SOQHA Madness Described as a Mini Congress
Contributors: Jordan Melegari; OQHA Staff
The Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (SOQHA) held the “Madness”, hosted by Mark Harrell Horse Shows, at Roberts Arena in Wilmington, Ohio on April 6-10, 2016.With its record breaking status, the SOQHA Madness is being described as a “mini Congress”. Over 9,200 AQHA entries were documented out of 12,600 total entries for the show while individual class entries averaged over 50 exhibitors. Named as an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Top Ten Show, SOQHA exceeded expectations paying over $150,000 in cash, prizes, and food to attending exhibitors.
Despite the unpredictable spring weather, the event swarmed with friendly faces that inspired a connected community atmosphere. Exhibitors traveled from across the country to vie for qualifying AQHA points from seven judges.
In conjunction with the show, a live auction was held for Allie Paul, daughter of SOQHA President, Judd Paul. Items included: Garth Brooks concert tickets, two free Eric Mendrysa ad designs, All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) package including a car pass, two PBR tickets, two Freestyle Reining tickets, and a free stall, among other donations. OQHA member, Shane Watson auctioned while reigning OQHA Queen, Molli Jacobs, and AAQHC Queen Lauren Harrington presented the items.
Trade vendors including Ohio owned and operated, Just Peachy, Kathy Williams Tail Extensions, and Rod’s Western Wear were arena side. Live stream and video was presented by I- Equine while Jeff Kirkbride Photography remained the official photographer.
All results and placings can be found on the Mark Harrell Horse Shows website at http://www.markharrellhorseshows.com/calendar.html.