Twice The Fun at 2017 Buckeye Classic Futurity Events


NSBA exhibitors in the futurity events at the 2017 Buckeye Classic, held at the World Equestrian Center July 18 in Wilmington, Ohio, saw impressive numbers at this year’s show. The Buckeye Classic is jointly hosted each year by the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association and Buckeye Western Horse Association.


“Our NSBA entries were double what they were last year,” noted Chris Cecil-Darnell, the show’s secretary. “We are having a very nice show.” The futurity events were held between the Little Buckeye AQHA and NSBA Dual-Approved circuit this past weekend, which featured free Youth entries, and the Buckeye Classic AQHA and NSBA Dual-Approved circuit, offering free Amateur entries, that takes place Wednesday through Sunday. The futurity classes were held in the World Equestrian Center's new impressive Santuary Arena.


MurrowwebBBaker2yowebNSBA Champions

The futurity day at the Buckeye Classic saw Limited divisions in each NSBA class except Green Trail, drawing several additional exhibitors and horses to the classes.

Two exhibitors earned the largest amount paid for the first place prizes. Jamie Murrow piloted Stick It Out to win the Limited division of the NSBA Two Year Old Limited Open Western Pleasure for Caroline Sophie McEntee, earning $493.06 for the win (shown at left). Brian Bake showed The Best Ryde to win the Open division of the class for Big Rock Farms LLC, winning $443.75, at right.

Brian won the first pleasure class of the day as well as the last one of the day, with two full siblings. He showed Invite Only The Best for Sue Sancken to win the Maturity Open Western Pleasure, winning $186.25. Tim Carr showed Envy My Goods for Jalyn McElmurray to win the Limited Open Western Pleasure Maturity, earning $152.52. The Open Western Pleasure Maturity was the largest class of the day, seeing 20 horses and riders compete for the win.


BrianBakerMatweb“I’ve been showing this mare since she was two, and she’s just always been a show horse,” Brian said. “She’s sweet to be around, and just easy – and that makes her fun to show. She will be going to the AQHYA Youth World Show next.”

Brian’s client Big Rock Farms LLC recently purchased The Best Ryde, the full sibling to Invite Only The Best. They are pictured at left. “They are both by RL Best Of Sudden and out of Invite Me Breeze,” Brian said. “What I love about this one are many of the same things I love about Kisses – he’s easy going, and naturally wants to carry himself. He makes it easy to train and show him.”



JPaulwebThe other highest dollar first place prize went to Jennifer Paul and Lazyboy, who showed for Jolene Mierzejewski, also earning $493.75 in Green Trail, shown at right. The class saw 14 exhibitors compete for the top prize.

“We just got him at the Big A last week,” Jennifer said of the three year old gelding. Lazyboy, who is known as William, is by Lazy Loper. “We just loved his movement, his personality, and he has such a soft way of going over the poles.”

The Tim Kimura-designed provided riders with some challenges. “The course had some really challenging parts, but it flowed really well,” Jennifer said. “It was fun to ride.”



KLakinsJrwebWestern Winners

Other champions in Western Pleasure futurity classes at the Buckeye Classic included Kenny Lakins Jr., who showed Looking Willy Good for Jamie Watson to win the Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure, winning $263.10, shown at left. Lauren Louw showed KM Geniunely Best for Gavin Patterson to win the Limited division of the class and $333.06, shown below at right.

“She’s grown up and matured a lot since last fall,” Kenny said of the multiple time 2016 Congress champion mare known as Holly. “She really just keeps getting better. She’s a very easy horse to prepare and show, and she’s doing great with Lacey (Watson) in Amateur Western Pleasure too. We’re qualified for the AQHA World in both Junior Western Pleasure and Amateur Western Pleasure.”LaurenLouwweb


Lauren Louw also referred to her mount, whose barn name is Benny, as easy.

