SOQHA The Madness show concludes
By: Natalie Hilty
And the Madness is a wrap! A big shoutout goes out to the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association for their dedication and commitment to making the 2018 Madness horse show one to remember. The Madness is a top ten horse show in the nation that is thrown every May, bringing in exhibitors from all over the country. This year, the SOQHA hosted many exhibitors at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.
Below are your two questions for several youth exhibitors here at The Madness followed by their responses.
1. What is your favorite horse show clothing brand?
Emily Ambrose - My showmanship jacket is by Stella Show Clothing and I absolutely love it. It is so comfortable, relatively lightweight, and has a stunning design. I highly recommend Stella Show Clothing!
Aviana Nemeth - Kimes Ranch jeans are my favorite type of horse show jeans because they are comfortable to ride in!
Kennedy Dorsey - My favorite horse show brand is Sarah Longworth Designs. She is very easy to work with, will make exactly what you want, and has a quick turn around!
Emma Brown - I love a lot of show clothing brands because bling is awesome and everyone wants to sparkle, but my favorites are Stella and Trudy!
Alexis Cook - DarDar8 Designs is my favorite show clothing brand. I love their horsemanship shirt designs. They are always stunning!
Millie Landon - I personally wear D Designs and Trudy. I absolutely love my D Design clothing. Tammy Dyer has my vest, horsemanship shirts, and a bolero for me and does an amazing job.
Jessica Copeland - I love Showtime Show Clothing. My showmanship jacket is my favorite jacket of all time and it was made by Showtime. Their designs and color combinations are always so unique and I think they really make you stick out in a good way.
2. What was your favorite part about the Madness this year? (i.e. friends, parties, showing, placings, specific events, etc.)
Emily Ambrose - The Madness is always one the most memorable shows of the year next to the Congress because I spend every minute showing and making memories with all my best friends. My favorite memory this year was when Gavin Patterson and I went to a Mexican restaurant at the start of the show. We put our straw wrappers & napkins in the empty chip basket & they brought out fresh chips. While we were eating, Gavin pulled out a straw wrapper & we realized they dumped the chips right on top of our trash. We were dying of laughter & couldn’t believe the workers did that.
Aviana Nemeth - My favorite part of The Madness was getting ready to show with my friends. I love getting our hair and make up done together. It was also fun winning my first 13 and under Pleasure class too!
Kennedy Dorsey - My favorite part about the Madness was hanging out with all of my friends. The weather was perfect and we also enjoyed riding outside!
Emma Brown - My favorite part of the Madness is the large class sizes and spending time with my friends! It is a very well run show that provides a lot for the exhibitors.
Alexis Cook - My favorite part of any show is always showing, but I had fun at The Madness watching the slot classes and enjoying the food that the SOQHA provided.
Millie Landon - The madness was so much fun this year. I got to spend quality time with my mom, Tara Landon, and a bunch of friends! Showing is fun, but it’s nice to go to a horse show, band a couple manes, and spend time with the ones I love who make me happy!
Jessica Copeland - My favorite moment at the madness this year was riding around on my trainers golf cart. It broke a couple times in the worst places/times and it was so funny watching us try to get ourselves out of those situations. Of course, I also loved showing and noticing all the improvement my horse has accomplished in the last few weeks!
The SOQHA awarded their high point winners for each division based on the exhibitors’ results from both The Challenge and The Madness combined. Each division high point was awarded through fifth place with first place receiving a Harris saddle. Also, SOQHA generously provided different foods throughout the show ranging from cheese and crackers to margaritas and Chipotle. Even with fun hats and necklaces commemorating the annual Preakness race this past Saturday, everything provided was a huge hit with every exhibitor!
We hope you’ve enjoyed the OQHA youth’s coverage of three consecutive horse shows in May at the World Equestrian Center. From the Nutrena Novice Championships East to The Challenge and finally to The Madness, it has certainly been a blast for both the OQHA youth and every exhibitor, winner, and show managers involved. Look for more articles like this on Ohio’s summer horse shows along with more interviews as well. Don’t forget to check out the OQHA website and Facebook page, too! Thank you to each exhibitor for showing at these shows because they wouldn’t be what they are without each and every one of you. Congratulations to everyone on a completed spring show season and good luck in the summer as more shows approach us!