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Stars and slides


$13,000-added Open Derby highlights WCRHA Star Spangled Slide by eilene maxinoski/ for the horsetrader


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LK GROVE—The Star Spangled Slide slid into action on July 4-7 at


the West Coast Reining Horse Association last affiliate show of the year. Red, white, and blue decorated the grounds of the Brookside Show Park, from the U.S. flags that greeted exhibitors as they arrived, to patriotical- ly-colored awards, to the giant U.S. flag that was unfurled in the arena before the derbies. Many exhibitors use this show


as a “showcation” for the family, as there are plenty of aſter-show activities to keep everyone busy. On-site meals were available every evening, preceded by libations and munchies before- hand at the Wine Down Bar, conveniently located next to the warm-up arena. Many families enjoyed the pool between and aſter classes. Saturday was a busy day for


WCRHA youth, with youth rein- ing classes running all morning, followed by—not one, but two— fund-raisers involving both the youth riders and non-riders. During the day, busy kids kids were at the wash rack, holding their annual Youth Horse Wash, using groom products generous- ly sponsored by Farnam. Saturday night, the kids held a dessert auction during a pot- luck celebration in honor of Delbert Tullos, a past WCRHA president and loyal supporter of the WCRHA youth. The evening proved entertaining, with Ollie Galligan serving as WCRHA in-house auctioneer alongside spoters Mike Boyle, David Hanson, and Jason Richards. To boost the bids on the last couple of items, Auctioneer Galligan offered to perform his danc-


ing best, and bidders met his challenge. Enthusiastically, he responded with his native coun- try’s Irish jig, helping to push the proceeds to more than $2,500. Proceeds will go toward WCRHA year-end youth award saddles. In the arena, the highlight of


the show was the $13,000-added Open Derby. evening. A stand- ing-room only crowd encouraged each rider in the classes. In the $10,000-added 7M Ranch Level 4, Jordan Larson took Champion and Reserve with two horses owned by Tzvika Knaani who resides in Israel. Gunnashine Ya, with a 148, and Rio Killer Gun, with a 147, earned $10,000 for their efforts. Tied in third place with 144.5 were Reddy Aim Shine On, ridden by Ollie Galligan for owner Elizabeth Atkins, and The P I Guy shown by Chuy Chavez for owner Linda Barsalou. Fiſth place went to Mister Smartypants, exhibited by Gabe Davide and owned by Eileen Maxinoski. In the $3,000-added Level 1, Ollie Galligan emerged the cham- pion on Reddy Aim Shine On. Reserve was Sam Kawanishi’s The Prima Ballerina with John Irish showing, scoring 143.5. Tieing for third and fourth with scores of 143 were Thad Carr on his own Heza Mega Wat, and Mister Smartypants shown by Gabe Davide. Fiſth place awards went to Mob Dolled Up, ridden by John Irish for owner Deborah Walker, and Whizky Drinkn Princess, shown for the McLeod Family Farms by Kelly Keenan. Non Pros came to play, too,


in their $7,500-added Carr Performance Horses/Boyle Ranch Non Pro Derby. Nine


See STARS, page 34


With a 1-2 finish in the $13,000-added Open Derby aboard Gunnashine Ya and Rio Killer, Jordan Larson enjoyed a good payday at the WCRHA Star Spangled Slide July 4-7.


Kathleen Cook on her Chics Double Magnum was the happy winner of the Championship buckles in the NRHA $2000 Added Grocery Outlet Non Pro Maturity Levels 1 and 4 with a score of 144.5.


John O’Hara photos


John O’Hara photos


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