Big money was up for grabs in Springfield, Ohio, April 30–May 1 at the Buckeye Extravaganza, where Paints competed for big payouts in the Limited Series division of the Premier Paint Sires program. Premier Paint Sires was created to provide additional incentives for breeders to continue producing foals by Paint stallions. Since its inception in 2014, the program has blossomed into an elite futurity.
Colten Andrews piloted Hesa Good Ride to win the 3-Year-Old Limited Horse Limited Rider Western Pleasure, taking home thefirst of three $10,000 prize checks in the PPS Limited Series for owner Tracey Hoffman of Owosso, Michigan. Hesa Good Ride is a 2013 chestnut overo gelding by Hesa Special Hotrod and out of Vested Pine Vicky; he was bred by Sara Phillips of Bancroft, Michigan. Tracey has known “Cruz” since birth and has enjoyed watching him become the polished show horse he is today.
“I keep my horses in Michigan at Lexi Heney’s farm, who owns Hesa Special Hotrod, so I actually saw Cruz when he was born,” Tracey said. “I remember when he was out in the paddock with his mom how strong he looked and thinking that he was built to be a Western pleasure horse. It’s been so rewarding to see the whole process.”
In late 2015, Tracey sent Cruz to Jeffrey Gibbs for training, and together Jeffrey and Colten Andrews of Andrews Show Horses have worked to prepare Cruz for this event.
“When I got this horse, Colten was one of the first ones I had in mind to show in the Limited. He’s a really talented young guy who does a really good job,” Jeffrey said. “Colten’s been coming here two or three times a week for the last month riding Cruz making sure he felt ready. We’re really blessed with good customers who have faith in us to get a good horse around the pen.”
Elizabeth “Spike” Brewer of Wilson, North Carolina, and Good At It were victorious in the PPS All Age Limited Horse Open Rider Hunter Under Saddle, which netted them a payout of $1,500. “McGee,” a 2012 sorrel overo gelding by CR Good Machine and out of Zippo Atta Rodder (QH), was bred by Deborah Powers of Westminster, Pennsylvania. Spike and her husband, Jody, have done all the training on McGee, which makes the win extra special.
“I basically stole my husband’s horse,” Spike said with a laugh. “My husband’s actually done all the riding on McGee. He is a home-trained family horse deluxe. As soon as he came out of the Western pleasure, we literally untacked him and my mom started braiding him. It was kind of crazy, but it was fun.”
Added-money classes were also offered throughout the weekend. Congratulations to the following Paints and their connections:
PPS Novice Non-Pro Showmanship & Novice Non-Pro Horsemanship: U Cant Stop My Shine, a 2011 sorrel overo gelding by Scenic Rio Krymsun and out of Cee Good Things (QH), owned and shown by Lindsay Bixler of Palmyra, Pennsylvania
PPS Novice Non-Pro Hunt-Seat Equitation: Howie Dance, a 2013 sorrel tobiano gelding by Invited To The Dance and out of Barred Secrets (QH), leased and shown by Danielle Tester of Holly, Michigan
PPS Non-Pro Hunt-Seat Equitation: Spy Machine, a 2013 sorrel overo gelding by CR Good Machine and out of Invite Christy, owned and shown by Lisa Zabski
PPS Non-Pro Horsemanship: Only Good Times, a 2010 bay roan overo gelding by By Appointment Only and out of Miss Good N Honey, owned and shown by Carla Perri of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
PPS Non-Pro Showmanship (Tie): Recess Appointment, a 2012 bay tobiano gelding by By Appointment Only and out of Glendale Farms Maria, owned and shown by Alison Umberger of Broad Run, Virginia; and Only Good Times, owned and shown by Carla Perri
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