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TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPS. Winners in the three classes of the West Coast Triple Crown Forging Competition display their championship belt buckles. The 2006 champs are (front row, left to right), LeRoy “Doc” Daines, Division II, Travis Koons, Division III and Chris Mason, Division I. Behind them are Lee Green (left), the event’s sponsor, and Mark Milster of Dibble, Okla., the judge of the final event.
Having just completed its fourth year, the Triple Crown shoeing competition is becoming a Western forging tradition.
The Triple Crown was the brain-child of Lee Green, the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member who also owns “The Shoein’ Shop” in Yucaipa, Calif. Triple Crown competitors earn points at three different forging and shoeing competitions held from September through October in Arizona, California and Nevada.
The host associations for these events are the Arizona State Farriers Association, the San Diego County Farriers Association and the Southern Nevada Horseshoer’s Association.
For the third year in a row, Travis Koons of Romoland, Calif., earned the championship in Division III with a total of 141 points. Jason Harmeson of Alpine, Calif., was reserve champion with 106 points and third place went to Nicholas Rossi of Danville, Calif, with 98 points.
Division II was captured by LeRoy “Doc” Daines of Las Vegas, Nev., who earned 125 points.
Division I was won by Chris Mason of Livermore, Calif., who totaled 132 points. Brian Dollinger of Chico, Calif., was second with 119 points and Mike Caldwell of Paso Robles, Calif…