By Megan Ulrich
Eight years ago, Candice Hall was on the hunt for her next horse. The search wasn’t easy, but her determination and patience paid off. In fact, he jogged right past her. It happened when Carl Yamber rode a handsome, three-year-old, bay stallion into the Southern Belle show pen in 2010. Immediately, Hall knew her search was over.
“He took our breath away,” Hall remembers. “We knew we had to have him.” Hall and her husband, Cory Seebach, went to work persuading Henry and Donna Rosciti to part with their horse. By the NSBA World Show, it was Candice who was the new, proud owner in the saddle jogging her stallion into the show pen. His name was Machine Made.
In the years since, Machine Made has racked up a long list of impressive accomplishments, including Congress, AQHA World, and NSBA World and Reserve World Championships. He has sired more than 320 foals, some of which have gone on to be World Champions themselves in events like Western Pleasure, Trail, and Western Riding. Machine Made’s most recent accomplishment is not his alone. It’s a title bestowed upon him by one of his up-and-coming offspring. With the crowning of Made N The Shade, owned by Natasha Blanchard, as NSBA’s 2017 Horse of the Year, the stallion has now sired two consecutive winners of the prestigious title, and he’s the first horse to do so. The 2016 NSBA Horse of the Year winner was Lexus Made Lady, owned by Abi Tuiasosopo.
“We cried,” Hall says when asked how she felt when she learned another one of Machine Made’s foals would be winning the NSBA Horse of the Year title. “We felt humbled and proud. We love this horse with all our hearts. For other people to recognize greatness in his offspring is so overwhelming.”
This award is based on NSBA participation, show records, and points earned during a single show season. “We’re so thankful to the judges for awarding Lexus Made Lady and Made N The Shade over and over,” Hall says.Click here to read the complete article