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elcome to the July Issue of SouthWest Horse Trader. It’s been a bittersweet month as I watch the last practices of the Catalina Cowgirls at Silver Horse Ranch where I live. While I have known who the team the Catalina Cowgirls were, it wasn’t until these last few months that I’ve gotten to meet the girls and so many members of the Catalina family. The first thing you will notice when they arrive at the ranch, these girls can park a rig. You may laugh, but other than the Ranch Rodeo teams, they are hands downs the winners of parking multiple rigs in a parking lot, including a tractor trailer, and leaving space for people to drive in an out. Hands down gold star. You don’t become a professional loved rodeo team without professionalism throughout everything you do. They enter the arena, walk their pattern, brush up on some sticky spots and smile and laugh and leave prepared for the next rodeo with still fresh horses. They ARE a team! I will miss seeing them at their practices and grateful that I got a moment to meet them and a chance to honor them. It’s so fitting to end their careers where it all began at the 50th anniversary & final Bryan Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo, which will be held July 16-17 at the Brazos County Expo. Michaela Dunn, who joined SouthWest Horse Trader a few months ago, rides with the Brazos County Faith Riders and has sat in on a few of these practices as well. I challenged her to write a piece to let our readers know about the Catalina Cowgirls and their upcoming final performances. Next month she'll share more on the Cowgirls. Watch for her videos on Facebook as she follows the final practices and shows. w
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Pretty Ladies, Painted Horses & American Rodeo Contributed by Michaela Dunn
When I think of the Catalena Cowgirls . . . I think of a group that is bonded with perfection, love for each other, and love for their horses. It’s a “bond that’s almost indescribable,” said Joanna Spencer in an interview with Women’s Pro Rodeo in 2005. Watching these women perform when I was young was more than exciting! It was the greatest way to start a rodeo. Pretty ladies, Painted horses, and American Rodeo. The glitter, the music, the fast horses, and the emotion just made you want to get on your horse and rodeo. Like many other girls, that led to a dream of my own to one day be on a world-famous team like the Catalena Cowgirls. That dream grew closer as I joined the Brazos County Faith Riders 4-H drill team and began to learn exactly what it took to ride drills. It’s not as easy as it looks! Running these drills at full speed is dangerous. If someone lets their guard down, you’re gonna run into each other. Everything you do is within 6 inches of getting your ankle crushed. Fans want that excitement and speed! While the Cowgirls originated along the lines of a Continued on page 25
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A big crowd turned out for the Southwest Photography by Jerry Mohme Classic at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Ft Worth. Nada The extremely competitive hunter ring Wise & Layla got underway with Nada Wise taking the top spot in the USHJA Green Incentive with Kirby McCool’s Layla. Second went to Bob Brawley riding Classic Hit for Equestrian Closet, and third went to Stone Washed also piloted by Bob for Stella Helm. Layla also was the winner in the $5,000 Texas Super Series Stake. Second was Hands Up ridden by Sterling Kincannon for Jana Rodes and third was Rhett owned by Steve Weeder and ridden by Natalee Haggen. The $2,500 Texas Performance Super Kaitlyn Arnold Stake saw Nada Wise continue her success & MTM Crumble taking the blue with Moonlight Mile owned by Stacey Thompson. Second went to Wise Up owned by Susan Schwartz and ridden by Julie Benton. The yellow ribbon went home with Biloxi and Sterling Kincannon for Jana Rodes. The Adult hunter sections were highly competitive, and Kaitlyn Arnold rode here horse, MTM Crumble to the blue in the Adult Classic. The red ribbon went home with Paloma and Bonnie Williams and third was Classic Hit and Hannah Klinedinst for Equestrian Closet. On Friday afternoon, the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby was the feature event. 22 entries competed over Lynn Mullin’s course. After the second handy round, Sterling Kincannon riding Like Always for Jana Rodes came away with the victory. Second was Nordereny owned by Gesture LLC. and ridden by Belynda Bond. Belinda also took home third on Santana for Gesture, LLC. After the Derby, the Happy Comly & USHJA sponsored an “Ask the Judges” clinic, Clock-Wise CSH where Scott Finton and Eric Dirks provided some great information. Friday, the Jumper rings Sterling also held some great classes. Kincannon & The $7,500 Welcome Stake Like Always saw Happy Comly gallop to victory on Clock-Wise CSH owned by Comly Sport Horses. Second was Lancome and Colleen Acosta ridding for L.O.O. LLC and third was Nicolosi ridden by Jordan Gilchrist for Sydney Murdoch. In the EMO $5,000
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2021 IEA Dressage National Finals Upper School Champion Team - Grier School
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) wrapped up their Dressage show season with their first official Dressage National Finals on May 15-16, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. A relatively new discipline for IEA, the Dressage program has been in existence as a pilot program since 2017. Despite pandemic-related challenges faced by everyone, IEA leadership, coaches, riders, and parents pulled together and safely hosted more than 900 individual shows (Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage) from August 2020 to the present to qualify more than 140 riders from for the IEA Dressage National Finals. 143 riders representing 39 teams from 12 regions across the nation converged on the picturesque grassy, rolling hills of the Horse Park to vie for IEA National titles. USDF “S” Judge, Sandy Osborn of Loganville, GA had her work cut out for her as she judged more than 25 Individual and Team Dressage Tests and Dressage Seat Equitation classes over the two-day event. Show Manager, Emily David of Howe, OK also had her hands full when the original show location in New York had to be changed just a few months prior. IEA members and show officials once again rallied together to find a whole new slate of borrowed horses and a facility that was available on very short notice. In addition to being the first official National Finals for IEA Dressage, it was also the first ever Dressage Finals for walk-trot riders in middle and upper school and for 4th and 5th grade riders. Rising to the top of the weekend was upper school Freshman, Grace Young from Spruce Valley Stables in Erieville, NY (R2) to claim the title of 2021 IEA Dressage Leading Rider. A three-year member of IEA, Grace clenched the top placings in both the Varsity Open Dressage Test as well as the Varsity Open Dressage Seat Equitation class. 8
