The Rock Candids and Rundown from MQHA Breeders’ Futurity/Great Lakes Horse Show
The Michigan Quarter Horse Association presented its Breeders’ Futurity in conjunction with the Great Lakes Classic Horse Show September 15-18, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Held at the Michigan State University Pavillion, the horse show reached over 2,700 entries and 160 plus entries in the Futurity portion.
MQHA Vice President, Jacque Moody says that “the show was again a success.” Twenty-four Futurity champions were named, in addition to the Michigan Snaffle Bit Association’s slot class winners, and Stallion Service Sale classes.
In 2015, the MQHA Breeders’ Futurity reached over $35,000 in Stallion Service Sale purses, $18,000 in Futurity purses, and $10,000 payback for the two-year olds, that’s an excess of $65,000. The numbers have not yet been reported for 2016.
As always, behind the scenes of a show takes dedication and hours of work. A huge thank you goes out to our office staff, Leah and Donnie Recchiuti for their excellence as ring stewards, Barb Foster for her endless hours working the gate, and Jeff West for manning the camper/trailer arrangements.
The Futurity and Stallion Service Sale committee members included Jacque Moody, Chris Perniciaro, Monty Montgomery, and Jill Finley.
This show is a perfect chance to watch talented horses as we enter Congress season and it was evident by looking at the packed stands during the Futurity classes. Everything from longe line to non-pro and open Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle classes was on the show bill and the competition didn’t disappoint.
Friday night held one of the most exciting events of the weekend, the MSBA 2 Year Old Slot class. There was standing room only in the crowd and each horse/rider combination was auctioned as a fundraiser both for the winner and the association. Blake Britton took home the win riding Figured Im Invited.
Quality competition, good class sizes, and an exhibitor’s party on Saturday night made for a FUN weekend showing with the Michigan Quarter Horse Association. Next stop on the tour is the Harvest Classic (four judges) held at the same location November 4-6, 2016. For more information please head to www.miquarterhorse.com.