Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Concludes Successful But Rainy Week At Spring Show 2019 And Futurity – Douglas County Herald
40th edition of the spring show and champion of the three-year Futurity Open
Grand Slamm, David Ogle from Ash Grove, Mo., for Lloyd Dehner, Mansfield, Mo.
AVA, Mo. –– Torrential rains and soggy conditions could not dampen the morale of exhibitors at the 40th Annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity, 5 to June 8, at the MFTHBA exhibit grounds, located one mile north of Ava, Missouri, on Highway 5.
Over 200 horses have competed in over 72 events, including style, performance and versatility competitions.
Youth-focused events, social gatherings and hiking tours completed the busy agenda. A new class, Bareback Equitation, introduced the riding techniques of riders as they maneuvered their mounts in the ring without a saddle. A ranch sorting clinic and jackpot were also held, showcasing the Missouri Fox Trotter’s lineup as a working cow horse.
Enthusiasts from around the world unable to attend the four-day event were able to take the classes thanks to live feeds from the national headquarters and show grounds of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, the only venue for exhibition of the country dedicated to the breed.
In addition, Fox Trotters from the United States and Europe competed in the three-year Futurity events, which gave owners the opportunity to show their promising young horses to competition for the first time. Mark Mackie, President of the MFTHBA, said the young horses demonstrated the will of the breed when they entered the ring at a national competition.
The four-day show began on Wednesday June 5 and ended on Saturday June 8 with the coronation of the following 2019 Three-Year Future Champions, winning a title, garland and prizes totaling over $ 20,000:
Open Amateur Futurity Championship 3 years old
1. The King’s April Star, Larry Kilroy, for Larry Kilroy, Bucyrus KS, Linda Kilroy, Bucyrus KS
2. Cold River in Hollywood, Joe Dampier, for Joseph A. Dampier, Eldridge MO
Owned and trained three-year Futurity Amateur Championship
1. Playboy’s Central, Alan King, for Lisa King, Harrison AR
2. Home Run from MVP, Aaron Stanifer, for Aaron Stanifer, Fordland MO, Susan Stanifer, Fordland MO
Three-year Open Futurity Championship
1. Grand Slamm, David Ogle of Ash Grove, MO, for Lloyd Dehner, Mansfield MO
2. Hashtag, Mike Rutledge from Walnut Grove, MO, for Ruth Moore, Belton MO, Jessica Moore, Belton MO
The full results can be viewed at this link: https://mfthba.com/springshow/futurity-results/2019-show-results/
On Friday, the MFTHBA also recognized the winners of the 2018 Association awards. They included:
1. Top Five Breeding Sires, led by top stallion Jester’s Charming Legend, owned by Brian Oglesby of Perry, MO, representing the best Missouri Fox Trotters producing stallions registered in 2018.
2. Top Five Stallions, run by Grand Central, owned by Joe and Jennifer Stewart of Farmington, AR. These stallions had offspring who won the most points at MFTHBA sponsored shows in 2018.
3. The 2018 Trail Horse of the Year, a registered Missouri Fox trotting horse that achieved the most verified mileage under saddle thanks to the Top Trail program and also logged hours in the MFTHBA’s Fox Trot America program. , which is Kate’s 007 owned by Cindy Fonken from Romance, AR.
Two deserving individuals were also recognized for their contributions to the promotion of the breed in two categories, the first nominated and voted on by the members of the Association. The 2018 Matt Keeter Sportsmanship Award winner is Hope Kohout from Rogersville, MO. The 2018 Trainer of the Year, recognizing the accomplishments of professional breed trainers based on the points earned by the horses they train for last year’s MFTHBA is David Ogle of Ash Grove, MO.
At the end of the summer, once again, all breed aficionados will be in Ava, MO as the MFTHBA hosts the World Show and Celebration, where the best of the breed compete for the title of Grand world champion from Sunday September 1 to Saturday September 7, 2019.
About Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Assn. (MFTHBA)
Fox Trotters originated in Missouri as ranch horses bred for smooth riding gait as well as endurance for mountain riding and heavy ranching and farm work. They are known for their versatile athleticism, naturally smooth flat-footed and fox-trotting gaits, and an engaging, easy-to-train personality. Since 1948, the MFTHBA has worked to promote the Fox Trotter gait horse and supports a registry of horses that meet breed standards for gait and conformation. Today there are over 100,000 Fox Trotters registered worldwide. Visit www.mfthba.com.