Letter from the Editor

Happy September Golden State Members & Friends,

Back to School for the kiddos (of course, for us, schooling never ends!) Do you remember the excitement of new school clothes, a new binder, and a tablet with all those fresh, clean pages waiting to be filled? We get to experience some of that excitement when we enter a show and “fill our pages” with training and preparation. There are several more great opportunities to show prior to the Las Vegas Championship Show- the Central Coast Fall Classic in San Luis Obispo and the new Intermountain Ranch Versatility Rendezvous in McArthur. Details in this issue.

This editor just hates penalties that she could fairly easily avoid. Like missing the darn markers. Our friend Sandy Collier offers some words of wisdom regarding those two-point penalties in this issue.

Tack and western apparel stores are disappearing all over the state. It’s becoming such that often one has to go to the Internet to buy supplies/tack/clothing. An enterprising woman in Gilroy is coming to our rescue with a beautiful consignment store (think retail) that features very nice items. You may want to know about her and her store. Read on!

Western States Championship Show in Las Vegas is just around the corner. No qualifying needed, just enter and go! More info in this issue and on the Western States web site wsvrha.org.

Wishing You Happy Trails and Beautiful Sunsets!

Dawn Poston

Send comments, concerns, & ideas to [email protected]

Editor & Fred enjoying Winnemucca sunset

Two Point Reining Penalties

Sandy Collier

It’s a 2-point penalty for missing a lead around the end of the arena as you start into the rundown. In past articles we’ve discussed that it’s a 1-point penalty to be out of lead for every quarter circle, but after your second lead change, you do only a half-circle before the rundown is initiated. So, the most you can be penalized there is 2 points for being out of lead for ½ a circle before initiating the rundown.

Now, if you are cross cantering down the arena for your rundown, you probably won’t be in a credit situation even if you stop well because the approach to the stop wasn’t great if you were on two different leads.

Failing to run by the marker before initiating your stop is also a 2-point penalty. The rule describes it as “failure to run by the marker before initiating the stop.” If a horse hits the ground a few times while stopping and the first of those skips or bumps is before the marker, then technically it’s a 2-point penalty. Getting past the markers is one of the only things you can control in your run, so make sure you get past the marker before you start to stop.

Freezing up in a spin means that either you or your horse quit spinning before the last quarter. If that were to happen during the last quarter of the spin, it would just be a 1 point or ½ point underspin penalty.

Breaking gait can happen anywhere in the pattern. It most frequently occurs during the lead change or when slowing from the big fast to the small slow circle. It also can happen if the horse lopes off on the wrong lead and breaks while the rider is trying to get changed. Sometimes if a horse slips out of lead behind and the rider doesn’t keep the horse moving as they try to get the hind lead caught up, a break may occur. A break is defined as “the cadence of the lope is disrupted or not maintained and only occurs while loping.”

Jogging beyond 2-3 strides also incurs a 2-point penalty. The steps of the hind feet are usually counted when assessing a jog off. When you count four steps and then there’s a fifth or more, the 2-point penalty is assessed.

By the way, when reviewing if a horse backs too many steps, it’s easiest to count the steps of the front feet, whereas the hind feet are counted if it’s a trotting penalty.

On a trot in pattern, if the horse doesn’t stop before executing the lope off, the 2-point penalty is incurred.

And last but not least, if a horse stops in the first quarter of the circle after a lope departure, it’s considered a break of gait. If it happens anywhere else, it’s considered adding a maneuver and is a zero. This is because sometimes when a rider lopes off on the wrong lead they’ll stop and ask for the correct one. A case of muscle memory. To incur less penalties, if that happens, keep loping and do a lead change. If you do that, it’s only a 1-point penalty as long as you accomplish it in the first quarter of the circle.

That’s it for 2-point penalties and a few miscellaneous ones. When you’re first starting to show or are trying to get together with a new horse, just try to stay out of the penalty box. If you can have a clean run with no penalties, that’s a 70, and a 70 is a good score. As you get more confident, you can work on crediting maneuvers.

Many thanks to our friend Sandy Collier of Be Unstoppable. For more information see web site beunstoppable.us or contact at [email protected]

Saddles & Treasures

Gilroy Consignment Store

Typically, this publication doesn’t do any advertising, but this is different. This is information that many of us need. Amy Boucher has a one-year-old business that may be a lifesaver for many of us. Amy consigns and sells Western and English tack, clothing, barn goods, antiques, collectibles, Beyer horses, art, jewelry, etc. She also does saddle cleaning and blanket/wash & repair. Horse trainer, artist, and jewelry maker she saw a need and moved to meet it.

Her store is much like a retail store. Items are of good quality, well organized, arranged neatly and easily located. This editor visited and the friend who accompanied her asked for a fairly unique and small English bridle item (a rein “donut”) and Amy said “oh, I only have one,” and walked right to it.

She knows the products and prices them fairly with agreement from the seller. She receives 25% for the consignment. Her web site is saddlesandtreasures.com, Email is [email protected], phone 408-337-1446, located at 7641 Monterey St, Gilroy. She’s open Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 1-3.

Western States & Nevada Quarter Horse Association Team Up

Teamwork = Awesome

A few Golden States members made the drive to Winnemucca and were rewarded with a wonderful show. The weather was temperate, grounds lovely, and the air-conditioned main arena kept everyone happy. Sadly, no pictures of Jody Smith, Christian Scanlan, Kathy Torres, Cori Shields, and Debby Sanguinetti, but they were there too.

Ya gotta go through Puckerbrush on the way to Winnemucca!

Billy Driscoll seems to be “internalizing” the course. Samantha Scanlan is providing the hands to hold the course and owner Josie Driscoll removed the bridle to help.

