Last month, the MFTHBA hosted a survey to facilitate feedback from members, exhibitors, judges and trainers within the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse breed. The input was the first step in the process of improving the current judge certification training and selection process. “When I began writing down the survey questions, I had hoped that we would receive a few useful responses,” shared Anna Johnson. “I was utterly blown away not only by the mass of responses but by the honesty and detail given by each participant.” A graduate assistant at William Woods University, Ms. Johnson was hired to provide an outside perspective on improving the certification process and expanding the certified judge pool.
Working with MFTHBA President Mark Mackie and the MFTHBA Judges Committee, Ms. Johnson has spent the last several weeks reviewing the survey results. “Every single response was read and re-read and detailed notes were taken,” added Johnson. “We heard the members’ concerns regarding consistency from the judges, eagerness for new educational materials, and the need for improved testing and selection processes for MFTHBA carded judges, among many other concerns and suggestions.”
The team is working diligently to make improvements to the current judge certification training and selection processes. The first Judges Certification Clinic of 2020 will be held on February 15th at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. This event will also serve as the launch for a new MFTHBA Young Judge Academy. This Academy is an innovative program created to provide inexperienced, outside, or young judges with the necessary training to judge MFTHBA sanctioned horse shows.
The cost to attend the Judges Certification Clinic is only $25. Individuals may choose to attend as a participant or an auditor. Registration is required by February 1.
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A few weeks ago, the MFTHBA announced the delay of the 2020 Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity. The MFTHBA Board of Directors has been working on options for this year’s show. Recently, the Board voted to host the MFTHBA Three Year Old Futurity in conjunction with the Mid-America Grand Slam scheduled to be held at the MFTHBA World Headquarters and Showgrounds in early July.
“In reviewing the options available and in talking to MFTHBA members, this option seemed to make the most sense for our exhibitors,” shared Mark Mackie, MFTHBA President. “We appreciate the Mid America Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Board of Directors accommodating our classes.”
To accommodate the nine Three Year Old Futurity classes, the Mid-America Grand Slam will expand by a day. The show will be held July 8-11, 2020. Three-Year-Old Futurity preliminary classes will be held on Wednesday, July 8 followed by Championship classes on July 11. These nine classes will follow MFTHBA rules and will be managed by the MFTHBA. The remainder of the show schedule in the Dale Esther Arena will be managed by the Mid America Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MAFTHBA).