Weakly, Black and Lakins Lead ‘Super Saturday’ Congress Champions
With a busy day that included everything from pancakes to Youth classes, the Congress Super Sale and futurity finals, “Super Saturday” had something for everyone at the 2014 Congress.
The day began with “all you can eat” pancakes hosted by the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association and was soon followed with Youth Showmanship and Amateur Mare halter classes.
Three Congress and NSBA futurity champions were named during the day. In the Non-Pro Western Pleasure Maturity, Caught Me Looking earned her second Congress championship in two days, this time with her owner Kaleena Weakly in the saddle. (They are pictured below)
“She was so good, it was really the dream ride,” Weakly said. “We weren’t sure how to prepare for this class after showing last night. I wasn’t feeling well, so we just rode last night, and I really just walked her around and tried not to overdo it. She can be a little fresh, but she rode great.”
The mare, known as Maria, seems to be learning to handle the victory celebration. “Sometimes the crowd bothers her in the line-up, but she’s always good on the rail,” Weakly said. “Today, she didn’t seem to mind the applause.”
Justa Machine and Wade Black won the Limited division of the Two Year Old Western Pleasure Stakes for owner Cheryl Mullikin. It was a return to the show ring for Mullikin, who was a Congress champion in 2009 with Extremely Hot Chips.
“I bought him back in April,” Mullikin said. “One look, and I saw how wicked legged he was and had to have him. He’s so fluid in his legs, and it’s so effortless for him.” The bay gelding is by Machine Made.
The win was the first Congress championship for Wade Black, who earned two firsts and a reserve on three of the judges’ cards. Taking reserve champion honors was Aaron Moses and Hez Lopin Lazy for owner William Cox.
NSBA World Show Yearling Sale Graduate Simply Ziprageous placed third in class with Tate Oakley riding, adding another $1,409.76 to the bay mare’s earnings for owner Danny Desmond.
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