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2014 Horse Vacations

Dreaming of getting away from everything BUT horses? Here are some of the best places to consider

From Horsetrader sales staff - March 20th, 2014

7 Lazy P
(406) 466-2245
Choteau, MT
www.7lazyp.com

Welcome to the 7 Lazy P! The Crary family invites you experience the Crown Jewel of Americas Wilderness System, the Bob Marshall. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 7 Lazy P has been providing extraordinary backcountry adventures since 1931. You can camp beneath stunning cliffs and alpine lakes, alongside gin-clear streams and mountain meadows.

Our itineraries include the iconic destinations of the Bob Marshall, such as the Chinese Wall, the North Wall, the Trilobite Range, and the North Fork of the Sun River and Middle Fork of the Flathead. Experience a sensory kaleidoscope of wildflowers and wildlife. Cast a fly for a native Cutthroat, scramble to the summit of a peak, or just relax as you watch the horse herd graze peacefully in a meadow.

You’ll ride a seasoned mountain horse while the camp and your gear is packed on our wonderful mules. You will be accompanied by an experienced and enjoyable crew, and will enjoy fantastic wilderness meals prepared by our backcountry chef. Trips can accommodate up to 10 guests and include lodging and meals at our historic lodge the night before and after your pack trip.

Hooray for Hollywood and Horses

Equestrians combine a metro-country life in Southern California's Burbank area

By Audrey Pavia for the Horsetrader - March 20th, 2014

A hub of horse activity plays out daily at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center - for the locals and visitors to the area.

A hub of horse activity plays out daily at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center – for the locals and visitors to the area.

photo courtesy of LAEC

BURBANK — If you are looking for a thriving horse community in Los Angeles, drive less than 20 miles from downtown and you’ll find the city of Burbank.

An equestrian haven in the middle of the second-largest city in the country, Burbank offers residents a chance to live both a country lifestyle and an urban one, all at the same time.

Call her ‘Cash-lee’

Special to the Horsetrader - March 20th, 2014

Ashlee Bond Clarke puts the pedal to the metal on Little Valley Farms' Chela LS in the AIG $1 million Grand Prix at HITS on March 16.

Ashlee Bond Clarke puts the pedal to the metal on Little Valley Farms’ Chela LS in the AIG $1 million Grand Prix at HITS on March 16.

Flying Horse photo

THERMAL — Ashlee Bond Clarke admits that she had to keep her nerves and her emotions in check when entering the ring for the jump-off of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix March 16, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, at HITS Thermal.

Pot O’ good action at SCRCHA March show

From Horsetrader staff reports - March 20th, 2014

Tressie Childs takes Tuff Sliding Peppy, owned by Dick Hershman, to the Limited Open Bridle win at the SCRCHA Pot o' Gold show, held March 7-8 at Casner Ranch.

Tressie Childs takes Tuff Sliding Peppy, owned by Dick Hershman, to the Limited Open Bridle win at the SCRCHA Pot o’ Gold show, held March 7-8 at Casner Ranch.

Jeff Lynch photo

TEMECULA — Tessie Childs scored a Limited Open Bridle win on Dick Hershman’s Tuff Sliding Peppy, as the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association kicked off its 2014 season at Casner Ranch.

While up-and-coming talent like Childs made it to the top of the lists, so did some familiar faces as the Southern Californians hit stride in competition and earned SCRCHA, NRCHA and AQHA points. The next SCRCHA event will be the May Sherri Gilkerson Memorial and Big Horse Wine Country Classic in May.

Moving the hips: Going next level

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - March 20th, 2014

63rd in a series
This issue, Les guides us into the detail of controlling the horse’s hip.

Having control of the horse’s hip is critical for accurate lope departures and lead changes, in addition to helping you maintain proper alignment. If you see a horse missing leads, or dropping a lead in back (when a horse changes leads with his front legs but not his back), it’s a pretty good indication that the horse needs more work on hip control.

Galway Int’l Horse Trials to challenge top athletes March 28-30

From Horsetrader sales staff - March 20th, 2014

The Galway Downs 2014 International Horse Trials, featuring top eventing riders and horses from around the world, comes to Temecula March 28-30 at the Galway Downs Equestrian Center. Be on hand to watch the precision and beauty of dressage, the jaw-dropping excitement of cross-country where competitors navigate through water, over ditches and across numerous large obstacles at top speeds, and show jumping, where you’ll sit on the edge of your seat, to see if any rails get knocked down. Galway Downs offers fun for the whole family Ð both horse people and non-horse people! Enjoy a variety of delicious cuisine provided by Super Q, Two for the Road and Sweet Treats food trucks, live music and local vendors. General admission for the event is only $10 per day in advance, $15 at the gate, with children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Patron’s passes—which include seating in the ringside tent, lunch and a full selection of beverages—are also available for $55 per day or $150 for the weekend in advance. For advance reservations, see the ad on page 39.

Alec Lawler and Caresse soar to Horsetrader Jumper Classic win

Special to the Horsetrader - March 20th, 2014

THERMAL — He started the eight-week HITS Desert Circuit with his first grand prix win and he finished it Saturday with a big amateur-owner high jumper title, so Alec Lawler moved on, satisfied by a successful circuit.