Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Circuit

Look through photos and all-around results from the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association's June 29 - July 2 in Rancho Murieta, California.

The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association-approved six-judge Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Circuit brought out the top exhibitors from all over the state of California. Starting a day early, Summer Celebration started classes on Wednesday, June 29 and ended on Saturday, July 2, to accommodate travel to the new EMO Western States Championship show. Held at the legendary Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, California, the show went off without a hitch, thanks to the staff of Track One Events and Poncie Gimple.

Although the weather was warm, a record number of exhibitors enjoyed a full slate of Quarter Horse classes for Cutting, Working Cowhorse, Reining, English and Western Rail, plus Trail classes. Exhibitors vied for the coveted circuit awards, which included Custom Director’s Chairs and Silverado Silver Buckles in sponsored classes, plus many other cool prizes. Show Manager, Poncie Gimple, Track One Events shared “We kept the show running and mostly indoors to allow exhibitors to keep cool”. In addition, free waters were available at each gate to ensure exhibitors were hydrated.

This 4-day, 6-judge split combined show attracted exhibitors from all parts of the West Coast and gave exhibitors an opportunity to earn more points in the shorter 4-day format. In addition, daily class winners won $10 coupons and Circuit Champions took home Custom PCQHA Director’s Chairs, or Silverado Silver Buckles in sponsored categories. All Around Champions won beautiful AQHA ARC Gold Horse Trophies or Custom PCQHA Mirrors.

New for 2016

Marty Simper, AQHA Team Wrangler Professional, gave an amazing Ranch Riding Clinic on Friday afternoon. Over 100 people attended, with five riders participating. Marty shared key elements from a judges’ perspective on this new AQHA class. Exhibitors raved about the Ranch Riding information they learned and were excited to use the tips in the competition the following day.

Congratulations to the 2016 Summer Celebration All Around Champions:

  • 11 & Under All Around – Simply Blazing Hot & Sydney Sisil
  • Novice Youth All Around Champion– Good N Dynamic & Jordan Schween
  • Novice Youth All Around Reserve Champion – WSR Only Prettier & Colbv Jacobs
  • Novice Amateur All Around Champion – Definitely Magic & Tami Read Schween
  • Youth All Around Champion – I Wanna Keep Playing & Isabel Schween
  • Amateur All Around Champion – The Krymsun Moon & Stephanie Kofu
  • Select Amateur All Around Champion – Skys Lady In Blue & Caroline French Campbell
  • Open All Around Champion – Bringin Booty Back & Lauren Crivelli
  • Level 1 All Around Champion – Shameless Invitation & Libby Haydon

Celebrating it’s 71th anniversary, the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association sponsored the Summer Celebration Welcome Party and Dog Agility Race on Wednesday afternoon. Over 125 attendees enjoyed old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon and wine. Many loyal PCQHA members enjoyed the bar-b-que, wine, friends and completed surveys about the show. The prizes for sharing their thoughts on the show were custom PCQHA ballcaps. Cece Campbell, PCQHA Summer Celebration show chair exclaimed “The prizes, awards, parties, points and sponsors for this show made for a spectacular show for exhibitors – it’s like a summer family holiday!”. For photos and results, go to www.SummerCelebrationShow.com.               

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who made this event memorable with their donations and support:

Corporate Sponsor: EMO Insurance

Arena Sponsors:

Equine Chronicle – Murieta Equestrian Center – Pacific Coast Journal – Renew Gold feed – Santa Cruz Animal Health

Golf Cart Sponsor: Gipson Golf Carts

Host Hotel: Holiday Inn, Rancho Cordova

Product Sponsors: Smartpak - Cowboy Magic – Finish Line- Straight Arrow Mane & Tail - Santa Cruz Animal Health

Specialty Award & Raffle Sponsors: Smart Pak – Rod Wiemers Family – Murieta Equestrian Center– Close By Ranch, Cece & Brad Campbell – Darlene Mills – Busick Performance Horses

We are especially grateful to the numerous silver buckle sponsors who made this show such a memorable event for exhibitors.

Thanks to Becky Kolano/Dally A Star photography for the fabulous photos. As always their photos capture the horses and riders at that “magical second”. You can see photos of winners at their website, www.dallyastarphotography.smugmug.com.


For information about the Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Show please visit www.SummerCelebrationShow.com or to join the Summer Celebration sponsor list, contact office@pcqha.

Specialty Award Winners

Rod Wiemers High Score Fence Work Memorial Buckle, sponsored by family and friends of Rod Wiemers. This beautiful Skyline Silver buckle was given to thehorse with the highest single Fence Work score of the show. The award was created to honor Rod’s memory. Rod Wiemers was one of California’s legendary cowhorse trainers, whose time was cut short doing what he loved in the Working Cowhorse arena. Each year, Rod’s family and friends donate an impressive Skyline Silver buckle to honor his love of the Cow Horse classes. Rod Wiemers Memorial Buckle Winner for the High Scoring Fence Work of the show with a score of 75 was Hickory Holly Time, shown by Kelby Phillips for owners DT Horses, LLC.

Highest Single Reining Score Champion received A special hand crafted by JDiz-zigns Tack Box donated by Darlene Mills was given to the horse with the highest single Reining score of the show. Chic Magnum, shown by Lisa Macauley and owned by Lisa Macauley Performance Horses scored a 72 to win the High Score Reiner, winning a beautiful Connie’s custom wood tack box.

High Point Versatility Ranch Horse, which included Ranch Conformation, Ranch Riding and Ranch Trail classes was won by Bringin Booty Back, shown by Ryan Kail for owner Lauren Crivelli. The pair won a beautiful custom silver headstall, donated by Kathy’s Show Equipment.

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