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Home stretch of the show season

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM - October 4th, 2018

wordpress_column_groveFor most people, we are rounding the last corner and headed to the finish line for show season. Many equine athletes have been going hard all spring and summer. Keeping our horses sound and performing at their peaks takes some extra efforts on our part. I will try to touch on some key points that can be beneficial to keeping our horses happy and performing.

First off is nutrition. When traveling, I would recommend keeping your horses diet as close to normal as possible. Take at least the supplements and concentrate feeds that you feed at home. If you can, take the same hay also. Changing diets on the road can lead to colic and lost competition days. While we are on nutrition, I feel it is really important to keep a performance horse on a good quality joint supplement and vitamin mineral supplement. You want their joints as comfortable as possible. You also want their metabolism working at its peak to give them the energy they need.

Young and the future

Champions crowned in Young Jumper Championships Western Regionals

Special to the Horsetrader - October 4th, 2018

Quentin VA and Susan Artes take the 5-year-old win at the Sept. 20-23 YJC Regionals in San Juan Capistrano.

Quentin VA and Susan Artes take the 5-year-old win at the Sept. 20-23 YJC Regionals in San Juan Capistrano.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—As the 2018 outdoor season comes to a close, Blenheim EquiSports welcomed the horses and riders who have prepared for the Young Jumper Championships throughout the year. About 50 young horses from ages four to seven competed on the grass of The Oaks International Grand Prix Field Sept. 23 in this year’s YJC Western Regional Finals, presented by Electronic Vet, during the International Jumping Festival.

Many of the future equine stars qualified through competing in young jumper classes for free at Blenheim EquiSports. A group of six wide-eyed and wonderful 4-year-olds competed on The Oaks International Grand Prix Field in their division of the Futurity Regionals. With a flat phase and jumping course on Wednesday, and a full course over slightly larger obstacles on Thursday, the youngsters were judged on rideability, jumping scope, technique, and movement. Two experienced horsemen, Will Simpson and Jason McArdle, adjudicated. U.S. bred C Everest (Cancara Z x Diamond Dancer by Blue Diamond), with rider and owner Kristina Cain, remained consistent over the two days to take home a well-deserved victory.

Understanding youngsters

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist - October 4th, 2018

wordpress_column_lyndeChildren display individual temperaments and learning capabilities, and so do colts.

One sibling may be super chill, as nothing rattles his easygoing demeanor, while the next kid may be super sensitive, and if someone would raise their voice one octave higher, it might reduce him to tears. An older sister may be an achiever, wanting to please while respectively honoring your requests, while the younger brother may have some funk in the trunk—a “make me” attitude, annoyed at having to perform any task.

Again, it is the same with colts. I understand that I may be stating the obvious, but I meet numerous owners who become frustrated trying to use the same training approach on a different-minded colt.

Alignment in Circles

By Les Vogt | Horsetrader columnist - October 4th, 2018


At this stage in the game you want to spend a lot of time teaching your horse to align properly in a circle. It’s great to start at a jog and work on circles approximately 30 feet in diameter. What you’re looking for is for your horse to keep his spine aligned with the circumference of the circle. What you need to watch out for is him starting to lean against your inside rein and leg as he tries to stick his nose to the outside of the circle and lean into the circle with his shoulder, a movement referred to as “dropping a shoulder.” If you can instill a good “shoulders up” posture here, you won’t be haunted by dropped shoulders later on.


The sense of community and the freedom to ride my horse out my gate to miles of riding trails on all the different terrain, mountains, street or river—we have it all. I call it “Equine Therapy”!
–Michele Steeber

My favorite part of life in Horsetown USA is the designated horse trail on every street in the city. As a horselover from as far back as I can remember, I feel at home here in Norco, where everything is about the horse. We have horse shows, equestrians groups, learning opportunities, a river to ride through, lots of feed stores and horse supplies. Everyone seems to be like-minded. We moved to Norco in 1985 and had to leave in 2012 to take care of an ill relative who lived in the mountains of Colorado. Our aunt has passed away, and we were able to move back home to our beloved Norco. My horses love Norco, too—as shown by the big smile!
–Marsha Carey

The best part of living in Norco is that you can ride your horse anywhere, and there are so many beautiful trails at the Santa Ana Riverbed. Everything is so country in this little town!
–Gabriela T.

Norco is the last full service, semi-rural, equestrian community in Southern California: a patch of green surrounded by a sea of ever growing concrete – we must not take this for granted and fight to protect our large lots, to trails to open space!
–Kevin Bash

Norco IS Horsetown USA! It’s like no other place I know. This is where horsemen meet, work, shop and play, and that is why we moved our business here. It’s an eclectic tapestry of horse people and that enriches our lives.
–Fran Klovstad

10 tips to tame the Bureaucracy

Lessons learned in getting important issues achieved at agencies

By LYNN BROWN / for the Horsetrader - August 31st, 2018

1809a_coverEDITOR’S NOTE: Los Angeles horsewoman Lynn Brown has been a leading activist for equestrians for decades, helping horse groups navigate unfamiliar terrain of municipal government when important issues arise. Most recently, she worked with friends to successfully oppose a land use proposal in the Burbank-Glendale area that, if passed, would have replaced a legacy stable with condominiums.

