Jake Gorrell takes Dulces Belle Starr to NSHA Open Futurity title; Reno next
PASO ROBLES – If anyone expected to see Dulces Belle Starr on top of the National Stock Horse Association Open Futurity once the dust had settled at the Midstate Fairgrounds Aug. 20, it wasn’t Jake Gorrell.
The defending Open champion rider didn’t think he had a chance at this event, which each year provides a rich look at contestants for the NRCHA World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity one month later in Reno.
“We were looking at all the bloodlines, and we came across this mare, Dulces Belle Starr, who had sort of slipped through the cracks,” said Dickinson, a Southern California contractor with a ranch in Temecula. “We asked ourselves, ‘what is SHE doing here?!’ She should have been in Reno.”
On a warm day at Showpark, the International Grand Prix Field was on fire as 10 of 23 horse-and-rider pairs reached the jump-off round on a course that required a careful, accurate ride. The top six finishers were double-clean. First to return in the second round was pace-setter Nor-Lantzman and Chello Z at 36.27 seconds.
Of the 23 entries in the World Cup qualifying class, this pair was the only match to master Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course without fault. Several others were close, including two with just a single time fault and six with a single rail down, but not close enough to cause a jump-off.
That sports cliche applies as much to cow horse as any other competition, and the National Stock Horse Association 2011 World’s Richest Stock Horse bridle event Aug. 20 at the Midstate Fairgounds stands as proof.
The show, the last one on the ranch’s 2011 schedule, attracted twice the entries as last year and featured Open and AQHA-approved Ranch Horse Versatility along with the limited division. Limited division competition did not include fence work or roping. Thirty-three entries competed for the total payout of $2,575, including $500-added to the open division.
Overall, there were over 300 horses in attendance participating in several events. The Morphology ANCCE show had 114 horses. The official count, excluding sections 1, 2 & 14, was 99 horses.
“Our sincere appreciation and gratitude goes out to everyone who made this such a successful show,” said Ramiro Vega. “We especially would like to congratulate and recognize our Special Awards Winners.”
Markel Insurance sponsored the Cornerstone Open and Amateur Championships at the event, which also featured the Los Angeles Breeders Classic.
Competitors who had pursued qualifying scores and a chance to vie for titles from training to FEI levels since December included Jaye Cherry and Santana, winner of the Open Training Level series title; Cindy Ramirez-Smith and Decoroso HGF at Open First Level; Heather Neely and Enchante in the Adult Amateur First Level division; Sherry Van’t Riet with Sir Deauville for Open Third Level; Ritchie Silva and Amadeus at Third Level for Adult Amateurs; Emily Tears with Lopaca for Adult Amateur Intermediaire I; and Whitney Harrington riding Laredo 183 to the win in the Adult Amateur Grand Prix division.
Sixth in a series
Les wraps up his equipment checklist with the set-up of the cavesson.
I prefer a stiff rope cavesson, and I like it under the bridle so that it sits about an inch above the snaffle. Make sure that it’s high enough that the bit won’t pinch the horse’s lip against it when you pick up on the rein. Start with a pretty loose cavesson. I like about ¾-inch clearance under the jaw. You want the horse to be able to open his mouth slightly if he wants to. If it’s too tight some horses might shake their heads, or even panic and fall, so don’t introduce it too snug.
Calling all Non-pros! The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association wants you to save the date of Nov. 18-19 for the Triple Crown 2011! The competition will be held at Casner Ranch in Temecula, and will feature Snaffle Bit, Derby, Bridle, Youth and Limited divisions. With $10,000 in added money and buckles to champion and reserve champions in all divisions, you won’t want to miss this exciting event! Call Laura at (951) 551-9505 and see the ad on page 25 for further details.