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Saturday’s competition consisted of both individual and team classes for Upper School riders. Eleven teams put forth their best efforts with Grier School of Birmingham, PA (RD11W) coached by Chrystal Wood ultimately being named Champion Upper School Team. Linden Hall of Lititz, PA (RD11E) and coached by Christina Stamos, Erika Kurtz, and Laura Snavely claimed the title of Reserve Upper School Team. In lieu of the traditional National Finals IEA team parade, IEA elected to have theme days and Saturday’s theme was “Western Day.” Appropriately selected due to the Texas location, it was an interesting mix of dressage rider gear and Western apparel from chaps and cowboy hats to tall boots, helmets and white breeches. Teams decorated their seating areas with colorful displays and themed signage as part of the Team Spirit competition. Similar to day one, Sunday’s competition consisted of individual and team classes for Middle School as well as the Varsity Open classes. Not to be outdone by their Upper School teammates, ten fiercely competitive middle school teams also jockeyed for National awards. Ending with a 7-point lead to claim the Middle School Champion Team title was Laurel Manor Equestrian Team of Centerton, AR (RD7) and coached by Laura McKenzie Duncan. Grier School again showed off their talents to claim the Reserve Middle School Team award. This time the theme for the day was “Under the Sea” and IEA attendees saw everything from mermaids and scuba gear to lobsters and colorful tropical fish. The competition was deep for the Team Spirit Award which was ultimately awarded to Duzan Equestrian Team (RD5S) of Ostrander, OH and coached by Molly Wirtz. Dozens of sponsors provided prizes,
awards, and financial support for the event including more than $7,800 in IEA Founders cash scholarships to seniors and $20,000 (out of a possible $48,000) in scholarships to Jrs and Srs who elect to attend St. Andrews University. The USPC again sponsored the IEA National Finals Written Horsemanship Test. This season, tests were offered online to all rider members in each discipline. More than 100 members took the timed knowledge test with Elena Wright (Standing Ovation Equestrian– R11W) taking the top spot in the Upper School Test with Samantha Wright (Duzan Equestrian Team–R5S) taking Reserve. Middle School top honors went to Cadence Barber (Creidmont Saddle Club–R9) with Emmy Myers (Walnut Hill Equestrian Team–R5S) taking Reserve. Sportsmanship plays a significant role in IEA and the 2021 IEA Dressage Sportsmanship Award was presented to Landon Kepple of Reinwood Equestrian in Weedsport, NY (RD2). The Coach Sportsmanship Award was presented to Annette Spinetti of Las Vegas Blue Ribbon Youth Equestrian (R10). Volunteer of the Show was co-won by Laurel Manor Equestrian rider members Abigail Butts & Adrian Treat. IEA absolutely would not exist without the support of those who provide excellent horses for our riders at each of our events. Two outstanding horses were selected to be recognized for their efforts. Ginger, provided by Nisse Pedigo of X-Halt Farms Dressage in Caldwall, (RD7) was named Outstanding Dressage Test Horse and Hoopla, provided by Shannon Flanagan of Silent Knight in Krum, (RD7) was named Outstanding Dressage Seat Equitation Horse. For a complete list of class results, live stream archives, and professional photos, visit www.rideiea.org/dressage/finals. w
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The Other Derbies Riding for a total $63,403.56 purse, the Intermediate Open Derby Champion title goes to Russell Probert riding owners Laurie Woods’/ Lexi Kastanis’ 2016 stallion Roo To Do (One Time Pepto x Roosters Chicaroo x Gallo Del Cielo), bred by Jim & Jo Anne Carollo. It was a special win for the young trainer who has only had his shingle hung out solo for a year. “This is the biggest [win] for me; there have been some highlights, but this probably tops it off,” said the Joseph, Oregon, horseman. “He’s the first one I’ve gotten to take all the way through from a yearling into a show career and it is pretty special to put the work in and have it pay off. He’s special; it’s really cool.” In the Intermediate Open, the pair scored a 661.5 (H:218/ R:222.5/C:221) for the win and earn recently new owners Woods and Kastanis $12,046.68. Reserve Champion Tucker Robinson piloted 2017 gelding Smooth Outta Style (Smooth Talkin Style x Dualin Curly Pep x Dual Pep), owned by Julie Weinhardt & F Velazquez and bred by Kerry & Jenny Frazier, to a 661 composite that earned $8,876.50. Veronica Swales began the preliminary events at the DT Horses Western Derby confident in her horses. Finishing in the top spot in the Limited Open Derby was 2016 stallion, Desires Sweet Pepto (Sweet Lil Pepto x Desires Lil Scoot x Scootin Boon), bred by Leea Arnold/ Dudley Caraway and owned by Robin Lynn Morrison. The pair rode to a composite 659.5 (H: 217.5/R:220.5/C:221.5) to earn the win and $4,322.97. In reserve was Abigayle Mixon aboard owner Kathryn Rippatoe’s 2016 gelding Vintage Ambrosia (One Fine Vintage x Miss Fancy Juice x Smart Like Juice), bred by Mike & Linda Silver. With a composite 646.5, the pair earned $3,458.38. Twelve Non-Pro finalists rode for a $41,037.74 purse on June 12. Non Pro Champion Abbie Phillips rode CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody Be Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey) to a commanding lead, earning the win by 8 points. Phillips’ 2016 gelding was bred by Center 10
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1.25M Jumper Classic, 18 entries made the starting gate and at the finish line first was Ekyra Fortuna owned and ridden by Mackenzie Hudson. Second was Charlene, owned Colleen Acosta & Lancome and ridden by Geneveve Munson and third was Kaydence Cothran Derby CSH and Happy & Glow Light Van Comly for Comly Sport Hof Ter EDE Horses. Saturday, the $35,000 Restylane Grand Prix of Ft Worth took center stage with 14 entries taking a shot at Andy Christiansen’s course. Three entries returned for the jump off and the last again proved to be the best. Colleen Acosta on Lancome for L.O.O. LLC came in with a clear round and the fastest time. Second went to Clock-Wise CSH and Happy Comly, riding for Comly Sport Horses. Natalee Haggan took third with MTM Farm’s MTM Cravitz. Erin Davis-Heinekin Nico Gamboa also was & RMW Georgie a winner, being the highest bidder in the Equestrian Charities silent auction for a trip to Los Cabos! Equestrian Charities was started over 25 years ago with the Dallas Harvest horse show and will be back in full force for next year’s show. Anyone interested in working with the charity, please contact Dayle Binder or Patrick. Sunday was Classic Day, and the Jumper ring produced many exciting classes. In the $2,000 Low Child Adult Classic, the winner was Glow Light Van Hof Ter EDE, owned by Cool Kid Farms and ridden by Kaydence Cothran. Second was MTM Cricket and Madison Grasso, and third was Je Suis and Natalie Watkins. The $5,000 Medium Jr/Am Jumper Classic closed the show out and saw the hometown girl Erin Davis-Heineking riding RMW Georgie for October Hill Sales take the top spot. Second was Quidano owned and ridden by Sarah Boyd, and third was Kinetic CSH owned and ridden by Corey Diener. Visit www.southboundshows.com/southwest-classic for full results. w
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On Sunday June 13, the Open Derby divisions were the sole focus to complete the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) 2021 DT Horses Western Derby. The cattle were quick, and the horses were on fire, making the nearly 1,000 spectators in the Equidome at WestWorld of Scottsdale bring the noise. Hesa Dual Bet joined Corey Cushing’s training program following the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes. It was a quick get-to-know-you period for Cushing and the dark bay stallion owned by Teton Ridge Ranch, but by watching the pair in the show pen, spectators wouldn’t know it. Wearing the colors of Rios of Mercedes, Cushing rode the son of Bet Hesa Cat out of Rjj Miss Viagara Pep (by Dual Pep) to a composite 664 (H:218.5/R:224/C:221.5), securing the top spot and $40,000. Reserve Champion Clayton Edsall and Heza Rowdy Cat (Bet Hesa Cat x Dear Little Boon Bar x Boon Bar), owned by Kim Basterrechea and bred by Clyde Wilmott, rode to a 663.5 and earned $29,050.36.
