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California's first 2015 Regional Championships reveal Arabian versatility -- and fun

Horsetrader Staff Reports - June 18th, 2015

1506BwpcoverDEL MAR — From reining to park horse, young exhibitors to the not-so-young, the Arabian Horse Association’s Region 1 Championship Show brought the Del Mar Fairgrounds to life May 27-31 in an energetic showcase of versatility.

Entries were up in the regional finals — always a good gauge of the state of the industry — and so were the moods of exhibitors and trainers.

“It was a good show,” Region 1 Director Mary Ann Hughes said of the five-day weekend that featured a “Pre-show” Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the Nationals-qualifying Regional Championships Thursday night through Sunday. “Two things. Regionals are where a lot of them qualify for nationals. “Regionals are where a lot of competitors qualify for Nationals, but there are a lot of people who don’t intend to go to Nationals, and the Regionals is the big show for them for the year.”

Diligence and consistency can work through ‘buddy sour’ behavior

“The hardest part of teaching is to get people to push past their comfort zone, but that is where growth takes place.”

written by SHERYL LYNDE / Horsetrader columnist - June 18th, 2015

SherylLynde_170pxSome horses are independent. They exhibit a low level of separation anxiety that can be handled easily by the rider. Other horses display a strong herd-bound mentality that, when separated from their companions, creates an almost dangerous behavior.

This is partly their personality, and just like people, horses have different traits. However, whenever you interact with your horse, you are either (A) supporting or (B) correcting the behavior.

Josey and Chello Z double up big wins

2015 Zone 10 NAYR and NAJR Teams named; "I could hear my dad saying 'whoa' as I came to the last fence -- but I saw it, so I just went for it." -Josephina Nor Lantzman

Special to the Horsetrader - June 18th, 2015

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z soar to victory in the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix held June 6 in San Juan Capistrano.

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z soar to victory in the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix held June 6 in San Juan Capistrano.

Amy McCool photo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — It was a Sunday showcase of talent in Southern California. The Blenheim EquiSports June Classic I show culminated with the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet, the $10,000 1.45m CardFlex Jumper Classic and the final Zone 10 North American Young Rider Trials.

With a talented field of riders, including Thursday’s Markel Insurance Grand Prix winner Nayel Nassar with two horses, veteran Susan Hutchison also with two mounts, Josephina Nor Lantzman, Michael Endicott, Harley Brown and more, the Grand Prix had eighteen quality horse and rider combinations performing for a sizable group of spectators enjoying the beautiful Southern California afternoon. Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany ensured a display of scope and skill from riders with a twisting track of 16 elements in a time allowed of 90 seconds.

Safety in driving means being prepared if there’s an accident

Sometimes, no matter how experienced we are or how well-trained our horses are, accidents happen! Without a doubt, working with horses can be hazardous. How you plan, react and control the situation is the key.

written by Patricia Demers / Horsetrader columnist - June 18th, 2015

PatriciaDemers_170pxPlanning ahead requires education: reading articles, taking lessons, making observations. Why do horses get us in trouble?

Horses are fight or flight animals whose brains have been hard-wired for survival. A horse may react by standing, freezing and assessing the situation while deciding if staying is a good idea (fight), or to put some distance between itself and whatever it perceives as a threat (flight). When a horse chooses flight, things can go downhill very quickly – even more so when a cart or carriage is attached. If the “bolting” involves multiple horses, they can quickly bond into a herd mentality. If one runs, the others will too, as there is safety in numbers as far as an equine brain is concerned!

Innovative Big Mare care products now available

from the Horsetrader Sales Staff - June 18th, 2015

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