Oregon Summer Classic: June 27

Lemonmade continues his winning streak, this time in the Summer Classic 3-year-old open western pleasure futurity for owners Candice Hall and Cory Seebach.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kristy McCann shows Lemonmade to the 3-year-old open western pleasure futurity championship at the 2015 Oregon Summer Classic. Lemonmade's creative name was the genius of Kristy's husband, Dean McCann. (Credit: Journal)

The futurity series at the 2015 Oregon Quarter Horse Association Summer Classic wrapped up June 27, and in the last class of the night, it was Lemonmade who claimed the 3-year-old open western pleasure futurity championship.

Lemonmade remains undefeated in futurity action, and he was ridden to the open title by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kristy McCann for owners Cory Seebach and Candice Hall of Black Creek, British Columbia. On Wednesday, Lemonmade won the Summer Classic 3-year-old non-pro western pleasure futurity with Candice, and his previous futurity wins came at the 2015 Washington State Quarter Horse Association Trophy Circuit in May (non-pro and open), plus the 2014 Oregon Summer Classic (non-pro and open) and 2014 WSQHA Northwest Emerald (non-pro).

By Machine Made and out of Zip N Therapy by Therapy, Lemonmade is an eye-catching, 2012 palomino gelding. Bred by Bret and Candy Parrish of Pavo, Georgia, Kristy says she, Candice and Cory discovered Lemonmade two years ago when he was in training as a yearling longeline contender. Candice and Cory also owned his sire, Machine Made, and were on the hunt for outstanding offspring by the young sire. Lemonmade fit that bill.

“He’s great-minded and he has a great look and presence,” Kristy says of Lemonmade, noting that he has an exceptional jog, and because of his unique color, he certainly has a knack for attracting the judges’ attention.  

Cory and Candice were not in Central Point, Oregon, to see Lemonmade shine Saturday night; they had jetsetted shortly after their win Wednesday in the non-pro to make it to the Tom Powers Futurity in Berrien Springs, Michigan. There, Candice piloted another Machine Made offspring, Made By J (out of Dark Jasmine by Just Wait Until Dark), to the reserve intermediate non-pro championship Friday. AQHA Professional Horseman Gil Galyean also showed Made By J to the 3-year-old $2,500 limited horse at the Tom Powers.

“Machine Made offspring have won quite a bit at the Tom Powers Futurity this year,” Kristy noted. She said some of the winners included, “Courtney Chown and Chum Machine, who won the intermediate non-pro as well as reserves in 3-year-old non-pro and 3-year-old limited open. Lemonmade’s full brother, Justa Machine, won the 3-year-old intermediate open with Wade Black for owner Cheryl Mullikin, and Adam Mathis and Sleep Machine won the 3-year-old limited open and novice horse/novice rider for owners Bill and Cathy Cox.”

As for Lemonmade, Kristy says their team’s focus over the past two years has been western pleasure futurities, although Lemonmade has already been testing out lead changes. But once he gets home from the Summer Classic, Lemonmade will start getting serious about adding western riding to his repertoire.

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following futurity winners from Saturday night at the Oregon Summer Classic:

Non-Pro Western Pleasure Maturity
One Good Sister, a 2009 red roan mare (Zippos Mr Good Bar-Sister Serena by The Master Flash), owned and shown by Thomas Lukenbill of Chino Hills, California

2-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure Maturity
Ona Good Kiss, a 2013 red roan mare (VS Code Blue-Ona Good Impulse by Impulsions), owned by Susan Johns of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Christopher Holbin of Scottsdale, Arizona

Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle Classic (4-&-Under)
Embrace The Dream, a 2011 bay gelding (Invitation Only-Dreamin On Impulse by Hot Impulse), owned and shown by Shannon Brown-Korkowski of Cameron Park, California.

3-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity
Lemonmade, a 2012 palomino gelding (Machine Made-Zip N Therapy by Therapy), owned by Cory Seebach and Candice Hall of Black Creek, British Columbia, and shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kristy McCann of Graham, Washington

Journal Coverage From the Oregon Summer Classic

  • June 28 – See who claimed high-point, all-around, shootout and sweepstakes wins at the 2015 Oregon Summer Classic in Central Point.
  • June 27 – Lemonmade continues his winning streak, this time in the Summer Classic 3-year-old open western pleasure futurity for owners Candice Hall and Cory Seebach.
  • June 26 – The Youth Champion of Champions and Trainer Showmanship classes kept spectactors entertained Thursday night.
  • June 25 – From cow horse to western pleasure, ranch riding to horsemanship, roping to trail, the versatility of the American Quarter Horse was on display Thursday in Central Point.
  • June 24 – View results and look through Journal photos from Wednesday's futurities in Central Point.