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Californians shine in 2014 Cactus Classic

Special to the Horsetrader - April 3rd, 2014

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and "Tink" kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside and “Tink” kick off their season in winning fashion at the cactus Reining Classic with the Non Pro High Point Championship.

Waltenberry photo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Top riders and horses converged on WestWorld March 5-9 to compete and get a glimpse into 2014 at the Cactus Reining Classic, the first of Brumley Management Group’s highly successful trio of annual events.

Going for it

Brian Hafner and longtime partner Lombardo win again

From releases and staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Brian Hafner and Lombardo LHF are competing against veteran riders of past Olympic and WEG teams this year -- and winning.

Brian Hafner and Lombardo LHF are competing against veteran riders of past Olympic and WEG teams this year — and winning.

Terri Miller photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Sonoma-based dressage trainer Brian Hafner, 25, is quickly making a name for himself in the arena — most recently a second-straight Reem Acra FEI World Cup-qualifying freestyle win March 23 on his longtime partner Lombardo LHF at California Dreaming Productions’ Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25.

Normandy-ready

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 score 79.425% at Festival

Special to the Horsetrader - April 3rd, 2014

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, the No. 1-ranked Grand Prix rider and horse combination in the country, “wowed” not only spectators but also the judges on their way to dominating the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle on the final day of California Dreaming Productions’ Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 (presented by Hof Kasselmann).

Catching fire

Mounted shooters vie for titles

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Madison Berry, 18, competes at the California Mounted Shooting Association's State Championship event in Murrieta on March 22-23.

Madison Berry, 18, competes at the California Mounted Shooting Association’s State Championship event in Murrieta on March 22-23.

CMSA photo

MURRIETA — Shooting skills and horsemanship are making a comeback, and the phenomenon of mounted shooting came to Southern California where nearly 40 contestants from throughout the region mounted up and competed March 22-23 in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association California state event recently. This fast-action, timed event uses two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The CMSA has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.

Lots to learn, enjoy at 2014 ‘Rendezvous’

From Horsetrader staff reports - April 3rd, 2014

Mule-packing tips like these to FFA students were just one of many educational opportunities at the 2014 Back country Horsemen of california Rendezvous held march 21-23 at Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco.

Mule-packing tips like these to FFA students were just one of many educational opportunities at the 2014 Back country Horsemen of california Rendezvous held march 21-23 at Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco.

BCHC photo

NORCO — Back Country Horsemen of California brought Ingalls Equestrian Center to life March 21-23, featuring trainer clinicians like Robin Bond, Jerry Tindell and Shawna Karrasch as well as scores of other activities and attractions including a concert by Dave Stamey, a BCHC member as well as Western Music Association 2012 Male Performer of the Year.

BCHC spokesperson Peter Kriger said this year’s BCHA Rendezvous drew more than 2,000 attendees from a wide area, promoting the 3,000-plus member association’s triple-headed mission.

44 years later, Norco Horseweek is better than ever!

From Horsetrader sales staff - April 3rd, 2014

The tradition continues! The 44th Annual Norco Horseweek comes to Horsetown USA April 18 through April 27 – a 10-day festival put on by a dedicated all-volunteer, non-profit group that knows how to have fun. Dedicated to celebrating and maintaining Norco’s horse-centered, rural lifestyle, they have put together a slate of events that offers something exciting for everyone. There’s the Extreme Ranch Rodeo, Western Family Fun Days, lawnmower races, Challenged Children’s Rodeo, Old West Saloon Night, bull riding, beard contest, gourmet food trucks, carnival, chili cook-off, poker ride, obstacle course and a lot more! Check out their ad on page 17 for more info and a complete schedule of events!

Fluidity: From exercises 3 to 4

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - April 3rd, 2014

64th in a series
After learning hip control details last issue, we look in detail in issues ahead on developing cues.

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown

CSU-Fresno photo

WACO, Texas – Taylor Brown of California State University Fresno was named one of four first-team All-Americans of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association for the 2013-2014 season.

Californian Wright is named to 2014 USPA team

From the Newstrader - April 3rd, 2014

Jim Wright

Jim Wright

USPA photo

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Jim Wright of Menlo Park was one of 12 new players selected to Team USPA by the U.S. Polo Association, the national governing body for the sport of polo.

Dear Dana: What can I do to end my horse’s stumbles?

By DANA HOKANA - Horsetrader columnist - April 3rd, 2014

DEAR DANA: My horse has been stumbling a lot with me. Any suggestions of what I can do?
Elaine

DEAR ELAINE: I take it very seriously when my horse stumbles. It is potentially dangerous — I know of horses that have stumbled and then fallen with their rider!