There was no doubt who knocked it out in the NSBA Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure at the Madness on Thursday – Katy Jo Zuidema and Knockin It Out stood at the front of the line under each of the cards of judges Andrea Simons, Sara Simons and Jon Barry. They earned $1,264.00 for the win.
Katy Jo showed the mare, known as Pipa, in the class of 13 horses. “She’s owned by the Fredericks, and she is by No Doubt Im Lazy and she is the last baby by the great mare Zippin The Breeze,” Katy Jo said.
“We started her last year and just brought her along slowly. She was a little bit of a challenge, and I think some of those horses like that end up being the best horses in the end. She was worth the wait. The Fredericks raised her and are so proud of her. They are great owners, and they’ve been in the business a long time. We love having them in our barn.”
Katy Jo talked about the mare, and showing in the three year old class. “This is really the first time I’ve had a three year old to show all year,” she said. “We usually show them as two year olds and sell them, so I haven’t got to show this class before. I’m really enjoying it.
“Pipa is all girl and she can be kind of sassy, but she’s worth it. I just try to keep her happy. She has such a natural, easy way of going, and nothing is forced with her. It’s so easy for her. I think for the judges, she’s pleasant to watch, and she’s the epitome of what a horse should do in this class.”
Katy Jo and Pipa have been accumulating wins over the past few months. The duo won the Kim Rich Memorial Western Pleasure at the Georgia On My Mind circuit in April, earning $3,811 for the Fredericks, and also took reserve in the Premier Sires Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure at March To The Arch, adding another $810 to the mare’s earnings. Stephanie Armellini also piloted Pipa to reserve in the Premier Sires Three Year Old Limited Horse Limited Rider Western Pleasure at March To The Arch, earning another $6,250.
“She’s a very good jogger and a very good loper. Usually a horse has one good gait or looks better one way than the other – but she has no holes,” Katy Jo said.
Pipa will campaign in Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure as well as Novice Horse classes this year.
Rounding out the top ten placings in the Open Three Year Old Western Pleasure at the Madness were:
2nd – Whatgosaround, Andy Cochran for Capitol Quarter Horses, $869.00
3rd – Vital Lines Are Red, Rusty Green for Vincent Arnona, $750.50
4th – Hez Rainey Made, Gil Galyean for Richard and Betty Jo Carr, $395.00
5th – Whoose On First, Jay Starnes for Nettie Olsen, $355.50
6th – Chattanooga Lucy, Becky Schooler for Alicia Ritsema, $316.00
7th – Lopin For Green, Angie Cannizzaro for Dwain and Mary Jo Gold
8th – Truth And Alibi, Tate Oakley for Wildkat Quarter Horses
9th – DarkSyde OfTheMoon, Drew DeBuhrn for Brooke Granzow
10th – Ona Moonlite Bay, Wade Black for Cheryl Mullikin
Whatgosaround and Andy Cochran placed second.
Vital Lines Are Red and Rusty Green earned third.
Hez Rainey Made and Gil Galyean were named fourth.
Whoose On First and Jay Starnes took fifth place.
The Madness continues with Showmanship, Halter, Ranch Riding, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation as well as the Equine Chronicle Novice Horse Slot Class and the Open Green/Novice Horse Hunter Under Saddle on Friday. The show continues through Sunday. To see the show schedule, please visit www.anequineproduction.com, or download the Horse Show Track App to view scores and results..