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Carpenter builds momentum with CIC3* win at Woodside

Special to the Horsetrader - October 15th, 2014

Bonner Carpenter of Dallas, Texas, gallops to first place aboard her Basco in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 3-5.

Bonner Carpenter of Dallas, Texas, gallops to first place aboard her Basco in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 3-5.

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WOODSIDE — Aboard her own Basco, Bonner Carpenter, of Dallas, Texas, galloped to first place in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, finishing with 48.7 penalties.

The Area VI champions were: Preliminary Rider, Tristen Hooks/Learning To Fly; Training Horse, Ruth Bley/En Vogue; Training Rider, Jain Coert/Fail Safe; Novice Rider, Angela Cricelli/Sunsprite’s Cali; Beginner Novice Rider, Grace Illsley/Dancing Diva.

James Alliston, of Castro Valley, claimed second on Tivoli (52.1), and Kaitlin Veltkamp of Los Gatos, grabbed third place on Flashpoint D (57.0).

Carpenter, 26, earned $3,000 for her winning effort, along with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and the CTETA Founders’ Cup, established to honor Robert E. Smith, whose vision established the Horse Park at Woodside in 1981.

Best of the CDS

California Dressage Society and Region 7 Championships bring top talent to LAEC

From Horsetrader staff reports - October 2nd, 2014

BURBANK — After four days, six rings, and nearly 1,500 rides scheduled to come down centerline, final championship titles were awarded Sunday and the competition officially entered the record books as the largest edition in the 47-year history of the Annual California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, held in conjunction with the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships, Sept. 25 – 28.

Desert rolling

Purses, competition climb again at 2014 High Roller Reining Classic

From releases and staff reports - October 2nd, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The third and final show in the Triple Crown of Reining series that includes Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, Reining By The Bay in Woodside, and the High Roller Reining Classic held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center did not disappoint.

Season of the Event

Twin Rivers Fall Trials kicks off series of big West Coast competitions

From releases and staff reports - October 2nd, 2014

PASO ROBLES — West Coast eventers are flexing their muscle and measuring their moxie as 3-day events line the schedule leading up to the Galway Downs International Event at the end of this month.

Ralls o’fire!

Phillip Ralls, 'Mitch' look Reno-ready after Futurity win in Paso

From releases and staff reports - September 18th, 2014

1409BwpcoverPASO ROBLES — From the new to the seasoned, trainer Phillip Ralls proved to be best at the 2014 Protect The Harvest / Lucas Oil Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Richest Stock Horse event Aug. 19-24 at the Mid-State Fairgrounds.

Ralls, who won last year’s World’s Richest Stock Horse event on Dom Dualuise, repeated the feat on Christian Larson’s 7-year-old gelding again this year before concluding the week with an Open Futurity championship aboard Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s son of Metallic Cat.

“To come back and win again was even better — the World’s Richest to me was always a big one,” said Ralls, 33, whose father, Ron Ralls, won the first World’s Richest Stock Horse event in 2006 in Fresno. “I was there helping my dad the first year they had it, and he ended up winning it. It was kind of always on my bucket list, to have a horse good enough to someday win.”

On top of ASPCA Maclay

Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi top field of 36 in West Regionals; Kentucky next

From releases and staff reports - September 18th, 2014

With George Morris observing, Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi handle designer Skip Bailey's intricate course to win the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regonals Region 8 title Sept. 13 at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

With George Morris observing, Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi handle designer Skip Bailey’s intricate course to win the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regonals Region 8 title Sept. 13 at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Blenheim EquiSports once again hosted the much-anticipated, prestigious ASPCA Maclay Regionals Region 8, West at the Blenheim Fall Tournament.

Set in the indoor arena on a warm Saturday evening, the class featured 36 junior riders who had qualified throughout the year, each with the hopes of advancing to the competitive Finals held at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 2.

Esteemed judges George Morris and Scott Fitton were present to evaluate the young riders as they tackled veteran course designer Skip Bailey’s intricate track layout. Using the entirety of the indoor ring, the course featured multiple challenges, including a curved hay bale jump used twice throughout the course; a shallow serpentine line requiring pace and adjustability; several tricky bending lines and sharp rollbacks, and two double combinations.

Monumental fund-raiser

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 18th, 2014

The son of Gunnery Sgt. Cecil Lively.

The son of Gunnery Sgt. Cecil Lively.

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society faced an all-day invasion at the historic Las Flores Adobe Sept. 13 for a fund-raiser for SSgt. Reckless at the seaside U.S. Marine Base. Both old and young fans of the Korean Warhorse came by for the festivities, food and history — plus a chance to receive a signed copy of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse by author Robin Hutton.

Robinson and Avila clinic

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 18th, 2014

Nine riders and a good turnout of spectators brought to life Bob and Dana Avila’s new ranch Sept. 6-7 during a boxing clinic put on by Avila and Ted Robinson.

Team Bronze for jumpers

U.S. wraps up Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with seven medals

Special to the Horsetrader - September 18th, 2014

The Bronze Medal-winning U.S. Show Jumping team.

The Bronze Medal-winning U.S. Show Jumping team.

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CAEN, France — On a day when luck often eluded the Americans over Frédéric Cottier’s 13-obstacle track, the team of world-class riders, bookended by two championship stalwarts, persevered to finish on total of 16.72 and win the Team Bronze at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The U.S. returned home from the WEG, held in Normandy, France, from Sept. 2-7, with seven total medals (two Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze). They finished fourth in the world count, behind Great Britain (seven Gold, 15 total), Netherlands (six, 18) and Germany (five, 15).

Pedals to the medals

Ingalls, Browne and Nagler top CPHA Foundation Finals

From releases and staff reports - September 4th, 2014

1409A coverDEL MAR — The Showpark Summer Classic hosted the second rounds of the California Professional Horseman’s Association (CPHA) Foundation Finals Aug. 24, wrapping up the three sections of competition. Divided into 22-and-over, 21-under, and 14-under age divisions. Riders of all ages brought their medal finals game, as esteemed judges Robin Fairclough and Scott Williamson scored, tested and ultimately awarded the final placings.

After 19 entries competed in Round 1 of the 22-over, the top prize for the first round went to Stephanie Goodson aboard Poetic, who earned scores of 87 and 85 for a first round average of 86. Second went to Nicole Haseltine and Magic Act, with an average of 84.50, and third to Laura Owens and L Alta Vida for an average of 84. Rounding out the top five were Kim Hall and Jacob, earning fourth with an average of 81.50, and Caroline Ingalls and Y2K, just behind Hall in fifth with an 81.25 first round average.