Horse Sense: Triple C Ranch to host local horse show

Horse Sense: Triple C Ranch to host local horse show

Posted by mmachuca Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 12:59
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Triple C Ranch was first purchased by Cathy Splonick on July 1,1991. Up until two years ago, Cathy had been commuting between Los Angeles and Bakersfield due to her other business, Cathy’s Critter Cleaners, which she had successfully established down south prior to her association with our fair city.

But after 14 years of travel, she finally decided to remain in Bakersfield and reside at the Ranch with her daughter, Kimberly Hatch and her mother, Marie Splonick.
I asked Cathy her reason for buying Triple C Ranch and she laughed and said, “I bought it because I had just accumulated too many horses. A major factor was also because I finally realized how much I was paying for board, motel rooms and driving back and forth between L.A. and Bakersfield.”

Triple C Ranch has hosted many events in the past such as junior rodeos, barn dances, reining cow horse events, 4H shows, etc. The WPRA (Women’s Pro Rodeo Association) has held their barrel racing event out there for the past two years during Thanksgiving.This year, the date will be earlier due to the date change for the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) held in Las Vegas. So, stay tuned for that.

This past month, Cathy took her daughter to Oklahoma City for the HUGE National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, which was held from June 26 to July 8.

Kimberly won eighth place out of 36 for equitation over fences; ninth in Working Hunter; and second in Preliminary Jumping. Not only did she get some really nice ribbons, but she also won a bronze statue of an Appaloosa horse with hers and her horse’s name, Valentine Valerie, on it for her second-place win.

Cathy told me they had planned on getting there early to let the horse acclimate, but they broke down in Albuquerque and got to the fairgrounds just before the show. So, even though their horse was still stressed from the very long, all-night trip to Oklahoma City, both of them performed outstandingly.

This month, Kimberly and her mother are heading to Sacramento for the 4H Championships where she has qualified with two horses — one in the speed events with her black gelding named, Exparte, and, of course, her Appaloosa, Valentine Valerie.

On their return to Triple C Ranch, both of them, Sioux City Ranch and friends are joining forces to promote a new local open horse show. It’s scheduled for Saturday, July 29, with sign ups starting at 7 a.m. and the show at 8 a.m. There will be classes ranging from Western to English, along with jackpot barrels and reining horse events. Ribbons for the first through the sixth places will be awarded and money prizes for the jackpot.

If the attendance for our first show is satisfactory, we are really wanting to turn this into a six-show series with some nice, high-point prizes at the end. These shows are PAC approved for the Paint horse enthusiast.

Our judges for the show will be a well-known local judge, Chris Slauson, and the trail classes will be judged by Theresa Powell. Theresa’s Web site is:

For the barrel racing, we have enlisted the help of Karen Gomez and Cindy Hoffman. Cathy and her friends will be handling the concession stand with tri-tip and drinks.

Folks like, Virgil Chesser, Fairfax Saddelry, Nutrena, The Boot Barn, SmartPak Equine, Omega Horse Shine, Omolene and Flint River Ranch dog food have all agreed to sponsor for the high-point awards. Las Palmas Nursery will also be providing foliage for a few of the classes.

Triple C’s address for the show is 5818 Fairfax Road.

For more details or information, please contact Julie Popplewell of Sioux City Ranch at 588-0496.