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Pat Wickenheiser continues solid year as reiners hit mid-year mark

From Horsetrader staff reports - July 4th, 2013

Pat Wickenheiser takes Linda Katz's Bright Juice Olena to a pair of Circuit CHampionships CRHA Affiliate Qualifier Finale show held June 7-9 at the L.A. Equestrian Center.

Pat Wickenheiser takes Linda Katz’s Bright Juice Olena to a pair of Circuit CHampionships CRHA Affiliate Qualifier Finale show held June 7-9 at the L.A. Equestrian Center.

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BURBANK — As the show season neared its mid-year point, Southern California reiners converged on the Los Angeles Equestrian Center June 7-9 to get NRHA Affiliate qualifying points at the 2013 California Reining Horse Association Affiliate Finale show.

Comeback complete

Shawn Renshaw's NP win highlights NRCHA Derby

From NRCHA and staff reports - July 4th, 2013

Shawn Renshaw's remarkable comeback continued June 15 when the Nipomo horseman took his stallion, Genny's Prize, to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cook Memorial Derby Non-Pro Championship in Paso Robles.

Shawn Renshaw’s remarkable comeback continued June 15 when the Nipomo horseman took his stallion, Genny’s Prize, to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cook Memorial Derby Non-Pro Championship in Paso Robles.

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PASO ROBLES — The National Reined Cow Horse Association brought its finest 4- and 5-year old horses back to the Midstate Fairgrounds for the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cook Memorial Derby June 10-15, and California Non Pros were the thunder.

Actually, lightning may best describe Shawn Renshaw, who capped a dramatic comeback from life-threatening injuries when he guided Gennys Prize to a 651 score (213 herd/218.5 rein/219.5 cow) that won the Derby Non-Pro title, earning $7,069.

Twelve years ago, Renshaw rode Gennys Prize’s sire, Smokums Prize (Smokum Oak x Tommy Tivio Tucker x Doc Tucker) to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship and had also qualified him for the Open finals, but a back injury just before the Open finals forced Renshaw to find a catch-rider. He asked top professional Ted Robinson to take Smokums Prize’s reins – and Robinson rode the stallion to the Futurity Open Championship.

Gennys Prize’s dam, Genuinely Perfect, belonged to Renshaw’s 29-year-old daughter, Nicholle, when she was a child.

“We sold the mare to a friend, Katy Murphy of Irish Oaks Ranch. She raised several foals out of her, and the mare passed away last year. This is her last foal by my old stud horse, Smokums Prize. I won this event [the Derby] on Smokums Prize 12 years ago. [Gennys Prize] has been a blessing since the day I got on him. He’s everything I want a horse to be,” Renshaw said.

Renshaw, a farrier by trade, bought Gennys Prize from Murphy on some extended barter terms.

Todd Bergen and Smart Luck won the CD Survivor Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses, earning $28,500.

Todd Bergen and Smart Luck won the CD Survivor Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses, earning $28,500.

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“I trimmed and shod horses for her for a year to pay for him. He was my comeback project. That’s why he is so special to Kim and me,” Renshaw said.

The 53-year-old horseman, a farrier by trade, sustained a skull fracture and other injuries when he fell from the rafters during a barn construction project six years ago. During the emergency treatment, doctors discovered Renshaw had a potentially deadly heart condition.

“I had to have open heart surgery, and have some of my bowels replaced. It was a long challenge to get back from that. It took away all my balance. I went through hell,” Renshaw said.

The medical bills also devastated the Renshaws financially. Kim obtained a realtor’s license and slowly but surely restored the family’s income stream.

Little by little, Renshaw regained his strength. The horsemanship skills that have helped him win more than $300,000 in his NRCHA career remained as strong as ever, as he guided Gennys Prize to approximately $20,000 in earnings at the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity – and the comeback has continued ever since. Renshaw plans to continue showing cow horses, and branch out into major National Reining Horse Association competition.

