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Samantha Sommers claims first and second at 2013 USEF Junior Hunter West Coast Finals

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 1st, 2013

CoverDEL MAR — In her last performance as a junior hunter in regional USEF National Junior Hunter competition, Samantha Sommers of Malibu was a hit.

Well Grounded

Footings and facilities play a big role in the enjoyment of horses. Here are some of the best products and services you'll find.

From the Horsetrader - August 1st, 2013


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Horse Council and other groups that advocate recreational trails use are urging people to voice disapproval of an amendment that would strip all funding from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Ally Fink with Gallant Zippo

Ally Fink with Gallant Zippo

APHA photo

FORT WORTH, Texas – The future looks bright for Californians in the American Paint Horse Association, as a pair of competitors from the Golden State returned from the Will Rogers Memorial Center with respective AjPHA Youth World Championship and Reserve honors.

Ally Fink of Coronado, riding Gallant Zippo, won the All-Around Novice Youth World Championship, taking home a $1,000 scholarship, a Western trophy saddle courtesy of Blue Ribbon Custom Tack; embroidered arena bag from Big D; splint boots and bell boots from Purina; a embroidered deluxe stall bag courtesy of APHA; and a 16″ x 20″ photograph of her choice, courtesy of Larry Williams Photography.

Turnarounds: Exercises

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - August 1st, 2013

48th in a series
Last issue, we looked in detail at leg and rein positions. Now we can put it to work with some exercises.

The exercises we’ll work on here are just the beginnings of the turnaround. Even if your horse really starts to get it, I don’t want you to even think about speed at this point. What you’re looking to establish is the turning cue, the basic footwork and smooth cadence. When he really learns the movement, adding the speed won’t be a problem; however, to try for speed before he’s confident with the movement can scare him, frustrate him and make him start to dread, rather than enjoy, his training.

Horsetown USA hosts PRCA Rodeo on Aug. 23-25

From Horsetrader sales staff - August 1st, 2013

The 29th Annual Norco Mounted Posse PRCA Rodeo is heading to Norco! The bucking bulls, broncs, cowgirls and cowboys will all be at Ingalls Park on Aug. 23-25. Bring the whole family for a full schedule of professional rodeo action! The Rodeo Dance will be Sat. night, starting at 9 p.m., and will be for those 21 years of age or over. The Challenged Children’s Rodeo is on Sun. starting at 4:30 p.m. To get additional information, see the ad on page 93.