The 2018 Madness AQHA circuit, hosted by the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association, saw huge numbers during its run May 15-20 at the World Equestrian Center in WIlmington, Ohio

“Our show is up this year,” noted SOQHA President Judd Paul. “We put up an additional tent, which put us at 950 stalls this year, up 50 from last year. This show lives up to its name, but it is running very smoothly."

Co-Champions Named in Three Year Old and Older Maiden Slot Class

Aaron Moses and Katy Jo Zuidema tied to win the Madness Three Year Old and Older Maiden Horse Western Pleasure.

Aaron showed Moonrageous for Starland Ranch LLC, while Katy Jo showed Hitt The Jackpot for Candace Edgerton. The two each received $11,250, with Aaron winning the awards on the tiebreaker. Katy Jo won an additional $2,000 in the Harris Challenge.

“We held him back because he wasn’t quite ready to show as a two year old,” Aaron noted of his gelding, known as Spider. “He’s a really great mover, and he has a ton of stay. You basically have to push him along. We plan to show in the Novice classes this year and toward the end of the year, Anne (Miller) will be showing him.” The gelding is by Only In The Moonlight.

The maiden class is always a bit of unknown, Aaron said. “He had been doing really good here, but when you show this class, you really never know. I really like it though, it’s sort of an adrenaline rush!”.

For Katy Jo, the gelding brought together a dear family friend and a long-time client. “Carl Yamber raised this one, and sold him, but then my dad and Carl bought him back in a partnership,” she said. “One of my long-time clients in Michigan, Candy Edgerton, had went to college and came to Congress looking for a horse, so they sold him to her.”

Hitt The Jackpot is by Good Hotrod, a stallion owned by Carl Yamber that is a full brother to Good I Will Be. “We call him Snort because he snorts all the time whether he’s scared or not. He has so much personality. He’s so wicked behind, and also jogs great. We’re really excited about his future because he’s going to make a great All Around horse for Candy.”

The Intermediate division saw Denton DeBuhr and Moonlite Blazing earning the top spot and $1,000 for Joanie Zelnio, with Danny Desamond and No Doubt Im Shy winning the reserve title and $500 for Amey Bohner.

Theresa Wills piloted An Absolute Martini to win the Limited division for John McNicol, earning $1,000 with Alan Fisher and He Only Dates Models, showing for his wife Shannon, taking the reserve award and $500.

The remaining overall placings in the class were:
Third/fourth tie – The Aftermath, Gil Galyean for Gil and Becky Galyean, $4,250
Third/fourth tie – Bleu Ivy, Rusty Green for Cathrin Gutmann, $4,250
Fifth – Moonstruckk, Angie Cannizzaro for Kent Ray Taylor, $3,000
Sixth – Dew Not Touch, Andy Cochran for Troy Oakley, $2,500
Seventh – Moonlight Blazing, Denton DeBuhr for Joanie Zelnio, $2,000
Eighth – Only On A Sundi, Randy Wilson for Byron Parsons, $1,500

Kristen Galyean and VS First Lady Unanimous Three Year Old Non-Pro Champions

There was no doubt who became the champion in the Madness $1,500 Added Three Year Old Non-Pro Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure as Kristen Galyean and VS The First Lady took the top spot on all judge’s cards. They earned $1,365.

“This is my first time getting to show her, and it makes me really proud,” Kristen said. “She hurt her foot last year at the Congress, so she didn’t get to go to the AQHA World Show and we had to give her some time off to let her foot grow, so we’re just bringing her back.”

The Congress Masters champion was back in championship form. “I really love her expression,” Kristen said. “She reminds me so much of Vital Signs Are good. She just hangs her neck out there and is such a floaty loper. She’s got a tiny little jog for her size. We’ve got big plans for her to hit all the major futurities in the three year old classes.”

Completing the class were:
Second – Sydnie Ochs, No Doubting Me, showing for Sue Sancken, $1,023.75
Third – Hillary Roberts, I Know Whats Best, for Capital Quarter Horses, $682.50
Fourth/Fifth tie – Clay Arrington, Get Radical In My RV, for Ronnie Kent, $170.63
Fourth/Fifth tie – Becky Galyean and The Aftermath, for Gil and Becky Galyean, $170.63


Sarah Carr Wins Super Sires Trail

Saturday started with the Western Pleasure Super Sires 4-5 Trail Slot Class. Sarah Carr showed Hunting For Faith to win the class and a $5,000 pay check for her parents, Matt and Mary Ann Carr.

“She’s been doing Trail for about a year, so she’s still pretty green,” Sarah said. “We’re doing the All Around classes, including Showmanship, Trail, Horsemanship, Western Riding and Hunt Seat Equitation.” The mare, known as Dorothy, is by Extremely Hot Chips.

“They were the reserve champions in the 2016 Western Pleasure Super Sires Three Year Old Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure, and now to win this is great. The Super Sires has been a great program for us,” noted Mary Ann Carr.

