MAQHA Corporate Challenge: May 24

It's raining fun at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

LaDonna Schultze steers Abuzz About Leaguer through the trail course May 24 at the MAQHA Corporate Challenge. (Andrea Caudill photo) For more photos, scroll through the slideshow below.

The exhibitors at the MAQHA Corporate Challenge enjoyed almost unbelievably perfect weather the first few days, with sunshine and plentiful warmth. May 24, however, brought the rainclouds. While still warm, a light rain fell all day, with more promised for the final day of the show. Fortunately, there were plentiful covered arenas for the exhibitors.

A wide range of American Quarter Horse skills were on display during the day, from halter to over fences, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation, as well as pleasure driving, western riding and trail.

One of the riders enjoying the Tim Kimura trail pattern was LaDonna Schultze, who navigated the twists and turns aboard Abuzz About Leaguer, a homebred for LaDonna and her daughter, Amanda Fjerstad.

The 10-year-old “Buzz” represents a family affair for Schultze. The Kasson, Minnesota, resident showed early in life, but took a break to raise her family. Of her four children, only the girls showed, but they enjoyed showing together and are still enjoy sharing horses together.

The family owned and competed both of Buzz’s parents, sire The Zippo Leaguer and dam Zips Snazzy Leaguer. The Zippo Leaguer is a son of Zippo Pine Three and earned his open superior in western pleasure in 2004. Zips Snazzy Leaguer is also a point earner in western pleasure, and has now returned to being a show horse with a new family.

Buzz is a reliable mount, and cheerfully navigated the challenges they encountered in their trail classes.

“He has a great personality,” LaDonna said, adding that he does resemble both of his parents in temperament.

LaDonna said trail is her favorite class because of its variety and challenge.
    
“It’s something different every show, a different pattern that makes you think on your horse as obstacles come up,” she said, and noted that this pattern flowed.

So LaDonna and Buzz are enjoying their time in the pen, and waiting for the next generation to come up. There are several full siblings to Buzz back in the barn, and LaDonna is looking forward to when her grandchildren can join her at shows.

“Coming to the show, it’s a great family experience,” she said. “And seeing your horse show friends. I find it’s a very supportive group, helping each other out.”

Journal Coverage From the MAQHA Corporate Challenge

  • May 24 – It's raining fun at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 23 – Tough challenges, fundraisers and fun abound at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 22 – Tough competitors persevere at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 21 – The Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicks off with education.