Local places third in world in equestrian event

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Christine Hocutt-Senteney does well in equestrian event in Texas: Burbank resident Christine Hocutt-Senteney captured the third-place Farnam Select All-Around Amateur title at the 2012 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Assn. World Championship Show Sept. 1 in Amarillo, Texas.

The Farnam Select All-Around Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the American Quarter Horse Assn.'s 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show. This year, 63 contenders competed for the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur award.

Hocutt-Senteney showed her homebred American Quarter Horse, Bellieve Hes Blazing, who is a 1998 brown gelding. Hocutt-Senteney and Bellieve Hes Blazing earned a total of 31 points in four classes. The team placed eighth in hunt seat equitation, sixth in western riding and received the world championship title in horsemanship.

Hocutt-Senteney and Bellieve Hes Blazing received a prize package that included $1,000, plus $250 in Farnam product.

AQHA celebrated the 10th year of the Adequan Select World, which is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 50 and over, around the world. The exhibitors must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. The 1,273 entries at this year's event, representing competitors from 40 of the United States, Argentina, Canada and Sweden, competed for 43 world championships.

Youth football players earn spot in All-Star Bowl game: While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this Summer in Myrtle Beach, S.C, Mason McCumber Gandara, 11, and his brother, Ian McCumber Gandara, 8, were both named Offense-Defense All-American's and invited to participate in the seventh annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place Dec. 26-Jan. 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Mason, wide receiver for the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program's Midget Green team and Ian, a quarterback for organization's Pee-Wee squad, were selected for the honor from a group of young athletes numbering in the thousands from across the country.

The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a week-long series of events and games that includes the televised, seventh annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school players in the country and has featured current NFL pros such as Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap and Dez Bryant, among others.

Offense-Defense Sports has been running full-contact football instructional camps for the past 44 years and currently operates in approximately 40 camp locations nationwide every spring and summer.

Baseball screening to take place at library: The Baseball Reliquary and Burbank Public Library will present a screening of "0 for 37," a television drama broadcast live and recorded via kinescope in 1953 on the "Philco Television Playhouse," at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Burbank Central Library auditorium (110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.).

Written by David Shaw, produced by Fred Coe and directed by William Corrigan, "0 for 37" originally aired on NBC on September 27, 1953 and was the opening show of the sixth season of the "Philco Television Playhouse," one of the premier anthology drama shows of TV's Golden Age.

It is the story of a recently married major leaguer (played by James Broderick), considered one of the best players in the game, who goes through a prolonged batting slump, caused in large part by his worries about the new house his wife (played by Eva Marie Saint) has bought. The supporting cast includes Arthur O'Connell, Billy M. Green, Moultrie Patton, Bobby Vail, Brian Walsh and Dan Frazer.

The kinescope is from the collection of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and will be introduced by Television Archivist, Dan Einstein.

The "Philco Television Playhouse" was one of the most respected dramatic shows of the Golden Age of Television, winning a 1954 Peabody Award for its "superior standards and achievements" and receiving eight Emmy nominations from 1951-56. The series launched the television writing careers of Paddy Chayefsky, Horton Foote, Tad Mosel, Alan Arthur, Arnold Schulman and Gore Vidal and helped launch the careers of actors such as Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Rod Steiger, Grace Kelly, Kim Stanley, Jack Klugman and Walter Matthau.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to view the closing night for the Baseball Reliquary's exhibition at the Burbank Central Library, "Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of '68."

Admission to the screening is free of charge and open to the public. For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary at (626) 791-7647, or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net.

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