Blenheim Equisport Spring Classic Results 1

The results for the following classes at the Blenheim Spring Classic 1 are as follows:

Grand Prix
Jumper Classics
High performance hunters
Pony hunter classic
Hunter Derby
Amateur Owner Hunter Classic
Low Amateur Hunter Classic
Junior Hunter Classic

$40,000 Spring Classic 1 Grand Prix-
Molly Talla

$5,000 Junior A/O Jumper Classic-
Blake Gardiner

$10,000 1.40 Classic-
Michelle Parker

$1,000 Children Jumper Classic-
Amanda Schweitzer

$1,500 Modified Jumper Classic-
Melanie Stoops

$2,000 Low Jumper Classic-
Jodie Camberg

$2,000 1.20 Jumper Classic-
Jorge Ludwig

$1,000 Adult Amateur Classic-
Katie Rotunno

$1,000 1.10 Jumper Classic-
Amanda Schweitzer

5 yr old Jumper Classic-
Kyle King

6 yr old Jumper Classic-
Emily Esau-Williams

7 yr old Jumper Classic-
Jason Mcardle

$500 Low Jumper Classic-
Alexandra Vizents

Performance Hunters 3’6-
Jamie Taylor won 2 out of the 4 classes!. The other 2 were won by Phillip Cillis and Nick Haness.

Pony Hunter Classic-
Augusta Iwasaki

Hunter Derby-
Jenny Karazissis

Amateur Owner Hunter Classic-
Julie Hancock

Low Amateur Hunter Classic-
Sachi Porto

Junior Hunter Classic-
Ashley Welman

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The Journey Begins

Enter a beautiful paint mare named Sequoia, Kimerlee visits a place called Return to Freedom and life never looked the same again. Begin full immersion into photography, horsemanship and studying the social behaviors and dynamics of the wild horse.

Loving everything “horse” from the moment she could breath, the unfolding of Kimerlee’s life thus far makes perfect sense. The Hollywood dream moved her west from Minnesota but it was the heart of a horse that changed everything. Having worked on both sides of the camera, Kimerlee has the natural ability of capturing emotion. Her style is her own and it’s that vision that has become increasingly recognizable around the world. She has traveled the globe capturing the essence and spirit of stunning horses. Yet, the allure of raw, wild, untouched beauty, rugged terrain and the elements along with the challenge of finding wild horses and the patience for them to trust her is the oxygen to her soul. Knowing at the heart of these creatures, is our own hearts deepest desires, FREEDOM and GRACE.

Her work reflects passion, purpose and is fused with environmental consciousness. Dedicated to the cause since 2004, Kimerlee’s hope is to inspire others, not only to appreciate the beauty of these creatures, but to take an interest in helping preserve their place on this land.

Kimerlee lives in the beautiful valley of Santa Ynez, CA with two horses, a paint mare named Sequoia and a young newly adopted wild mustang, el Regalo. She is represented by one of the country’s largest fine art publishers, prestigious galleries along with national, international and celebrity collectors. Her work has been used in numerous advertising campaigns and product branding. Most importantly, it has become a voice

The Story of a Ranch

KLEIN TO CRAIG TO GATES

by Jackie McFarland & Pam Maley

Throughout several decades, Rancho Paseana was home to outstanding Thoroughbreds, famous and successful racehorses at the top of their game. However, the beginning of a new equestrian era for this recently purchased Ranch appears to be underway.

IN THE BEGINNING: GENE KLEIN

Developed in 1982 as Rancho Del Rayo by business powerhouse and San Diego Chargers owner Gene Klein along with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the expansive property has a six-furlong training track and stall space for 140 horses, not to mention an olive orchard. It nestles into a gorgeous valley in Rancho Santa Fe, encompasses 229 acres, and is just minutes from the Del Mar Race Track. Among many famous equines that called Rancho Del Rayo home was the vibrant Winning Colors, who captivated the nation in 1988 by becoming only the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby. Soon after, Klein’s health declined. He sold his 146 horses and retired from racing just a few months before he died.

