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Stars and slides

- August 1st, 2019

$13,000-added Open Derby highlights WCRHA Star Spangled Slide

By Eilene Maxinoski/ for the Horsetrader

With a 1-2 finish in the $13,000-added Open Derby aboard Gunnashine Ya and Rio Killer, Jordan Larson enjoyed a good payday at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide July 4-7. (John O’Hara photo)

ELK GROVE—The Star Spangled Slide slid into action on July 4-7 at the West Coast Reining Horse Association last affiliate show of the year. Red, white, and blue decorated the grounds of the Brookside Show Park, from the U.S. flags that greeted exhibitors as they arrived, to patriotically-colored awards, to the giant U.S. flag that was unfurled in the arena before the derbies.

Many exhibitors use this show as a “showcation” for the family, as there are plenty of after-show activities to keep everyone busy. On-site meals were available every evening, preceded by libations and munchies beforehand at the Wine Down Bar, conveniently located next to the warm-up arena. Many families enjoyed the pool between and after classes.

Heating up

- August 1st, 2019

Cow horse competition is keen at SCRCHA July Jubilee event

From Horsetrader staff reports

Roy Rich took Rocking J Ranch’s Soula Shining Star to the NRCHA Open Bridle title at the SCRCHA July Jubilee at Green Acres Ranch in Temecula. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA—Mike Berg rode Going For Dough to the high score of the weekend, and Roy Rich kept his hot pace going aboard Soula Shining Star in a pair of Bridle highlights at the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s July Jubilee held July 12-14 at Green Oaks Ranch.

Berg’s 145.5 mark Sunday on Going For Dough, owned by Rudolpf and Irene Petris, was tops and took both the Sunday NRCHA Open Bridle and the AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse classes. Rich, who took Rocking J Ranch’s Soula Shining Star to a 145 on Saturday, took the same two titles that day.

Sweet Caroline

- August 1st, 2019

Ingalls dominates Hunter competition at Summer Festival

Special to the Horsetrader

Caroline Ingalls and Concerto dominated the USHJA National Hunter Derby A-O Division, winning every class and earning a perfect 40 points. (Captured Moment photo)

DEL MAR—From the USHJA National Hunter Derby to the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix in the indoor on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the hunters galloping in the sunshine on the Grand Prix field, the Showpark Summer Festival proved to be a superb summer event July 19-21.

The expansive grass field hosted a new challenge, presented by USHJA Zone 10, featuring Amateurs in the rated divisions at 3’3″, and 3’6″, and also the 3’0″ Amateur Owner Hunters, presented by Outdoor Outfitters of California. All gathered on Saturday and Sunday for division competition, as well as hunter classics and special awards.

Right on Target

- 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)

Special to the Horsetrader

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

Special to the Horsetrader

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

Special to the Horsetrader

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.