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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

Protecting the precious

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- August 1st, 2017

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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.

‘Whoa’ means ‘whoa!’

By SHERYL LYNDE / Horsetrader columnist - August 1st, 2017

Trainer Tips“Whoa” is a verbal cue given when asking the horse for a stop. Sounds simple, but when overused, the horse will learn to ignore your instruction.

One mistake I’ve seen riders make is they say the word “whoa” multiples times, but I never see the horse actually stop moving their feet forward. “Whoa” means “whoa!”

The word “whoa” is sacred and should only be used when you’re bringing your horse to a complete stop. It is not meant to be used in transitions from one gait to the next, or while your horse is bolting or anytime there is even the slightest possibility that your horse will ignore the cue.

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.

AskTheVetThe last year in California has been an excellent year for rainfall. For most of the state, the drought has been declared over. With the extra moisture, plants thrived and grew, but so did the bugs. Flies are buzzing us — and our horses. With them comes a nasty skin condition known as cutaneous habronemiasis, more commonly called “summer sores”.

Recapping Turnarounds

Foundation Training for the Performance Horse with Les Vogt

Les Vogt for the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2017

More With Les graphicLast issue, Les wrapped up our section on turnarounds. Here are some points to recap.

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.

Reiner Shine

$11,500 added money, affiliate qualifying brings out the talent

- July 1st, 2017
Whimpys Whiz Steps, ridden by Daphne Foran for owner Gail Hutcherson, won the Open Championship.

Whimpys Whiz Steps, ridden by Daphne Foran for owner Gail Hutcherson, won the Open Championship.

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BURBANK — The second big show weekend of the California Reining Horse Association came and went last month, as the CRHA Reiner Shine event brought together the region’s best June 7-11 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

A strong turnout is no surprise, as the CRHA had an added payout of $11,500 to go with qualifying points for two National Reining Horse Association Affiliate shows. As it always done the CRHA club provided a bounty of great awards, including leather and silver headstalls to the champions and silver knives to reserves.