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One hot reining


Talent, temperatures ignite this year’s Star Spangled Slide


E by eileen maxinoski


LK GROVE—It proved to be a hot reining show in more ways than one at the fi ſt h NRHA Affi liate show for the West Coast Reining


Horse Association held July 6-9. Temperatures at the Brookside Equestrian Center in Elk Grove surpassed 105 degrees on most show days, but riders and horses did not falter. There were some very “hot” scores earned, judged by Margaret Fuchs from Ohio and Richard Pokluda from Texas. The Open classes started the show off with a total of


37 entries. With a score of 73, Martin Padilla carried off the honors in the $1,000-added Open with Spook Dunit owned by Annamarie Brown. Second place was a tie between Martin on Spangled. Eric La Porte and Celeste Nashagh’s Mr Mizzen Shine


won the $400-added Intermediate Open with Ollie Galligan close behind on Smart Chucka, owned by Kelly Corbet . With a score of 71, Kain Emmons and Rhonda Dunlap’s Wimpys Yellow Jacket handily won the $300- added Limited Open. Kelly Keenan, riding A Whiz With A Gun owned by Marni Lopez, came in second. Keenan proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the Rookie Professional, winning fi rst and second—the champi- onship on Marni’s A Whiz With A Gun and the reserve aboard Shewhiz Electric, owned by Mike Silva. Boom Box Dancer and Kimball Griffi th carried away


the blue ribbon in the Primetime Open, with California Shines and Lavonne Sturgeon coming in second. The $1,000-added Open Maturity Level 4 ran concurrent- ly with the Open classes. With 10 horses entered, the Championship title and awards were split between Martin Padilla on Spangled Desire and La Porte on Mr Mizzen Shine with scores of 72.5. Twenty-one entries vied for placings in the $500-added


Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 class. With tying scores, the “kit ies” won it! Shine Kit y Shine, ridden by Jennifer Gilliam, and Kit y Cat Whizkers, ridden by Penny Wright, both scored 70.5 to split fi rst and second place.


Vicki Dias and her ARC Dun With Ya claimed the Non Pro Derby $1,000 with a 142.


Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats’s Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.


John O’Hara photo


John O’Hara photo


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