Archive » April 15, 2010
By Pat Murphy, Contributing Writer
It was a beautiful spring day, just perfect for the start of Western events at the SYV Equestrian Center, located on Refugio Road, just north of the river.
The opening contest was a Team Sorting in the big Cow Horse arena. Three riders on a team try to get their numbered steers out of the gate before the time is up. Association president, David Hunsicker was accepting pats on the back for his leadership in the development of this popular spot. It brings riders from the entire tri-counties area, serving riders from professional to beginners and children.
One of the riders was Aaron Schwarzwalter who had parked one of his All-American Trailers there for people to enjoy. Aaron, 82, has a red-haired, 22-year-old girlfriend with a beautiful mane and tail. Her name is Lena and she was wearing her best bosal. They’ve been friends for so long, Aaron doesn’t even need a bit and bridle.
It was Quarter Horse heaven: Owner of the famous stallion Nic’s Black Diamond, Mark Gowing, was on the microphone calling out the teams and the numbers of their cattle. His wife, Kelly, was helping out in the arena.
Among the contestants we found Gerry Merrell, Linda Saarloos, Mary Bahnken, and Joe Olla who was teamed with Lupe Lopez and Ron Morales. Other riders included Alice Olla, Brad Price, Neil and Karla Zuehlke, Lisa Walter, Ann Gordon, Greg Leonard, Julie Esola, Chris Henrich, Celia Westbury, Ellen Levine and Marla Leavitt.
Also enjoying the fun were Jennelle St. Marie, Laura Garrard, Carlos and Dottie Spencer, Nicki Marmelzat, Shannon Cossa, Sherry Kayson, Steve Golis and John Cochrane.
Scott Maher said, “I’m just the groom today, for my daughter Jessica.” When Stephanie Larrabee arrived with the boxed lunches from the Santa Ynez Valley Coffee Co., Janie Flammer and her horse tip-toed inside the office to pick up their order.
Winners of the Sorting were:Open Division: 1. Paula Merrell. 2. Tammy Evans. 3. Aaron Schwarzwalter. Limited division: 1. Bob Mott. 2. Dave Jamieson. 3. Marla Sprowl. Novice: 1. Chip Wulbrandt. 2. Joe Vavsek. Placing third, all with the same number of points were: Ellen Levine, Larry Saarloos, Jessica Maher and Stacey Nance.
Western horse and mule showThere was jubilation over the large numbers of young contestants at the first Western Horse and Mule show of 2010. One of the SYV Equestrian Center’s main goals is to serve the youth of the Valley. Chairman Mellisa Moore’s crew included: Dick Peabody – announcer, Carol Russell – office manager, Gail Warner and Gail Kaiser-office helpers, and Debbie Pearson-served in the capacity of “gate gestapo.” The Judge was Ashley Dunbar from Simi Valley.
Awards included: First-place contestants received a 10 lb bucket of Platinum Performance, Second place - a beautiful handmade mug from Jane Schwarzwalter, Third place - handmade medallions created by Melissa Moore.
The results were as follows:
Halter Class - Open1. Sue Merchant. 2. Kendall Doud.
Halter Class Mules1. Dennis Domingos. 2. Nicole Batastini. 3. Emily Berman.
Halter Class - Ranch Horse1. Peggy McAmis. 2. Claire Hanssen. 3. Patti Keefe.
Showmanship Youth - 12 and Under1.Olivia Berman. 2. Trinity Belfatto.
Showmanship Youth and Amateur1. Sue Merchant. 2. Melissa Moniot. 3. Patti Keefe.
Showmanship Youth and Amateur Limited1. Kendall Doud. 2. Kyanne Skelton.
Trail Walk - trot Open1. Tom Peterson.2. Emily Berman. 3. Claire Hanssen.
Trail Walk-Trot Youth 12 and under1. Trinity Belfatto. 2. Kyanne Skelton. 3. Olivia Berman.
Trail Horse - Green1. Pam Turnbull. 2. Tom Peterson. 3. Kim Phelps.
Trail-Youth and Amateur1&2. Sue Merchant. 3. Nancy Wilson.
Trail Youth and Amateur Limited1. Brooke Mathis. 2. Kristen Martin. 3. Sherri Pastorino.
Trail Open1. Tammy Moniot. 2. Kristin Martin. 3. Sue Merchant.
Trail Ranch Horse1. Lauren Merchant. 2. Rene Ferini. 3. Kim Gahan.
Trail Ranch Mule1. Maggie Moore. 2. Emily Berman. 3. Dennis Domingos.
Horsemanship Youth Amateur1. Sue Merchant 2. Mary Wilson. 3. Rene Ferini.
Horsemanship Youth and Amateur Limited1. Rene Ferini. 2. Kristin Martin. 3. Anna Slaughter.
Horsemanship Walk-trot Youth 12 & Under1. Trintiy Belfatto. 2. Nicole Rodges. 3. Olivia Berman.
Pleasure Walk-trot Youth 12 and Under1. Nicole Roges. 2. Trinity Belfatto. 3. Olivia Berman.
Pleasure Walk-Trot Open1. Maggie Moore. 2. Nicole Rodges. 3. Kim Phelps.
Pleasure - Green1. Pam Turnbull. 2. Claire Hanssen. 3. Sue Merchant.
Pleasure Mules1. Nicole Batastini. 2. Maggie Moore. 3. Emily Berman.
Pleasure Youth and Amateur1. Sue Merchant. 2. Claire Hanssen. 3. Nicole Batastini.
Pleasure Youth and Amateur limited1. Kim Phelps. 2. Anna Slaughter. 3. Rene Ferini.
Pleasure Ranch Horse Open1. Claire Hanssen. 2. Sherri Aquino. 3. Sue Merchant.