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- June 4th, 2019 - Show & Event News

Top competition, great environment reveal why El Rancho Spring Classic is a West Coast gem

Special to the Horsetrader

Erin Sullivan captured both the 15K Ltd. Amateur and 2K Ltd. Rider championships aboard Carol Ward’s Spooked By A Cat at the El Rancho Spring Classic April 25-28 at the Murieta Equestrian Center. (John O’Hara photo)

RANCHO MURIETA—The El Rancho Spring Classic presented by Carol Ward, owner of Carol Ward Cutting Horses and the host Murieta Equestrian Center, took place April 25-28.

The El Rancho Cutting Horse Association, an NCHA Affiliate, prides themselves on promoting one of the last outdoor cuttings on the West Coast. Competitors come from all over the Western United States to compete at one of the premier cutting facilities.

The El Rancho Spring Classic paid out more than $100,000 to competitors. With over 825 entries, the facility was packed with athletes, horses and excited spectators. The exhibitors and their horses enjoyed beautiful spring weather in the mid 70 degrees, another reason why the MEC is a premium destination facility.

Ward and her crew go to great lengths to make the event a fun-filled show, with hosted exhibitor’s party, pancake breakfast and more.

A unique and inspirational component to this popular cutting results in the West Coast Equine Foundation receiving net proceeds from the event. The Foundation is a charitable organization that supports a variety of equine related organizations including college scholarships and grants to youth organizations that provide, therapeutic riding and support to 4-H and other equine-related youth organizations.

Looking ahead, the El Rancho Futurity and Way Out West Cutting Series will be Sept. 6-15. The event will be the first leg of the Cascades Futurity, the second leg of the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity, the third leg of the El Rancho Futurity, with $10,000 added to the open, non-pro and $50K Amateur divisions, respectively.

More online: http://bit.ly/906_cutting

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