Golden State members fared well. Dawn Poston AQHA Amateur Champion/WS Reserve Advanced, Josie Driscoll won her first buckles for AQHA Rookie & WS Novice, Bryan Jaeger, WS Intermediate Champion, and Sarah Clifford had class wins in Cutting & Reining under two of the judges.

Conformation in the air-conditioned main arena. If you have to stand there, AC is nice!

Chillin’ and waiting their turn-Amy Larson, Bryan Jaeger, Dawn Poston, Samantha Scanlan.

Renee Jackson, native Nevadan, can stand outside and remain cool!

Clifford Horse Training Show Results

A Summertime Favorite

Car week on the Peninsula and a beautiful weekend in Carmel Valley for versatility competitors. Sarah Clifford created a challenging Ranch Riding pattern that started at the “dressage court” and ended in the “driving ring.” The Ranch Trail was uber “ranchy” and tested the horse/rider teams in a multitude of ways-like tracking and roping a moving roping dummy. As always, awards done by Kelly Saunders are unique and wonderful. After substantial clinics with Mike Lund and Bobby Cotta, Karen Arlin and Mike put their judging skills to work. Skillful and tough competitors in every division.

All Around Champions:
Open Champion Samantha Scanlan
Open Reserve Christian Scanlan
Advanced Amateur Champion Rachel Clifford
Advanced Amateur Reserve Dawn Poston
Intermediate Champion Candice Terry
Intermediate Reserve Bryan Jaeger
Limited Champion Kim Smoot
Limited Reserve Jody Smith
Novice Champion Jessie Smoot
Novice Reserve Josie Driscoll
Youth Champion Angelo Greco
Youth Reserve High Point Joy Aldrich
Walk/Trot Champion Samantha Biggs
Walk/Trot Reserve Linnea Aldrich
Jr. Horse Sherri Coll/Coll Me Smoke Olena
Select Bryan Jaeger

Sarah Clifford & Walk/Trot Champion Samantha Biggs.

Sarah Clifford & Walk/Trot Reserve Champion Linnea Aldrich.

Youth Champion Angelo Greco & Sarah Clifford.

Youth Reserve Hi-Point Joy Aldrich and Sarah Clifford.

Novice Cow Horse winner Sherri Greco, Jr Horse Champion Sherri Coll, Novice Reserve Josie Driscoll, Sarah Clifford and Novice Champion Jessie Smoot.

Intermediate Champion Candice Terry, Sarah Clifford & Intermediate Reserve Bryan Jaeger

Third Advanced Amateur Jen Harden, Champion Advanced Amateur Rachel Clifford, Proud Mama Sarah Clifford, Reserve Champion Dawn Poston, winner of Cutting & Reining Kim Donlon.

Open Third Erin Corey, Open Reserve Christian Scanlan, Sarah Clifford, & Open Champion Samantha Scanlan. Christian and Samantha kept it in the family!

Super Secretary Harlee Burtschi

Central Coast Fall Classic

Plus, A Clinic With A Twist!

It’s always such a nice place and event to welcome the Fall season. Now there is a brand new, beautiful cutting pen for our pleasure. Dawn Meinhold and crew put on a lovely show at Central Coast Boarding & Training just outside of San Luis Obispo proper. Lots of nice restaurants and hotels!

Friday two clinics—Cattle work with Mike Lund and a new twist on a Trail clinic with Jimmy Stickler. Jimmy will be presenting the clinic through the judge’s eyes and focus on how to get the most points out of a Trail course. Saturday and Sunday you will show to judges Jimmy Stickler and Leo Fourre. There will be a Jr Horse and Select Rider Jackpot. After Saturday show, get ready for the Sunday cow classes with open cattle practice $50. Then attend the traditional BBQ Social hosted by CCB&T. This is a friendly show with lots of fun. Go to gsvrha.org for entry and flyer.
Hard to keep one’s eye on the cow with scenery like this. Brand new cutting pen with great footing.

New Show, New Venue

Intermountain Ranch Versatility Rendezvous, Enter Now!

When President Kathy Torres moved to mountain town McArthur, in Northern California, the local equestrian community felt like they hit the jackpot (they did!) With no trainer nearby, many were going it alone or traveling long distances to train. Additionally, there was a huge interest in Versatility. And along comes Kathy . . .
With a large group of interested competitors and a beautiful venue, Kathy has decided to hold a first ever Versatility Show at the Intermountain Fair & Event Center. She’s made the entry fees very reasonable and hopes Golden State members will attend and get a taste of what has proven to be a lovely area with all the amenities (golf, hiking, boating, good restaurants, nice hotels, etc.)

There’s a great outdoor arena and an indoor should the Fall weather take a turn for the worse (not expected though, October is generally temperate). There’s an RV park with full hook ups adjacent to fairgrounds and dry camping is available too. Host hotels are Hills Mannor, Hi-Mont Hotel, and The Fall River Inn. It’s hunting season in the mountains so get your hotel reservations asap. Check the internet, there are a number of fine sounding places to dine. Judges will be Sarah Clifford and Gail Bloxham.

Western States Versatility Championships

What You Need To Know

• EVERYONE qualifies, even you, especially you!
• It’s one show, double judged.
• Also, an AQHA & Heritage Show.
• There will be an off-site Awards Banquet this year.
• The awards are always over the top.
• It’s not that far.
• Saddles will be awarded in every division, best five shows.
• Go to wsvrha.org for more information.
• Enter!

Quote of the Month

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Mike Majors, 2023 ‘Road to the Horse’ World Champion
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2023 Calendar

Show Dates

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Date Name Location
Sep 1 – 3 Central Coast Fall Classic San Luis Obispo, CA
Sep 30 – Oct 1 Intermountain Ranch Versatility Rendezvous McArthur, CA
Oct 20-22 WSVRHA Finals Las Vegas, NV