Jennifer Paul continued her lock on the Madness Trail slot classes. Last year, she won the class with Lazyboy, and this year she showed the top two horses in the class to the highest scores, with just a half point separating her two mounts.

Some Hot Potential Shows Up To Potential

Jennifer showed Some Hot Potential, or Brett, to the win for Emma Brown, scoring 237 and earning $5,000 for the win. The gelding has been in Paul’s barn for a few years.

“We got him when he was three years old, and he’s 11 now, so we’ve had him in the barn for about eight years,” Jennifer said. By Invest In A Hot Star, the gelding is also Emma Brown’s All Around horse, and has been an NSBA World and Congress champion.

“He had great cadence on the lope overs, and I think that he just flowed through the pattern,” Jennifer said. She noted that the team’s plans for Brett this year will focus on larger shows and the AQHA Amateur World Show. “This will be Emma’s first year to compete at the Amateur World Show after moving out of youth, and she’s already qualified (for the World Show),” Jennifer said. “Other than that, we don’t have many big plans other than to show at the major shows.”

Jennifer also showed Cruize to the second place finish, earning just a half point less than her winning run. Cruize is owned by Stephanie Janis. She admitted that it’s tough to cheer for a favorite when showing multiple horses. “They are both very talented horses, and you just have to be happy for the one who does the best job on that particular day,” she said.

Jennifer ably did a quick change from horse to horse (without stepping to the ground) to show multiple horses in the class. “I think I started doing it at this show last year,” Jennifer said with a laugh. “It’s not something I do with young horses, but since I had two Senior horses, I was able to do it today.” Her technique involves having the horses facing in different directions and turning 180 degrees to place her foot in the stirrup and mount the second horse.

She enjoys the challenge of Trail as well as the ability to earn futurity money. “I think what I like most about Trail is that it’s always a different pattern every time, so you always have something to look forward to,” Jennifer said.

“Having the ability to earn money in the Trail classes is great, and I’m glad to see more shows offering these classes. I love being able to earn NSBA money, and it’s a great place for horses to go and show, after their futurity rail careers or even if they didn’t show as futurity horses.”

Whata Moonlite Ride Has The Highest Junior Horse Ride

Jason Gilliam showed What Moonlite Ride to the highest placing Junior horse award in the class as well as fourth place overall. They earned $1,500 for the highest Junior horse award as well as $1,250 for fourth overall.

Brooke Granzow was excited to see her horse win the paychecks. “Denton DeBuhr and I showed him last year in the Intermediate Open and Non-Pro Three Year Old Western Pleasure classes and did pretty well,” Brooke said.

"He just started doing Trail with Jason at the first of this year, and I told Jason to just take his time with him. He’s going to eventually become my All Around Western horse to show in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Trail. Drew DeBuhr helps me a lot, and we looked at him and bought him at the Congress during his two year old year, because he looked like he could do the All Around events.”

The four year old gelding, known as Bob, has shown a talent for Trail. “He won the Green/Level 1 Trail the other day unanimously, and was top five in the Level 2 in the Junior Trail,” Brooke said.

Like Jennifer, Brooke welcomes the futurity classes for Trail horses. “It’s amazing to be able to earn futurity money in Trail,” she said. “The highest placing Junior horse award is really the reason we entered the Slot class today. Jason had asked me if I wanted to enter it, because the poles are higher and it would mean showing against older horses. I told him that we’re already here, so we should enter. The Junior horse award was certainly worth it.”

Carli Parks showed She Had Me At Hello for Michael Vargo to the second highest Junior Horse award, earning $1,000. The duo also placed fifth overall, earning $750.

Jennifer Paul and Cruize, reserve champions .

Chad Evans and UF A Certain Star, placing third.

Carli Parks and She Had Me At Hello, placing fifth.

Complete results for the Madness Four Year and Older Slot Class were:

1st – Some Hot Potential, Jennifer Paul for Emma Brown, $5,000
2nd – Cruize, Jennifer Paul for Stephanie Janis, $2,500
3rd – UF A Certain Star, Chad Evans for Gayle Scharf, $1,750
4th – Whata Moonlite Ride, Jason Gilliam for Brooke Granzow, $1,250, plus $1,000 as highest placing Junior horse
5th – She Had Me At Hello, Carli Parks for Michael Vargo, $750
6/7 tie – My Vital Valentine, Chad Evans for June Liston, $250
6/7 tie – Whose Your Bay Bae, Chad Evans for Kelly Birkenholtz, $250

The Madness continues today with Trail and Western Riding classes at the World Equestrian Center, and the show runs through Sunday, May 19. To see the show schedule, please visit, or download the Horse Show Track App to view scores and results.