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American Cutting Horse Association hosted its annual ACHA Weekend event in Brenham May 14-16. Circuit awards included One Catty Badger ($3K-NH/Jessie Busby), The Miracle Light ($15K-NH-NP/ Jennifer Bowers), Varr Heaton ($2,500-Nov-Rider), Ryan McGilvray ($1K-Nov-RidPRCHA President Lane Arnold presented er), Paul Myers ($50K-NP), Eva Bartmann King with the Never Won A Dually Husband (Sr-Y), JoBuckle prize May 23 at the PRCHA event. sey Sikorski-Bell (Jr-Y), Bobbie Sue Shore (NP), Sweet Little Kit (Open/ 18&U), Jeremy Dull (WT-19&O), Alyssa SaJohn Stewart/Zach Harbers), Janie Crumpler hualla (18&U), and Kathy Lee (19&O). (20K-NP) Hot Sheila ($15K-NH-Ben Johnson/ The Dressage in the Hill Country Laney Bell), Let It Flo (Open-Derby/Kathy Spring Fling, held May 22-23 at Dripping Daughn/Kim Ezell), Twenty One Questions Springs Ranch Park, ran like clockwork! Satur(Open-Classic/Butch Lott/Billy Crenshaw), day’s champions were Sydney Richard (Jr/PoSouth Texas Horse Show Series host- tential Danger), Kaitlyn Spak (Sr/Medallion), ed its final 2021 show May 15, at Sinton’s and Melissa Jesurun (Op/Bodhivisattv), while San Patricio Co Fairgrounds. The Year End Sunday’s champs included Addison Bobel (Jr/ HPs were Cassidy Flores (WT-10&U), Maria SM Redemption), Kaitlin Spak (Sr/Medallion), Gonzales (WT-18&U), Allana Hughes (WT- and Laura Hermanson (Op/Heart By Dyna). 19&O), Carissa Cantu (18&U), Madison Trox- The show series champs were Addison Bobel lar (19&O), and Linda Ford (40&O). (Jr/SM Redemption), Kaitlin Spak (Sr/MedalBluebonnet Equine Humane Society’s lion), and Melissa Jesurun (Open/BodhivisatSamantha #1 on July Spring Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Train- tva). Next up are the Summer Sizzle Smith 17-18. fmi, www.DsrpRidingSeries.com. ing Challenge was held May 15 in Hamilton. Winners included Colleen Crawford (Pro/Joy Arkansas Dressage Society’s May 23 Ride), Dawn Fraser (NP/Tequila Sunrise), show was hosted by Brownstone Ranch in ViCynthia Werner (NP-In Hand/Troubadour), lonia. HPs were Addy Batcheller (Jr/Panic! At and Heather England (U12-In-Hand/Kai). The The Disco), Katie Price Letcher (Adult-Am/ challenge led to the adoption of 12 horses! Geoffrey), and Alex du Celliee Muller (Open/ The next Training Challenge is scheduled Noodle). Lucky winners of the day’s prize for October 16 in Taylor, in conjunction with drawings were Hannah Holbrook, Gabrielle the in-person Bluebonnet Horse Expo. fmi, Callahan, and Viki Meyers. fmi, www.arkanwww.bluebonnethorseexpo.com. sasdressage.org. Greater Houston QHA hosted shows AQHA’s headquarters will remain in Amat Brazos County Expo May 22-23. Saturarillo, following the May 25 approval by the day Performance HPs included Clair Busa Amarillo City Council. Amarillo’s EDC had (Small-Fry-WT-10&U), Elizabeth Banueapproved a 3 million incentive over a 10-year los (WT-18&U), Holly Black (WT-19&O), period plus local fund to ensure that the headSabine Lazo (18&U), and Tiffany Cooper quarters stay. (19&O). Sunday ranch HPs were Brynn NelThe 2021 Crawfish Craze 5D barrel son (WT-Small-Fry), Autumn Smith (WT- race, held May 28-30 at Ike Hamilton Exp, 12
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West Monroe, LA, was the best ever and paid out over $66K! Open 1D winners were Jana Browning (Friday-Warm-Up/Smoke Me One/14.826), Neeley Lewis (Sat/Spark N Lion/15.708), and Sarah Rose Waguespack (Sunday/VF/Eysa Famous/15.371). The Border Circuit, cohosted by NMQHA and SWQHA at Hipico Santa Fe, NM, May 28-31, offered 5 AQHA judges plus all-breed divisions. HPs were Von More Round (Sr/Addison Wells), Zippo Del Oro (Am-Select/Brenda Schlote), Dress Western (13&U/ Kyrah Bowker), Leading The Line (14-18/ Brooke Reeves), Not Impulsive (L1-Am/Amber Thompson), Lopin A Flatline (L1-Y/Dakota Honea), Suretoskip (L1-Am-WT/Sharon McClain), and Hot Az Elle (L1-Youth-WT/ Hadleigh Roybal). Arkansas QHA hosted its Memorial Day Circuit plus the 19th annual Stanford Happening May 28-31 in Memphis, TN. Stanford Happening class champions included Pam Whitfield (NP-L1-Rider; L1-Rider-11&O-WT/Sole Sister), Eva Jane Jones (10&U-WT/Radical Babes Blaze), Karen Johnson (tie both Ranch Riding & Ranch Rail/Gotta Hot Gun), Jenny Honey (tie-Taking Chancez), 3Dots Sorting Series’ May 29 event, held at Lincoln Co Livestock Arena, Brookhaven, MS, resulted in division winners Billy Adcock, Ron Dufour, and James Dunn (1D-3Man, 2Gate), Troy Crain/Trace Taylor (1D-Ranch-Sorting), Jayden Keene and Henry Gibbs (1D-Youth), and Chad Morrow and Troy Crain (1D-Traditional-Stockman). The next tevents is July 24 in Amite, LA. fmi, 3dots.us. Wynne Saddle Club hosted a Run For Christ Speed Show, an Arkansas Elite Barrel Racing-qualifying event, May 29, at the club’s arena in Wynne, AR. Participants declared that the arena dirt was “perfect”! B.J. Walker won the 1D Flag average, with Jerry Dan Mitchell taking second. Stock Horse of Texas hosted the Belton Buckle Bonanza over Memorial Day weekend. Over 70 youth competed, and there was a huge turnout for the Saturday night youth meeting. They elected officers, including President Charlee Piggot, VP Lily Wilson, Secretary Ashlyn Moore, Social Media Director Mason Elliot, and at-large directors Sam Neason, Jocelyn Olund, Colbi Piggott, and Marin McCarthy. Texas Palomino Exhibitors Association hosted its annual Yellow Rose Classic May
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Lance Dickens Picks Up a couple of Broncs