The adage, “you can’t fight City Hall,” is not true—you can! Some may try and find that the cards seem stacked against them, or that the opposition was better organized. I’d like to provide some suggestions that have worked—and now is the time. These days, preserving equestrian life in many communities requires that its horsepeople to take up the fight.

The first challenge is to be positive, to know you can make a difference. It’s not always easy. In our recent battle to preserve the Silver Spur Stables from being demolished and rebuilt as small-lot housing, the task at first seemed impossible. We tackled it anyway, and to our surprise, we won—the individual who had applied to Glendale City Council for a zoning change, suddenly after months of relentless opposition, withdrew his request. If he had been successful in obtaining the zoning change, it would spell the end of all the historic boarding barns and feed stores along Riverside Drive.

Your ranch Equipment Matters

Horse people rely on their ranch equipment, from tractors and drags, to irrigation and hotwalkers. Here are top dealers and products to get it done... right.

- August 31st, 2018

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Reining’s a Beach

CRHA heads to Huntington for annual coastal slide

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 31st, 2018

Heather Smith-Porter and her Lil Joe Tag dominated non-pro action at the CRHA Slide on the Beach with five titles.

Heather Smith-Porter and her Lil Joe Tag dominated non-pro action at the CRHA Slide on the Beach with five titles.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH—The California Reining Horse Association Slide on the Beach, the club’s third in a four-event season, brought to life the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center Aug.4 for a one-day show.

Although not a National Reining Horse Association Affliate qualifier, this show is a popular one that brings out top competition to a different venue.

Non Pro competitor Heather Smith-Porter and Lil Joe Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex X Katie Jo Fritz) were among them, as Smith-Porter took her gelding to titles in four classes—Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro and LImited Non Pro. Cindi Smart-Zeigler, riding her Doctor Pepper to the Novice Horse Non Pro victory.

In the Rookie Division, Dee Allen was a hit with her Twogunsarebetter, winning championships in the L1, L2 and Prime Time rookie divisions. Mary “Riley” Cachat rode her Dun Its Legacy to the Youth 13-under Championship, and Alondra Sosa rode Luis Torres’s Smokin Montana Baby to the Youth 14-18 Championship.

In the Open Division, Tom Foran captured the Novice Horse title on Robert Hutcherson’s Check Your Gun Lad, while Daphne Foran won the Open Championship on Gail Hutcherson’s Wimpys Whiz Steps. The Limited Open Championship belonged to Roslyn Proffer riding A Diamond Shy, owned by Robert Holloway.

Next up on the CRHA schedule will be The Challenge on Oct. 24–28 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Medal moment

CPHA Equitation Championships put top riders to the test

Special to the Horsetrader - August 31st, 2018

Among those taking the stand Aug. 26 after the highly competitive, two-day 2018 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships were the 22-over top three trio.

Among those taking the stand Aug. 26 after the highly competitive, two-day 2018 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships were the 22-over top three trio.

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DEL MAR—As summer fades to a close, 119 equestrians in three age sections hit the books—the USEF Rule Book, that is—to practice the equitation tests that are uniquely built into the two rounds of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation Equitation Championships. Those who had put in extra hours with the counter-canter had an edge throughout the Championships, held Aug. 25-26, at the Showpark Summer Classic at the Del Mar Horse Park.

With more than 50 starters, the 21-under division was the biggest of three. Designed to be more of a jumper-oriented test than the 14-under and 22-over divisions, the 21-under was held on the expansive grass Grand Prix field and included a liverpool. However, the courses used by the other two age groups in the smaller sand arena were no less demanding.

For the 22-over and 14-under sections in the sand arena, tests included a halt-and-counter canter on the first day and on Day 2 a set number of strides from fences 2 to 3, as well as a counter canter on a left bend from a Swedish oxer to a grass-draped vertical option towards the end of the 3’3” course.

Getting it down by the Bay

Luca Fappani sweeps Non Pro Derby while his Papa dominates the Open

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 31st, 2018

Luca Fappani and Spooks N Jewels dominated the Derby Non Pro at the 2018 Reining By The Bay, sweeping levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 as well as taking the Youth 13-under Championship.

Luca Fappani and Spooks N Jewels dominated the Derby Non Pro at the 2018 Reining By The Bay, sweeping levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 as well as taking the Youth 13-under Championship.

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WOODSIDE—From the venue to the competition to the prize money, the Reining By The Bay is spectacular. This year’s 20th anniversary version, held July 23-29 at the Horse Park at Woodside, was no exception—so it was the perfect place for Luca Fappani to explode on the scene.

The 14-year-old son of Andrea and Tish Fappani, riding Spooks N Jewels, dominated the $55,000-added Non Pro Derby, sweeping levels , 3, 2 and 1. He also took the 13-under Youth Champiopnship. All told, the teen-ager topped 45 other non-pro entries and boosted his career earnings—after just two years of competing—to almost $28,000. All but about $5,500 of that came from his Non-Pro titles in California.

“It feels good to do good on my mom’s horse,” the young reiner said. “He’s really fun to ride, and I like having him at home and my Mom giving me the opportunity to show him.”

Luca’s dad, Andrea Fappani, fared well, too, winning both the $130,000-added Open Derby L4 title on Chic Dreamin, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, and the $65,000-added 3-year-old Open Futurity L4 crown on Designed To Spark, owned by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC. He also took the Open Futurity L Reserve on Diamonds In My Genes, owned by Rhodes River Ranch.