The reserve award went to Always In The Chips and Shayla Shipley, showing for Galloping B Ranch, earning $1,500.

A team of veterans won the $1,500 Added NSBA Senior Trail when Tommy Sheets took Ima Tuff Bar Passer to the win for Caroline Fredenburg. “He’s 18 years old now,” Tommy said. “He has the most career points for any horse ever in Trail.”

Jennifer Paul showed Cruize to the reserve award for Sam Mierzejerski, earning $787.50.


Jacob Hartman and Ima Blazing Hot Chip Win $2,500 Limited Western Pleasure

Showing his mother’s horse, Jacob Hartman and Ima Blazing Hot Chip won the NSBA $1,500 Added $2,500 Limited Horse $2,500 Limited Rider Western Pleasure. They won $870.

By Blazing Hot and out of Chip Appeal, the four year old gelding named Harvey was a repeat purchase of the bloodlines. “We bought him from Jay and Kristy Starnes. We had owned his five year old brother and really liked him, so we went back and got this one about a year and a half ago,” said Tanya Hartman. “This is just his second horse show, and his first big win. He was sixth in the Hylton Maiden a few weeks ago.”

“He’s got a lot of personality, and he can be a challenge to ride,” Jacob noted. “But he tries so hard. He was really solid today, steady and really consistent throughout the class, and he’s very correct.”

Rounding out the class were:
Second – Wambam Thank You Mam and Lauren Martin for Robin Ochs Beall, $652.50
Third – Mr Freeze and Samantha Schinness for Looney Quarter Horses, $435
Fourth – I Am Ur Huckleberry, Rande Pittman for Rande and Jackson Perry Pittman, $217.50

Dawn Baker and Without Permission Win Three Year Old Hunter Under Saddle

A successful partnership from the past has paired up once again, resulting in a win in the Three Year Old Hunter Under Saddle when Dawn Baker rode Without Permission to the win for owner Joanne Taylor.

The gelding known as Noah is by The Ultimate Fancy and is double registered. “We got him as a late yearling coming two,” said Joanne Taylor. “I just loved everything about him from his legs, to his size to his look.”

The Madness was the gelding’s second horse show. “I showed him in the Masters at the Congress last year and then we came here,” Dawn said. “We like and dislike his personality at the same time. He stays focused really well when you ride him, but he’s into everything when you’re on the ground. We’re excited to show him in the Three Year Old classes this year.”

Other placings in the class included:
Second – Only After You and Katie Buff, $412.50
Third – Kruzin In Style, Heidi Piper for Jenny Conny, $275
Fourth – Tails Never Fail, Darla Lee for Jessica Alleman, $137.50

Reams, Barnes and Zuidema Win Novice Horse Awards

The Madness Three Year Old and Older Novice Horse Western Pleasure saw 25 horses show, and Open, Intermediate and Limited riders awarded. After two splits and a final, The Dark Impulse and Steve Reams took the top spot, earning $15,000 for new owner Joanie Zelnio.

“She was just great,” Steve said of the black mare by RL Best Of Sudden. “She was running out of gas during the second go, but she kept trying. I felt that her first go was even better than she was at the Hylton Maiden. We just love her.”

Steve and the mare known as Joy won the Hylton Maiden class last month for owner Susan Simms, and recently sold the mare to Joanie Zelnio. “Joanie takes possession of her tonight, and she is going into Gil Galyean’s program. We are so excited to see her go to such a great home.”

The reserve champion in the class was also the Limited division champion, Chase Barnes and Struttinwithmybootson, showing for owner Dennis and Kate Reifsnyder, earned the Limited division for $1,000 and reserve overall in the class for $7,500.

Earning the reserve Limited award and $500 was Ima Blazing Hot Chip, shown by Jacob Hartman for Tanya Hartman..

Jamie Zuidema and Gettin My Sundis On, showing for John Zuidema Jr, won the Intermediate division and $1,000.

Saul Sliss and Dont Doubt Im Hot, showing for Doug and Debra Wetherell, earned the reserve Intermediate rider award and $500.

Rounding out the overall placings in the class were third – I Know Whats Best and Andy Cochran for Capital Quarter Horses, $5,000; fourth – Million To 1 and Jay Starnes, for Nettie Olsen, $3,500; fifth – Florida Georgia Line and Rusty Green for Ruth Rowe, $3,000; tied for sixth – Ima Blazing Hot Chip and Jacob Hartman for Tanya Hartman and Keeping Vitals Good and Randy Wilson, for Whitney Wilson, $2,250 each; and eighth – The Production Line and Angie Cannizzaro, for Dwain and Mary Jo Gold, $1,500.

Katie Green and KM Flat Out The Best Bested Three Year Olds

A recent addition to Team Green won the bronze and $740 when Katie Green piloted KM Flat Out The Best to win the NSBA $2,000 Added Three Year Old Open Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure for owner Susan Johns.

