First Day of the SOQHA Madness Show Sees Big Numbers


With trailers parked in every available spot, horses in all barns and two tents and go orders that were several pages long, the 2017 Madness AQHA and NSBA circuit has kicked off with huge numbers and stiff competition at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.

“We have had great weather to start the show, and being able to combine SOQHA’s Challenge show and the Madness have really attracted a lot of new faces to the show this year,” said Kathy Avolt, owner of Mark Harrell Horse Shows, which is managing the circuit. “SOQHA is also doing a great job of offering lots of parties and wonderful prizes for exhibitors.”


18485871_10158761202500381_527461429737152846_nTops in Trail

SOQHA President Judd Paul noted that the show saw more than 200 runs in Trail on its first day Wednesday. The show’s NSBA added money classes kicked off with the $1,000 Added Green Trail, which ran in conjunction with the AQHA Level 1 (Green) Trail.

Nick Mayabb guided VS Code Me Lucky to win the NSBA $1,000 Added Green Trail along with the bronze trophy for owners Mr. and Mrs. William Wilke, of East Dublin, Georgia. The four year old red roan mare known as Marla is by VS Code Red.

“We showed her in the Western Pleasure last year, and she was really good. She won the Novice Amateur Western Pleasure at the Congress last year. I’ve been showing Trail for a few shows now. I think this is her third or fourth show,” Nick said. “She’s really good at it. She’s really expressive and careful.”

Nick noted that Marla will be shown in Green Western Pleasure and Maturity classes at major shows including the NSBA and the Congress.


Travis Duit and ‘Grayson’ Three Year Old Limited Western Pleasure

18485724_10158762233950381_6361002130503623504_nWith a unanimous decision, Travis Duit and Platinum Dot Com earned the first place prize and the NSBA bronze in the $1,000 Added Three Year Old Limited Open Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure for owners Knapp Quarter Horses. The duo bested a pen of eight competitive mounts for the win.

It was a quick turn around for Travis. “We just pulled in to the World Equestrian Center at about midnight last night, and I rode him two times today for about fifteen minutes each and showed him,” Travis said. “He was really good and he listened well. He’s really a good show horse.”

The gray horse was the obvious favorite of the judges, and Travis had a few reasons he thought his horse was successful. “He’s a very strong horse, and I think that really shows when he goes along,” he said. “He has a beautiful stop line and presents such a pretty picture.”

After the Madness, Travis and Grayson will competed at the Tom Powers Triple Challenge, the Nebraska Quarter Horse Futurity and the NSBA World Championship Show.


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