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From Horsetrader staff reports - April 21st, 2016 - Cover Story

cover1604BBURBANK — With a name like the “Bunny Slide”, there’s a tendency to take this springtime reining event as something cute and cuddly. But any reiner who has competed in this growing California Reining Horse Association event knows it’s no Easter egg hunt.

The four-day CRHA Bunny Slide, held April 1-3 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, this year featured more than 500 go’s, as competitors filled two areas all day Saturday and Sunday. Show officials reported more than $24,000 in pay-outs.

“Since the conception of the Bunny Slide in 2013, the show has far exceeded the expectations and goals set by the CRHA Board of Directors,” said CRHA Secretary Marilyn Scheffers. “I think the success of the CRHA shows has come from many things — quality judges that know reining, consistent footing and grooming of the arenas, organized show management, and most importantly, the loyalty of the members, volunteers and sponsors who support and attend CRHA events.”

The Bunny Slide offered all levels of reining, from the “Green As Grass” rider to the Open World-class rider. The CRHA made sure that classes were available for all.

“We wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to reach their individual goals, whether it be a class circuit award or earning points to have an opportunity to go to Oklahoma City to represent CRHA in the National Reining Horse Association Affiliate Finals,” added Scheffers.

This year, contestants were able to compete for CRHA Circuit Awards, and 16 champions received beautifully crafted silver headstalls, while 16 reserve champions earned a high quality horse blanket. NRHA classes offered bronze trophies and plaques.

A barbeque for all exhibitors and their families hosted by the CRHA was held Saturday evening, as a gesture by the club to show gratitude to all the exhibitors for contributing to the success of the first NRHA Affiliate qualifying show of the year.

Also, youth members held a fundraiser to earn money by laminating exhibitor numbers on Saturday. The funds will help the youths with expenses for those who qualify to go to the NRHA Affiliate Finals in November.

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