Reining. Amanda Brumley, event manager and
owner of Brumley Management Group LLC, is on the pulse of the sport of reining. Her company produces several premier reining events in the west, including Scottsdale’s Cactus Reining Classic—considered the first of the west’s Triple Crown of Reining competitions. “The economic downturn impacted every equestrian discipline,” Brumley said. “We had a real kick to the gut, but the shows have come alive again. Last year was unreal, and the growth in attendance and participation in all of my events has increased from 37 to 50 percent. I have not seen another industry grow in size, popularity, and finances as fast as the reininghorse industry.” Reining horse trainer Tyson Randle relocated to Scottsdale for several reasons. “The weather allows for uninterrupted, year-round training, and several national-caliber events are right here in town,” Randle said. “The valley of the sun is also home to many of the finest reining horses and trainers in the world.” Polo. The Arizona Polo Club has been playing
on the lush polo fields of Horseman Park at Westworld since 1982. Three-on-three arena polo is also played at the Polo Aztec Club and the Scottsdale Arena. The season runs from November through April but was kicked off in late October with one of the largest adrenalin-pumping polo events in the country, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. Over 12,000 fans came out to enjoy the matches and mingle with champions and celebrities. Arizona Polo Club player Natalie Grancharov loves that players like Chip McKinney, Sunny Hale, Nic Roldan, and other high-profile players come out to compete in Scottsdale. Hunter jumper. Arizona boasts 13 USEF-
rated shows per year, split between Tucson and Scottsdale. In addition, there are approximately 25 non-USEF-rated shows that are recognized as Category II shows by the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association (AHJA). The show season is broken into halves: a winter/spring show season from January through May, and a fall season that resumes in September. 98 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2014 | 2015
1. Reining horse Not Ruf At All performs a sliding stop. 2. Young hunter Mackenzie Jones kisses her winning par tner. 3. From left: Riders Jessica Noonan, Mackenzie Jones, and Kaitlin Collman. 4. Mackenzie Jones bonds with her pony. 5. Off and running at Turf Paradise race track. 6. Polo player Andres Camacho is fully focused.
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