He thanked his wife for her unwavering support, and thanked his herd help. Renshaw also credited his friends, professional horsemen Randy Paul and Tracer Gilson, for their role in his success, and he thanked Murphy for agreeing to sell Gennys Prize to him in trade.

Texan Chris Dawson pilots Travelin Jonez to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Open Championship.

Texan Chris Dawson pilots Travelin Jonez to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Open Championship.

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The Derby Non-Pro Reserve Champion was Laurie Ward, Kingsburg, who guided Pumped Up Kix (Smart Little Pepinic x Olivias Response x Dual Peppy) to a total 646 score (216 herd/218 rein/212 cow). The 2009 gelding is owned by Ward Ranch. Ward also scored a big win in the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular aboard No Chic Flicks, owned by Ronnie and Karin Richards.

Texan Chris Dawson rode into the National Reined Cow Horse Association record books when he piloted Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena) to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Championship. Dawson has won all four NRCHA Premier Limited-Age Event Championships thus far in 2013; three of them aboard Travelin Jonez.

The 5-year-old stallion, who Dawson owns, claimed the Derby title by an 8-point margin, scoring a combined 670.5. (219.5 herd/223 rein/228 cow), and winning both the rein work and cow work rounds on his way to the $35,465 Championship check.

Todd Bergen and Smart Luck won the CD Survivor Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses, earning $28,500.

Another California Non Pro winner was Jayson Fisher of nearby Arroyo Grande. Riding Little Brown Indian (Hickorys Indian Pep x No Pleasin This Chic x Chic Please), a 2008 gelding who belongs to his 15-year-old son, Wyatt, Fisher won the Derby Intermediate Non-Pro Championship with a 644.5 composite score (219 herd/209.5 rein/216 cow).

The Championship paid $4,418, and Fisher collected another $4,948 for third place in the Derby Non-Pro.

Fisher bought “Tomahawk” from his friend and fellow non-pro competitor, Eric Freitas, as a high school cutting horse for Wyatt.

“My son got so busy in school, that I started riding him, and he just started picking things up so well that I decided to enter him,” Fisher said. “Wyatt gets him back after this. I’m done. I have two Futurity horses, and I wasn’t really supposed to ride him.”

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Chemerinsky and Paris in Zone X Pony Challenge win

Special to the Horsetrader - July 4th, 2013

Mara Chemerinsky (right) and Paris join trainer Marci Mosconi during the trophy presentation for the Zone 10 Pony Challenge held June XX at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

Mara Chemerinsky (right) and Paris join trainer Marci Mosconi during the trophy presentation for the Zone 10 Pony Challenge held June XX at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Mara Chemerinsky and star medium pony Paris were close to perfect in winning the 2013 Zone 10 Pony Challenge, which included a model, under saddle and a jumping class — all on the grass.

The Grand Champion garnered some excellent scores for the tri-color in the competition, which featured 11 small, 14 medium and five large ponies in the open divisions and nine green ponies overall.

Chemerinsky and Paris recorded scores of 88, 87 and 90, respectively, in the three classes. Trained by Marci Mosconi, Chemerinsky has only competed on Paris three times this season.

Times prove tough on challenging Blenheim June Classic III GP

Special to the Horsetrader - July 4th, 2013

Josephina Nor-Lantzman soars to a clear jump-off and victory in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix in San Juan Capistrano.

Josephina Nor-Lantzman soars to a clear jump-off and victory in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix in San Juan Capistrano.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Sixteen horse-and-rider pairs attempted the track set by internationally renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. Only three fault-free rounds spoke of the challenge, with the victory going to the only double clear of the day, Brazilian Josephina Nor-Lantzman and Chello Z.

“It’s a grand prix where a lot of people are moving up as well as having some experienced riders,” Jorge said. “My idea is to build a course where we can have a good level of competition but still have a jump-off.”