In the mid-1980s Klein also developed two luxury residential projects near his stables, Del Rayo Estates and Del Rayo Downs. Over two decades later their 92067 zip codes earned a Forbes ranking among the most elite in the nation.

Now the story takes a strange twist. Three months after Klein’s death, the ranch was purchased for $27 million by Jean-Laurent Andreani, a Frenchman who was attempting to build a Thoroughbred enterprise. The plan fell apart, Andreani defaulted, was forced to sell off his racing stock, and the bank took ownership of the ranch.

Shining Equine Stars

By Jackie McFarland, Pam Maley & Alexis Meadows

Horses, like their riders, thrive in the legendary California sunshine.  The sunny state was in the forefront of the news many times over last year, most notably with the media darling California Chrome.  Other disciplines, while less nationally publicized, had shining stars as well.  In addition to Chrome, featured here are Reining Futurity Champion Show Me the Buckles, PCHA Show Jumping Horse of the Year Chello Z, and Amateur Owner Champion Extraordinaire Willow CBF.  We asked their owners to share some of their most memorable moments with these exceptional horses.

Photo By: Jamie Rhodes

Photo By: Jamie Rhodes

CALIFORNIA CHROME | Thorough Racing Horse of the Year

The fairytale horse that captured the heart of a nation, this good-natured chestnut colt with lots of white (called ‘Chrome’ by insiders) recently received the most coveted award in Thoroughbred Racing, the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. Rising from humble beginnings, he entered the history books as only the fourth California horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby. To the delight of his legions of fans, his owners plan to continue to race him, rather than retiring him immediately to stud. Chrome is expected to make his next start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28th, and his California posse will be cheering him on! His effusive and loquacious co-owner Steve Coburn said, “You can have all the money in the world to buy every single grain of sand on a beach, but you can’t buy this story. I’m a man that loves his horse and believes in the fairytale.” Famous for his bravado, this is a man that says a prayer to his late sister Brenda who shares a birthday with Chrome, before every race, asking her to “keep Chrome safe.”

NAME: California Chrome
OWNERS: Steve and Carolyn Coburn with Perry and Denise Martin
BARN OR PET NAME: Known to most of his fans as Chrome, his fans are ‘Chromies’
YEAR OF BIRTH: 2011BREED: Thoroughbred
SIRE AND DAM: Lucky Pulpit out of Love the Chase
BIRTHPLACE: Harris Farm, Coalinga, California
FIRST WIN: A maiden race at Hollywood Park in April 2013
MOST MEMORABLE WIN: The 2014 Kentucky Derby!
FAVORITE TREAT OR TRICK: A playful colt, Chrome likes to take his trainer’s hat off.

 

SHOW ME THE BUCKLES | Reigning Futurity Champion

Sporting a dazzling white four-foot mane that ripples with his every move, the stallion known as Show Me the Buckles has made a name for himself in the Reining world. As owner Rebeca Martin explains, “From the moment he was born I knew he was destined to be different. He was born ripped!” Affectionate, kind and gentle at home, Buckles becomes all business once he enters the arena. He is a solid competitor, missing reserve champion honors only twice in his career, while being shown by accomplished professionals Andrea Fappani, Jordan Larson, and Arno Honstetter. He qualified for the National Reining Breeders’ Cup, and with Fappani in the saddle, Buckles recently won the Go Round at the National Reining Horse Association Derby.

“His mane grows about a foot a year,” says Martin, “And I love caring for it!”

Now standing at stud through selectbreeders.com, Buckles’ first foal crop will hit the ground this season, and as we go to press, Martin welcomed his first offspring, a beautiful buckskin colt born at her Rancho de Sueños on February 9th, 2015.

