Thursday at the Madness AQHA and NSBA show saw lots of Horsemanship goes and several Western Riding exhibitors before a full slate of Western Pleasure took over the R&L Arena at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Besting a field of eight horses in the Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Brian Ale and Flying To The Moon took the win along with a $1,216 paycheck for owner Jeri Lockwood.

“Leroy is four years old, and he’s by Extremely Hot Chips and out of A Diva By Moonlight,” Brian said. “This is the first futurity I’ve ever won. I was second a couple of weeks ago in the Maiden Futurity at A Sudden Impulse, but this is just amazing.

“This is just his second horses show, and I think this was an even better ride than our Maiden class. He’s just strong, never misses a beat and can jog a hole into the ground. He perks his ears up and shows. He loves to work. I think he’s the best horse I’ve ever gotten to show, and I’m so fortunate to work with him through Charles and Angie Cnnizzaro and his owner, Jeri.”
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Brian had a long wait to prepare for his moment to shine. “With him being entered in the A Sudden Impulse Futurity as a maiden horse, we did wait a long time to get to show,” Brian said. “He was really ready to go in Arizona, so we couldn’t wait to show him, but now we can continue to go and show. He will be showing in the Open Three Year Old classes and the Novice Horse classes for the rest of the year, and Jeri will be showing him in the Limited Non-Pro at the NSBA World Show too.

Others earning paychecks in the class included:
Reserve champions – Hey Look Ma I MadeIt, Gil Galyean for Corey Seebach and Candace Hall, $912
Third – Perfectly Southern, Jamie Dowdy for Gumz Farms Quarter Horses LLC, $608
Fourth – Oohlala Martini, Karen Hornick for Matthew Main, $304

The Madness will continue through Sunday, May 15. To view complete show results, please visit the Horse Show Tracker app or visit anequineproduction.com.