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- July 1st, 2019

Mounted shooters claim titles at CSMA State Finals at Tejon Ranch

Dylan Lawson took Overall Champion at the California State Finals hosted by the California Peacekeepers at Tejon Ranch. (Patti Monson photo)

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Talented equestrian marksmen—and women—brought the Tejon Equestrian Center to life May 3-5 for the California State Mounting Shooting Finals competition.

Hosted by the California Peacekeepers, the South Pacific Region the event lasted three days and featured top shooters from California, Arizona and Nevada.

Ponies bring out their best

- July 1st, 2019

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Smiles like this one from Alex Zulia were prevalent at the Pony Model Clinic.
(Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—From The American Tradition of Excellence in the equitation ring to a plethora of pony events and a National Derby of with over 50 entries, the third week of the Blenheim EquiSports June Series was chock-full of competition, education, and social events.

The small, medium, and large ponies gathered in the Pacific Field on Wednesday afternoon for a model clinic and the pony fun continued for division competition, classics and derbies, a horsemanship test, lots of tasty treats, and special awards into the weekend.

On Wednesday afternoon, National Show Hunter Hall of Fame 2019 inductee, Carleton Brooks, along with his wife, Traci, hosted the first pony event of the week. Riders of all ages and pony divisions were able to bring their mounts to the Pony Model Clinic to learn technique and how to handle their pony’s personality.

Growing tradition

- July 1st, 2019

Top West Coast juniors and amateurs compete in equitation challenge

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The top six riders listening to instruction for work-off at The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. (Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—Junior and Amateur riders from across the West Coast made up a field of over 90 competitors looking to gain solid miles and rise to the occasion in The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge, presented by Whitethorne.

At the conclusion of three phases and a work-off by the top six, 16-year-old Payton Potter earned the 2019 championship honors with a final point score of 269.5. Second to Potter was Julia Stone, who finished with 257.25 points. These two young riders each claimed another challenging 3’3” victory in the last two years, as the 2017 and 2018 champions of the USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals.

Close encounters

- June 4th, 2019

San Diego Trail Alliance clinic brings horses and bikes together

From Horsetrader staff reports

Trail riders and bicyclists took to the River Valley Equestrian Center arena May 25 during the “Learning to share the trail” one-day clinic put on by the San Diego Trail Alliance. (Horsetrader photo)

LAKESIDE—What could possibly be more desensitizing for a group 14 trail horses than to line them up, facing across the arena from a similar amount of spooky mountain bikers?

How about sending everyone—riders and bikers—circling the arena at once? At different speeds!

Cow… abunga!

- June 4th, 2019

From Horsetrader staff reports

For a heartfelt cause, cow horse clinicians (from left) Jake Gorrell, Corey Cushing and Russell Dilday bravely mix their sport with surfing each summer. (Courtesy photo)

Now in its 11th year, good vibrations are still going strong for the Surf N Turf Cow Horse clinic—for everyone. The fund-raiser for Surfers Healing, a non-profit foundation for autism, was the brainchild of Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Izzy, a former world champion surfer, and Danielle, a talented non-pro cowhorse competitor, founded Surfers Healing in 1996 after Izzy one day discovered the rejuvenative power surfing had on their autistic son, Isaiah.

Bridle showdown

- June 4th, 2019

Jason Grimshaw, Sippin Boons Farm win Open Bridle at Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial

From Horsetrader staff reports

Jason Grimshaw took Heather Vatcher’s Sippin Boons Farm to the Open Bridle Spectacular at the Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial event May 17-19 in Temecula. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA—The old song, “It Never Rains in California,” was out of tune in May, but raindrops didn’t dampen spirits of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association at its Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial.

The event, held May 17-19 at Green Acres Ranch, drew top competition from the region.

A cut above

- June 4th, 2019

Top competition, great environment reveal why El Rancho Spring Classic is a West Coast gem

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Erin Sullivan captured both the 15K Ltd. Amateur and 2K Ltd. Rider championships aboard Carol Ward’s Spooked By A Cat at the El Rancho Spring Classic April 25-28 at the Murieta Equestrian Center. (John O’Hara photo)

RANCHO MURIETA—The El Rancho Spring Classic presented by Carol Ward, owner of Carol Ward Cutting Horses and the host Murieta Equestrian Center, took place April 25-28.

The El Rancho Cutting Horse Association, an NCHA Affiliate, prides themselves on promoting one of the last outdoor cuttings on the West Coast. Competitors come from all over the Western United States to compete at one of the premier cutting facilities.

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Shawn Flarida instructs open reiners May 11 at his two-day clinic at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. (Lucky Dog photo)

LAKE VIEW TERRACE—Shawn Flarida, the winningest reiner of all time, came to Hansen Dam Horse Park May 11-12 for a two-day clinic presented by LEGISequine.com, Langer Equestrian Group, Ariat, and Foran Performance Horses.

Flarida, the first and only reiner to ever slide into six million dollars of winnings, shared his wealth of knowledge with riders and auditors alike. He is a six-time NRHA Open Futurity Champion, six-time NRHA Open Derby champion and four-time NRBC Champion. The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee also was the inaugural WEG Reining Individual Gold Medalist. “Shawn was very generous with his knowledge,” said Tom Foran of Foran Performance Horses. “With Shawn there are no secrets. He’s patient with everyone. He’s as good of a teacher as he is a showman and horse trainer.”

By Lorraine Smith | for the Horsetrader

WCRHA members are set for the hat competition the 10th Annual Rein For The Roses, held May 2-5 at Brookside Equestrian Park. (John O’Hara photo)

ELK GROVE—This year, the Rein for the Roses May 2-5 was extra special, as show exhibitors and attendees celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Derby on the Derby, held at the beautiful facilities of the Brookside Equestrian Center. The Derby on the Derby went back to the basics by holding one special event on Saturday, which proved to be a very well-attended and entertaining event. Brookside welcomed back judges Kristen Lilley and Dave Belson to judge the show, which was the second NRHA affiliate show of the season for the West Coast Reining Horse Association.

Double Trouble

- May 1st, 2019

Nicole Haunert dominates early Markel series grand prix

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Rider Nicole Haunert, here on winner Concolue, took first and second at the April 13 $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix. (Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a beautiful Southern California afternoon, cheering on 19 entries at the April 13 $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix. After five went clear and advanced to the jump-off, Nicole Haunert and Concolue, owned by Cherokee Show Horses Inc., topped the field. Making the day extra special, she also placed second aboard Jamaico Drum van de Breepoel, owned by NJK Show Jumpers.