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Reserve World Grand Champion Winners Need to Pick Up Jackets

Winners of a Reserve World Grand Champion this week at the World Show & Celebration are receiving an award jacket. To pick up the jackets, please come to center ring Thursday and Friday immediately after the show. For those that win a reserve world grand championship on Saturday, please email Region 5 Director, Debbi Levillie, to arrange to have your jacket mailed to you. She can be reached by email at stitches605@windstream.net

Saturday Night Live Stream Available, Live Look-ins

Missouri Fox Trotting Horse enthusiasts from around the world will be able to watch the Saturday night performance of the World Show and Celebration live.  The MFTHBA has partnered with TDH Media in Ava, Missouri to provide the service.  Interest individuals can view the live stream for free HERE or viewers will be able to view it live on the MFTHBA Facebook page.

This year’s partnership with TDH Media is limited to Saturday night with the hope it can be expanded to other days and events in the future.

In addition to the live streaming, volunteers from the MFTHBA Membership Committee will continue to provide “live look-ins” of classes on the MFTHBA Facebook page.

 

8th Annual MFTHBA Membership Dinner Scheduled for September 4th

The dinner is FREE for MFTHBA members.  Non-members of all ages are welcome to attend but must pay a fee of $5.

The menu for this year’s dinner will feature pork steaks.  For our youth attendees ONLY, we will be offering burgers. The dinner will be held at the Roy Williams Pavilion.

The Membership Committee would like to thank MFTHBA member Jimmy Bell for donating the pork steaks and burgers for this year’s dinner.

Please plan to bring a chair to the dinner.  We also ask that members practice social distancing during the dinner.

To help with planning, please RSVP by Wednesday, September 2nd by using the provided link or calling the MFTHBA Office at (417) 683-2468.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

RSVP Online HERE

Payback Provided at 2021 World Show and Celebration

Again this year, $5 from preliminary and championship entry fees will go toward payback.  Payback money will stay in the specific class meaning that classes with more entries resulted in a larger payback.

“Five dollars from each entry in the preliminary class was added to five dollars from each entry from the championship class,” added Melvin Snethern, MFTHBA Secretary/Treasurer.  “We will then use a percentage calculation based on the number of entries to determine the payback amount.”

Thanks to a special donation from Gene Donley, in memory of his late wife and avid performance exhibitor Patty Donley, will add $500 to the Amateur Owned 5 years and Older World Grand Championship class.

For model and performance classes the following breakdown will be utilized.

Number in Championship class First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth
1-5 100%      
6-9 60% 40%    
10-14 50% 30% 20%  
15 or more 45% 30% 15% 10%

 

In versatility and ranch horse classes, $5 from each entry in each class will be put toward payback for the World Grand Champion winners.  Money will be maintained in the appropriate division (i.e. money generated from open classes was paid back in the open division).  Three will be paid back in versatility and ranch horse.

MFTHBA World Showgrounds Entry Requirements

Attendees bringing horses to the World Show and Celebration are reminded that ALL horses entering the grounds must present a negative Coggins test and a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

The Board also recommends that exhibitors work with their veterinarian to determine appropriate booster vaccinations needed before attending the show, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Equine Influenza, and Equine Herpesvirus.

All Horses Checked Upon Entry

Horses must enter through the equine entry gate to have their paperwork checked and be visually inspected.  There is a $10 per horse inspection fee. The equine entry gate will be staffed starting Friday, September 3.

Equine Entry Gate Hours:

Friday, September 3, and Saturday, September 4: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 5- Saturday, September 11: 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For horses arriving earlier than Friday or outside equine entry gate hours, an individual will be available Friday, September 3, and Saturday, September 4 to check in horses at their stalls.  This will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.  To have horses checked during this time, owners must sign up in the MFTHBA office.

 

Monitor Your Horses

Before, during, and following the show, all horses should be closely monitored for any signs of illness.  Horses exhibiting any symptoms of illness should not be brought to the show.  If symptoms are noticed during the show, horses owners should contact the on-call veterinarian and the MFTHBA office immediately.

Practice Biosecurity

Horse owners should practice good biosecurity before, during, and following the event.  Below are some suggestions for preventing disease in your horses. These recommendations were adapted from the United States Department of Agriculture brochure “Biosecurity—The Key to Keeping your Horse’s Health.”

At the show or trail ride:

  • Don’t share equipment (e.g., buckets, brushes, etc.) with other horses. Diseases, fungus, and bacteria can be spread through shared equipment.
  • Wash your hands, especially after you help other people with their horses.
  • When you arrive at the show grounds or trail riding facility, clean and disinfect the stalls you will be using. This is especially important in locations where another horse recently occupied the stalls.
  • When you arrive home, shower and put on clean clothes and shoes before going near your other horses. Clothing can carry disease from one location to the next.

Visiting farms, horse shows, and auctions:

  • Have a pair of boots or shoes that you save for visiting. These shoes or boots should not be worn around your own horses. Plastic boot covers are another option. Manure and soil collected on your boots can carry disease from one location to the next.
  • Change clothes when you arrive home, prior to working with your own animals.