Daddy’s Cowboy, Pick-Up Man Style By Sherri Mell, 2X Hall of Fame Cowgirl When you go to his Lance Dickens Facebook page, it reads, “Pick-Up Man at Rodeo”. Born almost 30 years ago to Billy and Pam Dickens, I can remember this little Cowboy being rolled around in his stroller! Lance grew up in the small community of La Vernia in South Texas on the same place that he calls home now. He purchased the property from his dad a few years back so he could get his own start with a life full of livestock and rodeos. His plans are to eventually build a house there and remain in our beloved hot South Texas. “Dad, he was a Pick-Up Man and rode Bulls and Bucking Horses. Everything I looked up to, came down from him,” Lance states with pride. He tried his hand at riding some Ranch Broncs, but his real passion besides Pick-Up duties is to Team Rope. He has been roping with his dad since he was 6 years old. Early Education The Rio Cibolo Ranch in Marion, Texas, has been putting on Convention Rodeos since before Lance was born. I remember team roping, running barrels, and roping calves there for year-end buckles in the 80’s and 90’s. It was always a fun place. Back in about 2011, Lester Meier Rodeo Company was putting on a Convention Rodeo at the Rio Cibolo Ranch. Lance and his dad were roping at the Convention Rodeo and Lester Meier, himself, walked up and offered Lance to come help work a Bronc Riding School in Harper. Lance literally started from the ground and worked his way up at the school. His first job was working livestock from the ground. Apparently, he worked quite a bit of livestock because now, you seldom see Lance on the ground. That school taught him many skills that allows him to step into any rodeo job in a pinch. Just this past June, he was flagging the Stockdale Rodeo when the flagger became ill. He gives credit to the Lester Meier Rodeo Company for his many skills, especially Lester. “[I’ve learned] Quite a bit. Lester is the one who gave me my start and got me rolling to where I am today,” recalls Lance with admiration.
Lance only knows hard work, by the way! He is about the hardest working young man I know today. Good Working Stock Lance has an eye for a good working horse. He usually purchases untouched 2-year-olds that he trains and uses at the rodeo. For Bronc Riding Pick-Up, Lance likes to ride a stout AQHA running quality horse with the speed and agility. For dragging bulls, he likes an AQHA/Percheron Cross horse with bigger bone and lots more pull. “I’ve just got the eye for what I want and when I get a pretty good feeling about one [I’ll purchase it]. It’s one of those deals I can’t explain. I think everything is in your blood, a God Given talent. You can’t just learn some of this stuff, it’s just in your system,” he modestly explains. His current list of horses includes General, Snake, Duck, Smokey, Ace, Dee, and a bay mare named Chick. You could say that he has his own Farm along with him as he travels down the road to rodeos! All rodeo horses must be in great shape to travel down the road and be expected to perform at the best of their ability when they get there. It is not any different for a Pick-Up Mans horse. To get his horses in shape and ready for the rodeo circuit, about a month prior to Rodeo season, Lance pony’s his horses down the Road at a brisk trot 1-2 miles a day and drags a huge tractor tire around the arena. Lance also does all of his own shoeing. He prefers to keep his team roping horses in shoes year-round but leaves the pick-up horses barefooted in the off season. About a month from Rodeo season, he shoes them all with a full set of shoes. PRCA Card Back in about 2015, sitting on our horses at the Tejas Rodeo one Saturday night, waiting for our next event, Lance and I got to talking. He had just applied for his PRCA Card and was getting ready
Rodeo Pick-Up Woman Growing up working Rodeos (timing and secretary) alongside of my mother, Suzanne Koch and my dad, Henning Koch (flagging), thanks to Bobby (Hicks) and Dan Russell of Western Rodeos out in California, I learned the importance of good Pick-Up Men and even had my turn at it when I was in college. Riding Tweedle Bar (AQHA), a brother to Impressive by Lucky Bar or Fair N Square (ApHC) by Fair Bars, I was often called on to be the Fresno State University Rodeo Team Pick Up Man (Women) during the Rough Stock Team Practices. After I moved to Texas and was Rodeoing in the WPRA going to All Girl Rodeos all over the United States, I got to pick up on Tweedle at a couple of WPRA All Girl Rodeos, never missing a flank! Then, I was asked to Pick-Up at the 1992 Amarillo PRCA Rodeo where they were having WPRA members compete alongside of the PRCA members in each event. I roped in the Tie Down during the rodeo performance and then PickedUp. The really cool thing for me was that the Pick-Up team of horses were Leopard Appaloosa horses! I guess that must have been how my name came up in the first place. It was a cool rodeo and a great opportunity, one that I have never seen again. All of us WPRA ropers and roughys back then were a pretty tight group so it was really fun picking up for my friends like WPRA Bareback World Champions, Jan Youren and Faith Taylor. w
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to work a few events. He worked for Lancaster Rodeo Company at the New Braunfels Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls. Then he worked for Jim Kinney and the JK Rodeo Company in Carlsbad, New Mexico and Pecos, Texas. Lance had his card for about 3 years then gave it up. He was too busy trying to make a living to be able to also do the PRCA work. This year, another opportunity came up for him to work for the PRCA. The Lancaster Rodeo Company contacted Lance as they needed someone to fill in for a Pick-Up Man at the PRCA Rodeo in Mercedes, Texas. The Lancaster Rodeo Company offered to help Lance get his PRCA Card back if he would start picking up again at rodeos. He agreed and started at the Mercedes 2021 PRCA Rodeo. He was able to get his original PRCA Card number back too. That’s important to us Gold Card Members. Lance loves rodeo, that’s a given, but his favorite rodeo has always been the Wimberly Lester Meier Rodeo. The Rodeo committee is really good and takes great care of the Rodeo Working Cowboys and Cowgirls. He really looks forward to the Wimberly Rodeo.
