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Come Reiner Shine!

- July 1st, 2021

Talent comes out at CRHA June show

For the Horsetrader

Robyn Schiller on Spooks Dual Rey (Mark Blakley photo)

BURBANK — What a difference a year makes! Last year’s travails from the pandemic seem to be getting smaller in our rearview mirrors as the 2021 show season kicks into high gear. The California Reining Horse Association’s Reiner Shine show, held June 9-11, attracted the region’s top horses and riders for a competitive weekend that brought to life the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

The full slate of classes brought together both familiar and new faces, and the pathway to end-of-year qualifications and awards is highly anticipated. The next show on the CRHA calendar, the Summertime Slide, will be held in August.

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Spring Rein

- July 1st, 2021

West Coast Reiners come out in numbers

By Eileen Maxinoski / for the Horsetrader

Jordan Larson rides Tim Anderson’s Hold My Ground to a 74 to win the Open at the WCRHA Spring Show held May 21-23. (John O’Hara photo)

RANCHO MURIETA — It had been a long two months between shows for the West Coast Reining Horse Association members and exhibitors as the first show of the year was in early March. So, it was little surprise that this Spring show, held on May 21-23, exceeded expectations to the extent that a second arena had to be employed to accommodate all the runs that were entered.

Spectacular Memorial

- June 3rd, 2021

New and familiar faces both shine at popular SCRCHA competition

Special to the Horsetrader

Bob Grant rode Cynthia Baker’s Nic It Smartly to the Open Bridle Spectacular Championship at the 2021 Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial at Green Acres Ranch. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s most popular show of the year, the Jimmy Flores Sr. Memorial, took to the arena at Green Acres Ranch May 14-16.

In Spectacular competition, Judge Bill Enk saw a large, talented field. Finishing both first and third place in the Open was Bob Grant, who rode Nic It Smartly to the Open Bridle Championship with a 149.5 and was third with a 146.5 on Caymus Pepto. Both horses are owned by Cynthia Baker. Taking reserve in the Open Bridle Spectacular was Charles Stevens on his Smartest Hotshot with a 147.

In the groove

- June 3rd, 2021

Variety of action blooms in the High Desert

From Horsetrader staff reports

Arianna Henisey gets a high-five after her performance in the arena aboard Ozzy. (Evon Kurtz photo)

PALMDALE — The High Desert Horse Show Association show season continued in May with another popular one-day open show that once again had something for just about anybody. English classes especially picked up.

“We were excited to see additional English riders participating this show,” said Evon Kurtz, HiDHA President. “We saw very young to seasoned riders in the English arena and proud parents on the sidelines cheering them on.”

Blenheim’s Back!

- April 30th, 2021

San Juan Capo action highlights new season of hunter-jumper activity

Special to the Horsetrader

Nicole Haunert of Encinitas and Concolue were the only pair to jump clean en route to their win. (Amy McCool photo)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Horse shows may not yet be all the way back from their pre-pandemic experiences, but they sure have come a long way from where they were last spring.

Spring forward

- April 30th, 2021

Open HiDHA show offers variety, competition, fun

From Horsetrader staff reports

PALMDALE — What a difference a year makes!

Horse activity abounds in the High Desert, as was evident by the well-attended classes at the April 18 High Desert Horse Show Association All Breed Show. From Ranch Horse to English to Western Pleasure and more, exhibitors helped make the second 2021 HiDHA event, a double-point show, a success.

Eli Green and Chase Helton bested 167 other teams. (BFI courtesy photo)

GUTHRIE, Okla. — The Hooey Jr. Championships during Wrangler BFI Week are designed to showcase today’s youth superstars, and the Jr. BFI did that perfectly on March 18.

While 18-year-old Texans Kreece Thompson and Kaden Profili took the Jr. Open at the Hooey Junior to split $54,000, a pair of California teens captured the Junior 10.5 Division and earned $20,000 of their own.

Golden cow work

- March 31st, 2021

Competitors shine at SCRCHA Pot Of Gold Show

By SUSAN CARTER / for the Horsetrader

Giacomo Mattioli takes Coal Creek Ranch’s Annies Smarty Cat down the fence at the SCRCHA Pot Of Gold SHow March 13-14. (Danger Dingo photo)

TEMECULA — Weather-wise, it’s always a bit of a crap shoot to hold a March show, but the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association held its second 2021 show on March 13-14 at California Ranch Company.

The covered arena was a saving grace, as the previous week’s rain forced all classes into the indoor arena. Competitors held great attitudes with the decreased warm-up areas and smaller spaces. If 2020 taught us anything, it was “be grateful for the ability and opportunity to show!”

High gear in the High Desert!

- March 31st, 2021

Numbers up as High Desert kicks off its 2021 season

From Horsetrader staff reports

Brooke Baze of Lakewood on GE Drift N Pep trains with Michele and Hayley Bloomquist of Bloomquist Training Stables. (Anabel DFlux)

PALMDALE — The High Desert Horse Show Association opened its 2021 season in the same way it wrapped up its 2020 campaign last fall — lots of entries, excitement and camaraderie.

The one-day HiDHA All Breed Show on March 21 featured a full slate of classes that attracted exhibitors from throughout Southern California for a chance to compete in their favorite English and Western disciplines.

“Our first show was the biggest we’ve seen in years!,” said Show Manager Heather Mathews. “I feel like people are just really wanting to just get out and spend time with their horse and enjoy time with their friends. We had a lot of new exhibitors which is great — as well as large groups of people who drove two or more hours to come show.”

Warm weather, hot competition greet WCRHA competitors

By Eileen Maxinoski / for the Horsetrader

Mike Boyle takes Betty McHugh’s Chics Dream to a 73.5 for an Open title at the WCRHA season-opener March 5-7 in Corning. (John O’Hara photo)

CORNING — There was no “reining in the rain” at this year’s first show of the West Coast Reining Horse Association — as was often the case in previous years. Beautiful weather greeted a huge group of West Coast reiners who showed up with highly tuned reining horses for the annual NRHA-approved competition held at the Rolling Hills Equestrian Center on March 5-7.