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USEF Show Jumping Talent Search West finals showcase top regional talent

Special to the Horsetrader - October 1st, 2017
Halie Robinson and Caracas 89 soar to victory in the 2017 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West.

Halie Robinson and Caracas 89 soar to victory in the 2017 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The third time in the top 10 was the charm for Halie Robinson in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. Having placed second and fifth in years past, Robinson rode with precision, consistency and previous experience that earned her the top call in this year’s challenging four-phase competition.

USEF Talent Search judges, Andre Dignelli, of Katonah, NY, and Patricia Griffith of New York City, designed the courses with Anthony D’Ambrosio serving as Technical Delegate. Well-suited for their roles, Dignelli won the prestigious class in 1986, and has since taken countless riders to success at this level; Griffith was second under Dignelli’s tutelage in 1998 and has been a part of Dignelli’s Heritage Farm since 1997. D’Ambrosio has been a technical delegate as well as a course designer at venues all over the world.Friday morning’s flat phase asked riders to demonstrate knowledge of the elementary principles of dressage training as they affect a show jumper’s performance. Divided into three groups, riders were tested with half-pass, counter-canter, flying lead changes and other exercises. The gymnastics phase asked riders to apply mastery of that flat work to jumping patterns, including the skills of shortening and lengthening the horse’s stride while riding the track, which proved challenging for many.

Maclay showdown challenges riders

Special to the Horsetrader - October 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — It was a big equitation evening in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena Sept. 23. Opening ceremonies included a beautiful retirement ceremony and inception of a new Best Equitation Horse Award, the Vigo Perpetual Trophy, followed by a presentation of the Shelby Drazan Memorial Award to deserving junior rider, Juliette Joseph.

Meanwhile 38 riders prepared to ride the Jasen Shelley designed NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship course, vying for a chance to compete at the highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay Championship.
Blenheim EquiSports hosted the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship, one of five Regional Championships. The top placing riders from these classes, along with the three upcoming Regionals, generate the list of over 150 qualified junior riders that will take on the challenges of competing in the Alltech Arena at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 31-Nov. 5.

Cal reiners shine in Reining By the Bay

Special to the Horsetrader - September 1st, 2017
Paige Pastorino and Taylor Made Magnum swept both DRHA Rookie slates and took home her first trophy saddle as DRHA High Point.

Paige Pastorino and Taylor Made Magnum swept both DRHA Rookie slates and took home her first trophy saddle as DRHA High Point.

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WOODSIDE — The excitement of Reining by the Bay draws competitors away from scorching temperatures throughout the Country. The San Francisco Peninsula’s coastal fog and ocean breezes are welcomed by all. ‘Uniqueness” is the adjective most used to describe this premier event. The Bay Area’s attractions are incredible. The Horse Park is about 30 minutes south of San Francisco and just 30 minutes to the west is the quaint coast-side town of Half Moon Bay. The Horse Park itself is located next to Stanford University and the Silicon Valley and all of its offerings. With so many fantastic sites close by the Horse Park, many attendees take time to visit San Francisco, view the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy fantastic seafood dishes at renowned restaurants. One trip to Reining by the Bay cannot cover all that the San Francisco Peninsula has to offer. NRHA Professional Martin Meuhlstaetter from Scottsdale, Arizona states “If this was an AQHA show with no money or prizes we would still attend.”

In its 18th year, paid out in excess of $250,000 in cash and prizes, ensuring its place on the Top 10 of the National Reining Horse Association’s event list.

The Lucas Oil Open Derby is one highlight of the event. The Bay Arena is 150’ wide by 300’ long, and the footing is meticulously prepared and groomed to provide the most optimal footing for tough competition.
This year, a new record for the event was achieved when NRHA 4 Million Dollar professional Andrea Fappani took a clean sweep of the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Derby winning first, second and third on his three mounts. The palomino mare Wimpys Little Tag, Whiz N Tag Chex x Wimpys Little Chic, showed off her exceptional talent those bloodlines gave her by marking a 227.5 for owner Freddie Brasfield from Tennessee and a paycheck of $12,929.

SoCal Reiners have a friendly saddle battle

From Horsetrader staff reports - September 1st, 2017
Friendly advice at the in-gate was the order of the day at the SCRHA Show Aug. 12-13.

Friendly advice at the in-gate was the order of the day at the SCRHA Show Aug. 12-13.

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ESCONDIDO—Hunter Equestrian Center came to life Aug. 12-13 as the Southern California Reining Horse Association held its fourth and final 2017 show in the SCRHA Saddle Series.

The event was well-attended with talent making their way to northern San Diego County from throughout the state, enjoying familiar faces and a well-run event.

Winners took home coveted prizes, including buckles and Tom Balding Bits. The SCRHA Saddle Series started with the club’s spring show on May 20. June 17, July 15 and last month’s two-day fi nale wrapped things up.

The list of sponsors who helped make the show and series a hit is a long one, including Spooks Gott a Whiz (and Michell Anne Kimball), San Diego Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Friends Of Derby, Patt y and Mark Staebler, The Iris, Monica Albair Stables, Secret Hills Stables, Silver Spurs Equine, Hunter Equestrian Center, Professional Choice, Gold Creek (Glenn and Kelly Miller), Granite Hills (Rick and Karen Shepard), Austin Arena Specialists, Jesse N Biscuit, Rancho Los Amigos (Lori Riis and Manuel Campos), Avila Training Stables, Turner Training, Kirsten Kutchuk and The Stablers, Garret Turner and Secret Hills, Markel Insurance, Doug Porcello and Tom Balding.

More online: http://bit.ly/709A_SCRHA

Medal time

CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships go to Scapa, Morin and Lovingfoss

Special to the Horsetrader - September 1st, 2017
In his first medal final, David Scapa rode like a veteran to earn CPHA Championship in the 22-over section.