NAME: Show Me the Buckles

OWNER: Rebeca Martin

BARN OR PET NAME: Buckles

YEAR OF BIRTH: 2008

BREED: Quarter Horse

SIRE AND DAM: Wimpy’s Little Step x Sunset Whiz

BIRTHPLACE: Rancho de Sueños, Ione, California

WHEN PURCHASED: Before he was born

FIRST WIN: Co-Reserve Champion 2011

NRHA Futurity

MOST MEMORABLE WIN: Of course the Futurity, definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Also, the Run Off at the 2014 Cactus Classic, which RFDTV called the most exciting in many years!

FAVORITE TREAT AND/OR TRICK: Absolute most favorite treat is Gummy Bears – he LOVES them!

 

CHELLO Z | PCHA Horse of the Year

According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 was the Year of the Horse, and it certainly was for Chello. He won six Grand Prix’s and had multiple top placings. Owner Josephina Nor Lantzman explains, “Our season began with a win at Thermal, where we had the only clean first round, and won without a jump-off. A great start to the year. Then we won the grand prix on Fathers’ Day and on my sixth wedding anniversary. There was a joke in our family that if it was a holiday we would do well. ”

Together since 2005, Phina and Chello have a great connection. “It’s genuinely rewarding when your horse knows he did well. I’m convinced he knows when he jumps double clean. He hears the crowd after his performance, perks up, bucks a little, and has a big smile on his face. That’s what it’s about – the sheer love and enjoyment of the sport. That’s what we continue to strive for, more fast double clean rounds, and more love and joy!”

The beginning of his tenth show season started off well, Chello went double clear in his first grand prix at HITS Thermal and picked up third. At press time he is on his way back to the desert with an eye on the AIG $1Million Grand Prix in mid-March.

NAME: Chello Z

OWNER: Phina Nor Lantzman

BARN OR PET NAME: Champ, Chello

YEAR OF BIRTH: 2000

BREED: Zangersheide

SIRE AND DAM: Chellano Z out of Daphnee De Frely

BIRTHPLACE: Belgium

WHEN PURCHASED: 2005

FIRST WIN: First win was when he was a 6 year old, first grand prix win was in 2011

MOST MEMORABLE WIN: The FEI Grand Prix on my wedding anniversary in 2014, and the FEI Del Mar Pacific Grand Prix in October of 2014 – another show in my hometown

FAVORITE TREAT AND/OR TRICK: Apples, bananas and dandelion

 

WILLOW CBF | Amateur Owner-Hunter Extraordinaire

Willow was pursuing a career as a dressage horse when her owner, Julie Hancock, and trainer, Philip Cillis, discovered her. “She just moved really well. We had seen her free jump, and it was so soft and nice. She has a great temperament, and the best brain,” Cillis remarked when she won the 2013 Future Hunters Mare Division at Capital Challenge.

Racking up honors from coast to coast, this California horse is an Amateur Owner sensation. She was the 2014 WCHR Zone Champion A/O Hunter 36 & over, 2014 USEF Reserve Zone Champion A/O Hunter and First Year Green Hunter; she was the 2014 Circuit Champion at Thermal in the A/O Hunter 36 & over and Reserve Circuit Champion in the First Year Green Hunters; she was Champion A/O Hunter 36 & over at Menlo and also won the PCHA Horse of the Year for A/O Hunters at Menlo. Plus she was the American Hanoverian Society Champion Horse of the Year for the A/O Hunter 36 & over.

Willow started the 2015 show season with a bang by earning the Champion honors in the A/O Hunter 36 & over division, and winning the $10,000 Devocoux Hunter Prix at HITS Thermal Week III. Clearly a girl on the move!

NAME: Willow CBF

OWNER: Julie Hancock

BARN OR PET NAME: Willow

YEAR OF BIRTH:PHOTO: JACKIE MCFARLAND/EQSOL2008

BREED: American-bred Hanoverian

SIRE AND DAM: ES Widmark x EM Cassie

BIRTHPLACE: Lawrenceberg, Indiana

WHEN PURCHASED: October 31, 2012 as a 4-yearold. She was bred to be a dressage horse and had never jumped. Philip Cillis recognized her talent and trained her to the shining star she is today!

FIRST WIN: Blenheim Spring Classic in April of 2013. She won the Low Working Hunters out of 45 entries and was Show Champion. We knew then we had something special.

