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SCRCHA’s best buckle it up


Roy Rich hauled in the SCRCHA Year-end riches with four champion and three reserve champion buckles to go along with Top 5 and qualifi er awards.


Reined Cow Horse club celebrates a great year and looks ahead to ’18


T from releases and staff reports


EMECULA—The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association honored its 2017 winners at Journey’s End on Saturday, Jan. 13, wrapping up a


successful year and set ing the stage for an exciting 2018. The club honored recipients competing not only in


cowhorse classes but cut ing/herd work and ranch rid- ing as well. Roy Rich brought in the riches, earning four Champion and three Reserve Champion buckles, as well as Top 5 and qualifi er awards. The Temecula-based trainer ended the year with SCRCHA titles on threee diff erent horses owned by Rocking J Ranch, including RJ Wheres My Sock (Junior Ranch Riding), Very Smart Luck (Open Herd, Open Bridle) and Soula Shining Star (Open Two Rein). His three reserves came aboard Very Smart Luck (Open Two Rein), RJ Wheres My Sock (Snaffl e Bit) and another Rocking J Ranch horse, Cat From Ipanema (Open Hackamore). “I just have a lot of good luck,” said Rich, whose long- time client, Candy Flock, enjoyed a stellar year, too. Flock, riding her Smart Remedy Olena, outdistanced the fi eld in the Select Non Pro Limited, the 5K Non Pro Limited andthe Non Pro Limited. “Candy has a phenonemal horse, and she can show as


well as anybody,” said Rich. “You put her on a good horse, and she’s tough to beat.” Flock’s pursuit of the NRCHA World Championships ended with a shoulder injury in early January, but Rich says she’s capable of coming back just as strong in 2018. This year’s SCRCHA show schedule has shiſt edto more


summer shows to wrap up the season earlier in the year, reducing schedule confl icts with a growing list of fall competitions. The March and May events will take place at Casner Ranch, with the July, August and September shows at Galway Downs. Rich is looking forward to meet- ing new folks this year with the addition of ranch riding and ranch trail classes to complement the cowhorse and cut ing. “It will be a great way to open things up and meet new people, and to give them an introduction to cow horse,” he said.


Glen Aspinall’s barn enjoyed several year-end acco-


Encore Performance Horses, under the direction of Sunni McCormick, celebrated a stellar year. Awards went to Addison Cout s, who rode Tule Much Trouble to the Reserve Championship in Non Pro Cut ing as well the Youth Bridle Championship on Peppys Please; Margie Zimmer, who took Very Smart Ricoo the Reserve in the Non Pro Limited Rookie Rider and fourth in the Select Non Pro Limited; and Rachel Reedy, who rode One Smart Idea to the Novice Non Pro Hackamore title. McCormick rode PlainWithStylinSpots to fourth in the Open Herd. Jim Vangelos rode Taylor Maid N Texas to fourth in the Novice Non Pro Bridle.


lades. Catherine Vincent, riding Raygun, placed third in the select non pro and non pro limited rookie, fourth in the 5K Non Pro and also qualifi ed in the Non Pro Herd. Nancy Nyjordet, riding Chickaroos Chance, walked away with championship buckles in the Non Pro Herd Work and Non Pro Limited Rookie Rider. She took the Reserve Champion in the Select Non Pro Limited and placed


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