Summer affiliate news
The Buckeye Reining
Series hosted their largest show to date with the
Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show, held May 25-28 at the
Champions Center in Springfield. The event drew exhibitors from near and far as each vied for the more than $80,000 in added money and prizes.
But the biggest draw for exhibitors was the second annual $50,000 added No Entry Fee Derby sponsored by Leonard Truck and Trailer, which also included both Open and Non Pro Novice Horse Derby divisions. The Open Derby boasted 101 entries in the draw as Shawn Flarida took home top honors in the Open L4 and Novice Horse Derby L4 aboard Luckie Moonstone with a score of 224. Bobby Avila Jr and CBK Spooks Got Cash scored a 222 to win the Open L2 and Novice Horse Derby L2 as well as the Buckeye Breeders Bonus for owners William and Corliss Kellogg, of Rogersville, Missouri. The Buckeye Breeders Bonus is a free breeding to one of the stallions in the program that is awarded to the highest placing mare in each of the Open and Non Pro Derbies.
The Non Pro Derby Sunday afternoon was just as exciting to watch and featured many impressive runs from the 77 entries in the Non Pro and Novice Horse Derby divisions. David McBurney of Palo, Iowa, piloted his Fancy Steppin Whiz to a score of 146.5 to win the Non Pro Derby L4, while David McGee, of King, North Caroline, took home the Novice Horse Non Pro Derby L4 championship aboard Knaughtybynature with a score of 146. Pickerington, Ohio native, Emmie Lacey captured the Non Pro Dery L2 title aboard her mare I Think I Can Can. The duo marked a 145 to also win the Buckeye Breeders Bonus in the Non Pro divisions. Alicia Rapp, of Tampa, Florida, and Green Smokin Jacket won the Novice Horse Derby Non Pro L2 with a score of 144.5.
While the No Entry Fee Derby was the highlight Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the entire show was a big hit for both exhibitors and spectators alike. AQHA Ranch Riding classes drew many entries which included a two-point Youth Ranch Riding class. Past Congress Champion Tinseltown Flash, owned by Beth Himes, and shown by Robin Schoeller marked a 75 to win the two-point AQHA and NRHA Open classes and past Congress Amateur Champion, Footwork Revolution with Katsy Leeman, scored a 74 to claim the AQHA and Non Pro class wins.
The AQHA Youth Reining classes grew in size yet again as each slate featured a four-point class. And with three slates of NRHA Youth Classes, even the Short Stirrup saw a surge in entries as young riders from Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio competed for the many prizes to pick from in the Youth Prize Closet as well as the Short Stirrup gift bags prepared and donated by Gary and Kerri Marsolais, of Ontario, Canada.
Outside the show arena there was plenty to see and do with vendors galore, exhibitor parties and dinners, bounce houses, youth movie night and cowboy church. The Buckeye Reining Series wants to thank all of the generous
sponsors, both big and small, that make these events possible.
Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association
Show season is in full swing for Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Our Spring Extravaganza and Novice Shows were sold out weeks before the show. Many new and old exhibitors joined us for large classes, random prize drawings, a pizza party and ice cream social. The All Around Level l Amateur and All Around Level 1 Youth at the Novice show were awarded saddles with the Small Fry All Around awarded a trophy. Level 1 Amateur was Sara Oler – KM Taylor Made Best, Level 1 Youth was Kyleigh Buhl – Lonesome At The Bar, and Small Fry was Addison Nalle-Icenhour – Lovin This Potential.
NOQHA also recently hosted the Summer 6 Pack Circuit. Stalls were once again sold out for weeks. With 2 Circuit awards in all classes, a pizza party, taco party, pig roast, random prize drawings, and much more, fun was had by all. The final show of the season for NOQHA is September 2-3, 2017 at Eaton Park in Sunbury, Ohio. We are predicting we will sell out of inside stalls and camping. Both may be reserved with advanced payment only - forms can be found at www.noqha.com. The show will include added-money futurity classes along with a split combined schedule, judges for the show are Garth Gooding, Mike Hoeppner, & Sara Simons.
Ohio Quarter Horse Racing Association
Summer is in the air and the sweet sound of the gate call is about to get underway for Ohio Quarter Horse Racing! Overnight races were held in June and nominations for the All American Congress Futurity and Maturity Stakes Races will be due August 1 with final payment to be made by September 1. The races will be at Belterra Park, Cincinnati, OH and finals will be Sunday, October 8. For additional info or nomination forms, contact: Tamie Grandstaff, firstname.lastname@example.org or (419)560-4215.
QHRA welcomes Alexis Ziemak as our 2017 OQHRA Queen. Alexis is from Wadsworth and will be representing our association in The All American Quarter Horse Congress Queens competition. As a young child Alexis spent time at Beulah Park with her granddad and was often in the “winners circle” photos. Her passion for the Quarter Horse grew from her time at the track and she became active in 4-H and local Quarter Horse shows. From age six Alexis was awed by the Queens Booth at the Congress and will now have her picture hanging among the other contestants in 2017. We wish Alexis all the best as she follows her childhood dream!
At the OQHRA May meeting, President Bill Baer presented officers and hardworking members with belt buckles in appreciation for their effort and contribution in working to keep quarter horse racing going in Ohio. Congrats to all!