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CRHA Reiner of the Year

- December 31st, 2020

Carolyn Tachovsky and Diamonds In My Dreams take 2020 title

From Horsetrader staff reports

THERMAL — This one was NOT easy!

There was the pandemic. The lock-down. The changing of venues. Then, once a season was seemingly wrapped up and the California Reining Horse Association Reiner of the Year seemed ready to present, there was — a tie?

Year of Challenge

- December 31st, 2020

With its L.A. home locked down, CRHA moves to desert for 2020

From Horsetrader staff reports

Karleigh Farmer and Roocat, owned by Stephen Silver of Temecula, captured the Challenge Limited Open with a 70.5 and the Novice Horse Open with a 71. (Mark Blakley photo)

THERMAL — A year that started out of the chute in Los Angeles with lots of potential wrapped up 150 miles away in the desert Oct. 20-25 with some terrific runs, as the California Reining Horse Association closed its 2020 season at the Challenge.

Del Mar Horsepark (Horsetrader photo)

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Fairgrounds announced last month that the Del Mar Horsepark — the region’s last venue capable of hosting major horse shows year-round — must suspend horse boarding and shows in 2021. There are 38 horses boarded at the horse park by three trainers who have monthly stall rentals that expire at the end of 2020, and they were given through March 2021 to vacate, according to published reports.

There also is a 2021 show calendar filled by a variety of show organizations that have — as they have for many years — booked the facility to stage their events.

SAN MARCOS — A virtual meeting to give equestrians the chance to influence whether or not the City of San Marcos will change its trail usage rules to allow electric bicycles will take place Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.

San Marcos is looking at allowing motorized “e-bikes” that travel up to 15-20 miles per hour on trails that currently are restricted to equestrians, hikers and traditional bicycles. It will require a charter amendment to change trail usage rules on the City’s public trails system, and the City is encouraging public response from the equestrian community regarding this proposed change.

To publicly comment, email toshinski@san-marcos.net and write “Public Comment” in the subject line. City staff will read all comments, provided that the reading does not exceed five minutes.

Taylor Oshinski, who will receive the email Public Comments, is the Recreation Director of the Ranger Program at the City of San Marcos. The City of San Marcos phone number is (760) 744-9000.

Getting back to the Ranch

- December 31st, 2020

West Coast Ranch Horse
is putting entries — and
fun — into the arena

From Horsetrader staff reports

Caliber’s Revenge patiently awaits work under Raquel Cordova of Acton at the Dec. 12 WCRH Winter Series #2 Show in Temecula. (Katie Wise / ShezaShootingStar.com photo)

TEMECULA — Jenni Dawson entered her first ranch horse class a few years ago – in June 2017 at the Tumbleweed Riding Club open show in Lakeside, to be exact — and the rest is history.

Her show background, from ETI as a young rider in Lakeview Terrace to intercollegiate competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, had been varied and rich. She had jumped a bit, did cutting, western pleasure and some reining. This was different.

The older horse

- December 31st, 2020

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

In December’s article I pointed out the human tendency to shy away from situations of uncertain outcomes. In his book “Think like a Rocket Scientist,” author Ozan Varol states “our obsession with uncertainty leads us astray; all progress takes place in uncertain conditions.”

When we place the horse in unfamiliar situations, holes in their training are uncovered. We are able to focus our efforts on their areas of weaknesses. Similarly, human character flaws are also revealed when the heat is on. It is when we are tested that opportunities present themselves to get better, be better, go deeper.

“Dune” brought $110,000 at December’s Twombly Sale (Courtesy photo)

FORT WORTH, Texas — One again, a Californian came away with the highest-selling horse at the Twombly Performance Horse Sale, held Dec. 4-5 at the Wil Rogers Memorial Center during the National Finals Rodeo.

When it was all said and done Lot 9, “Dune,” a beautiful 5-year-old Palomino gelding and a grandson of Topsail Whiz, topped the sale at $110,000!

Many repeat and new buyers participated in bids from 40 states, Belgium and Canada.

Other top-sellers included Lot 3, “Smokey”, purchased for $80,000 by a Colorado buyer. He’s an 11-year-old Buckskin gelding who was the pony horse to Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. He was for young children to ride the trails and to enjoy.

The next- highest seller, Lot 7, was “Infamous”, a 4-year-old Palomino gelding who is an own son of Shine Chic Shine. Reining-trained and ranch broke, he went to a Florida buyer for $66,000.