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Blenheim’s Back!

- April 30th, 2021

San Juan Capo action highlights new season of hunter-jumper activity

Special to the Horsetrader

Nicole Haunert of Encinitas and Concolue were the only pair to jump clean en route to their win. (Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Horse shows may not yet be all the way back from their pre-pandemic experiences, but they sure have come a long way from where they were last spring.

Spring forward

- April 30th, 2021

Open HiDHA show offers variety, competition, fun

From Horsetrader staff reports

PALMDALE — What a difference a year makes!

Horse activity abounds in the High Desert, as was evident by the well-attended classes at the April 18 High Desert Horse Show Association All Breed Show. From Ranch Horse to English to Western Pleasure and more, exhibitors helped make the second 2021 HiDHA event, a double-point show, a success.

Eli Green and Chase Helton bested 167 other teams. (BFI courtesy photo)

GUTHRIE, Okla. — The Hooey Jr. Championships during Wrangler BFI Week are designed to showcase today’s youth superstars, and the Jr. BFI did that perfectly on March 18.

While 18-year-old Texans Kreece Thompson and Kaden Profili took the Jr. Open at the Hooey Junior to split $54,000, a pair of California teens captured the Junior 10.5 Division and earned $20,000 of their own.

Golden cow work

- March 31st, 2021

Competitors shine at SCRCHA Pot Of Gold Show

By SUSAN CARTER / for the Horsetrader

Giacomo Mattioli takes Coal Creek Ranch’s Annies Smarty Cat down the fence at the SCRCHA Pot Of Gold SHow March 13-14. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Weather-wise, it’s always a bit of a crap shoot to hold a March show, but the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association held its second 2021 show on March 13-14 at California Ranch Company.

The covered arena was a saving grace, as the previous week’s rain forced all classes into the indoor arena. Competitors held great attitudes with the decreased warm-up areas and smaller spaces. If 2020 taught us anything, it was “be grateful for the ability and opportunity to show!”

High gear in the High Desert!

- March 31st, 2021

Numbers up as High Desert kicks off its 2021 season

From Horsetrader staff reports

Brooke Baze of Lakewood on GE Drift N Pep trains with Michele and Hayley Bloomquist of Bloomquist Training Stables. (Anabel DFlux)

PALMDALE — The High Desert Horse Show Association opened its 2021 season in the same way it wrapped up its 2020 campaign last fall — lots of entries, excitement and camaraderie.

The one-day HiDHA All Breed Show on March 21 featured a full slate of classes that attracted exhibitors from throughout Southern California for a chance to compete in their favorite English and Western disciplines.

“Our first show was the biggest we’ve seen in years!,” said Show Manager Heather Mathews. “I feel like people are just really wanting to just get out and spend time with their horse and enjoy time with their friends. We had a lot of new exhibitors which is great — as well as large groups of people who drove two or more hours to come show.”

Warm weather, hot competition greet WCRHA competitors

By Eileen Maxinoski / for the Horsetrader

Mike Boyle takes Betty McHugh’s Chics Dream to a 73.5 for an Open title at the WCRHA season-opener March 5-7 in Corning. (John O’Hara photo)

CORNING — There was no “reining in the rain” at this year’s first show of the West Coast Reining Horse Association — as was often the case in previous years. Beautiful weather greeted a huge group of West Coast reiners who showed up with highly tuned reining horses for the annual NRHA-approved competition held at the Rolling Hills Equestrian Center on March 5-7.

Buckling up

- March 1st, 2021

West Coast Ranch Horse concludes its Winter Series

From Horsetrader staff reports

Kelly Miller of Perris and Walla Walla Whizdom shined in several classes, including firsts in Open Ranch Trail and Open Ranch Halter. (Katie Wise / ShezaShootingStar.com photo)

TEMECULA — West Coast Ranch Horse wrapped up a super Winter Buckle Series on Super Bowl weekend Feb. 7 at Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula.

‘21 is on!

