Aaron Moses Takes $25,000 Added Southern Oaks $1,000 Limited Novice Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class at Little Futurity



Aaron Moses took home the biggest check of the day aboard Its A Pretty Thing, $9,928 for owner Georgia Grace Medows in the $25,000 Southern Oaks $1,000 Limited Novice Horse Western Pleasure at the Little Futurity on Monday. The show is taking place at the James B. Hunt Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of the Tarheel Triple Classic AQHA and NSBA circuit.


AaronMoseswebSince the Madness show in Ohio where the duo won the Three Year Old and Older Novice Horse Western Pleasure a few weeks ago, Aaron noted that his horse has remained consistent. The only thing that changed, it seems, was the mare’s owner, after Amy Gumz sold her to Georgia Medows.

“She has just stayed really good and very consistent,” he said of the mare known as Callie. “I could push her and put her where I wanted. She did everything I asked her to do today. I was really pleased with her go.”

The slot class attracted 11 entries. Rounding out the money earners were second place earner Jason English and Gone Viral, showing for Debbie Tieman, earning $7,884; third place, Pistol Packin Mann, Bret Parrish for Richard Baumann, $5,840; fourth place, Casey Willis with KM Custom Made Best for Masterson Farms, $2,920; and fifth place, Shane Young and Sleepin In On Sunday, earning $2,628 for Taylor Leone.

A separate purse was presented to horses that had one less than $1,000 prior to the start of the class. No Doubt My Mariea, shown by Gil Galyean, won the division and the $3,360 first prize, while Kenny Lakins Jr. and Lopin Southern Style, showing for William and Melissa Wilkes, tied for second place with Jeff Long and Moonlitesaturdaynite, showing for Liz Long with each earning $2,100; fourth went to Bobby Cooper, showing Runninouttamoonlight for Fritz Leeman, earning $840.


AbiTuiososopowebWestern Pleasure Champions Named

Monday at the Little Futurity also saw several Western Pleasure futurity champions named, including a few repeat winners. Lexus Made Lady won both the Maturity Open Western Pleasure with Cody Parrish aboard and the Maturity Non-Pro Western Pleasure with owner Abi Tuiososopo riding.

“She showed really well today,” Cody said. Abi, who has moved from the hackamore to a bridle this year with her mare, enjoys the change. “I kind of like it,” she said. “I feel like I have a lot more control and don’t have to use my legs quite so much.”



RichardCarrwebA couple of husband and wife teams also saw success in the show pen. Richard and Betty Jo Carr each won classes in their respective mounts. Betty Jo won Novice Amateur Western Pleasure and $420 aboard OHK Goodbars Krymsun, while Richard showed I Will Be A Good RV to win the 50 & Over Non-Pro Western Pleasure and a check for $504.

“It was a really good day,” Richard said. “Both of our horses showed really well. We have such a great team with the Galyeans, I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re incredible teachers and even better people.”




AlanFisherwebAlan and Shannon Fisher also shared wins in their respective classes. Shannon won the North Carolina Resident Western Pleasure aboard She Dresses To Win, earning $252, while Alan showed Job Securitie for his wife, winning $210.

“I really like this colt,” Alan said of his horse. “He’s a half brother to Shannon’s mare, Twiggy (She Dresses To Win). He’s super quiet and is just coming along really nice.”

Made Just Right, with Blakely Jordan Abbott in the saddle, won the Novice Youth Western Pleasure, earning $100.80; and the horse would return with Samantha Aderhold to tie to win the Maturity $2,500 Rider Open Western Pleasure with RR Time To Step Out and Amber Cox, showing for Virginia Carter. Each won $420.

After winning the Trail on Sunday, Nick Mayabb returned with VS Code Me Lucky to win the Intermediate Open Maturity Western Pleasure for owners Lisa and William Wilkes.

Houson Huff took a former NSBA Yearling Sale High Seller, Always Seymour, to a tie at the top of the class in the Three Year Old $2,500 Limited Rider Open Western Pleasure for Lorretta Magnuson, tying with Anthony Montes and Moonlite Madnez.

“He’s been really quiet and has so much try, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s beautiful,” Houston said of Always Seymour.

MaryRathKnightweb“I first saw Moonlite Madnez at the NSBA World Show, but we didn’t get him bought until the Congress last year. We’re showing in the three year old Limited Open with me and Non-Pro classes with Perry Jackson, and Aaron Moses is showing him in the Open threes.”

In the Three Year Old Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Mary Rath-Knight and Made The Ladies Look took the win and $252. “We call him Mikko, and we raised him,” Mary said. “I think that makes it even more special to do well with him. I just love his lope.” (They are shown at left)

Chuck Cherry and Best Kisses Ever tied to win the Novice Horse Novice Rider Western Pleasure with Hesa Good Dresser, shown by Jill Ann Bennett, with each earning $315.

Cody Lane Beam showed his Appaloosa, Hercules Secret, to win the Color Horse Non-Pro Western Pleasure, while Cleve Wells showed Colman to win the Color Breed All Age Western Pleasure for Linda Ball Sargent.

Hunter Under Saddle Winners

HannahWarrenwebKeith Miller Jr. saw a couple of class wins as well. He showed Sleepin to win the Three Year Old Open Hunter Under Saddle for owner Meghan Whelan, earning $630.

“We had a really successful year last year as a two year old, so now we’re campaigning in the three year old events this year,” Meghan said. “We’ve qualified for the Amateur and Junior Hunter Under Saddle for the 2017 AQHA World Show, so we’re taking it sort of easy this summer. He’s a good soul. Eventually we’ll be starting in the all around events.”

Keith returned to the arena to win the Maturity Open Hunter Under Saddle with Dreamin To Extreme, showing for Hannah Warren. Hannah would also show Dreamin To Extreme to win the Youth Hunter Under Saddle, earning $252.

“We bought him to show with in my last two years of youth,” Hannah said. “He’s just four years old but he’s so quiet and willing. He’s by Extremely Hot Chips, so he’s Western Pleasure bred, but he decided he wanted to have a long stride. Eventually we will be doing the all around with him.”

Samantha Aderhold showed Groovygirl to win the Novice Horse Novice Rider Hunter Under Saddle, earning $236.25. “She is double registered APHA and AQHA, and is by Peace Out Man,” Samantha said of the three year old mare. “We’re planning to show at this year’s NSBA World Show.”

CydneyBeneswebCydney Benes showed Iron IA Legacy to win the Maturity Non-Pro Limited Hunter Under Saddle.

“We just got him in January,” Cydney said. “I loved his huge stride and size, and he’s really pretty. He’s just four years old, so we’re just in the process of figuring things out, but he’s getting to be a really good boy.” (They are pictured at left)



KatyJoZuidemawebIn the Green Hunter Under Saddle, Katy Jo Zuidema showed a brand new horse, Alwayz On My Mind, for Sarah Nimigan and won the class and $238.

“We’ve only had him a few weeks,” Katy Jo said. “He’s beautiful, and a pretty great trotter. We had sold all of Sarah’s horses, so we were looking for a new one. We’ll be campaigning in the three year old classes this year.” (They are shown at right)


In the All Age $2,500 Limited Rider Hunter Under Saddle, Bevin Zimmerman showed Chip In Blue to the win.

The Little Futurity concludes on Tuesday with more Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle classes, culminating with the Non-Pro Three & Over $7,500 Limited Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class.