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Morgans come home World Champions

From releases and special reports - November 1st, 2017
Eric Antman and Merriehill’s After Hours, owned by Theodore and Elaine Olsen, proved again this year to be at the top of the Morgan breed with multiple titles.

Eric Antman and Merriehill’s After Hours, owned by Theodore and Elaine Olsen, proved again this year to be at the top of the Morgan breed with multiple titles.

Howard Schatzberg photo

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The best of the best in the Morgan breed was celebrated at the 2017 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, held Oct. 7-14. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world, and this year more than 1,000 of the world’s finest Morgan horses from across the U.S. and Canada met to compete in over 300 classes for $400,000-plus in prize money.

Several West Coast Morgan stables were extremely successful, bringing home multiple World Grand Championships and Grand Championships.

Kate Ramsower of Alamo, won the highly competitive AMHA Youth of the Year Award after competing with other youth from all over the nation in four different areas, including written exams, oral presentation, judging contest, and horsemanship pattern. She is trained and instructed by Merin Maggi at Maggi Stables in San Martin.

Jake Gorell and Plain Catty

Jake Gorell and Plain Catty

Primo Morales photo

FORT WORTH, Texas — They can take the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World Championship away from the West Coast, but they can’t take the West Coast out of the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

At least not this year, the first ever since the NRCHA moved its signature event for 3-year-olds from Reno, Nev., into the Will Rogers Coliseum. Jake Gorrell of Hanford, from the breadbasket of reined cow horses in Central California, rode Kevin Cantrelle’s Plain Catty (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain) to an exciting Open Championship, using a gutsy fence work to top Zane Davis on Bet Hes Black (Bet Hesa Cat x Soula Jule Forever), owned by C Ranches Inc..

Gorrell’s performance earned the winner’s check of $125,000 and all the trimmings that come with winning the sport’s most prestigious title.

Lights, cameras…’Vegas

A Saturday Spectacular awaits at 2017 Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W

Special to the Horsetrader - November 1st, 2017
Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny wow the crowd on their way to winning the 2016 $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage.

Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny wow the crowd on their way to winning the 2016 $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage.

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Organizers, certain 2017 will be its best year yet, are pointing out that the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W is creating quite a buzz.

Especially on Spectacular Saturday, Nov. 18, when the doors open at 5 p.m. for jumping, jugglers, magic, and more.

The festivities begin as attendees enter the South Point Equestrian Arena concourse greeted by the Red Bucket Equine Rescue Welcome Center. While perusing the latest in equestrian fashion and tack, try the ‘Do Good and Juggle Challenge’ with Jacob Weiss of Playing by Air, create a memory at the Smash Photo Booth with fun props and interactive Vegas backdrops, capture the moment in caricatures with world-renowned artist Ken Hofbauer, seek out Modern Magician Rob Anderson, who will mesmerize you with his talents, and have Amazing Face Painting give you a new look for the night.

Porter gets GGT-Footing Series win at Del Mar Int’l

Special to the Horsetrader - November 1st, 2017
Eric Nvet and Basimodo soar to victory in the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final on Oct. 22. Mandy Porter won the year-long series.

Eric Nvet and Basimodo soar to victory in the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final on Oct. 22. Mandy Porter won the year-long series.

Amy McCool photo

DEL MAR — Three weeks of premier competition filled the Showpark, as the Del Mar International brought the region three action-packed shows: Welcome Week (Oct. 11-15), World Cup Week (Oct. 18-22) and the Season Finale (Oct. 25-29).

One of World Cup week’s highlights was the Oct. 22 $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Final, taken by Éric Navet riding Basimodo. The year-long GGT Footing Grand Prix Series, sponsored by GGT Footing, is a series of mid-level grand prix classes held at regional standards with $286,000 in prize money. The program is designed to give riders a chance to compete head-to-head for year-end credit to be used the next year in West Palms Events shows. Riders may ride as many horses as they would like, but only receive credit on their top-placing horse.

Horsey Heritage

San Marcos equestrians engage non-horsey neighbors in annual Horse Heritage event

- November 1st, 2017
Introducing non-horsey neighbors to their local equestrian life is one of the aims of San Marcos equestrians at the Horse Heritage Festival Oct. 15 at Walnut Grove Park put on by the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association.

Introducing non-horsey neighbors to their local equestrian life is one of the aims of San Marcos equestrians at the Horse Heritage Festival Oct. 15 at Walnut Grove Park put on by the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association.

Horsetrader photo / Carolyn Read

SAN MARCOS — Wanut Grove Equestrian Center came to life Oct. 15 when the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association staged its annual Horse Heritage Festival. Each fall, the event gives horse people in the region a chance to share their passion and lifestyle with neighbors. Getting residents acquainted with both horses and their diverse activities and disciplines is an important component to keeping an equestrian component in communities. Activities included demonstrations, vendors representing a range of products and services, a chance for anyone to get in the saddle, as well as a fund-raiser for the Equestrian Park called the Ride & Stride, a three-mile ride or walk along the City of San Marcos trail system.

