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Young exhibitors and their parents attended a session in the main arena Tuesday afternoon during the Youth Seminar at the Spring Show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. The 3-Year-Old Futurity and Spring Show runs through Saturday night at the showgrounds north of Ava.
Young exhibitors and their parents attended a session in the main arena Tuesday afternoon during the Youth Seminar at the Spring Show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. The 3-Year-Old Futurity and Spring Show runs through Saturday night at the showgrounds north of Ava.

Fox Trotters’ Spring Show, 3-Year-Old Futurity Under Way

The 35th annual 3-Year-Old Futurity and Spring Show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association is under way at Ava and will continue through Saturday night.
The Spring Show opened on Tuesday with the annual Youth Seminar, and classes began showing on Wednesday morning in the Versatility Arena on the association’s showgrounds just north of Ava on Highway 5.
From Wednesday through Saturday, some 73 classes will be exhibited, including model and performance classes in the evening shows in the main arena, and versatility classes that will show during the day in the versatility arena west of the main arena.
Versatility classes include showmanship and pleasure classes, reining and ranch horse classes, and timed events such as barrel racing, pole bending and pony fun classes with games to be announced.
Versatility classes began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and will begin again at 10 a.m. this (Thursday) morning. Trail obstacle competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Competitors will be earning points toward the high point awards to be presented on Saturday night for Youth Versatility Champion, Open Versatility Champion, Versatility Ranch Horse Champion and Pony Triathlon. The triathlon will consist of two fun classes and a performance class.
Evening shows in the main arena Wednesday through Saturday nights will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s show included youth leadline and senior citizen classes, novice and out-of-state classes, equitation and open amateur classes.
Thursday’s show will see English Pleasure, Open Amateur Restricted classes, Men’s Out-of-State Class, Open 3-Year-Old Class, Ladies’ 3- & 4-Year-Old Class, a Classic Horse class for horses 12 years and older, and the  3-Year-Old Futurity qualifying classes.
The top 10 horses in the 3-Year-Old Futurity Mares, Open Amateur, and 3-Year-Old Futurity Mares, Amateur Owned & Trained will show back in championship classes 72 and 73, respectively, on Saturday night.
Three-Year-Old Futurity Mares, open class; 3-Year-Old Futurity Stallions & Geldings, open amateur class; 3-Year-Old Futurity Stallions & Geldings Amateur Owned & Trained; and 3-Year-Old Futurity Stallions & Geldings open class will also show on Thursday night, each attempting to earn the right to return in their respective championship classes on Saturday night.
Friday night’s classes will include Open Amateur Model; Open Model; Youth 11 & Under; Amateur Owned & Trained 3-Years & Older Mares; Ladies’ Amateur Owned Specialty 5 Years & Older Mares; Youth 12-14; Men’s Amateur Owned Specialty 5 Years & Older; Ladies’ 4 Years & Older Stallions & Geldings; Youth 15-17; Ladies’ Amateur Owned Specialty 5 Years & Older; Open Amateur 5 Years & Older Mares; and Open Amateur 5 Years & Older Stallions & Geldings.
Winners in most of the classes on Friday night will return for their respective championship classes on Saturday night.
The final three classes on Saturday night will feature 3-Year-Old Futurity classes, beginning with the open amateur, the amateur owned and trained, and finally the Open Futurity that will bring down the curtain on the 2014 Spring Show.
More than 80 Missouri Fox Trotters have been nominated and are eligible to enter the futurity classes here this week.
In addition to the events taking place on the showgrounds this week, trail rides are being held each day at various locations throughout the area.
On Tuesday, riders visited the Letsinger farm northwest of the showgrounds and on Wednesday the trial ride was on the monastery property southeast of Ava. Today’s ride will visit Crystal Lake east of Ava and on Friday the trail ride will take in the Corbett Potter place in the Mark Twain National Forest south of Ava.
For more information about the shows, contact the MFTHBA Headquarters Office at 683-2468. For trail ride information contact Dale Lawson (417-683-6046) or Stephen Assenmacher (417-796-2912).
Announcer for this week’s show, as well as the Show and Celebration in the fall, will be Larry Moore, award-winning newscaster from Kansas City and owner of champion Missouri Fox Trotting horses.
The Youth Seminar on Tuesday provided instruction to help prepare the younger generation for the show arena. Saddle fitting, showmanship, and trailer loading were among the topics covered.
The Ava Lions Club provided a complimentary lunch at the Lions cook shack and American Family Insurance provided pizza for the evening meal.
The youth activities closed out Tuesday night with a fun show in the main arena, beginning at 6 o’clock.

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