- January 31st, 2021

SCRCHA launches season with ‘January Kickoff’

By Sue Carter / for the Horsetrader

Charles Stevens takes his Smartest Hotshot to the Open Spectacular title at the SCRCHA January Kick Off event held Jan. 8-10 at California Ranch Company. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Ready to dust off 2020 and hit the show pen, the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association launched its new season Jan. 8-10 with the Cow Horse Kickoff at California Ranch Company.

Beautiful weather, a great group of competitors and a return to a favorite venue added up to a super weekend that featured cutting and herd work on Friday and cow horse classes Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, Roy Rich on Cat From Ipanema, owned by Rocking J Ranch, and Non Pro Melvin Reynolds on his Heatt started the weekend off by taking home a check and bragging rights in cutting. Rich and Cat From Ipanema also captured the Open herd work class, while Jeffrey Heyer, trained by Bob Grant, rode his PaddysStarlightChic to the Non Pro crown.

Saturday and Sunday’s cow horse classes were competitive with many familiar faces, as well as those out of the Southern California area, polishing their horses before heading to he NRCHA “Celebration of Champions” in Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 9-20.

Tresha Geltner and Remedy To Shine, owned by Judith Adkison, vie in the herd work. (Danger Dingo photo)

The standouts in Open divisions were Grant in Open Bridle on Cynthia Baker’s Nic It Smartly, Rich and Very Smart Look, and Caitlyn Showalter on Brazilian Belle, owned by Mary Houston. Charles Stevens, fresh in from Hawaii, rode his Red Voodoo Remedy to titles in both junior horse classes. Rich also took the Circuit Championship in the Open Bridle, and Tresha Geltner riding Judith Adkison’s Remedy To Shine was Circuit Champion in the Limited Open Bridle.

Winning the Non Pro Bridle division on Saturday was the familiar pair Rachel Reedy, who trains under Sunni McCormick, aboard her Uno Whats Right. Sunday’s Non Pro Bridle winner was Tracy Lynch, who also trains under McCormick, aboard Jim Putnam’s CD Rock Slide. Lisa Fonsen, who trains with Rich, won her divisions riding her RJ Where’s My Sock. Non Pro Bridle Circuit Champions were Lynch (Non Pro Bridle and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle), Fonden (Novice Non Pro Bridle), and Catherine Deel (Non Pro Hackamore), who trains with Rich.

Nancy Nyjordet went home with the Non Pro Limited Circuit title after a winning performance with her Chickaroos Chance. (Danger Dingo photo)

The well-attended boxing division went to Nancy Nyjordet, another McCormick-trained rider, who took home the blues and the Non Pro Limited Circuit title on her Chickaroos Chance. Other Circuit Winners included Brenda Brown-trained riders Alexandra Veen in the 5K Division on her A Boy Named Su and Sheila Nash in the 1K riding her King Of The Coast.

In the Spectacular, Stevens won the Open on his Smartest Hotshot, with Fonden capturing the Non Pro on her RJ Where’s My Sock and Nyjordet winning the Non Pro Limited on her Chicaroo’s Chance.

More online: https://bit.ly/12Ascrcha

CRHA Reiner of the Year

- December 31st, 2020

Carolyn Tachovsky and Diamonds In My Dreams take 2020 title

From Horsetrader staff reports

THERMAL — This one was NOT easy!

There was the pandemic. The lock-down. The changing of venues. Then, once a season was seemingly wrapped up and the California Reining Horse Association Reiner of the Year seemed ready to present, there was — a tie?

Year of Challenge

- December 31st, 2020

With its L.A. home locked down, CRHA moves to desert for 2020

From Horsetrader staff reports

Karleigh Farmer and Roocat, owned by Stephen Silver of Temecula, captured the Challenge Limited Open with a 70.5 and the Novice Horse Open with a 71. (Mark Blakley photo)

THERMAL — A year that started out of the chute in Los Angeles with lots of potential wrapped up 150 miles away in the desert Oct. 20-25 with some terrific runs, as the California Reining Horse Association closed its 2020 season at the Challenge.