Monthly Archives: June 2014

July Horse Events

Summer is here and we have more fun horse events coming up soon!
Tomorrow (June 29) is the Northwest Trail Rider’s Cowboy Challenge that will be held at the end of Old Mill Road at Tolowa Dunes. Only $10 for members and $15 for non-members…and this includes lunch! First riders go out at 10:00 AM and the last rider will go out at 11:00 AM.

July 25 – 26 (Friday & Saturday) we are fortunate to have Carri Maganzini here for a Reining Clinic. Maganzini LogoThe clinic will be held at the Del Norte Fairgrounds from 8 AM to 5 PM and is only $155 for both days! Please contact Barbara Harkins at 707-465-4795 to get your spot reserved!

During the Del Norte County Fair, July 31- Aug 3, the Lake Earl Grange is sponsoring a Jackpot Ranch Sorting event on Friday, August 1st. The Jackpot will be a 30% pay back – First Place will be 60%, Second Place will be 30% and Third Place will be 10%. If there are 50 or more participants, per division, jackpots will payout to 4th place! Early entry cost is $40 per team if paid before July 12th (must be received or post marked by July 12th). The regular entry fees after July 12th will be $80 per team. There will be a one- time $5 cattle fee. Here is your flyer and form:
Aug14 Fair Sorting Event Form
See you at the Fair!

Don’t forget to support our local Gymkhanas! Their events are in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties and for the dates and contact info, please go to our Calendar of Events.

The next Western States Stock Horse show is in Prineville, Oregon on July 18 – 20 and their information is also on our Calendar of Events.
Get out and enjoy Summer!

Northwest Trail Riders Cowboy Challange June 29, 2014

Looking for something fun to do with your horse? On Sunday June 29th, the Northwest Trail Riders are having a Cowboy Challenge. This is a great family event. Stallions are not allowed.
Here is the info…see you there!

Date: June 29, 2014
Place: Cadra Ranch / Old Mill Road, Crescent City, CA
Time: 9:30 a.m. sign ups
Start: 10:00 a.m. (last rider out by 11:00 a.m.)

A Trail Horse Trial is a fun, social trail riding event in which participants are asked to negotiate
their horse (or mule) through 5 or 6 obstacles along the 3 hour ride through the sand dunes and trees.

Cost $10.00 NWTR Members
$15.00 Non-Members
Lunch will be provided

Awards thru 3rd place in Adult and Junior categories
For more information call:
Elaine @ 707-954-1059 OR Tracy @ 707-954-4941

Bring extra money if you want to get in on the 50/50 drawing!

Riders 17 or younger are required to wear a helmet and must be accompanied by an adult rider at all times.
No alcoholic beverages or dogs allowed on the trail. Cancelled if raining.

Overnight camping or stabling: Call Orman Ranch @ 707-464-4434 to reserve a campsite for
you or a paddock for your horse. Takes about 20 minutes to trailer to the staging area from there.

Del Norte Fairgrounds has stalls for your horses…their phone is 707-464-9556.

Del Norte County Horsing Around…

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.
John WSSH May 2014
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.
Kristy WSSG May 2014
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.
Deb WSSH May 2014
One person in the Youth 13 & Under Division, Elisa Young and Colors, and they came in 3rd place overall.
Elisa WSSH May 2014
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: 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. May 2014 Linda and JoJo

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: . 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. RCRG Cover Photo