MOST MEMORABLE WIN: Champion Future Mares at The Capital Challenge

FAVORITE TREAT AND/OR TRICK: She doesn’t love apples or carrots but prefers peppermints and candy of any kind…I am afraid I will make her diabetic from all the candy treats we feed her!

Wish We All Could Be {and Ride like} These California Girls

CALIFORNIA GIRLS  have a panache all their own. Although the  stereotype may be all surf and sand, the girls featured in this issue of the Equestrian Almanac spend a majority of their time in the saddle.  They share a passion for horses and competing, and know what it takes to win. They each have their own unique yet interestingly similar stories.Spending their time in the CA sun, not on the beach but at the barn, Ashlee, Lucy, Hope, Jamie, Jenny and Lauren have all achieved measurable success in the show ring. These six California girls are equestrian stars that have style in and out of the saddle.  Each has spent countless hours devoted to the sport, with numerous early mornings and late nights at the barn.  They have each dealt with the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. Driven, devoted and hard working, when these California girls enter the ring, they are calm, cool, collected and competitive.  Was well as their top equestrian memories from last year, and a bit about their  favorite horses.

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Jamie Taylor: Hunter Rider, Base: Thousand Oaks, CA

[quote]”Sports are a family  affair – mother Beth and sister Katie are also avid equestrians.  Her dad played hockey for the LA Kings.”[/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  Encino, CA.

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? time would be a pony ride in Tarzana. Actual lessons started at Far West Farms in Calabasas, CA.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE?was named Crocodile Dundee, we called him Jozef. He had a lot of conformation issues but was such an amazing teacher. He took me from riding and competing at 2’6 to the 3’3 with plenty of success along the way.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL? I do!  I was riding a school horse, I thought he was very tall. In hindsight he was probably 16.3, but I’m pretty sure he looked about 20h tall at the time. I was just learning to jump, the crossrail was prob-ably 1’ high. He tripped over it and I got popped out of the saddle. I remember hanging with my arms wrapped around dropped to my feet.  As far as falls go it’s probably the easiest

YOUR FIRST HORSE SHOW. I remember .  Every year a big group of us would go to the Santa Barbara Turkey Show.  My trainer would invite all the kids to stay in one hotel room with her – 8-10 kids and 2 adults!  I remember the fun more than the winning.  They had a big Thanks-giving dinner at the show, great prizes and  giant ribbons.

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014. It’s a toss up, my young horse made some huge strides last year, which was really  rewarding. That is one of the greatest rewards of riding, bringing horses along and feeling them realize their poten-tial.  I was also very honored to ride Willow CBF at Harrisburg and Washington International Horse Show, she was a star and we ended up with some nice ribbons.

YOUR GOALS IN 2015. To keep improving with my young jumper. And who knows, after all these years maybe this is the year I will finally get my heels down and shorten my reins.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES.  Getting to know their personalities. I enjoy the bonding and love when there is enough time to accomplish that. it helps me when in the show ring when I really know them inside and out.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. Well I’m a competitive person by nature so I always enjoy going in to win. With the younger or greener show horses the ‘winning’ is to see their improvement from show to show, not always a blue ribbon but still a win.

Ashlee Bond: Show Jumper, Base: Lommel, Holland - Soon to be home in California again!

Ashlee Bond: Show Jumper, Base: Lommel, Holland – Soon to be home in California again!

[quote]”Used to wear her hair down when competing, but when George Morris asked her to put it up in her hat, and gave her a wild card  bid to represent the US in Argentina it has  stayed up in her hat ever since.” [/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? I was born in Hollywood!

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? The first time I rode was at a small barn in Hidden Hills where Melissa was my trainer. My dad is a great horseman and he was also a big part of my early riding career.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL? I don’t know about remembering my very first fall as I was really tiny when I started. At six months old I was in the saddle and jumping by three years old! The first one I remember vividly is when I was at Bakersfield on one of my ponies; it had just rained and we slipped around a corner and both fell down. I believe that was also my first concussion. Maybe that is why I remember it!

