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Catherine the Great

Catherine Chamberlain, longtime partner Verdicci are FEI Young Rider superstars

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 7th, 2014

1408A CoverLEXINGTON, Ky. — Catherine Chamberlain found the formula. Dream large, focus small.

The 19-year old dressage competitor, who last fall moved to Murrieta to train with Kathleen Raine and David Wightman, dominated the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships July 15-20. Her three rides at Rolex Stadium were her first beyond 70 percent, and they earned her three gold medals in individual, team and freestyle, respectively.

Dressed for success

Ryan Melendez enjoys break-out year at the 2014 Arabian Youth Nationals

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 7th, 2014
No, that's not ZZ Top winning the Youth Arabian Nationals Freestyle Reining title -- it's Ryan Melendez of Valley Center, one of California's 2014 stars.

No, that’s not ZZ Top winning the Youth Arabian Nationals Freestyle Reining title — it’s Ryan Melendez of Valley Center, one of California’s 2014 stars.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At age 8, Ryan Melendez claimed his first Top Ten at the Arabian Horse Association Youth Nationals, and those who watched him agreed — it would be just a matter of time before he’d finish with National Champion roses.

That time was last month for Melendez, the 16-year-old son of trainer and judge Bill Melendez of Temecula. Riding AM Liberty Parade +/// — the same mare that carried him to that first Top Ten in 2007 — Ryan claimed his first Youth National Championship, winning the Half-Arabian Western Horsemanship 14-18 title. He then claimed his second, riding his Western trainer Jessica Bein’s 12-year old reiner, Khaarga Escobar Slik, in the Freestyle Reining competition.

The right (Grooming) stuff

A myriad of horse grooming products call for your attention. Here are some of the best.

From Horsetrader sales staff - August 7th, 2014

Double K Industries
(800) 821-9449

HorseSense shampoos and conditioners from Double K Industries are part of a line of professional equine grooming product made of quality ingredients, superior formulas and provide proven results. Rave reviews from owners, trainers and breeders for their show ring results are common. Double K products include:

Emerald Black, a deep-cleaning, conditioning shampoo for black or dark-coated horses
White Knight, a deep-cleaning, conditioning shampoo for white coats
OatMella, a rich, deep-cleaning and skin-soothing shampoo with Melaleuca
Ultimate, a deep-cleaning shampoo for horses of all colors
The Solution for Detangling and Conditioning, a versatile, deep moisturizing detangling conditioner
BootGuard, an application that preserves, restores and waterproofs all leathers.

For more information, be sure to check out the Double K Industries ad on the back cover of this issue!

FORT WORTH, Texas — Alexandra Fink and her 2007 chesnut overo gelding named Gallant Zippo have climbed the American Junior Paint Horse Association mountain in a remarkable 18 months.

Best in the West

Special to the Horsetrader - August 7th, 2014

DEL MAR– A duel in the pagentry of the Showpark grand prix field decided the United States Equestrian Federation National Junior Hunter West Coast Finals, and Ashton Alexander rode Cafe De Colombia to the a big win over Destry Spielberg and Illusion here on July 21-22.

Dear Dana: My mare ends her stops with a nose flip!

By DANA HOKANA - Horsetrader columnist - August 7th, 2014

DEAR DANA: I have an unfinished 4-year-old mare that I am attempting to get finished for the show ring. I sent her for 30 days to a trainer, and I just got her home. Every time I go to stop her in hand, she stops with her body but flips her nose up in the air. HELP!
— Theresa

Better turnarounds: Add some speed

By LES VOGT - Horsetrader columnist - August 7th, 2014

72nd in a series
After wrapping up exercises last issue that tested our horse’s transitions, Les moved into improving turnarounds.

Draft Horses and equipment head to Tulare this fall

From Horsetrader sales staff - August 7th, 2014

The California Draft Horse and Equipment Sale returns to the Tulare County Fairgrounds on Oct. 30-Nov. 1, and consignments are under way for draft and saddle horses, mules, wagons, carriages, buggies, tack, horse trailers, antiques and collectibles. Visitors to this popular annual event can enjoy a free Draft Horse driving clinic conducted by the California Draft Horse and Mule Association, as well as the Fall Packers Challenge, hosted by the American Mule Association, and a Friesian demonstration and clinics with Jerry Tindell. See the ad on page 86, and for more info or a free brochure, call Dan at (559) 334-7731.

CAEN, France – Hannah Selleck, a California native and familiar face on the region’s hunter-jumper circuit, has been named the ambassador for the humanitarian association, JustWorld, at the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.