“We have only had her for three weeks,” Katie said. “I followed her all last year and just fell in love with her. We are so lucky to have her in our barn. Susan bought her basically sight unseen from a video, and she hasn’t met her yet.

“This is my first time to get to show her. She’s really special. She is so strong and big and pretty, and everything is so effortless for her. I wanted to take her off the rail and show her off a bit. She’s very sweet, and probably the laziest horse we’ve ever had. You just have to keep her going, because she does it all so effortlessly.”

Other placings in the Open Three Year Old Western Pleasure were: second – VS First Lady, Aaron Moses for Kristen Glover Galyean, $555; third – No Doubting Me, Brian Baker for Sue Sancken, $370; tied for fourth – Mr Zippo Good Bar, Drew DeBuhr for John Narmont and Makin Me Willy Wild, Kenny Lakins for Debbi Trubee, $92.50.

Dawn Baker and Just Krusin Cruise to Green Win

In the $1,000 Added Green Hunter Under Saddle, Dawn Baker showed Just Kruisin to the win for Jennifer Bennett, earning $220 for the win.

“We call her Cinderella,” Dawn said of the mare who by The Krymsun Kruzer. “She’s just a three year old, so she’s very green. I showed her for the first time in Florida, and this is her second show. I just love her personality and attitude. For this being her second show and her being so young, she is just taking everything really well.”

Rounding out the placings were Rolling In Hot and Jamie Murrow, showing for Melissa Tankersly, earning second and $165, and Only N Blu For U and Amanda Gately, showing for Ryan Cottingim, placing third and earning $110.

Angie Cannazzaro and The Production Line Win $10,000 Limited Horse Pleasure

With a first, a second and a third among judges Elizabeth Baker, Buddy Fisher and Kim Myers, Angie Cannazzaro and The Production Line won the top spot in the $2,000 Added NSBA Maturity $10,000 Limited Horse Western Pleasure. They earned $1,280 for owners Dwain and Mary Jo Gold.

“We bought him from Bret and Candy Parrish last April,” Angie said. “He was started slow, and we brought him along and showed him to win at the Riders Cup and March To The Arch. He’s doing well this year, and we’re excited for his future. Mary Jo is going to start showing him the Non-Pro as well.”

The four year old gelding known as Sammy, by Machine Made, is 16.1. “He was held back because he really needed to grow, and even last year physically as well as mentally he needed more time. Having this Limited Maturity class is so great for our industry. It’s a great opportunity for a four year old like him to go on and compete, because he’s just not as seasoned as some of the futurity horses that he would show against in the Junior Western Pleasure. This class gives trainers a chance to bring more horses and also takes the pressure off to show them early.”

Placing second was Unanimously Too Col and Jay Starnes, showing for Cheyenne Augsburger, earning $960, and third was Makers Markie and Ty Hornick, showing for Jack Creditt, earning $640. Ashley Lakins and Cool Aidy took fourth for owner Jennifer Bennett, and won $320.

Lazyboy Wins Slot Trail Class

Jennifer Paul showed two horses to the top two spots in the NSBA Four Year Old and Older Trail Slot Class. She showed Lazyboy to win both the overall and Junior Horse awards for owners Sam and Jolene Mierzejewski, and One Hot Potential for Emma Brown to the second place overall finish.

“Today’s course had a couple of difficult parts to it,” Jennifer said. “The first trot and the last obstacle made you have to think about how you would maneuver through them. We had a really good group of horses in the class too.”

Paul and the Mierzejewskis purchase Lazyboy last summer as a three year old. “He’s really locking in now, and getting a lot more solid on the course,” Jennifer said. “Jolene has been showing him in Western Pleasure, and she may be adding Trail later. We’ve started to work on a lead change a little bit with him.”

A second NSBA Trail class saw the scores for the AQHA Junior Green Trail and AQHA Senior Green Trail horses tallied for an overall result for those that were eligible for the $1,000 NSBA All Age Green Trail. Carly Veldman Parks piloted Check Required to win with a score of 232.50, earning a check for $790 for owner Cynthia Figueroa. There was a three-way tie for second place among Valerie Kearns and This Midnight Cowboy, Michael Colvin and Unequaled Invitation, and Brent Maxwell and Hil Have A Taco, with each earning $395


Houston Huff and KM Cheerstothebest Win Limited Open Three Year Old Western Pleasure

In a field of 11 Limited Open riders, Houston Huff showed KM Cheerstothebest to win the top spot and a check for $730 for Masterson Farms LLC.

The three year old gelding was raised at Masterson Farms. “He’s always been special, and Houston has done a great job preparing him,” said Ken Masterson. “We feel fortunate to have him with us.”

Know as Deandre, the gelding saw just two horse shows as a two year old last year, and the Madness was his second show of 2018. “We showed him in the Junior Western Pleasure in Arizona,” Houston said. “He just does everything well. He’s very smooth and natural, and he’s just pretty.” He’s a really fun horse to show.”

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