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Lindsey Spencer is CRHA Reiner of the Year

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 21st, 2013

Vol. 35, No. 3 CoverBURBANK — If someone said Lindsey Spencer skated away with the 2013 California Reining Horse Association Reiner of the Year Award, they wouldn’t be far from the truth.

The Riverside area horsewoman may have taken up reining’s circles and patterns just seven years ago, but her youth from age 6 was spent alongside her older sister in competitive ice skating, where they both achieved senior level recognition in national competition. The training, discipline and awareness from that experience may have provided the 36-year-old Spencer a leg up in the show pen.

Showtime in L.A.

CRHA Challenge, Southwest Affiliate finals rock L.A. Equestrian Center

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 21st, 2013

BURBANK — From aged events to Southwest Affiliate showdowns, the California Reining Horse Associaton’s Year-end Challenge show brought the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life Oct. 23-27, showcasing talent that soon will be heading to the NRHA Futurity and Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma City.

Prime event

Davidson, Petite Flower top a brilliant Galway Int'l 3-Day competition

Special to the Horsetrader - November 21st, 2013

Buck Davidson of Rieglesville, Pa., soars to his second sareen CCI3* win aboard Petite Flower at the Galway International Three-Day Event held Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Buck Davidson of Rieglesville, Pa., soars to his second sareen CCI3* win aboard Petite Flower at the Galway International Three-Day Event held Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Amy McCool photo

TEMECULA — Champions were crowned and victories savored at the close of the 2013 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. The blue ribbon in the top international division, the CCI3*, went to Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, who finished on a score of 59.2. Jolie Wentworth and GoodKnight finished second (59.7), and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and HHS Cooley (61.6) finished third.

West Coast Wonders

Nation's largest NRHA Affiliate vie for titles and trips to OKC

From Horsetrader staff and WCRHA reports - November 21st, 2013

Matt McDowell took Tamarack Ranch's Miss Silver Gun to the NRHA Northwest Affiliate Open Championship.

Matt McDowell took Tamarack Ranch’s Miss Silver Gun to the NRHA Northwest Affiliate Open Championship.

John O’Hara photo

RANCHO MURIETA –The National Reining Horse Association’s largest affiliate descended on the Murieta Equine Center Oct. 8-13 for the 2013 Northwest Affiliate Finals, hosted by a booming West Coast Reining Horse Association that held its year-end show, too.

The event, the last stop for qualifiers before they head to Oklahoma City for the NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championships Nov. 28-Dec. 7, filled more than 300 MEC stalls , attracting entrants from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Horsey Black Fridays

More horsey gifts, less lines at these holiday store sales

From Horsetrader sales staff - November 21st, 2013

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Dear Dana: How do I prepare my horse for his first show?

By DANA HOKANA - Horsetrader columnist - November 21st, 2013

DEAR DANA: I’m taking my horse to his first show. Do you have any tips on how to prepare him? I’ve taken him to one show previously, where I just rode him around to expose him to the sights and sounds. He was pretty good considering, but he was jumpy and whinnied a few times.
–Elaine

Your ‘Black Friday’ sales hunt starts on page 58 this issue

From Horsetrader sales staff - November 21st, 2013

The Christmas shopping season is upon us! Planning out your ‘Black Friday’ sales circuit? Don’t miss out on the super discounts and great deals available at some of your favorite tack and feed stores! See the California Horsetrader’s ‘Black Friday’ special section on page 58, for more details!

Magic feeling: A good collected stop

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - November 21st, 2013

55th in a series
After Les broke down the components of a collected stop in last issue, here he presents keys to remember.