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Are You Ready for HITS Desert Circuit?

HITS Desert Horse Park is ready for you as the 2018 HITS Coachella Desert Circuit begins Jan. 16.

- January 1st, 2018

THERMAL — Eight weeks of USEF premier-rated shows are on the launch pad in the Coachella Valley, as top riders and horses gear up for one of the nation’s most challenging circuits.

Many are looking to qualify for the HITS Championship and over $4 million in prize money. The 26th edition of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit will feature the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping CSI3*-W during Week IV and the sixth annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix during Week VIII.

HITS officials expect this year’s Coachella Desert Circuit to be one of the best yet, pointing out that response has been tremendous with permanent stalls nearly full.

Arizona rein

Desert heats up with talent at AZRHA show

From Horsetrader staff reports - January 1st, 2018
Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley took Mary Cachat's Hollywood Boom Town to both the L1 Open Aged and L3 Intermediate Open championships at the AZRHA Best of the West event.

Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley took Mary Cachat’s Hollywood Boom Town to both the L1 Open Aged and L3 Intermediate Open championships at the AZRHA Best of the West event.

John O’Hara photo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Reining Horse Association wrapped up a solid 2017 with its Best of the West Reining Classic, Futurity, Derby and Southwest Affiliate Regional Championships. The fall event held Oct. 9-15 at Westworld facility featured a line-up with an Open and Non-Pro Futurity, an Open, Non-Pro, and Youth Derby, two full slates of NRHA classes and a full offering of ancillary classes.

Californians made their presence felt. At the ehad of the class was trainer Nicolas Barthelemy of Simi Valley, who took Mary Cachat’s Hollywood Boom Town to both the Level 1 Open Aged and Level 3 Intermediate Open championships.

Scottsdale-based Craig Schmersal enjoyed a dominant effort by one of his entries, Dunnit With Additude, who claimed the Level 4 Open Championship for owner Bruce Koefoot.
Dominating the Non Pro division at the 2017 AZRHA Best of The West was Terri Granger, who took her Gunnin For The Gold to the top.

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Lovingfoss shines in CPHA WCE Medal Finals

Special to the Horsetrader - December 1st, 2017
Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista.

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista.

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — You can call it a “trifecta” for Kaitlyn Lovingfoss.

The junior rider faced 41 junior and amateur equitation riders who had come to South Point Hotel and Casino Nov. 17-18 for the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finalsat the Las Vegas National.

Friday afternoon’s first round course with rollback turns and bending lines demanded an accurate ride and track. Lovingfoss topped the field with an initial score of 88, seeking to pull off her third medal final victory of the season. Natalie Dean sat in second place with a score 86.

On Saturday afternoon, every rider had the opportunity to return for the second round, but only the top 10 from the two rounds moved on to the third and final round. The second course included a triple combination and a multitude of tight turns, as well as a time allowed of 78 seconds. Sitting in sixth after day one, twenty-one-year old amateur rider Jayme Omand and her mount Zador dominated this round with a score of 83.75, with a total of 159.25 over the two days, moving into second place overall. Lovingfoss still held a narrow lead with a total of 162.75.

Spooner outduels Gates in `Vegas $50K FEI 1.45m; then wins Longines $100K

Special to the Horsetrader - December 1st, 2017
Richard Spooner and Arthos R

Richard Spooner and Arthos R

Amy McCool photo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — What happens in `Vegas surely will not remain in `Vegas, as far as the red-hot Richard Spooner is concerned.
The California rider was dominant during the week at the Las Vegas National, which culminated in riding his new equine star, Chatinus, to victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas.

“I’m just very optimistic for the future with this horse,” Spooner said. “It’s just absolutely blowing my mind.”

Spooner defeated Alison Robitaille and Serise du Bidou to claim the top check, outpacing that duo’s time by nearly three seconds.

Earlier, Spooner had competed in a class of 33 entries aboard the 12-year-old stallion, Arthos R, to win the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation.

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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