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Norco has a Horse Affair

- November 1st, 2017
A full slate of clinics like this one with trainer Sheryl Lynde kept Ingalls Park Equestrian Center busy during the Norco Horse Affair Oct. 13-15.

A full slate of clinics like this one with trainer Sheryl Lynde kept Ingalls Park Equestrian Center busy during the Norco Horse Affair Oct. 13-15.

Horsetrader photo / Lori Wilson

NORCO — Sponsored by Thrifty Horse Consignment Shoppe, the inaugural Norco Horse Affair attracted attendees from throughout Southern California to Ingalls Park Oct. 13-15, featuring a collection of clinics, shopping, demonstrations and education with a special HorsetownUSA flair. Dates for 2018 have been set.
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Sister rivalry

Non Pro siblings Ingrid Vangelos and Ruth Noring may finally face off in the SCRCHA Saddle Shoot Out

- October 1st, 2017

TEMECULA – Ingrid Vangelos can remember her childhood days in the Bay Area when she and her sister, Ruth Noring, chased one another around the house with horse whips.

“We fought like cats and dogs,” laughs Ingrid. “But then, from the time we were teen-agers on, we’ve been super close. No one was closer.”

The siblings have a horse-riding history, from their first ponies and hunter-jumper action to a point after college where horses vanished for a while. They’ve come full circle after rekindling their horse lives, and now are both active competitors as members of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association.

Corey Cushing went 1-2 in the NSHA Open Futurity, winning $25,055 for the title on San Juan Ranch's SJR Smooth Rio (shown here) and another $16,006 for the reserve on Moonstruck Striker, owned by Wendy Dunn.

Corey Cushing went 1-2 in the NSHA Open Futurity, winning $25,055 for the title on San Juan Ranch’s SJR Smooth Rio (shown here) and another $16,006 for the reserve on Moonstruck Striker, owned by Wendy Dunn.

Stacy Judd photo

PASO ROBLES — The National Reined Cow Horse Association moved its World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth starting this year, but the cradle of reined cow horse still runs strong.

The California-based National Stock Horse Association held its biggest gathering of the year Aug. 22-27 at the Paso Robles Events Center, and the only thing hotter than the heat wave was the competition.

The payouts were downright cool, especially for Corey Cushing, who took first and second in the NSHA Open Futurity on SJR Smooth Rio (Smooth As A Cat X Shiners Diamond Girl), owned by San Juan Ranch, and Moonstruck Striker (Dual Rey x Moonstruck Cat), owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn. The impressive payouts for the Championship ($25,055) and Reserve ($16,006) along with Cushing’s other money-placing — aboard Kevin and Sydney Knight’s Maliblus Most Wanted in a tie for 16th ($1,539) tallied up to a $42,600 take-home in the class.

In the Futurity Intermediate Open, the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman Champion, Clayton Edsall, rode Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat x Sparking Train) to the win with a 658.5 composite score. Owner K & L Phillips LLC went home with a check for $8,418, along with an additional $9,234 from their fourth-place finish in the Open.

Talent found

USEF Show Jumping Talent Search West finals showcase top regional talent

Special to the Horsetrader - October 1st, 2017
Halie Robinson and Caracas 89 soar to victory in the 2017 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West.

Halie Robinson and Caracas 89 soar to victory in the 2017 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The third time in the top 10 was the charm for Halie Robinson in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. Having placed second and fifth in years past, Robinson rode with precision, consistency and previous experience that earned her the top call in this year’s challenging four-phase competition.

USEF Talent Search judges, Andre Dignelli, of Katonah, NY, and Patricia Griffith of New York City, designed the courses with Anthony D’Ambrosio serving as Technical Delegate. Well-suited for their roles, Dignelli won the prestigious class in 1986, and has since taken countless riders to success at this level; Griffith was second under Dignelli’s tutelage in 1998 and has been a part of Dignelli’s Heritage Farm since 1997. D’Ambrosio has been a technical delegate as well as a course designer at venues all over the world.Friday morning’s flat phase asked riders to demonstrate knowledge of the elementary principles of dressage training as they affect a show jumper’s performance. Divided into three groups, riders were tested with half-pass, counter-canter, flying lead changes and other exercises. The gymnastics phase asked riders to apply mastery of that flat work to jumping patterns, including the skills of shortening and lengthening the horse’s stride while riding the track, which proved challenging for many.

Maclay showdown challenges riders

Special to the Horsetrader - October 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — It was a big equitation evening in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena Sept. 23. Opening ceremonies included a beautiful retirement ceremony and inception of a new Best Equitation Horse Award, the Vigo Perpetual Trophy, followed by a presentation of the Shelby Drazan Memorial Award to deserving junior rider, Juliette Joseph.

Meanwhile 38 riders prepared to ride the Jasen Shelley designed NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship course, vying for a chance to compete at the highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay Championship.
Blenheim EquiSports hosted the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship, one of five Regional Championships. The top placing riders from these classes, along with the three upcoming Regionals, generate the list of over 150 qualified junior riders that will take on the challenges of competing in the Alltech Arena at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 31-Nov. 5.