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Zone 10 teams selected

- July 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The three-month qualifying period for the Zone 10 Junior and Young Rider teams culminated June 18 for riders looking to vie in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships July 19-23 in Saugerties, N.Y.

A group of Zone 10 Young and Junior riders gathered to compete in the final qualifying events during Blenheim June Classic I.

Hot topic: Summer’s first heat wave

by Dr. Daniel H. Grove, DVM - July 1st, 2017

AskTheVetSummer is here and we are experiencing our first heat wave of the season and it is hot, hot, hot!  I think this is a great time to revisit a couple of different subjects we have talked about in the past, dealing with the heat and traveling with our horses.

Let’s start with tips for the heat. In the hot weather, there are some key points to keep in mind to help your horse through the extreme temperatures:

1. Provide access to plenty of fresh, cool, clean water. Horses can consume large quantities of water in the heat to aid in cooling and staying hydrated. Give it to them!

Put more breaks in your training

by Sheryl Lynde - July 1st, 2017

Trainer TipsIf you incorporate more pauses in your training regimen, your lessons will be more effective.

Also, be clear as to what you are trying to achieve. This may sound obvious, but more often than not I see an honest try made by the horse go unnoticed – and therefore unrewarded by the rider.
For instance, a common behavior riders agonize over is a disrespectful horse, either on the ground, in the saddle, or both. Behaviors range from biting and rearing to being run over while leading. Problems that you experience on the ground need to be fixed on the ground. Problems that you experience in the saddle need to be fixed in the saddle.

California Peacekeepers working to grow Mounted Shooting

From the Horsetrader sales staff - July 1st, 2017

InGate graphicCalifornia Peacekeepers is a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, “CMSA”. The club offers sanctioned CMSA competitions at two Southern California venues: the Krogh Ranch in Warner Springs and Star Valley Arena in Valley Center. These arenas were chosen specifically for their premium arena footing. The Krogh Ranch offers a venue to facilitate two-day shoots, barbeque dinners, pancake breakfasts and evening entertainment such as cowboy poetry and live music.

California Peacekeepers was established specifically to help grow and facilitate the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting in the state, offering practices and clinics to improve your skills and increase your horse’s ability to be athletic on the course. California Peacekeepers competitions are professional, detailed oriented, fun and competitive. You can reach California Peacekeepers at (760) 805-6061 or visit their website at www.CaliforniaPeacekeepers.com.

Speed thrills

Joie Gatlin and Rammstein pull the stops, score win in fast Blenheim grandprix

- July 1st, 2017

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Joie Gatlin and Rammstein secured a first-place finish in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix after a blazing jump-off, where she daringly left strides out and all the fences up. Thirteen of 30 entries advanced to the jump-off, and of the four double-clear efforts, Gatlin’s 36.12 time was the fastest.

Course designer Ivan Tagle of Argentina built a 1.40m track that included both a triple and a double combination and required riders to make adjustments and plan their tracks carefully.

Gatlin showcased her talent and precision as she guided Rocking Basilisk Farm’s 9-year-old Rammstein through both phases promptly and accurately. John Pearce and Chantico nipped at their heels, coming in a close second, double-clean in 36.51, less than half a second slower.

Troubleshooting Tips

Les Vogt for the Horsetrader - July 1st, 2017

More with LesLosing forward motion
You always want to be riding the back end of the horse up to the front, but the most common mistake new riders make is to pull the horse back instead of pushing him around. This will cause the horse to interfere with his front legs, and then he won’t want to turn anymore. If the horse should start to shift his weight backward rather than moving freely around the turn, you will want to walk him out of the turn right away and then go try again somewhere else.

I’ve said it before, but an important thing to remember is that any time you feel like your horse would have to shift his weight in order to walk forward and out of the turn, it means he’s hanging back too far. You want to get him moving forward in a hurry before he starts to get comfortable there. If he’s hanging back, he’ll never be able to master the proper footwork or comfortably build up any speed. Set him up so he can move freely. If it starts to feel awkward, get out of it and start again.

SoCal cow work

SCRCHA brings Casner's Ranch to life with 2017 Jimmy Flores Sr. Derby, Triple Crown

- June 1st, 2017

TEMECULA — With $20,000 in added money and the region’s top competition, the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association put on another marvelous springtime event, the Jimmy Flores, Sr. Derby and Non Pro Triple Crown.

The four-day show May 18-21 included two full slates of horse show classes.

In the Open Derby, Nicolas Barthelemy shined on Manuel Rojo’s WRS Shiney Diamond, outdistancing reserve champions Shadd Parkingson on Hannes Winkler’s Cattin Downtown and Tucker Robinson on San Juan Ranch’s SJR Oaks Natasha. The win paid a winner’s share of $2,560, with the riders in the two-three split taking home $1,792 each.

EHV-1 Recap in L.A.

Dr. Kent Fowler of the CDFA discusses facts and reminders after last fall’s viral episode in Los Angeles

- June 1st, 2017

NewstraderDr. Kent Fowler of the California Department of Food and Agriculture returned to Los Angeles April 17 to address horse owners about the Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) , a health threat that became intimately familiar to the area after an outbreak last fall. The “all-clear” was issued months ago, but knowledge of the virus’s detection, treatment and mitigation are invaluable going forward wherever horses reside. Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) is the designation given to a horse showing neurologic dysfunction caused by the EHV-1 virus.

Rosey reining

West Coast reiners bring Brookside to life with springtime tradition

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2017
Sandra Bentien wowed the judges aboard her Gotta Twist It Up,then celebrated with her posse the Non Pro Derby Level 4 Championship at the 2017 Rein for the Roses.

Sandra Bentien wowed the judges aboard her Gotta Twist It Up,then celebrated with her posse the Non Pro Derby Level 4 Championship at the 2017 Rein for the Roses.

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ELK GROVE – Good weather, good times and above all, good competition, added up to a highly successful 2017 Rein For The Roses May 4-7 at Brookside Equestrian Park.

Members and horses started prepping and showing in 90 degree temperature. However in the classic Brookside micro climate, the days cooled off and we were lovely. Host Bill Madden of Brookside greeted reiners with new sand footing in the warm-up arena – a one-of-a-kind warm-up arena for reiners in Northern California.

“It brings us back to Brookside every year,” said JoAnn Campas, President of the West Coast Reining Horse Association – the largest affiliate in the National Reining Horse Association. “Bill always does his best to provide the best warm-up and show conditions possible. The Sugar Shack is also new at Brookside. What a welcome treat right in the center of the action, providing all sorts of espresso concoctions. “

Dynamic duo

Spooner and 19-year-old Cristallo push to dramatic .04-second win in $60,000 Grand Prix of California

Special to the Horsetrader - June 1st, 2017
Richard Spooner and Cristallo soar to victory in the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, held May 13 at Showpark.

Richard Spooner and Cristallo soar to victory in the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, held May 13 at Showpark.

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DEL MAR — The Master of Faster turned on the heat with his equine partner of 15 years to clinch the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Boutique. The unstoppable duo, known as Richard Spooner and Cristallo, executed a flawless jump-off in 33.75, less than .04 seconds faster than the previous leaders, Vani Khosla and Billy Mexico. Relegated to a well-deserved second by a show jumping veteran, Khosla earned her second impressive grand prix red ribbon for the week.