Ontario Amateur QHA 2022 OAQHA Challenge

Submitted by: The OAQHA

The OAQHA Challenge gives all Non-Pro exhibitors an opportunity to ride in a unique format for payback, prizes, and recognition.

In 2022, we are offering Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Hunt Seat Equitation. Exhibitors have an opportunity to earn an invitation to the Finals at their local Area/Promotional club shows – the Top 5 average scores from the Youth/Amateur/Select (combined) from one show in each of Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and EOQHA qualify for a spot in the Finals, as well as a few Level 1 Wild Card qualification opportunities.

The Challenge will culminate in an exciting Finals event at the OQHA Summer Finale over Labour Day Weekend. During the Finals the qualifiers will ride/lead off in the ultimate showdown with the Top 10 exhibitors being recognized. With the support of CQHA and various product sponsors we are able to offer exciting cash prizes and awards. Not only does this event offer exhibitors an opportunity to compete for prizes and cash, it’s an opportunity for Non-Pros to compete against different exhibitors than they do most weekends and challenge themselves with a competitive environment and challenging patterns in preparation for the Fall majors.

There will be one more opportunity to qualify at the EOQHA Hot Hot Sizzler!

More details and Finalist spotlights can be found here:


Qualifiers to date:

Showmanship: Sonia Vilandre & Best To Be Slow, Sarah Donaldson & Crossin The Line, Rob Rivait & Shez Paid To Be Sleepy, Mallory McKewen & OneGoodHotPine, Cynthia Glover & Lazy N Shy, Lindsay McDougall & One Fine Suggestion, Tracy Beck & Betty The Battcatcher, Taylor Carney & John EB Good, Cale Thompson & WhereIComeFrom, Jody O’Neill & Lite Sleeper, Jodi Pearce & Simple Kinda Cowgirl, Darcy Woods & VS Shes A Flatliner, Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret, Katie Thompson & Gettin Bizy, Taiya Parry & Justa Lady Star, Madison Glover & Lazy N Shy

Equitation: Sarah Black & Made To Sizzle, Lisa Black & Select This Chip, Mallory McKewen & OneGoodHotPine, Leslie Riley & Mymommadontdance, Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret, Holly Robinson & Sweet Mambo Jambo, Cale Thompson & Huckleberry Cowboy, Danielle Bannerman & Keeping Sundi, Good Jodi Pearce & Outlaw For Hire, Cale Thompson & WhereIComeFrom, Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn, Sadie MacPhail & Sheza Chocolate Kat, Darcy Woods & VS Shes A Flatliner, Jackie Ruccollo & Batt Man Legacy, Gillian Merkley & RW Get It On

Horsemanship: Sarah Donaldson & Crossin The Line, Ben DeBrouwer & Good To Be Macho, Cynthia Glover & Lazy N Shy, Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret, Holly Robinson & Sweet Mambo Jambo, Jody O’Neill & Lite Sleeper, Cale Thompson & Huckleberry Cowboy, Ashley Caris & JustAWalkInThePark, Rob Rivait & Shez Paid To Be Sleepy, Jodi Pearce & Simple Kinda Cowgirl, Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn, Katie Thompson & Gettin Bizy, Tracy Beck & Betty The Battcatcher, Lisa Black & Select This Chip, Sadie MacPhail & Sheza Chocolate Kat

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Silver Lyning Scoops $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity for Michelle Woodley

The 2-year-old filly Silver Lyning scored a half-length win in the $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity at Ajax Downs on July 6 (New Image Media Photo)
AJAX DOWNS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2022 – Trainer Michelle Woodley held a hot hand in the final of the $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity at Ajax Downs on July 6 and while the Alton, Ontario horsewoman came away with the winner of the important 2-year-old stakes race, it was not with the horse that most thought.
Woodley’s own filly SILVER LYNING, ridden by Tony ‘TP’ Phillips, scored a mild upset at 2 to 1 in the 300-yard race for Ontario-bred juveniles, holding on for a half-length victory over 23 to 1 shot Eyes Dasha Wacky, owned by Marie Broadstock and trained by Don Reid. It was another neck back to 15 to 1 shot Quick Asa Hicccup, trained by Woodley for Richard Wincikaby. Heavily favoured FIRSTPRIZE CHARLOTTE, also trained by Woodley for Wincikaby, finished fifth after becoming restless in the starting gate pre-race. Maximize was a late scratch at the gate.
The time of the race was a smart 15.624 for an 88 speed index. It was the second career start for Silver Lyning, who had a good closing kick to be second in the first Trial for the Ontario Bred Futurity on June 15.
Silver Lyning is the first horse Woodley has bred, sharing the breeding plans with her friend Gary McNichol, and the grey filly is the first foal to race from the Ajax Downs, stakes-winning mare Embrace Extravagence, also co-owned and trained by Woodley.
“She’s a really sweet filly, very laid back for a 2-year-old,” said jockey Tony Phillips. “She ran a good second in her Trial but I could feel like I had more so I was confident she could give them a run for the money.”
Woodley, who, along with her partner John McInerney, is well known for her success with young horses, said the win was bittersweet.
“Firstprize Charlotte got a little fractious in the gate and because of that I think she blew her break a bit,” said Woodley. “But Silver Lyning, she did everything right so we are super happy.”
Racing continues at Ajax Downs on  Wednesday. July 13, 2022, followed by a special Sunday day of racing on July 17, ‘Craft Brewery Day’ with on-track prizes for fans in attendance.
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