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Star-spangled showdown

- August 8th, 2018

Vicki Dias and her ARC Dun With Ya were Non Pro Derby stars.

Vicki Dias and her ARC Dun With Ya were Non Pro Derby stars.

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ELK GROVE—The region’s top reiners brought Brookside Equestrian Center to patriotic life July 5-8 for the West Coast Reining Horse Association’s Star Spangled Slide competition, which was the club’s fourth NRHA Affiliate Show of the 2018 season. The WCRHA’s big WCRHA Year-end Show, Futurity/Derby/Maturity will be at the Murieta Equine Center Aug. 23-26.
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Reiner Shine

CRHA talent converges on LAEC for weekend of top competition

Special to the Horsetrader - July 1st, 2018

1807A CoverBURBANK — Under a cloudless sky, the Reiner Shine horse show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on June 8-10 brought together some of Southern California’s best reining horses and riders.

The event, put on by the California Reining Horse Association, marked the second opportunity for competitors to qualify for the National Reining Horse Association Futurity later this year in Oklahoma.

Riding her Gunna Juice You, Marilyn Scheffers marked a 72.5 and swept the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes in a Saturday highlight. Close on her heels with a 72 was Allison Williams riding her RickyCacInHollywood. Williams placed second behind Scheffers in the NRHA Non Pro.

Tradition of Excellence

Education comes first, but its still a big win for Nina Vogel in the second annual Challenge

Special to the Horsetrader - July 1st, 2018

Nina Vogel, aboard Pam Stewart’s Durango, after earning the title of The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

Nina Vogel, aboard Pam Stewart’s Durango, after earning the title of The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — More than 60 junior and amateur riders took to The Oaks International Grand Prix Field for the Second Annual American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge, presented by Whitethorne.

Home after her freshman year in college, 20-year-old Nina Vogel, aboard Pam Stewart’s Durango, rode beautifully both days to earn a big title.

The class took place over three phases, with the first day featuring a jumping phase over a 3’3″ equitation-type track, as well as an educational presentation and “question-and-answer” phase with all riders, trainers, and judges that evening. In Day Two, competitors took what they learned from Day One and applied it to their ride in Phase 3, followed by a work-off of the top six scoring riders.

Georgey Maskrey-Segesman, of Whitethorne, LLC, founder and title sponsor of the event, explained this class is about education, and that winning is only a small part of the big picture.

Two in a Million

By Julie Mankin / for the Horsetrader - July 1st, 2018
Former NFL tightend Bear Pascoe of Morro Bay and Steve Simons of Sanger roped four steers in 34.21 seconds to win the event and $47,610 total per man.

Former NFL tightend Bear Pascoe of Morro Bay and Steve Simons of Sanger roped four steers in 34.21 seconds to win the event and $47,610 total per man.

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RENO, Nev. — A retired NFL tight end and a cattle contractor – both recreational team ropers – raked in $95,220 with their ropes on Tuesday at the 22nd edition of the #11 Reno Million.

Californians Bear Pascoe of Morro Bay and Steve Simons of Sanger roped four steers in 34.21 seconds to win the event and $47,610 total per man. They needed only a 10-second run to clinch the win, but finished in 8.8 seconds.

“I was just trying to not break out and go get him caught,” said Pascoe. “I knew Steve would rope him on the first or second jump.”

His partner did just that, motivating himself by thinking of a couple of things his wife could use with the money. Simons, formerly in the construction business, provides steers for ropings across California. He and Bear’s dad Sean Pascoe had roped for years together and he and Bear, originally from Porterville, are close friends.

SACRAMENTO — Cal Expo came to life June 8-10 for the 20th Annual Western States Horse Expo, bringing together education, shopping, entertainment and fun for horsepeople like no one else.

One of the weekend’s highlights was the return of the Magnificent Seven All Around Stock Horse Championship. Phillip Ralls took Estelle Roitblat’s Call Me Mitch to the title, thrilling the crowd and earning $8,372.

California Style

Anthony tops Spooner in $60K Del Mar GP

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2018

DEL MAR — The $60,000 Grand Prix of California was one of those rare classes where the best score in the first round could not be matched, so the ribbons were awarded without a jump-off. Carly Anthony and her mount Chacco, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc, finished with one time fault for the win. Richard Spooner and Rancho Corazon LLC’s Quirado RC were the only other pair to keep all rails in the cups, and finished in second place with three on the clock.

Formulated by the internationally-acclaimed Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, the course took advantage of the Showpark Grand Prix Field’s size while keeping a tight time allowed of 83 seconds. Riders faced two tricky lines up the diagonals, the first a two-stride combination to a delicate vertical and the second a wide oxer leading into two consecutive one-strides, which when ridden carefully would cost time on the clock.

Rein for the Roses

WCRHA event enlivens Brookside

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2018

ELK GROVE — Brookside Show Park in Elk Grove, California, is having a record year with great shows, terrific exhibitors, and a lot of fun enjoying planned activities each evening after showing days are over. The Rein for the Roses show, held May 3-6, celebrated another successful venue for west coast reiners. It was the second Affiliate show for the West Coast Reining Horse Association, where exhibitors earn points towards WCRHA yearend awards. The footing was pristine with new sand in the show ring as well as in the large schooling pen. Thad Carr and Drag Time worked tirelessly to ensure that the ground would be ready for riding and sliding.

Keri Potter’s wizardry continues

Blenheim hosts first CSI3*

Special to the Horsetrader - May 1st, 2018

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Blenheim Equisports hosted its first CSI3* at Spring Classic II to great success. Comprised of the 1.35m Bronze Tour, the 1.40m Silver Tour, and the 1.45m Gold Tour, the competition welcomed 82 horses from 13 countries.

Rancho Santa Fe’s Keri Potter captured an early win in the $2,500 Bronze Tour Welcome Speed Stake on Jo Cho’s American-bred Oldenburg gelding Diabolical C. The pair also won the Young Jumper Championships last September. “I don’t think I’ve ever gone this fast with him until today, so I’m very pleased,” exclaimed Potter.

Rachel’s reward

Cornacchia records her first GP win on Valkyrie de Talma

Special to the Horsetrader - May 1st, 2018

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Rachel Cornacchia claimed the first-place prize and her first grand prix win April 14 in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic 4 Grand Prix aboard Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Valkyrie de Talma.

In front of a full audience of fellow equestrians and local fans, Cornacchia delivered two swift, faultless rounds that secured her the win by a half of a second against five others in the jump-off. Carly Anthony and Chacco picked up second place as the second-fastest double clear finisher.

Nassar on top

SoCal-based Egyptian rider stars again in HITS Coachella

- April 1st, 2018

1804A CoverTHERMAL — The dust has settled from an ambitious 2018 HITS Desert Circuit, and the pinnacle prizes once again were pinned on Nayel Nassar, the 27-year-old Southern California-based rider who represents Egypt. Riding the 14-year-old Hannoverian Lordan, Nassar won HITS Coachella’s prestigious pair — the Longines $100,000 FEI on Feb. 11, and the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix March 18 — in a prodigious sweep for the record books.

“I’m really trying to preserve him as much as I can,” Nassar told reporters after the FEI win. “He’s had a couple of injuries and we have a long year ahead. I’m just stoked to have him and to have him come out so strong. He’s a trier and we know each other well, which helps with the little intricacies on course.”

In the AIG $1 Million, Nassar earned $350,000 for the win. Rowan Willis settled for runner-up with the 12-year-old Blue Movie, and in third was Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Presence.
The top five was rounded out by Christian Heineking on NKH Caruso in fourth and Erynn Ballard with Fantast in fifth.