At the close of this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, it was anybody’s game in the 22-horse Derby Open finals. But from the last draw of the first set, Tarin Rice piloted Miss Callie Cat to the championship.
As the idea of natural horsemanship training has become more mainstream in the equine community of the United States, the value of trail riding is increasingly prevalent in the training process of both horses and riders.
Eileen Rafaelli, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, is this week’s winner in the Quarter Horse News/Horsecity.com My Favorite Place to Ride Photo Contest. She will receive $150 in Omega Alpha - Equine products! Just check out that rugged, saguaro cactus-studded desert!
The evening CSI5* 1.50m class at Longines Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard was won by the master of faster Harrie Smolders (NED) and his feisty mare Regina Z, who raced to the top of the class from early in the draw finishing in an unbeatable time of 38.19s.
You know it’s going to be a week-long battle in the saddle in every division when the increase in top horse and rider combinations over last year is a whopping 55%. The depth of talent was incredible and day after day the spectators were treated to an action packed competition as the best in the west battled it out for over $200,000 in added money and prizes.
Another summer of horseback riding is upon us, but when the weather begins to cool this fall, horse owners will again face the cost of purchasing hay for the winter. For the second consecutive year, one lucky winner will get an entire winter’s supply of hay paid for by Horse Health Products – *up to $10,000 cash towards the purchase of hay payable to the winner’s hay vendor or winner, as applicable. See Official Rules for complete details.
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