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Lance Dickens with his partners
I asked Lance what his favorite memory was so far while picking up at a Rodeo. There was no hesitation. “Leakey Lester Meier Rodeo,” he quickly answered. “I actually picked up with my dad that weekend. It was about 5 to 6 years back.” Billy Dickens has since retired from Pick-Up duties but still team ropes. I asked Lance what role if any does his dad play in his rodeo career now. At first, Lance said, “Everything is on my own now. But he is always really supportive still.” Then, after thinking about it for a few minutes, Lance realized that his dad still has everything to do with his Rodeo Career now. Afterall, he is able to have a home place to keep his livestock be-
cause of his dad! I know firsthand how important it is to have your parents support your horse/livestock crazy life. I was lucky enough to ride and rope with both of my parents and grow up in the Cowboy Lifestyle, raising and training all our own horses my entire life. It is not easy. Not everybody can do it. Not everyone is tough enough to do it all their life. Not everyone can stand to work outside in the South Texas weather every day. Lance Dickens is one of those that will. I know that in my heart. Lance will be working rodeos, raising livestock, and shoeing horses the rest of his life. Oh, that reminds me….I gotta call my horseshoer…oh Lance… See you down the road, God Bless Chris Ledoux! w
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Bits & Spurs - Cont from page 12 29-31 at Henderson Co Fair Park in Athens, offered 3 days with 6 judges total. PHBA HPs were Rylee King (WT-10&U), Spencer Roberson (WT-Am), Robyn Zumar (Open & Am-Select), Ely Taylor (Youth-18&U), and Rachel Dean (Am). All-Breed HPs included A.J. Schneider (WT), Melanie Donnel (18&U), and Kristi Hyde (19&O). The Fall Classic is September 11-12. fmi, at tpea.net. Lost Horizon Ranch, Bryan, hosted the second of its Horse Show Series May 30, with HPs Dakota O’Rourke (10&U) and Jennifer O’Rourke (16&O).Playdays are scheduled for September 4 & 8, and horse shows September 19 & October 17. fmi, losthorizonranch.org. Oklahoma QHA’s annual Redbud Spectacular, held June 3-13 at State Fair Park in OKC, offered lots of fun plus more cash prizes! Ranch Challenge winners were June Roberson (Youth), Karen Johnson (Am), and Stacey Roberson (Op). Big winners in the Ranch Riding Jackpot included Gunnabeflashy (Op-L1/Leslie Lange), GunpowderNMoonshine (Jr-Stacey Roberson), Chics In Tinseltown (Sr/Alex Rosa), Lil Trash Talk (Am-L1/Susan Van Cleve), Spot On My Jersey (Am/Karen Johnson), Bringin Booty Back (Youth-L1/Lane Kail), and Mister Dual Train (Youth/Piper Keller). TX Appaloosa HC’s Summer Fun Circuit, held in Waco June 4-6, drew good-sized halter classes and its schedule pleased many exhibitors. Imma Hot Chip, owned by Annika Hanson and shown by Sandy Jirkovsky, was HP western horse. One Buff Jersey, owned and shown by Sidney Carr plus by Shane Suggs in open, was HP ranch horse in both the non-pro and open divisions, while Carly Kleier took the youth ranch HP title. Other HPs were Kinsley Mims (WT 11-18), Carly Kleier (14-18). Katie Shepherd (non-pro), Annika Hanson (novice-np), Megan Holtmeyer (35&O), and Krista Girrbach (Masters). Bogalusa Cow Sorting ran 140 teams in 4.5 hours June 4! They practice 1st & 3rd Friday nights, at Crain Arena, 12159 Hwy 1075, Bogalusa, LA. fmi, email@example.com. Capitol Area QHA’s Show Me the Money Show was held June 5-6 in Taylor at Williamson Co Expo Center. The open allbreed event, with classic and ranch classes mixed through both days, paid cash to HP
10-year-old Gage Burton earned the HP Stock Horse buckle at the Texas 4-H District 7 Horse Show June 15. champs! Ranch Show champions included Emma Pierce (18&U-WT/Zan Remnic), Belinda Williams (19&O-WT/Real Golden Asset), Emma Wenzel (18&U/Im Colored By Charly), and Marsha Heap (19&O/Emma), while Classic Champs were Claire Busa (Small-Fry/Looking Good In Blue), Sienna Lamanna (18&U-WT/Charismatic Proposal), Lacy Fischer (19&O-WT/Your One And Only), Katherine Smith (18&U/Cotton Candy Machine), and Rhonda Aikens (19&O/This Girl Is Hot). CAQHA’s Beat The Heat show, scheduled for August 14-15 will allow short sleeves, be beach-themed, and offer some fun and crazy awards! The Redbud Classic Rope Horse Futurity, an American Rope Horse Futurity Association, event held in Tulsa June 5-6, paid out $137,300. Winners included Boomboom Firecracker (Op-Heading/Treda LLC/Trevor Brazile), One Busy Fred (Calf-Roping-Futurity/Matt McMurry/ Cody McCartney), JKC Hesaplayinrascal (Op-Heeling/Shay Carroll), Webbs Broken Box (NP-Heading/Haze Bruce), and Travelin Sly (NP-Heeling/Jack Morris). National Snaffle Bit Association recently announced its 2021 class of newly-carded Category I judges, including Mike Hoeppner (TX), Casey Orr (AR), Sarah Schobert (TX), Bobbie Jo Stanton (OK), and Butch Watson (AR). Oklahoma Horse Show Association has shows scheduled for July 17, August 7, September 25, and October 23-24, all at the new Canadian County Fairgrounds in El Reno. fmi, www.okhsa.com. The Horse Shelter’s Board of Directors named Rhoda Rein as the New Ranch Manager for 60-acre facility in Cerrillos, Continued on page 20