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE? My first pony was named Patches and all I remember is that he had a little pocket inside his cheek where he would store food so he could eat it later – like a chipmunk.

YOUR FIRST HORSE SHOW. One of my first shows was at Santa Barbara National. I remember being in a flat class and smiling and waving as I passed by the judge.

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014. I would definitely go with winning the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal as being my best memory of 2014.

YOUR GOALS IN 2015. I think being in Europe has taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to coming home to CA and getting into a routine. I’m really focused on bringing my horses along and getting super consistent with them.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES. Horses have always been in my blood, they are a big part of who I am and I owe them everything. My favorite part about horses is to connect with them. To go out into the show ring and tune everything and everyone else out and just be one with your horse. They fight for you and give you everything they have.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. I love that feeling of being out there, where nothing else matters except for you and your horse. No politics. No BS. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a bad day; once you are in that ring with your horse everything else fades away. For those few minutes it’s so incredibly intense yet peaceful. Actually it’s really hard to put into words, but everyone who competes with horses, regardless of discipline, knows that feeling. It’s probably a bit different for each person but it drives us all.

Lucy Davis: Show Jumper, Base: Berlin, Germany

Lucy Davis: Show Jumper, Base: Berlin, Germany

[quote]”Majoring in Architecture at Stanford, she has managed to win globally, represent our country and keep up her studies in CA.”[/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Los Angeles, CA.

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? Sullivan Canyon (in LA) with Cha Cha Levinson.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL – TELL US ABOUT IT? I don’t remember my first fall but the first I remember was when I went riding in Aspen, CO as a child. The poor horse had had enough of packing around kids all day and I was collateral damage – he bucked me off and I got a serious concussion.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE? My first pony was named Biscuits and Gravy (Biscuit). He was an old gray pony who somehow loved to carry me around all day.

YOUR FIRST HORSE SHOW. I took Biscuit to the Santa Barbara National. I went in every single class I could looking for a blue ribbon, and in the end, I think the judges felt bad and finally gave me a blue in the last flat class!

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014. Going double clear with Barron in Aachen (Germany). To ride in that stadium was absolutely unbelievable. The competition, the crowd, the classy horses–it’s the quintessence of why we do this sport and one of the best nights of my life.

YOUR GOALS IN 2015. I am aiming towards the World Cup Final in Las Vegas this spring and would also like to jump the Nations Cup Final this summer in Barcelona.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES. I love (and sometimes hate) that horses have a mind of their own and distinct personalities. Every day they keep you on your toes so you never get bored.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. I like the pressure and adrenaline competition brings. There is a two-minute bubble where you are in the arena and live entirely in the present. There is nothing else occupying your mind except the task in front of you, and those are moments that you don’t often get in the distracted lives we lead. Just you, your horse and the course.

Hope Glynn: Hunter Rider, Base: Sonoma, CA

Hope Glynn: Hunter Rider, Base: Sonoma, CA

[quote]”Hope’s daughter Avery is following in her footsteps looking stylish and winning in the pony ring.  Her husband Ned also rides and trains.”[/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Sacramento, CA

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE? In our backyard, on a pony named Sugar that we bought out of a field. We thought she was fat and a month later she gave birth to a colt!

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL? No–but I remember my worst fall when I was 16. The horse flipped on me, broke my arm and my femur, I had a fatty embolism and went into a coma. That was a bad one. But I couldn’t wait to recover and get back in the saddle.

YOUR FIRST HORSE SHOW. I did 15 lead lines in my first year of showing when I was 5. I rode Western and my mom and I had matching outfits.

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014 . Getting fourth in the Derby Finals and winning the WCHR West Coast Spectacular.

YOUR GOALS IN 2015. Compete in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Cup on a catch ride.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES. I love horses as much today as I did when I was a kid. They are honest with amazing hearts. They have a ton of personality and are such giving creatures. And I get to work with them every day.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. When I compete, I am in a zone where it’s just the horse and me. I don’t worry about anything else when I am competing, just the moment. That is as close to meditation as I get. And I love it.

