - May 1st, 2018

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Rachel Cornacchia claimed the first-place prize and her first grand prix win April 14 in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic 4 Grand Prix aboard Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Valkyrie de Talma.

In front of a full audience of fellow equestrians and local fans, Cornacchia delivered two swift, faultless rounds that secured her the win by a half of a second against five others in the jump-off. Carly Anthony and Chacco picked up second place as the second-fastest double clear finisher.

Nassar on top

SoCal-based Egyptian rider stars again in HITS Coachella

- April 1st, 2018

1804A CoverTHERMAL — The dust has settled from an ambitious 2018 HITS Desert Circuit, and the pinnacle prizes once again were pinned on Nayel Nassar, the 27-year-old Southern California-based rider who represents Egypt. Riding the 14-year-old Hannoverian Lordan, Nassar won HITS Coachella’s prestigious pair — the Longines $100,000 FEI on Feb. 11, and the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix March 18 — in a prodigious sweep for the record books.

“I’m really trying to preserve him as much as I can,” Nassar told reporters after the FEI win. “He’s had a couple of injuries and we have a long year ahead. I’m just stoked to have him and to have him come out so strong. He’s a trier and we know each other well, which helps with the little intricacies on course.”

In the AIG $1 Million, Nassar earned $350,000 for the win. Rowan Willis settled for runner-up with the 12-year-old Blue Movie, and in third was Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Presence.
The top five was rounded out by Christian Heineking on NKH Caruso in fourth and Erynn Ballard with Fantast in fifth.

Golden Kick-off

Lively SCRCHA ‘Pot O Gold’ show gets season under way

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 1st, 2018
SCRCHA non-pro Ruth Noring, shown here after taking Tommy Olena to the 2012 Limited Non Pro Saddle Shoot Out, is off to a good 2018 on her Mister Olena Chic after the Pot O Gold show March 16-18.

SCRCHA non-pro Ruth Noring, shown here after taking Tommy Olena to the 2012 Limited Non Pro Saddle Shoot Out, is off to a good 2018 on her Mister Olena Chic after the Pot O Gold show March 16-18.

Suzanne Sylvester photo

TEMECULA – Always innovative, the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association has some fresh changes to its show line-up in 2018, including more events in the middle of the year to free up competitors’ busy fall months, but the Green Acres Pot O Gold event is a familiar favorite.

The event was held at Casner’s Ranch March 16-18, and it included a full slate of NRCHA, AQHA and SCRCHA classes. Competitors who launched their season with success toward end-of-year qualifications included non-pros Ruth Noring on her Mister Olena Chic and Nancy Nyjordet aboard her Chickaroos Chance. Both ladies went home with multiple championships and some prize money.

The SCRCHA includes ranch riding and ranch trail classes in its line-up, and Robin Bond came away with multiple wins. Bond took the AQHA Open Ranch Riding on SE Montana, and AQHA Open Ranch Trail on Scott Free’s Zander.

The next SCRCHA event is May 18-20 at Casner’s Ranch.

Blenheim is back!

Spring Classic I show kicks off exciting slate

Special to the Horsetrader - April 1st, 2018
Jim Ifko and Un Diamant des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms, topped the field in the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Classic on March 25.

Jim Ifko and Un Diamant des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms, topped the field in the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Classic on March 25.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — With a terrific line-up ahead, Blenheim EquiSports launched its 2018 campaign with the five-day SPring Classic I show at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park March 21-25.
In the featured event, Jim Ifko and Un Diamant des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms, topped the field in the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Classic. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on the competitors while enjoying BBQ sponsored by Bad to the Bone.

Completing the jump-off course fault-free in an impressive time of 38.514 seconds, he edged out the only other double-clear ride, Lane Clarke and McLord’s T.K.O, owned by Mickey Hayden, by nearly 3.5 seconds.
Course designer Catsy Cruz of Mexico built the 1.45m track on Blenheim’s Derby Field, which included a challenging triple combination, 6a,b,c, and later a double combination, 9a,b, that caused most of the faults on course.

“It was a challenging but fair course for the first week of the series,” Ifko said. “I really liked it. Un Diamant des Forets is a 10-year-old Selle Francais stallion in his second year at this level. We like this [Diamant De Semilly] breed a lot and are quite happy with the horses we have from that line.”

Eleven qualifiers remain in the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Classic Series. This year’s Blenheim EquiSports Spring Series features the new FEI CSI 3* schedule, including three tours / Bronze, Silver, and Gold / that will culminate with the $80,000 1.50m Gold Tour Grand Prix. In addition, the Blenheim Spring Classic II will host Zone 10 North American Junior and Young Rider Trials.

Roll the Reiners…

WCRHA Affiliate 1 show reveals stout field for 2018

From releases and staff reports - April 1st, 2018

Natalie Cook takes Marlena Got Nicd to the WCRHA Green Reiner title.

Natalie Cook takes Marlena Got Nicd to the WCRHA Green Reiner title.

John O’Hara photo

CORNING — The weather tricksters were at work during the first West Coast Reining Horse Association first affiliate show of the year held March 2-4 at the Equestrian Center at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning. California reiners don’t get to show in snowy weather too often, but the snow that was predicted on Warm Up day, thankfully, did not materialize. In fact, rainy weather held off during the show days and visited only during the night time hours, much to the relief of the exhibitors. A special, educational treat for the exhibitors was a talk on Osphos and its uses by Jessica Morris.

