Headed home to Ohio this weekend for a short trip to the Southern Ohio Madness! I have never been to the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington and it was incredible. I got lost several times (lol!) and made the long trek to the Harris Leather & Silver hauler only once at this show! It was good to see Dr. Scott Meyers of Ohio Quarter Horse, along with several others I hadn’t seen in a long time!
This was also another weekend I got to spend with Kelsey Dorka, the 2017 Ohio Quarter Horse Queen. She’s turned into an excellent friend and I Iook forward to sharing a room with her after so many trips alone.
I also got to see and spend time with another queen: the 2017 Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Queen, Mindy Barr. She is incredibly well spoken for her young age and I was really impressed by her confidence and poise around the show. She will be another one to watch this coming October!
The Madness show was a total success with tons of entries, huge classes, and incredible All Around prizes given away. One of the highlighted events of the weekend was The Equine Chronicle Novice Horse Western Pleasure class that saw Aaron Moses ride It’s A Pretty Thing to a $15,000 payday for owner, Amy Gumz…. Buuuut that wasn’t the only big money class of the weekend, The Maiden Horse 3-year-old and Over Western Pleasure class saw another $15,000 check won by Dave Archer riding The Silver Foxx for owner Eric Mendrysa.
We presented awards and gave away all our big checks with Gordon from the Equine Chronicle, and while walking around to the vendors we all got to me the famous Trent from Greeley Hat Works! He was just here for the first couple days in the Rods booth. Typically, he works with the Rodeo Queens but he gave me a custom hat and fitted all our heads with his hat shaper tool. Guess which one is my head…. The tiny misshapen one of course! Hahaha! I can’t wait to get my gorgeous hat and possibly one that I can wear all day without taking off! (who knew?!)
Thank you, Judd Paul, for inviting me to the show and thank you Mindy Barr for sharing your queen spotlight with me!
In February 2019, Sarah Beth Felker was crowned the years SCQHA Queen, and she grew up with a love of showing Quarter Horses. Sarah Beth currently attends St. Andrews University working towards a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Equine studies, and she competes on her school’s IHSA Western and Hunt Seat teams. In her free time, Sarah Beth volunteers at the Ride Like a Knight therapeutic riding facility at her school where she assists children with developmental and physical disabilities through equine related activities and therapies.