Sorry for the break in posting…lots of us were busy traveling to do a horse show and the gymkhana season has begun!
Over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, a group of us went over to have some fun at the Western States Stock Horse (Region 6 of the American Stock Horse Association) show in Central Point, Oregon. This is a wonderful show that promotes teaching cow horse versatility and has affordable clinics that are part of the ASHA Show Format. This is a unique opportunity to improve your horsemanship skills while developing confidence in your horse. It is for the beginner to the professional and all breeds of horses. ASHA Scoring System is designed to be positive and straight forward, always encouraging growth and improvement. These rules give a horse credit for what they accomplish, rather than a disqualification with no score. Horse and Riders progress is tested through competition and the positive feedback from the score sheets and scoring system. There are divisions by experience and the classes are Stock Horse Pleasure, Stock Horse Trail, Stock Horse Reining, and Working Cowhorse.
We had one person in the Open Division, John Kubicek and Poco, and they came in 4th place overall. He and Poco also competed in the Cutting Jackpot and won 3rd place.
One person in the Limited Non-Pro Divison, Jill Bowlin and Tipsey, they didn’t place overall because Tipsey had to rest during the Reining class…she and Jill had competed in the Cutting Jackpot the night before and won 2nd place!
One person in the Green Horse Divison, Kristy Young and Splash, and they came in 6th place overall. They also competed in the Cutting Jackpot…but I missed Kristy’s placing.
Two people in the Novice Divison, Samantha Frick and Magic, and they came in 11th place overall. Sam and Magic competed in the Cutting Jackpot…but I missed Sam’s placing. Deb Snodgrass and Breck, they came in 14th place overall.
One person in the Youth 13 & Under Division, Elisa Young and Colors, and they came in 3rd place overall.
One person in Short-stirrup Division, Mackenzie Frick and Josey, and they came in 2nd place overall.
The Western States Stock Horse (WSSH) people put on a great clinic and show…be sure to check out their website: www.westernstatesstockhorse.com for more information. They are also on Facebook. Thank you to Two “C” Photography for some great action shots!
Over the next weekend on May 30-June 1, Linda Vecchetti and JoJo competed in the Pacific Crest Mountain Trail Show at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon. Linda gave this report:
“Wonderful people, great horses, and the trail course spectacular as always. The trail course consisted of rugged terrain, large step over logs, the 20 foot flowing waterfalls, ponds, more logs, planks, rocks, puzzles, ditches, gates with noodles, suspension bridge, rolling bridge, and my favorite a large heavy duty teeter-totter bridge. My highlight was our first time accessing the teeter-totter bridge from the high side. The horses have to step high and slam it down to the ground before they can even walk across it, when on the other side it slams to the ground…….so exciting. JoJo and I were so proud to conquer that seemingly impossible obstacle.
You are in for the time of your life at this event! This is a test of horse & rider abilities and courage….a real confidence builder. The next shows are the first two weekends in November. “
She placed in all divisions she entered:
1st Limited Rider 50 & over
4th Novice Rider all ages
4th Limited Rider 50 & over
3rd Novice Rider all ages
Series High Pt
5th Overall for May Show
For more information on Mountain Trail Clinics and Shows, please go to: www.oregonhorsecenter.com . Mitch and JoLinn Hoover are wonderful clinicians for the trail trials and cow horse versatility. They will be in Crescent City in August. Kristy Young is hosting this and you will find that information in an April post labeled “Hoover 4 X 4 Clinic”.
If you are looking for some local and exciting horse action…we have our local gymkhana groups. Their events are posted on our Calendar of Events. Both are on Facebook with some excellent pictures and information. They are the Redwood Coast Rodeo Gymkhana and McKinleyville Rodeo Gymkhana Program.