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66 Bell rings true at Super Horse Challenge P


Charles Wilhelm’s competition entertains, inspires at 2017 Western States Horse Expo special to the horsetrader


OMONA—The latest Super Horse Challenge was held at the Western States Horse Expo, Pomona on Feb.


2-4, exposing competitors and their horses to big crowds, golf carts, crying babies, loud speakers — all kinds of environments, nois- es and situations that cannot be duplicated at home. The three days of competition included


ranch riding and in-hand work; a perfor- mance pat ern including trot poles, jumping, side-passing, and up-and-down transitions;


“dancing with cows TM” and a performance pat ern; a “meet and greet” at the entrance to the Horse Expo that simulated a parade; and the Super Horse Challenge Grand Finale, where contestants found extreme obstacles including a tarp run, a ball to push, a gun to fi re, and more. Each event was observed by three judges


including Charlot e Bredahl, Mat Sheridan, Steve Bauhr and previous Super Horse Champion and trainer, Robin Bond. Topping the fi eld of six was Joe Bell on


his 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, Chalo Gun Slinger. As champion, Joe won $1,000 cash, a beautiful championship belt buckle provided by Western States Horse Expo, along with clippers from Andis, supple- ments from HorseTech and other great priz- es from the Super Horse sponsors. The Reserve Champion was Debbi Sullivan


on Sundown Slim, earning a $500 cash prize, clippers from Andis, supplements from Horse Tech and other goodies. Don Moore fi nished third, with Jody


Rumsey on Blackjack in fourth. In fi ſt h place was Peggy Johnson riding Fiddle on Wyat Jack. “I’ve always believed that it should be the


goal of each and every horse to be able to quietly do a variety of tasks and exercis- es with confi dence and success,” Charles Wilhelm said. “Having a Super Horse is a


great goal to shoot for, and even if you don’t accomplish that fi nal ‘Super Horse’ level, the training process will help fi ll in any ‘holes’ in training the horse might have. “For instance, I’ve seen top level dressage horses who shy at a cavalet i pole on the ground, and world class jumping horses who were out of control on an easy trail ride,” added the trainer and clinician. “These may be great horses at the one thing they do, but in my book they aren’t Super Horses. A Super Horse can appear in a parade one day, work cows the next, compete in an equitation class the following day — and more. The Super Horse can do all that with lightness, cadence, balance, fl uidity and responsiveness”. More online: http://bit.ly/703_Super


Charles Wilhelm’s 2017 Ultimate Super Horse Challenge Champion Joe Bell with Chalo Gun Slinger (right) and Reserve Champion Debbi Sullivan on Sundown Slim.


Champion Joe Bell and his 11-year-old gelding, Chalo Gun Slinger, taking on the joust obstacle at the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge Feb. 2-4 in Pomona.


Jared Overstreet photos


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