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Goss ‘Boo-Yaah’ Trophy is among CRHA Challenge highlights

From Horsetrader staff reports - December 1st, 2011 - Show & Event News

BURBANK — Temecula trainer Tanya Jenkins recalls when a young Rebecca Goss rode her first reining patterns in her barn. Goss, who died at age 16 four years ago in an auto accident, has been memorialized with the Rebecca Goss “Boo-Yaah” Foundation, created by parents John and Martha Goss to provide financial support to assist families with burial and medical expenses, grief counseling and other recurring costs of losing their children. Within weeks of Rebecca’s March 2007 death, three of Rebecca’s classmates were also killed in another car accident, prompting the Gosses’ movement.

Also, since Rebecca aspired to be a veterinarian, the Foundation looks to award college scholarships to graduates of Upland High School to study veterinary medicine.

“She was so full of life, such an eager talent,” said Jenkins, whose student Jeanne Kelly won this year’s Rebecca Goss “Boo-Yaah” Memorial Trophy at the California Reining Horse Association Challenge. “This is a special trophy for all of us — Becca was a student in my barn when she was first starting reining. Jeanne winning this trophy was not only special for her, but for myself, and I think for Becca’s mother, Martha, too. With her name on that trophy Jeanne is ever so grateful.”

Kelly’s victory on her Peppy Dun Hollywood was a highlight of the CRHA Challenge, held Oct. 24-28 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The 2012 goal of Kelly, who also won the Prime Time Non Pro, is to show in reining at AQHA Select Amateur World Show. She now has her ticket, having triple qualified herself at the Scottsdale Classic where she won under three of four judges and was second under the fourth.

Jenkins’s other students — both young and not-so-young, fared well at the Challenge. Kelly Carson on Great Grullo Pine claimed her first belt buckle in the short stirrup class; Jasmina Sekanovich and Hanks A Whiz, owned by her mother Renee, won the 13-under NRHA class in “Hanks” first show at age 11; and Ron Lenhert, in his third reining show, took his KR Royal Tee to a sweep of green-as-grass classes, winning the NRHA Prime Time Rookie and the NRHA Rookie Level 1. He also won the High Point Gelding in the Rookie division, taking home the Bud Dillon Memorial Trophy.

Robert Denton riding Dunits Legacy to a 5th place finish in the non pro derby, a 7th in the intermediate and a 6th in the limited non pro derbies. Robert had a big penalty, but was otherwise very pleased with his horse as he has accomplished some major goals this year.

Jenkins, who is eager for the 2012 futurities because of a strong line-up of 2-year-olds this year, fared well herself at the CRHA Challenge, winning the ladies class on April Walewski’s Roosters Shiner, coming off winning Open and Intermediate Open Derbies at the Scottsdale Classic.

MORE ONLINE: CRHA Year-end Awards

Rebecca Goss Boo-Yaah Memorial Foundation

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