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Scotty Bell, left, won the Mason Griffin congratulated Carly Kleier earned 2 HPs, 14-18 Olivia Black won the Youth 1D & Youth Ranch, at TX Appaloosa Jeannene Halsell on her 1st NCHA USCRA Memorial Day Saddle barrel race May 24 with 19.169 Rope-Off in Guthrie, OK. check in $2K-Ltd.-Rider class. HC's Summer Fun Circuit in Waco. at RanCher Arena, Story, AR. Valley View Farm in Vilonia. Stephanie is an they don’t allow their studies to suffer! On Bits & Spurs - Cont from page 19 FEI rider/trainer, an “L” judge, Lantra-certi- May 19, 16-year-old Lexi received Rising Star NM. Dedicated to providing a safe, healthy en- fied, and bit expert, and she will have a vari- Awards for Pre-AP Chemistry, Pre-AP Gevironment for rescued horses, The Horse Shel- ety of snaffle and double bridle bits for clinic ometry, and dual-credit U.S. History, and was ter regularly faces needs. The 2021 Gimme participants to try during their sessions. Only a on the Academic Honor Roll at Central High Shelter Adoption Event is scheduled for July limited number of spots available. fmi, arkan- School. 14-year-old McKenzie was inducted sasdressage.org. into the National Junior Honor Society the next 31. fmi, www.thehorseshelter.org. day! When Saturday rolled around, they both APHA’s 2021 Youth World Games will competed at the Tom Green Co Horse Show take place as a virtual competition on the asBraggin' Rights at the Spur Arena. Alexis won the English and sociation’s E-Shows platform from July 26 to Western all-arounds, and McKenzie won both Mattie Coberly, Hereford, won the August 9. Twelve teams are currently entered, of those reserves! Then mid-June at the District $2K-Rider class with a 73 on Que Lass Abra and other countries are welcome to enter be7 4-H Show, Lexi was all-around champion seMay 16 at Panhandle CHA’s show in Amarillo. fore the July 14 deadline. Each team will find nior western rider and McKenzie all-around Tate Bennett, a 38-year-old professional their own APHA-registered Paints for the champion junior western rider! competition. All five team members can enter horseman from Hereford, recently reached the Brooke Erickson is now officially a realone of the four classes: showmanship, Western NCHA Million Dollar Rider milestone! Reyn horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation and ranch Maker was the first big horse he purchased as tor with Coldwell Banker RPM in Little Rock, riding. Overall placings will be announced on a yearling and trained from start to finish, and AR. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. August 27 during the live-streamed Nation’s the gelding carried Bennett to win the John Mike McCarty Cutting Horses, FredCup at the European Championship. Awards. Deere Division of the Open Championship ericksburg, for 40 years, is no more. On May fmi, apha.com/international/events/youth- three consecutive times. 21, Mike and Kim sold their facility and have world-games. Lucinda David, Joaquin, shifts gears purchased a plush new motorhome, planning Brazos Valley Driving and Riding fast despite her youth! Returning home from to live like footloose gypsies for a while! With Club’s annual Horsemen’s Market Day a weekend at the SRCHA Wild Rag Classic Kim’s mother relocated to a senior living comAugust 21, at Brazos Expo Center, Bryan, of- in Fort Worth, that Monday she attended her munity in Lindale and daughter Ryan and her fers an early-bird $10 discount on booth rent- first junior high awards ceremony. There she family in Lindale too, they will pass through als through August 9. fmi www.bvdrc.com or was recognized as 6th grade girl student of the East Texas fairly often until they decide to light year plus as a member of the 6th Grade All “A” somewhere permanently. 979.777.9239. Emily Moomaw, Marble Falls, won both Oklahoma Buckskin HA’s upcoming Honor Roll, Beta Club, and Student Council. Also she had the highest average of any 6th the Rookie 1 and 2 classes May 21, scoring shows, set for August 21-22 and October 9-10, grade girl there in English/Language Arts, 72.5 on Made For Tinseltown, at the NRHA will be at Claremore Expo Center and offer Math, Science, and Social Studies. She did all Warm Up Series in Waco. ABRA and all-breed classes and awards. fmi, that despite spending much time horseback and www.oklahomabuckskin.org. Dane Lancaster, Bowie, graduated from showing in non-pro classes. his homeschool high school May 22, in a cerArkansas Dressage Society is offering Sisters Lexi and McKenzie Templin, emony that was broadcast live on Facebook. the Horse By Horse Bit Clinic, with clinician San Angelo, spend much time horseback, but Despite a life-changing accident in the summer Stephanie Brown-Beamer September 25-26 at 20
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BIOSECURITY: You are never alone!
