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Heating up

- August 1st, 2019

Cow horse competition is keen at SCRCHA July Jubilee event

From Horsetrader staff reports

Roy Rich took Rocking J Ranch’s Soula Shining Star to the NRCHA Open Bridle title at the SCRCHA July Jubilee at Green Acres Ranch in Temecula. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA—Mike Berg rode Going For Dough to the high score of the weekend, and Roy Rich kept his hot pace going aboard Soula Shining Star in a pair of Bridle highlights at the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s July Jubilee held July 12-14 at Green Oaks Ranch.

Berg’s 145.5 mark Sunday on Going For Dough, owned by Rudolpf and Irene Petris, was tops and took both the Sunday NRCHA Open Bridle and the AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse classes. Rich, who took Rocking J Ranch’s Soula Shining Star to a 145 on Saturday, took the same two titles that day.

From Horsetrader sales staff

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Sweet Caroline

- August 1st, 2019

Ingalls dominates Hunter competition at Summer Festival

Special to the Horsetrader

Caroline Ingalls and Concerto dominated the USHJA National Hunter Derby A-O Division, winning every class and earning a perfect 40 points. (Captured Moment photo)

DEL MAR—From the USHJA National Hunter Derby to the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix in the indoor on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the hunters galloping in the sunshine on the Grand Prix field, the Showpark Summer Festival proved to be a superb summer event July 19-21.

The expansive grass field hosted a new challenge, presented by USHJA Zone 10, featuring Amateurs in the rated divisions at 3’3″, and 3’6″, and also the 3’0″ Amateur Owner Hunters, presented by Outdoor Outfitters of California. All gathered on Saturday and Sunday for division competition, as well as hunter classics and special awards.

It depends…

- August 1st, 2019

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

My first initial response to most questions asked that relate to various behavioral issues is, “it depends.”

There is no pat answer that applies for starting colts or resolving issues. The many variables are broad and wide-ranging.

Take this trailer-loading issue:

A young horse has been purchased and loads in the trailer willingly, without any issues. As time progresses under the new ownership, the horse begins to refuse to load. The resistance increases with each attempt. After considerable time and effort, the owner experiences only momentary success after endless coaxing brings forth just enough forward movement to get all four feet inside the trailer. However, relief is short-lived. When reaching to tie the lead rope, the youngster bolts out backward. They return to square one. The owner’s confidence is undermined, and frustration seeps into all further efforts. The plans to be somewhere are derailed.

What’s the fix? Well… it depends.

Troubleshooting turnarounds

- August 1st, 2019

If the horse keeps trying to go forward once you’ve asked him to start the turnaround, just keep him in the proper bend and keep pushing his pivot foot up underneath him with your legs. He’ll eventually figure out that stepping into the turnaround is the easiest response to the cues that you’re giving him.

If he tries to turn just his head and neck, but not reach across with his outside front leg, I’ll go to back to exercises number three and four for a few minutes to tune up his response to my outside cues. Then try again.

Right on Target

- July 1st, 2019

Mounted shooters claim titles at CSMA State Finals at Tejon Ranch

Dylan Lawson took Overall Champion at the California State Finals hosted by the California Peacekeepers at Tejon Ranch. (Patti Monson photo)

Special to the Horsetrader

Talented equestrian marksmen—and women—brought the Tejon Equestrian Center to life May 3-5 for the California State Mounting Shooting Finals competition.

Hosted by the California Peacekeepers, the South Pacific Region the event lasted three days and featured top shooters from California, Arizona and Nevada.

Facing Fire

- July 1st, 2019

Hoping wildfires will leave us alone isn’t enough; preparedness is our best bet to protect our horses

(Katharine Lotze photo / SCV Signal)

What does it mean to prepare for a disaster? Preparedness is important for all animals, but it takes extra consideration for horses because of their size and the requirements for transporting them. If you think that disasters happen only if you live in a floodplain, near an earthquake fault line, or in a coastal area, you may be tragically mistaken. Disasters can happen anywhere and include barn fires, hazardous materials spills, propane line explosions, and train derailments, all of which may necessitate evacuation. It is imperative that you are prepared to move your horses to a safe area.

Time to Hit the Road?

- July 1st, 2019

Whether traveling to a trail adventure or to a circuit championship, horses will hit the highways in big numbers in the months ahead. How they get there can make all the difference, and these professionals are California’s leaders, ready to help.

California Custom Trailers & Powersports
Elk Grove (916) 714-2310
Merced (209) 580-4062
Paso Robles (805) 227-4665
CalCustomTrailers.com

California Custom is a true one-stop shop with dealerships in Elk Grove, Merced, and Paso Robles. It’s a shop built for riders by riders, and its staff knows what’s hot (and what’s not!) to keep you on the road with the newest and coolest products. The company takes pride in being different from other dealerships, and also in its “can-do” attitude—there’s no job it’s crew can’t handle. From custom trailers to ATVs and everywhere in between, California Custom will have you covered. It’s return-customer rate reflects its motto, “We sell to sell again!,” and customers can expect to receive the crew’s best service and attitude every time. California Custom is proud to be a 4-Star Trailer dealer, and in addition to horse trailers it offers utility, cargo, stock, and custom trailers. This company has the staff and products on hand to make your experience the best it can be. See ad on page 21.

The federal government enacted rules almost two years ago that continues to cause confusion across the livestock industry, including how it affects the transportation of horses. Last year, the American Horse Council worked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to clarify concerns.

Bottom line: In general, these rules do not apply to the occasional, short-haul transportation of horses, provided it is not for compensation or commercial purposes.

The result of the AHC-FMCSA meetings were these two pamphlets:

http://bit.ly/non-businesstransport

http://bit.ly/commerciallicenseorno

Ponies bring out their best

- July 1st, 2019

Special to the Horsetrader

Smiles like this one from Alex Zulia were prevalent at the Pony Model Clinic.
(Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—From The American Tradition of Excellence in the equitation ring to a plethora of pony events and a National Derby of with over 50 entries, the third week of the Blenheim EquiSports June Series was chock-full of competition, education, and social events.

The small, medium, and large ponies gathered in the Pacific Field on Wednesday afternoon for a model clinic and the pony fun continued for division competition, classics and derbies, a horsemanship test, lots of tasty treats, and special awards into the weekend.

On Wednesday afternoon, National Show Hunter Hall of Fame 2019 inductee, Carleton Brooks, along with his wife, Traci, hosted the first pony event of the week. Riders of all ages and pony divisions were able to bring their mounts to the Pony Model Clinic to learn technique and how to handle their pony’s personality.