“He’s so trainable, and he just seems to get better and better. The best part is he lets you help him get better,” she said. “Justin Horseley really helped me get him ready here, but we all trade off at Ty and Karen Hornick’s on our horses.”



KariCraftwebIn the Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Kari Craft showed the stallion she just purchased, Gone Viral, to earn first and $305.14 (shown at left). Kylee Wiseman and The Lazy Club won first and $228.86 in the Limited Non-Pro Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. They are pictured below at right. The Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure futurity class saw nine entries.

“It’s very exciting to get this first win with him,” Kari said of her ride. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had showing a horse. He was a very good boy.”



KyleewebKylee Wiseman enjoyed showing her three-year-old mare who is known as Dawn.

“That was a lot of fun,” she said. “Dawn is really light. You just barely touch her and sit back and show. She’s really starting to come together. I think the three year old year is really a fun year, because you get to watch them learn and change so much.”

Kari Craft would return to the winner’s circle in the Non-Pro Western Pleasure Maturity with her other show horse, James Deen Daydream, earning $173.27 for first in the class of 16.



ShawnJohnsonwebShawn Johnson piloted Lazy Holla Dayz to win the Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure Maturity, winning $157.09. They are shown at left.

“We had a really nice ride,” Shawn Johnson said of her mare, Stella. “She always takes care of me and consistently gives me a great ride every time I show her. I couldn’t ask for more.”




SunniDukewebHunter Champions

The Hunter pen saw several repeat champions throughout the day. Shesa Hot Selection would earn wins in the Maturity Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle with owner Sunni Duke, earning $333.06 and $222.04 respectively, and also in the Limited Open Maturity Hunter Under Saddle with Jamie Murrow in the irons for $277.22. Sunni and Shesa Hot Selection are shown at right.

All Around exhibitor Sunni Duke admitted she had a few nerves going into the class. “Put me in any pattern and I’m fine, but the futurity classes are just outside my comfort zone,” Sunni said. 

“Jason English told me to ‘pitch and pray,’ so I did. She’s easy to show, and that helps. I’ve only had her since the Madness, so we’re still getting to know each other.”



DBakerbetterwebIn the Open Hunter Under Saddle Maturity, Dawn Baker showed Al Fool Ya to the win for Haley Hartman, winning $311.88. They are pictured at left.

“He’s really one of a kind,” Dawn said of the gelding known as Remington. “He’s very laid back, but he knows he’s a show horse and he loves to show off. He’ll be really lazy all day, but when he goes in the show ring, he kicks it up a notch.”









Giumenti3yowebVeronicaShollwebNicole Giumenti and her show string also had a hot day in the futurity classes. Nicole showed Vinn Diesel to win the Three Year Old Limited Open Hunter Under Saddle for owner Veronica Sholl (at right), winning $193.96, and Veronica would return to sweep the Three Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle as well as the Three Year Old Limited Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle classes, earning $415.84 and $277.22 (pictured at left).

Nicole would also tie with Heidi Piper and BL Just Expect Blue, showing for Kyndall Bisel, to win the Three Year Old Open Hunter Under Saddle. Each earned $258.61.

“He is the most fun horse I’ve ever shown,” Nicole said of Vinn Diesel. “He is always good. He’s got a forever spot with me.”

Added Veronica: “Nicole has been on vacation for the last two weeks, so I’ve been riding him like I know Nicole would, trying to prepare him for this show. It’s been a lot of work, but he showed really well.”


Giumenti2yowebNicole also showed the winning Two Year Old Open and Limited Open Hunter Under Saddle horse, Maybe The One, for Mary McLaughlin, winning $415.84 and $277.22. They are pictured at left.

“My mom (Nanette Giumenti) raised him, and we call him King James, hoping that some of LeBron James’ luck will rub off on him,” Nicole said.

“He’s the best minded two year old ever. He only has about 90 days of riding. He’s doing great, and gets along with his Novice Amateur owner really well.”

The Buckeye Classic continues through Sunday, July 23, at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.