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Rising reiner reigns at 2011 PCHA Jack and Linda Baker Classic

14-year-old Kelly Trammell and Hagans Sugarman take prestigious 49-and-under division

Special to the Horsetrader - September 1st, 2011 - Show & Event News

Kelly Trammell of Temecula and her 14-year-old gelding, Hagans Sugarman, shine in the limelight of the PCHA Jack and Linda Baker Reining Finals after winning the 49-under Division. She also received the Tricia Bisbee Trophy as the Youngest Rider title to compete in the two day event, Aug. 19-20, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

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Kelly Trammell of Temecula and her 14-year-old gelding, Hagans Sugarman, shine in the limelight of the PCHA Jack and Linda Baker Reining Finals after winning the 49-under Division. She also received the Tricia Bisbee Trophy as the Youngest Rider title to compete in the two day event, Aug. 19-20, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

BURBANK – Kelly Trammell and her gelding, Hagans Sugarman, energized the 2011 Pacific Coast Horse Association Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic Aug. 19-20 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, pulling out all the stops on a memorable run that earned the 14-year-old rider a prestigious division win.

The venerable PCHA event, in its 21st year, attracted 26 top reiners with a chance to compete and win one of three prestigious divisions: Open, 49-and-under, and Rookie rider. Respective division champions were awarded saddles, buckles and a multitude of other prizes in the two-round event. To win a division, riders accumulated the highest combined scores from both rounds.

In the first round Friday evening, Trammell drew 23rd of 26 competitors and blazed through the arena on Hagans Sugarman – surprising judges and crowd with her talent and ability.

In Saturday’s second round, Trammell drew eighth, and she and her horse – who at 14 is the same age as she is – rocked the LAEC Equidome walls again, pushing full-speed as they ran into the arena before an adoring crowd.

“It was one of the most memorable rides of the show, with crowds cheering so loud it was almost deafening,” said Carolyn Trammell, Kelly’s mother.

The young reiner completed her ride and smiled big at the judges, who in turn stood and applauded along with the audience after the memorable run. Trammell’s performance put her atop the 49-and-under division. It was good enough, too, for fourth place in the overall Open Division. In addition, Trammell received the Tricia Bisbee Trophy for the Youngest Rider title in the two-day event.

Trammell’s winnings included a Continental Saddle, a monogrammed PCHA Baker Reining Classic Top 10 jacket, a PCHA Baker Reining Classic Top 5 silver buckle, a pair of monogrammed spurs with straps, a monogrammed hat box and the prestigious sterling silver Tricia Bisbee Trophy for the youngest rider award.

Trammell, a sophomore at Linfield Christian High School, rides on the Linfield Varsity Equestrian Team. Later this month, she will be competing in the National Reining Horse Association Southwestern Affiliate Finals in Scottsdale, Ariz., with hopes of making one of eight slots to go to Oklahoma City to compete in the Youth 14-18 and Rookie divisions

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6 comments have been made on “Rising reiner reigns at 2011 PCHA Jack and Linda Baker Classic”

  1. Carolyn Trammell Says:

    FANTASTIC ARTICLE! Thank you everyone at the Horsetrade!

  2. Carolyn Trammell Says:

    EXCELLENT STORY! THANK YOU HORSETRADER! :)

  3. Maddy Roberts Says:

    Great job Kelly! So very proud of you. GITTIN-R-DONE. !!

  4. Kelly Smith Says:

    WOW! Great job Kelly!

  5. Alicia & Abbey Says:

    That’s our friend!!! You GO girl!… and horse!

  6. Alicia & Abbey Says:

    That’s our friend!! Yeah Kelly and Hagan Sugarman!!

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