Trio of Champions Win Big Checks at the Madness Saturday



Trio of Champions Win Big Checks at the Madness Saturday

 Trail, Maiden and Non-Pro horses all took home big prizes at The Madness AQHA and NSBA show on Saturday at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. The Way To Go caught up with the day's champions.



ArcherArcher and GG Win SOQHA Maiden Three Year Old And Older

In about 45 days, David Archer transformed Eric Mendrysa’s four year old all around prospect, The Silver Foxx, into the winner of the SOQHA Maiden Three Year Old and Older Western Pleaure Slot Class. They earned $15,000 for the win, with David winning the Intermediate Rider award as well as the $2,000 Harris bonus for riding in a Harris saddle.

“He really is a true maiden horse, because he wasn’t brought out as a two year old and not shown until late in his three year old year,” Eric said.

“We were riding him around at a show in draw reins and doing Trail and changing leads, when David approached us and told us he thought we could have a contender. He took him home, and two weeks later we were amazed and how good he looked, so we sent our entry in right away!”

The Silver Foxx, known as GG, is by Lazy Loper and out of the late Goodbars Glamourgirl. “I had always wanted a baby out of that mare, and we were able to get this one from Blake Britton,” Eric said. “He couldn’t be a more perfect horse. We don’t longe him and just warm him up and go show him. This certainly made the 30 hour trip from Boerne, Texas worth it!”

IMG_1596Taking second was CowboyPutASpellOnMy, shown by Angie Cannizzaro for Fritz Leeman, winning $7,500. A Lazy Lady, with Scott Frye owner and rider were third winning $5,000, while Casy Willis guided KM Custom Made Best to fourth winning $3,500 for Masterson Farms. Gil Galyean rode Two Legit To Quit to fifth and $3,000 for Michael Tidwell; Rusty Green showed Dont Think Twice for Kent Ray Taylor to sixth and a $2,500 prize, while Patrick Heeley showed CC Extremely Invited for his wife to a seventh place finish and $2,000. Rounding out the money earners was Red Hot Invitation, shown by Shane Dowdy for Mary Iris Webre, winning $1,500 for eighth.

Jamie Murrow (shown at left) earned the Limited Rider award as well as the reserve Intermediate Rider title, showing Crank Up The Heat for Brad and Corrine Borton, The reserve Limited Rider award was presented to Bobby Cooper, who showed Imma Be A Cowboy for Fritz Leeman.



IMG_1595Tops In Trail

Blake Weis took Snap Krackle Pop through the Senior Trail class Saturday morning, and earned not only tops on the AQHA judges’ cards but also the first place prize in the NSBA $1,500 Added Senior Trail and the circuit award for the show.

“Usually I can tell when I start if she is going to be with me, and she was very attentive and careful today,” Blake said of the AQHA Super Horse and multiple time world champion.

“The course was kind of tight and pretty difficult, but it was probably one of her best runs in quite a while. Her trot over poles were really exceptional.”



IMG_1594Tied Non-Pros Share The Prize

The three year old gray gelding Platinum Dot Com had another big win Saturday night when Susan Knapp, and Natasha Blanchard and Made N The Shade added another big win as the two horses and riders tied to win the NSBA $1,500 Added Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. Susan won the tiebreaker to earn the trophy, but each received $879.38 for the win. (The two teams are pictured at left.)


“That was fun,” Susan said. “We’ve only shown together a couple of times, so we’re still getting to know each other. I showed him in Oklahoma City for the first time, then in Winona before coming here. I’m just starting to get all the gears with him.

Knapp2“What I love about him is that he is so consistent. He doesn’t get excited or worked up about things. Sara found him at the Congress last year, and he was the reserve champion in the Masters.” (Susan and "Grayson" are pictured at right.)

Made N The Shade and Rusty Green won a tiebreaker in the NSBA $2,000 Added Open Three Year Old Western Pleasure on Friday, and has had 2017 Open and Non-Pro wins including the Sun Circuit and Big Country/Texas Amateur circuits. Known as Mikey, Made N The Shade was the 2016 world champion in Two Year Old Western Pleasure with Andy Cochran. The gelding is by Machine Made.

Tying for third in the $1,500 Added Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure were CowboyPutASpellOnMe and Katsy Leeman, and Donerepeatinmouself and Mallory Menard, each earning $376.88. Jane Humes showed Cool Cruzen Lady to fifth, Kiley Wiseman was sixth on The Lazy Club, while Katie Jo Jones and RV Wonit Lopin Lazy earned sevent. Rounding out the placings were The Bat Signal and Randy Haines, eighth, and KM Genuinely Best and Gavin Patterson, ninth.

The Madness concludes on Sunday, May 21. To view complete show results, please visit and to view a live feed of the show, visit the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association Facebook page.