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Old World’s Gift to the New World
Because the story of ranching can't be told without recognizing the Spanish influence, guests at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock begin every historic park tour by visiting Los Corralitos, a replica of a fortified ranch structure built about 1780 on a Spanish land grant 200 yards from the Rio Grande. Christopher Columbus has the distinction of introducing cattle to the New World on his second voyage in 1494 when he anchored in the West Indies off the northern coast of present-day Haiti. He unloaded 24 stallions, 10 mares and an unknown number of cattle. They were the first such creatures in the Western Hemisphere. In the 16th century Gregorio de Villalobos brought cattle to New Spain near what today is the port city of Tampico. The Spanish immigrants who came after him brought horses and cattle to what would eventually be known as Mexico. Although wild cattle have drifted northward from ranches in central Mexico since the 1500s, cattle ranching in South Texas began in 1749 when José de Escandón brought settlers and soldiers to settle the area bordering the Rio Grande River. A form of ranching existed before then in the 1730s when herds were loosed along the San Antonio River to feed missionaries, soldiers and civilians in the San Antonio and Goliad areas of what is now Texas. Franciscan missionaries arrived in California around 1769 and brought a few modest herds of domestic cattle for dairy and brood stock. To the padres, particularly in California, beef was actually a by-product. Profits came from hides and tallow, the raw materials used by New England factories to manufacture leather goods, candles and soap. As both business and the herds increased, the priests needed help handling the cows. Many of the priests were sons of Spanish nobility trained from birth as superb horsemen. The only laborers available were their converts—Indians, Negroes and non-Spaniards. The converts learned their skills from the priests and became accomplished horsemen handling big herds on an open range. Gradually the vaquero, the Mexican cowboy, was born. It was priests who taught the vaqueros how to snare a steer on the run by throwing a loop of braided rawhide rope, known for centuries in Spain as la reata and later Americanized to “lariat.” The word “ranch” is derived from the Spanish word rancho, which denotes the home (headquarters) of the ranchero or person who works on a ranch. Rodeo is the Spanish word for roundup and remuda still denotes a band of horses. Whenever a cowboy swings a lariat or rides in a rodeo, he pays mute tribute to the Spaniards and vaqueros who started it all. w
If you ever start to feel lonely remember you always have friends with you! Your skin, mouth, intestines, sweat glands and hair have bacteria that you need for everyday functions. The good bacteria helps protect you from the bad bacteria. We get sick when we have an imbalance of beneficial bacteria that we need vs invasive bacteria our body doesn’t need. This is the same for our horses, dogs, and cats. We pick up bacteria in our environment every day through daily activities like touching counters, pens, keys, wallet, doors, gates or just by walking (the bacteria can stay on your shoes and clothes). Your animals also pick up bacteria every day in their environment from water buckets, feed tubs, stall doors, or wash racks to name a few. We are the main vectors that carry bacteria and viruses from stall to stall, barn to barn, horse to horse. Be cautious of your environment and what touches one horse to the next. Something as simple as the water hose touching the water of one horse then into the water of the next horse can transmit germs before the horse shows signs of being sick. All barn items can carry germs through the barn, such as grooming equipment, bath scrapes, feed buckets, hay nets and even your own boots. Be careful to avoid spreading germs in your everyday routine. It is a good idea to clean items shared in the barn bi-weekly if not more. When traveling from one farm to another clean and dry your boots as you get into your truck when leaving each barn. This will help reduce the likelihood of you spreading bacteria and viruses from barn to barn. Any horse going to a show can bring back germs and share them with horse next to them that did not go to the show. When away from your barn be mindful of what buckets your horse is drinking or eating from. Not only for that horse’s safety but also the safety of any horse they will meet at home. Every year there is an outbreak of EHV and Strangles. Knowing how you can stop the spread of these germs will help you avoid bringing one of these outbreaks to your barn! w July 2021 SouthWest Horse Trader
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NRCHA Western Derby - Cont from page 10 Ranch. Their composite score of 659.5 (H:220/R:224.5/C:215) earned $8,207.55. Landon Luce, 17, earned the Amateur Derby win earlier in the week topping the field by three points. With a 644.5 (R:218/H:217.5/C:209), Luce piloted her to a $2,444.40 payday. Tonight the duo followed that up with championships in the Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions with a 651.5 (H:216/R:217.5/218), which also won the Non Pro Reserve. Time To Lay It Down (One Time Pepto x Katies Kitty x High Brow Cat), a 2016 mare bred by Newt White and owned by Andrea Luce, carried Landon to more than $11,000 in earnings tonight.
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Reserve Champion in the Amateur Derby was Mark Broeckel riding his gelding CR Dees Be Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), bred by Center Ranch, to a 641.5 (R:216/ H:214.5/C:211) and earned $1,920.60. Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Non Pro and the Novice Non Pro was Cutter McLaughlin riding Bush Whacked (Blind Sided x Smart Bunny Lena x Smart Little Lena), bred and owned by his parents, Jay and Wendy McLaughlin. With a 642.5 composite (H:214.5/ R:207.5/C:220.5), the Clarendon, Texas, Youth took home a slew of prizes. Megan Waddell earned the Non Pro Limited Derby Championship aboard her homebred mare Boonshinen (Smart Boons x Shine Up My Sliders x Shiners Vintage). She scored a composite 651.5 (H:213/ R:219.5/C:219) to top a class of 34 entries vying for $15,552 in added money. Waddell, from Fort Worth, Texas, was jubilant to have the win, and more so on a mare that is the next horse to help continue achieving her show-pen goals. “She is actually out of my old show mare that I’ve had since she was 4 and now she is 19; [this mare is] my first baby out of her,” Waddell said. “Chris and Sarah Dawson have been helping me with her.” On Thursday, June 3, Waddell started off with the high rein work score with a 219.5. From there, she took that confidence into the herd work. Securing the event win was exciting for Waddell, who earned $3,576.96. Cheryl Chown rode Xtra Short Trick (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Short And Royal x Short Oak), bred by Chown Quarter Horses, to the Reserve with a 647.5 (H:207/R:217.5/ C:223), earning $2,799.36. For full results, visit www.nrcha.com. w
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Pete Catalena with Carolyn and Sammy Catalena traditional equestrian drill team, over time their performances became more complex and the venues more diverse, making this team truly unique—and famous. The Catalena Cowgirls started in 1994 and consists of about 30 girls who travel with the group, ranging from age 18 to 40+. The team was founded by two very special gentlemen, Sammy and Pete Catalena. They were a part of rodeo for many years and along the way they put together this group of ladies to open the rodeos. Pete Catalena once explained, “We were on the PRCA rodeo circuit, and we have 6 or 8 sponsor flags to carry, and it became really a hassle to go out and find girls to carry ‘em. The hassle got so great that we found some friends and I said, ‘Sammy, let’s start taking and inviting some girls to the rodeo just to do that.’” Little did they know these girls would go on to appear on the covers of the American Quarter Horse Journal, Texas Horse Talk magazine, and numerous newspapers across the country, including the Houston Chronicle. They have been featured in the American Paint Horse Journal and Western Horseman, and on Cowboy Sports and Entertainment, the Debra Duncan Show, and Good Morning America. “Sadly, after the death of both [my uncle] Sammy Catalena and then my dad, Pete Catalena in 2020, the family decided that we should make this year the final season of the World Famous Catalena Cowgirls,” shares Brent Catalena, who has taken over preparing the girls for their last booked performances. “Sammy’s goal was for the Bryan Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo to make it to its 50th anniversary,” he says. “We felt the Bryan PRCA Rodeo, which is our hometown rodeo and also where the Catalena Cowgirls started would be the best place for the Catalena Cowgirls to say goodbye and wow the crowd one last time.” Be sure to come out to see their final performances at the annual Bryan Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo, which will be held for the 50th and final time on July 16-17 at the Brazos County Expo Complex! w
