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Prizes ‘super’ at VQHA Summer show

Top horses and riders beat the heat at SCEC

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 5th, 2010 - Show & Event News

Janice Irvine photo

Daniella Irvine and 'Ben' took home a trophy saddle (VQHA Hi-point Working Cow Horse) and a pair of Justin Boots (Circuit Champion NPL) from the July VQHA event in Temecula.

TEMECULA — The mid-July heat was on at the Southern California Equestrian Center(formerly Galway Downs), but so were top Quarter Horse competitors at the 2010 Valley Quarter Horse Association Super Summer Show.

The comprehensive line-up of classes at the 10-day show included cow horse events in both NRCHA and SCRCHA classes as well as a versatility ranch horse event. There also were (2- and 3-year old) pleasure futurities and a trail futurity for 3-year olds.

Competitors and their support teams braved triple-digit heat and humidity to have a shot at a remarkable pool of awards that ranged from trophy saddles to 42-inch LCD televisions.

One of the show’s multiple winners was Daniella Irvine, who secured the High Point Working Cow Horse Championship as well as the SCRCHA Rookie Rider Non-Pro Limited title with her Quarter Horse, Play Lika Martin, also known as “Ben.”

“This is our first title together, so to obtain two of them at once is really exciting,” said Irvine, who trains with Glen Aspinal at Casner Ranch in Temecula. “I have had the opportunity to own an amazing horse.”

Although Irvine has been riding Ben for almost four years, the duo has been in the show arena just two years.


Roy Rich enjoyed two VQHA Class Circuit Awards with Half Time Report, winning Junior Horse titles in both reining and working cow horse.

“I got to know the horse


Marie Miller won the raffle for RC Miss Smoking Oak, donated by Bert and Lori Hornback (right) of Runaway Creek Ranch. The donation included three months free training by Justin Fiscus (left).

before I bought him, and it has been a great partnership,” she said. “Although Ben and I have only been in training with Glen for a few months, we have made great progress. Glen has a way with the horses and riders that builds confidence and character.”

Irvine is excited about her future prospects with her horse.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the show season to see what we can accomplish together,” she said.

Another multiple winner was Roy Rich of Green Acres Ranch in Temecula. Rich had a pair of Class Circuit Champions. He won the Reining Junior Horse title on Half Time Report just ahead of reserve champion Bob Avila riding Pretty Chic N Please. Rich also claimed the Working Cow Horse Junior Horse circuit on Half Time Report ahead of reserve Kevin Stallings on Fluff My Chic.

More results: http://www.valleyqha.org

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