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Preparing for a driving show: Make your list!

Patricia Demers / Horsetrader columnist - July 16th, 2015

Now that you’ve enjoyed your introduction to the sport of driving, you might want to try participating in a driving show. If you don’t feel up to participating with your equine just yet, please consider becoming a volunteer! You’d be amazed at how much you can learn about a sport by being a part of it without competing. You will also be very much appreciated, as the vast majority of events run on volunteerism. Often times, when volunteering, you may get your own personal mini clinic from the experience.

What’s UP with Real Estate?

What's the current scoop on ranch property? These experts of their areas share insight.

Horsetrader Sales Staff - July 2nd, 2015

Connie Amelang
Alam Realty
Inland Empire and High Desert
760.792.6477

We are in a “healthy” real estate market where the prices are trending upward steadily but not at a high rate. We are expecting single digit appreciation in California for 2015 and that is fine. Over-inflation causes problems of its own. Buyers are buying, and with the help of their agent, are doing their research on prices of the properties they are viewing. If a property is priced right (in line with comparables), the sellers are many times getting full price offers. If the property is over-priced we are seeing few showings and few, if any, offers. CalBRE #00896631

Good time to plan Get-aways

Looking to escape from everything BUT horses? Here's a guide of top prospects for you

From Horsetrader sales staff - March 5th, 2015

Backcountry Haven

Backcountry Haven

Backcountry Haven Vacation Rental
North Fork, Calif.
(415) 485-2994
vrbo.com/598877

Set among pine and oak woodland, Backcountry Haven’s authentic log home sleeps up to 12 people, featuring five bedrooms and two baths. It is located near Yosemite National Park, with a barn and covered horse corrals. The full kitchen offers ample countertop space, the large living room has a wood-burning stove, and a covered veranda invites outdoor living. Use the large barbeque to cook up your favorite dishes, then enjoy them at the outdoor tables!

Four bedrooms have a queen bed and one has a king-sized bed. The large bedroom also has a log-framed bunk bed. Two bathrooms and a separate vanity sink area provide plenty of personal space. There is an upstairs reading/game table area. Downstairs, you’ll find a large flat screen and surround sound system with BluRay and Apple TV. There is internet and cell phone coverage.

Here comes Horse Expo Pomona

Special to the Horsetrader - January 15th, 2015

HE PomonaPOMONA–One of the fastest growing expos in the U.S., California’s Horse Expo Pomona comes to the L.A. County Fairplex Jan. 30-Feb. 1. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the Expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse owning lifestyle year round.

Top Ranches…and those who represent them

2014 was a good year for equestrian real estate, and 2015 looks like it may be even brighter. Here are some top professonals in the industry.

From Horsetrader sales staff - December 4th, 2014

Gerri Burger
Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters
(951) 719-5589
CA BRE# 01780155

I am a California native and have lived in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley for over 40 years. Before becoming a realtor, I was a teacher for 20 years. I strive to build relationships with my clients, explain the process in an easy-to-understand manner, and make the experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. I know this valley and how to serve my clients! Call, text, or email me for any of your real estate needs.

Tractors and the Ranch

What equipment and products are difference-makers on your horse operation? Here are some favorites

From Horsetrader sales staff - October 2nd, 2014

Arena Technologies
(800) 506-8749
www.ArenaTechServices.com

Arena Technologies makes great ground, providing the tools and services to get it done. The company was founded by Randy Fenimore in 2001 with the intent to meet the ground and arena footing needs of multiple competitive horse disciplines. After starting small, the company has steadily grown over the years with a focus on true quality work, customer service, professionalism, and in-depth industry expertise. As Arena Technologies has grown, so have the products and services it offers.

Arena Technologies is the home of the GroundPro arena tool – engineered for unparalleled excellence to properly maintain arena footing. Arena Technologies also provides proven, experienced ground consultation and professional ground services for your facility or event. It is with Randy’s extensive expertise and contacts in the sand and gravel business earned over the past 30 years, as well as his knowledge and background in the horse industry, that Arena Technologies has grown to become the one-stop source for all arena footing needs.

You make great horses. The GroundPro arena drag makes great ground. At Arena Technologies, the team believes your arena is the second most important detail of your performance horse operation – after your horses. With the proper footing provided by the GroundPro, your horse will experience the “cushion” that is necessary in every discipline to resist the impact of the hoof to the ground. Less impact to the horse’s musculoskeletal system substantially decreases soreness and lameness, allowing you to continue to ride and compete throughout the year with fewer chances of injury.

Feed and Supplements

Quality equine nutrition relies on top products; here are some of the best

From Horsetrader sales staff - September 4th, 2014

Adeptus Nutrition
(866) 233-7887
www.AdeptusNutrition.com

Adeptus Nutrition, Inc. is a San Diego-based nutritional supplements company founded in 2000 by equine nutritionist and physiologist, Dr. Colleen Wilson. The nutritionally advanced Adeptus products encompass not only every nutritional need that your horses might have, but also that your dog, cat and even you may have!

Ride and Wine

Ranches, history, wineries paint Paso Robles landscape

By AUDREY PAVIA for the Horsetrader - August 21st, 2014

Vineyards and horses are part of Paso Robles past, present, and future.

Vineyards and horses are part of Paso Robles past, present, and future.

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It was 1797 when Father Junipero Serra planted more than 1,000 grapevines in the pristine hills of California’s central coast. The vineyard, adjacent to one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful missions, San Miguel Arcangel, would eventually become part of a picturesque community rich in history, viticulture, and, of course, horses.

Paso Robles, located in northern San Luis Obispo County, is home to 30,000 residents. Incorporated in 1889, the name Paso Robles comes from the Spanish El Paso de Robles, or “The Pass of the Oaks.” Situated 230 miles north of Los Angeles and 210 miles south of San Francisco, this 19.9-acre city is a haven for horse lovers.

News from our sponsors

Here are some updates on your NSHA Futurity program sponsors

From Horsetrader staff - August 21st, 2014

Holy Cow Performance Horses
Santa Ynez, CA & Weatherford, TX
(805) 688-4241
www.HolyCowPerformanceHorses.com

Holy Cow Performance Horses opened its doors in 1999, becoming one of the leading breeding operations of performance cow horses in the state of California. In December of 2012 Holy Cow Performance Horses expanded operations to a second location in Weatherford, Texas, introducing Holy Cow Performance Horses Texas, LLC. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is our passion. Holy Cow Performance Horses is dedicated to breeding quality working cow performance horses that are world class in their respective fields. Reined cow horses, cutting and reining horses, as well as all around working ranch horses are raised here at Holy Cow Performance Horses.

Knowledge separates responsive riders from reactive ones

By SHERYL LYNDE - Horsetrader columnist - August 21st, 2014

Are you a responsive rider or a reactive rider? If you are a reactive rider — responding to the reactions of your horse and are riding whatever he presents whether it be a spook, a buck or a bolt — you likely feel as if you are taken by surprise. Or, you feel at the mercy of what your horse presents and you do what you can to ride through an issue. When you return from a trail ride, you feel lucky to have made it back safely. Your confidence begins to wane, and you become more fearful – trail riding is more stressful than fun. You start eliminating things you used to do, places you used to go to.