Many time endurance and North American Trail Ride Conference champ Aron Moon+// just keeps on truckin’ with his owner of the last 22 years, Mike Tracy of Hollister. Last year, Aron Moon completed five endurance rides and two NATRC rides, Tracy reports of the now 26-year-old half-Arabian. He’s averaged five completions in each of the 20 years he’s been competing in endurance competitions, a feat Tracy believes puts the horse second in the sport’s record books. “He was very sound the whole season and I plan on competing him this season, too,” says Tracy, who monitors Moon’s health with annual blood work-ups and a keen horsemen’s eye. He is happy to move Moon down to NATRC rides only or even retire him, but the horse with six Tevis Cup buckles shows little interest in a retiree’s life.
Ashlyn Matheus & Perfect Summer Day
Ashlyn Matheus and her mare Perfect Summer Day earned a truckload of year-end championships this past awards season. They were Champion Children’s Hunter 17 & Under “A” PCHA, LAHJA and SFHJA, plus USHJA and USEF Children’s Hunter Horse of the Year for Zone 10. Matheus trains with Stephanie Haney at Open Arms Farm in Chatsworth and 2009 marked her final of three very successful years with Summer. She is moving up into the Junior Hunter division this year, so Summer is available for lease.
Claire de LuneSE
Claire de LuneSE beat strong challengers to take top honors in the 5-year-old division of the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Eventing Horse West Coast Championships held back in October. The stallion is by Contendor/Alme and was bred and is owned and Rose Sullivan of SE Farm in Camarillo. Top eventer Robyn Fischer was in the irons. “He finished off his stellar 5-year-old-year with three undefeated YEH championships, where he topped the year off with the highest score nationally, an 87.78%,” Sullivan reports.
Buster: Fine at 50
Toni Shroyer, of Northern California’s Novato, won the Oldest Pony in Age category for her pony, Buster, a pinto born in 1960. The award is part of Purina’s Senior Horse Tales contest.
“If he were a person, he’d be a locksmith,” says Shroyer. “He can get into any gate. We call him Houdini. He’s really good with the kids. He has a gentle soul, and he is well known in our community. I want to thank Purina for helping him to live so long.”