Letter from the Editor

Dear Golden State Members and Friends,

We’d like to offer our heartiest congratulations and thanks to the members who represented GSVRHA so well at the NSRHA/AQHA World VRH Show. Kudos to Chris Bugenig, Sarah Clifford, Stephanie Lewis, Mary Nelson, Debby Sanguinetti, Christian Scanlan, and Jody Smith! Results and photos in this edition.

We also have results/pictures from another amazing QHEAC Show in Corning. Youth showing just got easier with scholarships from Golden State! Did you try to caption last month’s “Picture of the Month?” Three members did—read on for their clever responses. In addition to the Cinch Up Productions show in July, there will be a new WSVRH show in Winnemucca, NV, and an old AQHA favorite in Watsonville. August is a great time to show in Carmel Valley, read about the Clifford Horse Training Show in this edition.

Finally, back to “Quote of the Month” from a Carmel Valley notable.

Stay cool and have a great summer of showing-there’s lots to choose from.

Dawn Poston


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How Did We Do?

Chris Bugenig AQHA 3rd Senior All Around

Sarah Clifford AQHA 4th Senior All Around, NRSHA 8th Senior All Around

Christian Scanlan AQHA 10th All-Around Limited Youth, 3rd NRSHA All Around Limited Youth

Debby Sanguinetti, Chris Bugenig, Sarah Clifford under a tree at the ranch riding course. It was plenty hot!

Jody Smith, Mary Nelson, Anne Reid (Christian Scanlan’s grandmother), Stephanie Lewis and Samantha Reid enjoying the shade

Seven amazing cowgirls and cowboy made the long trip to Guthrie, Oklahoma to represent GSVRHA in the NRSHA/AQHA World Show. Each showed with distinction and made us proud. Qualifying, making the trip, and showing their hearts out, made each one a winner and a champion. We congratulate all of them.

The iconic “End of The Trail” at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. A national treasure not to be missed.

This editor made the trip to cheer on the Golden State Team. I can report that the venue is fabulous (particularly the huge Lazy E enclosed arena with air-conditioning), and the show is very well done. We met so many nice people and saw so many nice horses. Guthrie OK is a sweet little town bursting with history, lovely brick buildings, and good eats. It was one of the starting places during the 1899 Land Rush. The “Territorial Museum” tells the story of that interesting time in the state’s history. Nearby Oklahoma City is a “little” big city proud of its western history. There’s plenty to see and do. It’s a trip everyone should make at least once!

AQHA & Western States

Results from Corning, CA

Western States gave Circuit Awards (greatest number of points over the two shows) and the WS results are noted in the captions here.

Novice Champion- Liz Daffner

Novice Reserve Candice Terry

Limited Champion- Heather Bryant

Advanced Amateur-Dawn Poston

Open Champion-Sarah Clifford

Some Golden State members at the Corning Summer Show

Always the fashionista, Becky Cholla, bathing her horse

Remarkable prizes from QHEAC for 2021 Hi-Point. Pictured is Christian Scanlan’s belt buckle (Note his and his horse’s name)

As usual, Sue Kvern and Terry Skevington provided competitors with a stellar experience at the QHEAC Summer Show. The weather was perfect, judging great, cattle good (settled for second show by legendary BOBBY INGERSOLL!) Even the burgers and street tacos provided by concessionaire Kelly Shane were excellent. The shopping was good—several good vendors including Churchill’s and Flanigan’s.

Promoting Golden State Youth

Scholarships for Youth

Youth at a recent show

The July (Cinch Up Productions/Tres Pinos), August (Clifford Horse Training/Carmel Valley), and September (Central Coast Fall Classic/San Luis Obispo) Golden State shows youth entry fees will be reduced by $200 by scholarships provided by GS. This is a great opportunity for our youth to show at greatly reduced rates. Spread the word.

Submitted Captions for June Pic

They’re All Good

Member Paula Hunsicker had fun with our challenge to caption the June “Picture of the Month.” She suggested several including:

  • When Cows Can Fly
  • Bad Dog Rising
  • Jesus Take The Wheel
  • When They Go Low, We Go High

Not to be outdone, Kathy Torres suggested “Look Out Below” and Chris Bugenig suggested “Big Thunder Arisin’.”

Thank you, ladies, for your captions—all work very well.

An August Favorite

Clifford Horse Training Show

There’s only one place to be August 12-14 and that’s the Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club for the annual Clifford Horse Training Show. Be there or be square!

Visit our calendar for more information

Temperate Weather, Cool Atmosphere

Watsonville AQHA Show

Tired of the summer heat? Attend the “coolest” AQHA show in the West, July 20-24 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville, CA. There will be a full day of VRH on the 20th, two full AQHA shows follow. Go to aqhbofscv.net for details and to enter.

Winnemucca VRH

Affiliate Nevada QHA Holds July 28-31 Show

Show support for our “sister” organization, at the Nevada Quarter Horse Association Silver State Horse Show & VRH. It is a Ranching Heritage Challenge, AQHA/NQHA, and Western States Versatility approved. This event will be double judged. A great opportunity to visit a new venue and add to your year end points. Go to nvqha.com for details.

Quote of the Month

Earl Nightingale, Broadcaster and Motivational Speaker

Earl Nightingale (1921-1989), lived his retirement years in Carmel Valley, CA.

2022 Calendar

Show Dates

For more information, click here to view the complete calendar in a new window

Date Name Location
July 2-3 GSVRHA: Cinch Up Productions Tres Pinos, CA
July 29-31 AQHA – VRH Show Winnemucca, Nevada
August 12-14 GSVRHA: Clifford Horse Training Versatility Challenge Carmel Valley, CA
Sept 3-4 GSVRHA: Central Coast Fall Classic Clinic & Show San Luis Obispo, CA
Sept 30 – Oct 2 GSVRHA: Running T Fall Ranch Roundup Clinic & Show Ione, CA
Oct 6-9 QHEAC Wine & Roses (WSVRHA/GSVRHA Sanctioned) Corning, CA
Oct 27-30 WSVRHA: Year End Finals Las Vegas, NV