Jenny Karazissis: Hunter Rider, Base: Calabasas, CA

Jenny Karazissis: Hunter Rider, Base: Calabasas, CA

[quote]”The Karazissis clan is well known in SoCal equestrian circles – Jenny’s husband Kosti, his brother Nick, and their kids all call horse shows home.” [/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Burbank, CA.

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? I rode my babysitter’s horse that she kept in a neighbor’s backyard. She was not a trainer at the time. Her name is Shari Rose Lowe.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL? I don’t remember the first time I fell off but I do remember getting thrown from my pony on a daily basis.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE? My first horse didn’t really belong to me but he was the horse I learned to ride on. His name was Boy, show name “Just Because”. He was too big for me but I remember him being very kind.

YOUR FIRST HORSE SHOW. My first show was at Trancas Riders and Ropers in Malibu, CA. I still have the trophy I won. I remember it like it was yesterday.

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014. My best memory from 2014 was at Franktown Meadows when I repeated my wins from 2013 in the USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies on Undeniable. What made it especially sweet was having my mom and sister there to watch.

YOUR GOALS IN 2015. I have a few goals for 2015. I would love to be able to compete in the International Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, the $500K Hunter Prix Final in Saugerties and I hope to try for a three peat at Franktown Meadows with Undeniable!

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES. I love how noble they are and even though they outweigh us by quit a bit they are so gentle. I can’t imagine life without them!

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. I love competing! It gives me incentive to work harder so I can achieve my goals. There is nothing more gratifying than having a Zen round.

Lauren Crivelli: Reiner, Base: Visalia, CA

Lauren Crivelli: Reiner, Base: Visalia, CA

[quote]”Named the NRHA Silver Spurs Rookie of the Year, and still managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude from  Fresno State University.”[/quote]

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Fresno, California

WHERE DID YOU RIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME? My grandparents had a breeding operation of cutting horses, so there were plenty of horses for my brother and me to brush and play with. Finally, our grandparents put us on one and that was it; we were hooked.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FALL? I had been riding about a year, and one day, bareback at a walk, I suddenly lost my balance and started slipping off the side. I landed somewhat gracefully on my feet, had my parents give me a boost back up, and kept on riding.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HORSE? My first horse was a white pinto gelding named Mr. Whisper Wizard, the best first horse you could ask for. He loved his bath but even more, he loved to roll in the mud immediately afterwards. We should have bought stock in the Cowboy Magic Green Remover given the amount we used on him! Gentle and willing, he was truly one of the biggest blessings in my horse career because of the confidence that he gave me as a rider.

YOUR FIRST REINING COMPETITION. My first NRHA competition was in May 2013 at the WCRHA Rein for the Roses show. I had bought my Reiner, Rebas Best Step Yet, two weeks prior, so I was just hoping to stay on pattern. We ended up with a win the Rookie class, and already hooked on reining, I was even more so. He was such an honest horse; you could really push him and you knew he would be there for you.

YOUR BEST MEMORY OF 2014. In 2014 I had the opportunity to show my first futurity horse, three-year-old Check Your Gun Lad. There was something special about him; he was so athletic and dynamic in all of his maneuvers. I worked with him all year to prepare for the NRHA Futurity, and he showed so well for me that we made the finals in all four levels of the Non Pro.

YOUR GOALS FOR 2015. I will continue showing Check Your Gun Lad in the Derbies this year. My goal is to continue to build his reputation as a Derby horse and to grow as a horsewoman throughout the year.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPETING. Reining is an art form that requires finesse and subtle communication. The bond that is required between you and your horse in order to be successful is what keeps me coming back. The people in this industry are so genuine; it makes being at the shows a pleasure.

YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HORSES. I love the elegance and athleticism that is perfectly combined in horses. They have so much power and strength, yet they are some of the gentlest animals who are always willing to please. The bond that you create with horses is unlike anything else.