Friday Madness Sees Big Payouts


Friday at The Madness AQHA and NSBA circuit saw a full slate of Showmanship, Halter, Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Under Saddle classes along with four Added Money events, including the $50,000 SOQHA Open  Novice Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class, $2,000 Added NSBA Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure, $1,000 Added NSBA Green Hunter Under Saddle and $500 Added NSBA All Age Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle.


MosesslotWestern Winners

The Equine Chronicle Three Year Old Novice Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class was did not disappoint, with a roster of 17 competitive horses and riders going through their paces for the $50,000 purse.

Aaron Moses proved to have the winning ride aboard Its A Pretty Thing, showing for owner Amy Gumz. The trio won $15,000 for the first place finish.

“I just got her in January,” Aaron said of his mount. “She is by Its A Southern Thing, or Moonpie, and out of Pine Ventures, a Pine Interest mare. Her barn name is Callie. She was broke when I got her, but she has just gotten better and better as she has grown and gotten more mature.”

Aaron had a lot to like about his horse. “We just showed her for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and we’re still figuring out what we’ve got, really. She’s beautiful, and she just has such a natural look with a lot of flow. She presents such a pretty overall picture, and she can show well on or off the rail.”

Bret Parrish showed Pistol Packin Mann for Richard Baumann to earn the reserve award and $7,500. Jason English showed the AQHA stallion he co-owns with Debbie Tieman, Gone Viral, to third and $5,000. Rounding out the top five placings were Relaxx Monn, shown by Patrick Heeley for Tessa Lynch, earning $3,500; and She Had Me At Hello, Kenny Lakins Jr. showing for Michael Vargo, winning $3,000.

Earning the Limited champion title in the class and a Harris work saddle was Chase Barnes and This Machine Is Lazy, while Jennifer Burton and Wheres My Cowboy earned the reserve award and $500. Jason English and Gone Viral earned the Intermediate champion award and $1,500, with The Partysgettinghot and Jonathan Meilleur taking the reserve title and $500.

GreenIn the NSBA $3,000 Added Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure, two horses and riders showed to a tie for first. Rusty Green piloted Made N The Shade for Natasha Blanchard while Aaron Moses showed Moonlite Madnez for Lisa Pinner, with each winning $1,120 for the dual first place finish. Rusty Green won the tiebreaker for the trophy.

“His name is Mikey,” noted Rusty Green. “He’s a trooper. He’s by Machine Made, and we just love him. He always hangs in there for us, and he has a lot of talent. Andy Cochran won the Two Year Old Western Pleasure last year with him at the AQHA World Championship Show. Taft Dickerson started him and did a great job bringing him along.

We thought he would be a great horse for Natasha, and she’s done really well with him in the Non-Pro. She won the circuit award in Scottsdale and the Non-Pro Three and Four Year Old Western Pleasure Maturity, and the Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure at the Texas Amateur/Big Country Show in Waco, Texas, and we won the Open awards at both shows as well.”


Moses3yoFor Aaron Moses, the tie marked a second win so far in the Madness in the added money classes when he piloted Moonlite Madnez in the class. “It’s been a great horse show so far,” Aaron said. By Only In The Moonlite, the gelding is called Moonie.

“He was my girlfriend Courtney Chown’s show horse last year,” he said. “She was third with him at the Congress last year in the Two Year Old Non-Pro Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure. We sold him to Lisa Pinner, a client of Bruce Vickery’s, and she decided to keep him in training with us.

“He’s really good minded, and super easy to work with. He doesn’t spook at anything, and he’s just fun to be around.”



KuklinskiHunter Under Saddle Champions Named

An Open and Non-Pro earned cash and awards in Added Money classes in Hunter Under Saddle Friday at the Madness.

In the $500 Added All Age Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle, Nicole Kuklinski and Sketchie Details earned the nod and a payout of $367.50 for the first place award.

“I bought ‘Petey’ in 2015, so we’ve been together for two years now,” Nicole said. “He was really good in the class. He’s just a ‘steady Eddie,’ he loves to show and just do his job."

Winning the reserve title was Put Your Spurs On and Shelly Boyle, who earned $245. Adria Smith and My Invitations R Hot won the third place award.


BakerDawn Baker showed Mito Been Me to win the $1,000 Added NSBA Green Hunter Under Saddle for Fritz Leeman. One of two grey horses she showed Friday afternoon, the grey mare known as Daisy is by Mito Ben Me and out of Truly Priceless.

“She is three years old, and this is just the third time we’ve shown her,” she said. “She’s very consistent, fun to ride and has been really easy to train. She likes being a show horse so far.”

The Madness AQHA and NSBA Show continues through Sunday, May 21, at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. For complete show results, visit and to view the show live, visit the SOQHA Facebook page.