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Buckling Up

As the new show season launches, SCRCHA celebrates its champions from a remarkable year just past

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 2nd, 2012

TEMECULA – The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association buckled up its business of the year just past on Jan. 22 with a club awards banquet at Sweet Lumpys Barbeque in Temecula.

The standing-room only event illustrated the popularity of the SRCHA, which continues to enjoy growth in participation and membership during what to this point has been a sluggish economy.

President Laura Edwards honored sponsors and year-end high-points with an awards distribution.

Sjoerd’s Journey

Charismatic Friesian stallion wins USEF top horse honor - and hearts, too

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 2nd, 2012

MURRIETA – When Xena Virmacati heard her horse’s name called as Horse of the Year at the USEF awards banquet Jan. 13, emotions came more quickly than words. 2011 had been a remarkable journey with Sjoerd.

The 6-year-old Friesian stallion won the honor after being named World or Grand National Champion 14 times last year and reserve four times. His trust and versatility shined through, taking wins with 11 different exhibitors in different disciplines, including equitation, dressage, liberty, walk/trot, English pleasure, trail, hunt seat, saddle seat, Western pleasure, junior and amateur classes.

LAEC Opener shines through January rain

Special to the Horsetrader - February 2nd, 2012

BURBANK — Langer Equestrian Group kicked off the 2012 show season and the company’s 40th Anniversary year with the LAEC Opener Horse Show Jan 20-22, and although Saturday morning dawned cold and rainy, the show was able to go on.

The new Olympic Mix footing in the large oval for the jumpers played a role in that, while the hunters and equitation riders enjoyed the expansive Equidome. By late morning, clouds disappeared, and the jumper arena was the place to be to show and soak up some sun.

Peters’ ‘ride of lifetime’ wins World Masters event

From the Newstrader - February 2nd, 2012

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI4* ended as it began, with American dressage superstar Steffen Peters of San Diego and Ravel storming to their second consecutive sweep of the event.

Their dramatic freestyle was very difficult, and they were rewarded by the judges with a score of 83.70 percent and recognized with a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a narrow victory, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin gave Peters and Ravel a lot to handle, but they held on by 5/100ths of a point.

Leach wins, Californians vie in ‘Mustang Magic’

From the Newstrader - February 2nd, 2012

GEORGETOWN, Texas — The Extreme Mustang Makeover kicked off its 2012 schedule Jan. 19-21 with the Mustang Magic event at the 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

The top Mustang trainers from 2011 invited to compete at the invitational event traveled from Georgia to California, and with a packed house watching, Logan Leach of Granbury, Texas, took first with and Kiowa, a 5-year-old pinto mare that was gathered from South Steens, Ore., and who was adopted by Madeline Pickens for $4,500. Leach earned $3,500 and other prizes for the victory.

What’s ‘Western dressage’ all about?

By RAY ARISS - Horsetrader columnist - February 2nd, 2012

HEY RAY: I’ve read articles and seen shows on Western Dressage. I’m not sure what to make of it. My wife has a dressage horse, and I have a western trail horse – to me, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Allen Hollis, Rancho Cucamonga

HEY ALLEN: The disciplines of English/ Dressage and Western have been on opposite sides of each other for years – not just on how they do things, but how they feel about each other. One thing we should never lose sight of regardless of the discipline or breed is that a horse is a horse, is a horse.

Staying Relaxed in the Saddle

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - February 2nd, 2012

Fourteenth in a series
After looking at ways toward a lighter touch in our hands last issue, Les coaches us on our seat.

When you see an equine athlete performing, you’ll notice that although they exhibit tremendous power, every movement is fluid and relaxed. There is no tension or stiffness anywhere. If this type of performance is your ultimate goal, the first thing you need to check on is your own riding. When you ride are you fluid and relaxed, with no tension or stiffness anywhere? Many novice riders get so focused on a particular movement that they end up carrying a lot of tension in different parts of their body, shoulders in particular. Stiffness in the rider results in movements and cues that are laborious and abrupt instead of smooth and flowing, and this will result in resistance and stiffness in the horse’s movements as well. This is why many of the exercises in this first section are designed to help you develop your feel and learn to stay relaxed in the saddle.

Visit our booth at Horse Expo Pomona and get your gift!

From Horsetrader sales staff - February 2nd, 2012

It’s here! Horse Expo Pomona fill the Fairplex Thursday through Saturday (that’s right – no Super Bowl conflict!), so please come by the Horsetrader Booth #7215 to pick up something special. Your visit will be a GREAT chance to show you in person and the latest in print an online advertising packages with California Horsetrader and Horsetrader.com –- the Official Online Marketplace of Horse Expo Pomona! Whether you are buying are selling horses, horse property or any horse product or service, Horsetrader is your BEST marketplace — we look forward to seeing you!

Would you like to meet and greet Horsetrader columnist Ray Ariss? Come by and get one-to-one insight from Ray all three days in the Horsetrader booth:

Thursday, Feb. 2: 3-5 p.m.
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Mark your calendars – Tierra Del Norte Arabian Horse Association is starting off its 2012 show and event line-up with a great clinic! On Sunday, March 4, there will be a Country, English & Hunter clinic with Jonathan Ramsay, held at Discovery Valley Equestrian, in San Marcos. Mr. Ramsay is part of the Stachowski Farm training team, currently on site full-time at the Stachowski Farm satellite facility in San Marcos. He is known for his patience with both amateur and youth riders, along with his ability in starting young horses with ease and in a relaxed manner. To save your spot and to learn more about the clinic and other upcoming TDNAHA events, please call Darlene Hopkins at (760) 535-9293, and see the ad on page 102.

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