 

Bringing a horse home from a show or trail ride:

  • If even one of your horses travels, all of your horses need to be vaccinated. Horses can bring disease home with them to your operation. Work with your local veterinarian to determine an appropriate vaccination program. Be sure to tell the veterinarian where you plan to travel as different areas of the country have different disease concerns.
  • When you return from a trip with your horses, isolate the horse from the rest of your herd for at least 2 weeks. Returning horses should not be allowed to have nose-to-nose contact with other horses.
  • Work, feed, and care for quarantine horses last to prevent spreading diseases among your herd.
  • Don’t share equipment (e.g. buckets, brushes, etc.) with other horses. Diseases, fungus, and bacteria can be spread through shared equipment.
  • Wash your hands and change your clothes after you work with quarantined horses.

 

Exhibitors are encouraged to work with their local veterinarian to determine other ways they can prevent the spread of disease.

“We want all the equine visitors to the World Show and Celebration to arrive and leave healthy,” shared Mark Mackie, MFTHBA President.  “If the health status of your equine partner is in question, we ask that you consider all the other horses attending the event when making your decision to bring the horse to the showgrounds.”

2021 Special Events Announced

The following Special Events will be held in conjunction with the 2021 World Show and Celebration

All Week Events

Membership Drive Special

Wednesday, September 1 through Saturday, September 4 (pre-show event)

National Trail Ride, North Fork River Ranch, West Plains, Missouri

Friday, September 4 (pre-show event)

National Trail Ride Participant Dinner, North Fork River Ranch, West Plains, Missouri

Saturday, September 4 (pre-show events)

10 a.m. New Attendee Welcome Session, Hall of Fame Room

6 p.m.  MFTHBA Membership Dinner, Versatility Arena, RSVP requested

Cornhole Tournament Sign-ups during Membership Dinner

Monday, September 6

2 p.m. Tack/Show Clothes Swap:  Members are invited to bring your tack, show clothes, and other items.

Following the Show:  The Baker Family presented by Crawford Auction Service

Wednesday, September 8 

Cancer Awareness and Cure Day.  Special class offered with entry fees going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Friday, September 10

Military Appreciation Night.  Active military and veterans get in free to the show

5 p.m. Military Honor Reception, Roy Williams Pavillion

Military and veterans in attendance are asked to participate in the opening ceremonies for the show

 

Understanding the Versatility World Championship Competition

The Versatility World Grand Champion competition is not a specific class, but rather a grouping of classes that make up a hi-point competition the results in the awarding of a World Grand Champion title.  In addition, there are sub-competitions that award Hi-Point awards in the specific grouping of classes.

Hi-Point Competition

There are three categories of versatility competition outlined in the MFTHBA Rule Book:  Versatility Pleasure Horse, Versatility Work Horse, and Versatility Speed Horse.  These three areas have their own set of classes that feed into their Hi-point award.

Versatility Pleasure Horse includes Showmanship, Western Pleasure, and English Pleasure.  Versatility Working Horse includes Reining, Western Horsemanship, and Trail.

Versatility Speed Horse includes Barrel Race, Stake Race, and Pole Bending.

In each area, hi-point awards are presented for Open, Open Amateur, and Youth.  These three competition areas feed into the overall Versatility World Grand Championship.

Based on this year’s schedule, the following classes will apply to the hi-point competitions:

Versatility Pleasure Horse

Showmanship:  Classes 1, 2, and 3

Western Pleasure:  Classes 5, 6, and 7

English Pleasure:  Classes 8, 9, and 10

Versatility Working Horse

Reining:  Class 33, 34, and 35

Western Horsemanship:  Class 30,31, and 32

Trail:  Classes 27, 28, and 29

Versatility Speed Horse

Barrel Race:  Classes 51, 52, and 53

Pole Bending:  Classes 54, 55, and 56

Stake Race: 57, 58, and 59

Versatility World Grand Championship

To be eligible for the Versatility World Grand Championship title, a horse must place in the top 10 in at least one three gait class in the Pleasure Horse division (i.e. either Western Pleasure or English Pleasure).  In addition, the horse must compete in at least one class in all three divisions (Pleasure Horse, Working Horse, and Speed).  Exhibitors should note that the Stake Race does not apply to the Versatility World Grand Champion title.

 

The point system for the scoring is an escalating scale with the more horses in the class making the available points awarded higher.

Payback Provided at 2020 World Show and Celebration

At the March 2020 meeting, the MFTHBA Board of Directors approved a proposal submitted by Secretary/Treasurer Melvin Snethern to increase the entry fee costs at MFTHBA sponsored shows.  “The MFTHBA has not adjusted its fee structure is ten years,” shared Melvin.  Entry fees for classes with a championship class were increased by $10.  All other classes were increased by $5.

Five dollars of the increase was used to support the expenses associated with the show. The additional five dollars for preliminary and championship classes was set aside for payback.  Payback money stayed in the specific class meaning that classes with more entries resulted in a larger payback.

“Five dollars from each entry in the preliminary class was added to five dollars from each entry from the championship class,” added Melvin.  “We then used a percentage calculation based on the number of entries to determine the payback amount.”

For model and performance World Grand Champion classes the following breakdown was utilized.

Number in Championship class First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth
1-5 100%
6-9 60% 40%
10-14 50% 30% 20%
15 or more 45% 30% 15% 10%

 

In versatility and ranch horse classes, $5 from each entry in each class was put toward payback for the World Grand Champion winners.  Money was maintained in the appropriate division (i.e. money generated from open classes was paid back in the open division).  Three places were paid back in versatility and ranch horse.

Checks were recently mailed to horse owners.  “While some checks were small, it is a start to looking at providing payback at our World Show,” shared Melvin.  Payback in individual classes ranged from $5 to $225.  A total of $3,710 was paid back to horse owners.