Shootout at the MEC corral

WCRHA action heats up with Affiliate shows

From WCRHA and staff reports - July 4th, 2013

Reiner Sandy Bentien took home $2,100 after she and her Make It With A Twist outscored 27 other entrants with a 146.5 in the WCRHA Non Pro Shootout on May 25 in Rancho Murieta.

Reiner Sandy Bentien took home $2,100 after she and her Make It With A Twist outscored 27 other entrants with a 146.5 in the WCRHA Non Pro Shootout on May 25 in Rancho Murieta.

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RANCHO MURIETA — Competition was fierce, but the weather was not at the third and fourth 2013 West Coast Reining Horse Association Affiliate shows held May 23-26 at Murieta Equestrian Center at Rancho Murieta.

Just over 200 horses and riders enjoyed the high 70s, low 80s which held for all four days of the show, which also featured the WCRHA Shootout competition. After exhibitors and friends enjoyed a potluck of food and drinks, the Non Pro Shootout commenced, as an enthusiastic crowd cheered the 27 entrants.

Safety First

Here are some vendors and products to know about BEFORE you need them!

From the Horsetrader - July 4th, 2013

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at EQ-Wine Covers, Paso Robles
(805) 610-5566

When an emergency happens, Jim Fritsche, owner of EQ-Wine Covers says, “Hoof ‘n Holler!”. Preparing for that unforeseen emergency has been a priority for Jim and his wife, Shirley, for many years. After opening their new display yard in Paso Robles last year they decided to dedicate their showroom to a disaster preparedness center. Now 911 Supply House is the go-to source in the area. It’s stocked with all the best in emergency gear for your family and horses. If you’re traveling by or are headed to the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles this summer, they invite you to drop by EQ-Wine Covers just 2.5 blocks south of the fairgrounds. Located at 1736 Riverside Avenue in downtown Paso Robles, they have on display their best selling 24’ x 24’ x 13’ tall hay barn, 18’ x 36’ trailer cover, a mare motel, and more! Mention you saw their ad in the Horsetrader and receive a free gift!

Turn Part II: You’ll feel when it’s right

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - July 4th, 2013

46th in a series
After starting us off with the turn-around last issue, Les gives us details along the way.

When you first start the exercise, I think it’s a good idea to push him up with both legs and then open your inside leg as you start the turn to help the horse find the move that you’re after. Also, approaching the turn with some inside leg will discourage your horse from leaning on your inside rein as you start to turn. If you feel him starting to lean, you might want to go back to exercise number two for a while and lighten him up. One thing to be careful of is that if he starts to lean or twist his head in the turnaround, he could end up shifting his weight to the outside hind leg, rather than the inside. We’ll be riding him into the turn with both legs once he gets the hang of it, but opening your inside leg at first is fine and can help your horse along.

L.A. County seeks operators for equestrian facilities

From Horsetrader sales staff - July 4th, 2013

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking proposals from qualified individuals and organizations for the maintenance and operation of the equestrian centers located at Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park and Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The request for proposal release date will be Thursday, Aug. 1, and interested proposers should submit a proposal for one or both facilities. There will be a mandatory proposers conference and site inspection on Thursday, Aug. 22. Those interested in submitting a proposal for both facilities must attend both conferences and site inspections. Additional information may be obtained by emailing the the county at equestrianrfp@parks.lacounty.gov. You also may downlaod a proposal from the official website at http://lacounty.info/doing_business/main_db.htm. See the ad on page 99.

FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Reined Cow Horse Association is moving its first Premier Event of 2014, the Celebration of Champions, to Fort Worth, Texas. The event will take place Feb. 14 – 22, 2014, in the Will Rogers Equestrian Center.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted in June to block funding for inspections at prospective horse slaughter plants, which if it survives the entire legislative process, would halt any effort to resume slaughter for these animals on U.S. soil. The committee backed, by a voice vote, an amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill offered by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Bill Young, R-Fla., to forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections U.S. horse slaughter plants in Fiscal Year 2014. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, however it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the opportunity for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the estimated annual expense of 5 million taxpayer dollars.