Summer is a time for barbeques, picnics, and other outdoor fun with family, friends, and pets. But with summer comes high temperatures, making it more important for owners to know how to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion in pets. Heat exhaustion is a general term for the lethargy, discomfort, and weakness caused by high heat, while heatstroke is an actual illness caused by increased body temperature. Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, an emergency and critical care resident at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says that while some pets are more susceptible to heatstroke, any pet can develop the illness under certain conditions. “Heatstroke is most commonly caused when pets are left outdoors during the hot, humid summer without adequate access to shade and water or when pets are left in vehicles without ventilation at any time of the year,” Hindmarsh said. “Heatstroke can also develop any time of the year in pets with respiratory conditions or obese pets, especially when the weather changes abruptly and becomes more humid.” Animals with prolonged seizure activity or full body tremors may also develop heatstroke because of the increased body temperature caused by muscular activity. Heatstroke is extremely dangerous because it has the potential to harm the body in multiple ways and causes increasing damage as an animal’s body temperature rises. “Body temperatures above 105 degrees Fahrenheit can result in life-threatening blood clotting problems, shock, severe dehydration, kidney and liver damage, and neurologic changes,” Hindmarsh said. “Literally every cell in the body is affected as the extreme temperature damages proteins.” If the body temperature rises above 107 degrees Fahrenheit, the animal may also experience multi-organ dysfunction
and even death. For this reason, it is very important for pet owners to be aware of and watch for the signs of heatstroke whenever a pet is outside for an extended period of time. These signs include collapse; a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhea; respiratory distress and nonstop panting; drooling; and bright red, purple, or blue gums. If you notice that a pet has any of these signs, Hindmarsh suggests taking immediate action. “Remove the pet from the environment, start the cooling process with a fan, and seek veterinary care as soon as possible,” he said. “I would caution owners against placing them in an ice bath or submerging them in water because it may drop their temperature too low.” In addition to carefully monitoring pets, there are other steps owners can take to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Hindmarsh recommends making sure pets always have access to fresh water and shade when outdoors, avoiding exercise during the hottest and most humid times of the day, and never leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle. “Owners should consult their family veterinarian and always start slow when reintroducing activity to a previously inactive pet, especially in the spring,” he said. Your veterinarian can also provide further advice on keeping your pet safe from heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Summer heat has the potential to be dangerous, but by carefully monitoring an animal’s condition and the environment, owners can enjoy this time of year with their beloved pets.w
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WET WEATHER WOES FOR THE TRAIL HORSE
NOT TOO EARLY TO PLAN FALL COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDES It is sizzling hot, but cool fall temperatures are not that far away and fall rides are ready for entries across all competitive trail organizations. The North American Trail Conference kicks off its fall season in the southwest with the Grasslands Gamble CTR at the LBJ National Grasslands on September 11-12 in Alvord, Texas. This ride is a perennial favorite due to the scenic and barefoot-friendly trails. “This ride is such a pleasure to manage,” said Alanna Price who has volunteered in many capacities at this competition over the years. “Riders and horses alike seem to really enjoy the venue. We usually have gorgeous fall weather and the trails should be in great shape with all of the spring rains.” The Grasslands CTR is followed by the Fall Frolic at Lazy F on September 25-26 in Smiley, Texas and then Without A Trace in Athens, Texas on October 9-10. The final ride of the fall is the Bell Cow CTR in Chandler, OK on November 6-7. This ride benefits NATRC Region 4, providing for safety and medical equipment, and rider vests for all NATRC rides in the region. The Texas Trail Challenge Club offers the Pony Pilot on September 18 in Killeen and the Cactus Crawl at San Angelo State Park in San Angelo, TX on October 9-10. Plan now to enjoy the fun. Visit the organization websites for more information: www.natrc.org or www.texastrailchallenge.com. w
Fort Worth Dressage Club The Fort Worth Dressage Club (FWDC) is a club devoted to dressage and dressage activities for its members. We work throughout the year to provide educational opportunities and fun activities for our members. FWDC usually holds monthly meetings at Szechuan Chinese Restaurant off Bryant Irving the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 PM. Right now we are doing Zoom meetings. Our website is www.fortworthdressageclub.com. Please check out our website. We have pictures of members and activities. FWDC is hosting a bit fitting clinic October 26 and 27. After our Zoom presentation many members expressed interest in FWDC hosting Kim Gentry, an expert on finding the correct and best fitting bit for your horse. The clinic will take place at Walking Tall Ranch in Pilot Point. FWDC is also planning a Zoom saddle fitting clinic Renee's new horse Winston with Shea Stewart. Shea is actually her granddaughters! well known in our area and 26
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Mud fever or scratches is a disease causing irritation and dermatitis in the lower limbs of horses and can put your competitive trail horse out of commission. Hours in muddy, wet pens or standing at gates in the mud are the most common causes, although consistent wet trail conditions can contribute trouble as well. The abrasive grit of soil, sand or stable bedding breaks down the proactive barrier of the epidermis allowing bacteria to enter. Mud fever can be contagious, so cross-contamination is a possibility. There are many “Tried and True” treatment options available. Basically, keep your horse’s legs dry and treat with antibacterial shampoo. Thrush is another bacterial infection mostly caused by excessive wet, muddy, or unsanitary conditions. You can smell thrush when you clean your horse’s feet. The “frog” of the hoof with be black in color and crumble easily when scraped with a hoof pick. Pick the feet twice a day and use a detergent and/or disinfectant with warm water, then coat the frog with a commercial thrush treatment or with an iodine solution soaked into cotton balls and packed into the clefts. A couple of ‘home remedies” include hoof packing with a mixture of sugar and betadine, powdered aspirin, borax, or diluted bleach. Try to keep your horse in a dry, clean environment and pick feet daily to help with prevention. Be sure to consult your veterinarian for safety and effectiveness.w
has helped many of us fit our saddles to make our horses comfortable. FWDC is hoping to go back to our regular schedule of activities as soon as it is safe. These include a schooling show, low-cost clinic, pool party, video night and other dressage related events. We are also planning a pool party in August. FWDC is working on a low-cost clinic in September. This is for members who have volunteered. A local professional donates a day to FWDC. In addition to the clinic, we have a potluck. It is always a fun and educational day for all. FWDC sends out group e-mails to members to keep them informed of club activities and other dressage events in the community. Let me know if you would like a dressage event you would like to get the word out to other dressage enthusiast. Please stay safe and well! Join FWDC and learn more about the wonderful sport of dressage. We welcome all levels of riders on all breeds of horses! Lindsay Cooper's new w baby Qeanu KS!
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