In his first medal final, David Scapa rode like a veteran to earn CPHA Championship in the 22-over section.

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DEL MAR — The weekend after the California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Medal Finals, Blenheim EquiSports moved the equitation action down south to Del Mar Aug. 26-27 to host the CPHA Foundation Equitation Championship Finals. Divided into 22-over, 14-under, and 21-under age groups, riders compete over two days, taking on challenging courses with work-off tests built in.

After two rounds, the riders with the top four scores and those within three points of the leader, or those with scores of 80 or better, all perform a final series of tests at the judges’ discretion. The acclaimed Scott Hofstetter and Tony Sgarlata judged the competitive equitation finals.

David Scapa, who was competing in his first medal final, rode like a veteran to earn the championship title in the 22-over section. Brooke Morin, who earned a close second in the first CPHA final, finished on top in the 14-under section. And last week’s CPHA Junior Medal Final Champion, Kaitlyn Lovingfoss, not only won this week’s 21-under Foundation Championship, but accomplished this feat on a different horse than the week before.

2017 NSHA Futurity Program

- August 1st, 2017

1708AMonday, August 21
8 AM Reining Practice

Tuesday, August 22
8 AM Lucas Oil REIN WORK Non Pro Futurity
Protect The Harvest REIN WORK Open Futurity

Wednesday, August 23
8 AM REIN WORK Non Pro Derby
REIN WORK Open Derby
NRCHA Open Two Rein
RODEO ARENA– Fresh cattle herd practice

One HOT reining

Talent, temperatures ignite this year's Star Spangled Slide

By Eileen Maxinoski - August 1st, 2017
Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats's Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats’s Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

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ELK GROVE — It proved to be a hot reining show in more ways than one at the fifth NRHA Affiliate show for the West Coast Reining Horse Association held July 6-9.  Temperatures at the Brookside Equestrian Center in Elk Grove surpassed 105 degrees on most show days, but riders and horses did not falter. There were some very “hot” scores earned, judged by Margaret Fuchs from Ohio and Richard Pokluda from Texas.

The Open classes started the show off with a total of 37 entries.  With a score of 73, Martin Padilla carried off the honors in the $1,000-added Open with Spook Dunit owned by Annamarie Brown.  Second place was a tie between Martin on Spangled Desire owned by Tobyann Faingold and Eric La Porte on Celeste Nashagh’s Mr Mizzen Shine.

La Porte and Mr Mizzen Shine won the $400-added Intermediate Open with Ollie Galligan close behind on Smart Chucka, owned by Kelly Corbett.  With a score of 71, Kain Emmons and Rhonda Dunlap’s Wimpys Yellow Jacket handily won the $300-added Limited Open.  Kelly Keenan, riding A Whiz With A Gun owned by Marni Lopez, came in second.  Keenan proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the Rookie Professional, winning first and second — the championship on Marni’s A Whiz With A Gun and the reserve aboard Shewhiz Electric, owned by Mike Silva.

Bond aces it

New mom wins grand prix with thrilling jump-off

Special to the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2017


Ace of Hearts win

Ashlee Bond celebrates the win with her husband Roy and daughter Scottie, along with Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

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DEL MAR — After laying down an unbeatable jump-off round in a speedy 36.65 seconds, Ashlee Bond clinched the win in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix aboard Little Valley Farms’ Ace of Hearts. Third to go, Bond stopped the clock two seconds faster than the previous double clean. Tina Yates did ride ACE Equestrian’s Caesar faster than Bond, but with one heartbreak rail finished with four faults and fourth place.

Renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela designed the grand prix track, which challenged riders over three double combinations plus a variety of technical questions. Eleven riders incurred time faults, three of whom would otherwise have been clear.

Winning Hunter

Siebel rides Boss to USEF Jr. Hunter title

Special to the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2017
Hunter Siebel and Boss (left) and Augusta Iwasaki on Small Affair went first-second in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West

Hunter Siebel and Boss (left) and Augusta Iwasaki on Small Affair went first-second in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West

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DEL MAR – After two days and three phases, Hunter Siebel and Laura Wasserman’s Boss were crowned Overall Grand Champions of the 2017 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – West. Earning second in the classic round and first in both the under saddle and the handy, the pair rose to the top with a grand total of 262.6 points in July 25 competition at Showpark.

Taking reserve after winning the winning the Large Junior Hunter 15-under division was Augusta Iwaski and Lynn Pederson’s Small Affair with a total of 256.4 points from the three phases.

Reno riches

Top two teams take home more than $200,000 in 40th Bob Feist Invitational

From releases and staff reports - July 1st, 2017

1707A CoverRENO, Nev. — Middle America should be proud of the cowboys it sent to Nevada for the richest one-day team roping in the world.

Jake Long, 33, of Coffeyville, Kan., and his best friend Coleman Proctor, 31, of Pryor, Okla., have roped together since they were kids, partnering professionally in five different seasons over the past 10 years.

Despite the fact that today Proctor was partnered with fellow Oklahoman Billie Jack Saebens of Nowata, he was the first man to ride over and congratulate Long, horseback, after Long and Luke Brown bested Proctor and Saebens for the coveted Bob Feist Invitational championship. The two teams earned $204,000 in cash.

The 40th anniversary of the oldest, most prestigious invitational team roping in the sport paid out $800,000 in cash and prizes Monday over six rounds of fierce competition. Founded by Bob Feist in 1977 to showcase and reward the world’s best professional team ropers, the event today is owned by Ullman-Peterson Events. Annually they invite the top 100 teams in the sport to the Livestock Events Center, where they compete in six rounds for a cash-and-awards package worth more than $800,000.