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Time may fly past us, but traditions never leave — and the roots of reined cow horse are no exception. The Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity will head into Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center for the fifth annual futurity and horse show Sept. 15-19. It continues the tradition of the reined cow horse futurity on the West Coast and will feature Open and Non-Pro futurity divisions; Open, Non Pro and Youth horse show classes; a western trade show; plus, the 2021 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sale, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. Entries are due Sept. 1, and the futurity draw date is scheduled for Sept. 6.

Facing Rezoning

- August 1st, 2021

Someone wants to rezone local horse property; now what do you do?

By Christine Hughes / courtesy of ELCR.org

There are so many layers to consider when determining if horses are considered livestock and if horse farms are considered agricultural uses. Here are a few things to consider if you are facing local challenges to your equine operations, especially if your local or state regulations leave you in a grey area.

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.

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

In my previous article, I wrote about motivated reasoning – that is, “being emotionally attached to an outcome” despite adverse consequences to that outcome or belief.

Emotions form our beliefs – either consciously or subconsciously. We know those beliefs well. We have constructed our identity around them, and they feel comfortable to us. Being confronted with opposing ideas can shake up what we have known to be true for most of our lives. We can feel unnerved or closed by that — which spawns feelings of anxiety, a loss of control over the possibility of our identify being challenged. Or, we can hold onto our beliefs with loose reins and be open to adopting new ideas and new beliefs.

Sgt. Austin Seuferer of the San Diego Humane Society and “Mackey”. (San Diego Humane Society photo)

SAN DIEGO — Rescuers used a helicopter on July 21 to save a horse that had fallen into a steep ditch in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego.

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.

Remnants of June 26 fire at Liz Bolton Stables in San Marcos (Horsetrader photo)

SAN MARCOS — Early investigations by San Diego County Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson unit have yet to reveal the cause of an overnight fire at Liz Bolton Stables where a home and several trailers went up in flames.

AMARILLO, Texas — Sandy Arledge, who has influenced a generation of horsepeople for decades and brought leadership to regional and national associations alike, is one of nine 2021 inductees into the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. Arledge heads a quartet of people, while five horses also will enter the AQHA Hall.

A look at our reactions

- July 1st, 2021

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

Motivated reasoning can be observed in any setting or facet of life. An important trigger of motivated reasoning is defined as a person who comes to a conclusion based on an emotional stake in the outcome. The emotional attachment can be formed subconsciously or consciously.

In the book “The Data Detective,” author Tim Hartford says people who form strong emotional opinions “will seek out only the information that supports their view”. That includes listening to the opinions of those in their inner circle. They seek out friends they know will support or back their views or decisions.