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Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Concludes Successful But Rainy Week at 2019 Spring Show and Futurity

40th Annual Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity Open Champion

Grand Slamm, David Ogle of Ash Grove, Mo., for Lloyd Dehner, Mansfield, Mo. 

AVA, Mo. –– Torrential rain and soggy conditions could not dampen the spirits of exhibitors at The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) 40th Annual Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity June 5 through 8, at the MFTHBA show grounds, located one mile north of Ava, Mo., on Highway 5.

More than 200 horses participated in more than 72 classes, including model, performance, and versatility competitions.

Youth focused events, social gatherings, and trail rides rounded out the action-packed schedule. A new class, Bareback Equitation, showcased the horsemanship techniques of riders as they maneuvered their mounts in the ring without a saddle. A Ranch Sorting Clinic and Jackpot was also held, highlighting the Missouri Fox Trotter’s range as a working cow horse.

Enthusiasts from across the globe unable to attend the four day event could follow the classes thanks to live feeds originating from The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s national headquarters and show grounds, the country’s only breed-dedicated exhibition location.

In addition, Fox Trotters from across the United States and Europe competed in the Three Year Old Futurity classes, which offered owners the opportunity to introduce their young, up and coming horses for the first time in competition.  Mark Mackie, MFTHBA President said the young horses demonstrated the willing disposition of the breed as they stepped into the ring at a national competition.

The four day show began Wednesday, June 5 and concluded on Saturday, June 8 with the crowning of the following 2019 Three Year Old Futurity Champions, taking home a title, garland, and prize money collectively totaling more than $20,000:

Three Year Old Futurity Open Amateur Championship

1. King’s April Star, Larry Kilroy, for Larry Kilroy, Bucyrus KS, Linda Kilroy, Bucyrus KS

2. Hollywood’s Cold River, Joe Dampier, for Joseph A. Dampier, Eldridge MO

Three Year Old Futurity Amateur Owned and Trained Championship

1. Playboy’s Central, Alan King, for Lisa King, Harrison AR

2. MVP’s Home Run, Aaron Stanifer, for Aaron Stanifer, Fordland MO, Susan Stanifer, Fordland MO

Three Year Old Futurity Open Championship

1. Grand Slamm, David Ogle of Ash Grove, MO, for Lloyd Dehner, Mansfield MO

2. Hashtag, Mike Rutledge of Walnut Grove, MO, for Ruth Moore, Belton MO, Jessica Moore, Belton MO

Complete results can be reviewed at this link:

The MFTHBA also recognized 2018 Association Award Winners on Friday. They included:

1. Top Five Breeding Sires, led by top sire Jester’s Charming Legend, owned by Brian Oglesby of Perry, MO, representing the top producing stallions of registered Missouri Fox Trotters in 2018.

2. Top Five Stallions, led by Grand Central, owned by Joe and Jennifer Stewart of Farmington, AR. These stallions had offspring earning the most points at MFTHBA sponsored shows in 2018.

3. The 2018 Trail Horse of the Year, a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse that gained the most verified mileage under saddle through the Top Trail program and also logged hours under the MFTHBA’s Fox Trot America Program, which is Kate’s 007 owned by Cindy Fonken of Romance, AR.

Two deserving people were also recognized for their contributions furthering the breed in two categories, the first nominated by and voted on by Association members. Winner of the 2018 Matt Keeter Sportsmanship Award Winner is Hope Kohout of Rogersville, MO. The 2018 Trainer of Year, recognizing the achievements of professional trainers within the breed based on points earned by the horses they train for last year’s MFTHBA is David Ogle of Ash Grove, MO.

As summer comes to an end, once more, all breed aficionados will be in Ava, MO, as the MFTHBA hosts the World Show and Celebration, where the finest in the breed compete for the World Grand Champion title beginning Sunday, Sept. 1 through Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

About Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Assn. (MFTHBA)

Fox Trotters originated in Missouri as ranch horses bred for smooth riding gaits as well as stamina for mountain riding and heavy ranch and farm work. They are known for versatile athleticism, the naturally smooth flat walk and fox trot gaits, and an endearing, trainable personality. Since 1948, the MFTHBA has worked to promote the Fox Trotter gaited horse and support a registry for horses that meet the breed standards of gait and conformation. Today there are more than 100,000 registered Fox Trotters worldwide. Visit

Three Year Old Futurity Open Reserve

Hashtag, Mike Rutledge of Walnut Grove, Mo. for Ruth Moore, Jessica Moore, both of Belton, Mo.