Judges Ollie Griffith and Pete McAlister judged a full range of NRHA Reining classes as well as a variety of AQHA approved Reining and Ranch Riding classes. Starting the show off on the first day was the Open slate. With a score of 73.5, Mike Boyle, showing Elizabeth McHugh’s Chics Dream, earned first place in the Open, closely followed by David Hanson on Stephanie Munzinger’s Aces High Whiz with a 72.5. With scores of 71.5, the top two placings in the Intermediate and Limited Open classes were shared between Ollie Galligan showing Margaret Daly’s Gunnachicya and Warwick Schiller showing his own Shine Spook Shine. Chics Love Chrome and rider/owner Patricia Eckhoff rode away with first place in the Primetime Open with a 71 score. Lavonne Sturgeon and her beloved California Shines won second with 68.5. Cody Rowe swept the Rookie Professional class by capturing three of the top four placings! He took first place honors with Larry Pearle’s Electric Kit with a winning score of 70.5. Cody, on Richard Boer’s Dreamin About Wimpy, tied for second with Kaity Sotomayor riding Julie Beach’s Spook N Cody with scores of 70. Finishing up the Open section was the AQHA Open Reining, featuring 17 entries. Chics Dream and Mike Boyle took the class. Ollie Galligan showing Gunnachicya tied for second with Martin Padilla, on Tobyann Faingold’s Spangled Desire.

Sweetheart of a reining

New CRHA event is a hit to start 2018 season

Special to the Horsetrader - March 1st, 2018

BURBANK—A little love— the love of reining, that is—was spread around the Los Angeles Equestrian Center last month.

The California Reining Horse Association opened their 2018 show season on Feb 2-4 with its new Sweetheart Reining Show. There was a lot of excitement building up to the event with the addition of Ranch Riding classes to the 2018 schedule. CRHA also celebrated the successes of their members with a a year end awards party during the show.

Along with CRHA jackpot classes, AQHA, APHA and PCHA classes, the sweetheart reining show was held in collaboration with 2 slates of NRHA affiliate qualifying classes. The high point CRHA riders from the combined shows in each category were awarded Circuit Champion and Reserve Champion; with the champions receiving embroidered day sheets from Professional Choice and the Reserve Champions going home with CRHA emblazoned barn chairs. Along with jackpot money earned, CRHA individual class awards included leg boots, duffle bags, groom bags, lunge lines, hoof picks and vet wrap.

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time

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FORT WORTH, Texas — After trading spots back-and-forth atop the National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman competition, Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee) edged Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill) for the prestigious title during the NRCHA’s Celebration of Champions Feb. 9-17 at the Will Rogers Coliseum.

Both entries in the bridle horse competition finished top three of each of the four phases — herd, rein and cow work plus steer-stopping — with Phillips, from Bend, Ore., coming out in the final composite, 890.5 to 888.0. Phillips and Hickory Holly Time, owned by DT Horses, LLC, earned top prize of $40,000. The duo won the herd work (220.0) and steer work (224.5) while taking second in the reining (222.5) and third in cow work (223.5).

Ready for Scottsdale

Region 1 and Region 2 Arabians meet at LAEC for winter tune-up

- February 1st, 2018

1802A CoverBURBANK — It’s the time of year when hopes are high and anticipation for the show season rises. For many Arabian and Half-Arabian competitors, it’s also the doorstep to the venerable Scottdale Arabian Show,so any schooling in a live arena is golden.

The Southern California Half-Arabian Association and the Arabian Horse Association of the San Fernando Valley conducted a golden opportunity Jan. 19-21 for both clubs’ members to meet whatever January objectives they have. The dual-qualifying show for Region 1 and Region 2 attracted a variety of barns from throughout the state, including several keen on this month’s 63rd Annual Scottsdale showdown Feb. 15-25. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center was buzzing with classes that included sport hroses, dressage, youth, amateur, trail, western dressage, and ranch horse pleasure. Special awards were issued for High Point Dressage Horse and High Score SPort Horse,and in addition to the previously mentioned regions, the event was a qualifying show for Pacific Slopes and the U.S.,Canadian and Sport Horse Nationals with AHA, USEF and USDF approvals.

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SCRCHA’s best buckle it up

Reined Cow Horse club celebrates a great year and looks ahead to `18

- February 1st, 2018
Roy Rich hauled in the SCRCHA Year-end riches with four champion and three reserve champion buckles to go along with Top 5 and qualifier awards.

Roy Rich hauled in the SCRCHA Year-end riches with four champion and three reserve champion buckles to go along with Top 5 and qualifier awards.

SCRCHA photo

TEMECULA — The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association honored its 2017 winners at Journey’s End on Saturday, Jan. 13, wrapping up a successful year and setting the stage for an exciting 2018.

The club honored recipients competing not only in cowhorse classes but cutting/herd work and ranch riding as well.

Roy Rich brought in the riches, earning four Champion and three Reserve Champion buckles, as well as Top 5 and qualifier awards. The Temecula-based trainer ended the year with SCRCHA titles on threee different horses owned by Rocking J Ranch, including RJ Wheres My Sock (Junior Ranch Riding), Very Smart Luck (Open Herd, Open Bridle) and Soula Shining Star (Open Two Rein). His three reserves came aboard Very Smart Luck (Open Two Rein), RJ Wheres My Sock (Snaffle Bit) and another Rocking J Ranch horse, Cat From Ipanema (Open Hackamore).