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Ranch and cow horse combine

- March 1st, 2023
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New cow horse division comes to WCRH

Special to the Horsetrader

Since 2020, West Coast Ranch Horse has been producing high quality and well-attended ranch horse shows throughout Southern California. This year, WCRH is introducing a new Ranch Cow Horse Division, featuring three classes: Ranch Cutting, Ranch Boxing and Ranch Reining.

There is a division for all levels of horse and rider including Open, Amateur, Green Horse, Green as Grass, Youth 18-under and Short Stirrup 10-under. This line-up of classes and divisions is designed to make cow horse and reining events more accessible, as it does not require a finished reined cow horse or reiner.
The club will introduce this new division with a two-show buckle series April 8 and May 6. Silver buckles will be awarded in every class for the two-show series. As part of the April event, the club is also offering an AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge on April 7.

Up to the Challenge

- November 2nd, 2021

BURBANK — The region’s top reining horses and riders returned to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Oct. 26-31 for The Challenge, California Reining Horse Association’s pinnacle event of the year. Warm weather greeted equally hot performances during the show.

Hite gets it right

- November 2nd, 2021

$100,000 Interactive Mortgage “Ticket To Ride” Grand prix concludes series

Laura Hite and Calypso VD Zuuthoeve soar to victory in the $100,000 Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” 1.50m Grand Prix. (Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Laura Hite and Calypso VD Zuuthoeve put the final exclamation point on an exciting season at Blenheim EquiSports with victory in the $100,000 Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” Grand Prix on Sept. 25.

Saddling up in San Marcos

- November 2nd, 2021
Horse Heritage Conservancy board members Lynne Malinowski (left) and Dawn Haake set up the TOVEA booth before the 15th Annual Ride & Stride event in San Marcos. (Horsetrader photo)

The Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association in conjunction with the Horse Heritage Conservancy brought together current — and future — equestrians to the 15th Annual Ride & Stride Oct. 17 at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. The event encouraged the “two-legged” contingent to join in and bring their other best friend to stride a three-mile loop through the valley on City of San Marcos trails. Participation in this event helped the Walnut Grove Equestrian Park, a rare gem in the heart of the Twin Oaks Valley.

Season of success

- October 1st, 2021

SCRCHA wraps up super 2021 at Green Acres Ranch event

Craig and Rosie Cowley enjoy a win shot moment after winning first and third, respectively, in the SCRCHA Limited Open Hackamore standings. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Smiles, great runs and beautiful weather were all part of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s final scheduled show of 2021, the September Classic.

Reining in Paso

- October 1st, 2021

CRHA Summertime Slide enlivens Midstate Fairgrounds

Jimmy Nichols and Dreamin N Hollywood warm up at the California Midstate Fairgrounds during the CRHA Summertime Slide Aug. 27-30. (Mark Blakley photo)

PASO ROBLES — There were familiar faces and familiar horses at the 2021 California Reining Horse Association Summertime Slide, but one new item this year that had everyone’s attention was the venue itself — the iconic Midstate Fairgrounds. Steeped in history and Western heritage, the Central Coast town hosted a CRHA reining for the first time.

Ranch on the rise

- September 2nd, 2021

WCRH continues its successful Summer Classic Buckle Series at Tucalota Creek Ranch

Special to the Horsetrader

Sabrina Smith and her horse General showed in the Green Horse division with a strong third place finish in a large Ranch Trail class on a challenging course. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

Whitney Liu on Shiny Lil Whiz competing in Green Rider Rail Trail. This team placed first in the Ranch Conformation in their division. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

TEMECULA — Beautiful Tucalota Creek Ranch came to life Aug. 21 for the second of three shows in the West Coast Ranch Horse Classic Buckle Series. The series is just part of the WCRH line-up of popular 2021 events, which will culminate Nov. 5-7 with the big Ranch Horse Rendezvous at Tucalota Creek.

The three shows in the summer Ranch Horse Classic Buckle Series, featuring classes in Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Ranch Trail and Ranch Conformation, will wrap up at the series finale Sept. 25 at Green Acres Ranch in Temecula where winners of eight series belt buckles will be determined. All shows count for points in the series, and competitors must show in at least two shows in order to be eligible for high-point and division awards.

Courtney Walters rode her horse Spirit to win both the Youth and Green Horse Ranch Riding classes. (Asia Joy Hunter photo)

November’s WCRH Rendezvous 2021 promises to be an exciting two-day event. In addition to the popular horse show with divisions for all levels and a futurity for 4-under and 5/6 year-old horses, there will be ranch horse clinics with Sami Hernandez and Cowley Performance Horses, as well as a silent auction, wine and cheese reception, vendors, and a banquet dinner with live cowboy music from Eric Gorsuch.

Adding to the excitement Saturday, Nov. 6, will be the Ranch Horse Select Sale produced by XIT Western Productions, who says 35 high quality ranch horses will be ready to be your next partner. Sale preview will take place during the wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and the sale is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Consignor check-in and vet checks will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, beginning at 8 a.m.. Horses can then begin moving into their stalls and can be ridden during the open riding that evening from 4-7 p.m.

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Young spirit lifts SCRCHA

- August 1st, 2021

‘Kids Ride Free’ takes off at Grant Berg Memorial Show

By SUE CARTER for the Horsetrader

Stacey Duestenhaus rides her own ISR A Little Lace to Non Pro Hackamore crown at the SCRCHA inaugural Grant Berg Memorial event at Green Acres Ranch July 9-11. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Cow horse enthusiasts came out to Green Acres Ranch on July 9-11 to compete at the Grant Berg Memorial Show.

Grant was the son of Mike and Kristi Berg, who train out of their ranch in Temecula. Southern California Reinied Cow Horse Association honored the Bergs with two commemorative headstalls for the First Annual Grant Berg Memorial Show.

TOKYO, Japan — After a year’s pandemic-driven delay, the U.S. Dressage Team opened its 2020 Olympic Games with a silver medal in Team Dressage — the first time a United States dressage team won team silver since the 1948 London Olympic Games.

Big wins by the Bay

- August 1st, 2021

From Horsetrader staff reports

With a 224.5, Andrea Fappani and Whizsicle win the Open L4 Derby and 4-year-old Stakes titles, earning $32,577 at the 2021 Reining By The Bay July 10-17. (John O’Hara photo)

WOODSIDE — Once again, the Reining By The Bay attracted the best reining horses and trainers to the picturesque Woodside Horse Park, and once again you could spell the headliner F-A-P-P-A-N-I.

Actually, you could do that twice, as while Andrea Fappani rose above the rest in the Open — clinching the top two spots in the Level 4 Derby Open with winner Whizsicle and runner-up Gun Dun It to earn $29,475 and $24,940, respectively — his son, Luca, was taking the Non Pro Derby Co-championship aboard Sharp Dressed Spook, tying with Kim Muehlstaetter on TR Baby Blues to pick up respective checks for $5,584.