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Karaoke Returns to the Celebration

Warm up your vocal chords and put on your dancing shoes!  Diana Queen returns to the MFTHBA showgrounds for a fun night of karaoke immediately following the performance classes on Tuesday, September 4th.

Even if singing and/or dancing is not in your wheelhouse, everyone enjoys the opportunity to visit.  Karaoke night is one of the nights where everyone can get together and enjoy some comradery.

“We received feedback last year from a number of people that Friday night was not their first preference for karaoke night for various reasons.  With the youth auction returning on Thursday night, we tried to find a night that did not already have something planned.  We also wanted to spread out the events throughout the week, which is why the new date was selected,” shared Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chairman.

Please plan to join in the fun at the Pavilion right after the last performance class of the evening on Tuesday, September 4th.

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 15, 16, and 17

Western Pleasure:  Classes 18, 19, and 20

English Pleasure:  Classes 27, 28, and 29

Versatility Working Horse

Reining:  Class 24, 25, and 26

Western Horsemanship:  Class 27, 22, and 23

Trail:  Classes 44, 45, and 46

Versatility Speed Horse

Barrel Race:  Classes 47, 48, and 49

Pole Bending:  Classes 50, 51, and 52

Stake Race: Classes 53, 54, and 55

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).

An Open, Open Amateur and Youth World Grand Champion top 5 will be named with each horse receiving payback money.

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


Versatility Committee to Host Q&A Session for Exhibitors

The MFTHBA Versatility Committee invites you to learn more about the versatility classes offered at the Celebration.

The MFTHBA Versatility Committee is hosting a special Q&A Session/Clinic for those interested in learning more about the versatility classes on the Celebration schedule.  “We are excited about the interest and questions we have received in the versatility classes,” shared Debbie Johnson, MFTHBA Versatility Chairman.  “Since we anticipate many new exhibitors this year, our committee felt it would be helpful to schedule a time to answer questions.”

The Versatility Committee prides itself on creating a welcoming environment for exhibitors at all MFTHBA shows and encourages anyone interested in learning more to attend the session or to try a few classes.

The session starts at 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, at the Versatility Arena.  Committee members will be on hand to answer questions about the classes.  In addition, demonstrations will be hosted to assist attendees in learning about the various classes.

New Attendee Welcome Session Planned for the Celebration

To assist those new to MFTHBA shows, the MFTHBA Membership Committee plans to host a welcome session for those new to showing at MFTHBA events. The session, scheduled for Sunday, September 2, will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about classes, show requirements, and the DQP process. In addition, it will help connect those new to showing with experienced exhibitors that can help mentor them throughout the week.

“I remember the feeling of being a new exhibitor but not knowing who could answer my questions,” shared Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chairman. “Our committee wants to help those new to the show ring connect with people who can answer their questions.”

The session will be held at 11 a.m. in the Hall of Fame room at the MFTHBA World Headquarters.

Plans for 5th Membership Dinner Announced

It is time to RSVP for the 5th Annual Membership Dinner.  Susan and Aaron Stanifer are organizing this year’s special dinner in conjunction with the MFTHBA Membership Committee.

The menu of this year’s dinner will consist of fried fish, chicken fingers, baked beans, hush puppies, and French fries.

The Membership Committee will also give the first 250 members to go through the line with a reusable commemorative cup featuring the 60th anniversary logo and past World Grand Champion horses.

The dinner will once again take place at the Versatility arena.  It will be on Saturday, September 1st at 6 p.m.

To help with planning, please RSVP by Saturday, August 25th by using the provided link or calling the MFTHBA Office at (417) 683-2468.

Susan Stanifer is also coordinating a bake sale to take place during the dinner.  If you would like to donate baked goods to the sale, please contact Susan for more information.


RSVP Online

Fun Dog Show to be Held During Celebration

Make plans to attend the Fun Dog Show.

When you drive around the MFTHBA World Headquarters during the World Show and Celebration, you quickly realize that Missouri Fox Trotting Horse owners love their dogs.  Relaxing at the stalls, riding on golf carts, and napping in the camper, there are cute, adorable pups all over the grounds.

“The dog shows in 2015 and 2016 were a lot of fun.  We didn’t have one last year, and we heard from a lot of members that they missed it,” shared Monica Daugherty, MFTHBA Membership Committee member.  “This isn’t meant to be a serious dog show, but just a way for everyone to have fun.”

Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chairman, added, “Monica has done a great job of organizing the dog shows for the Membership Committee, and we know that this one will be just as much fun as the first two.  We hope people will continue to have a good time with it.”

This fun event will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 7, in the Dale Esther Arena.  Five classes will be held and prizes will be given out.

Participants may begin entering in the MFTHBA office on Sunday, September 2nd.  Entries will close at 1:30 on Friday, September 7.

Start making plans now to show your favorite dog!


MFTHBA’s Fun Dog Show

2 p.m. at the Main Arena on Friday, September 7


1:  Dog Costume Class

2:  Toy/Small Dog (Under 14 Inches)

3:  Medium to Large Dog (14 Inches & Above)

4:  Trick Class

5:  Cutest Dog

** Entry fee = $5 per dog per class

**All dogs need to abide by the MFTHBA’s vicious dog policy. Please have your dog current on their vaccinations.


Dog Show Entry Form

Poker Run Scheduled for Celebration Week

Are you interested in combining your love of horses, obstacle challenges, and cards into one fun-filled activity?  Start getting your horse ready for the first MFTHBA Poker Run hosted by the MFTHBA Membership Committee.

“MFTHBA member Susan Thomlinson sent me a message in July with a new idea for the World Show and Celebration.  The rest of the committee agreed that it sounded like an event that everyone would love,” shared Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chair.  “We hope that everyone will join us at the Fox Trot playground for some fun, and also a chance to win some money.”

The rules of the Poker Run are simple.  Each horse and rider team will have three chances at each of the eight obstacles.  A rider will draw a card for each obstacle completed.  Riders are not permitted to exchange cards with other riders.

After all teams have completed the course, all riders will meet to determine the winners.  There will be two opportunities for riders to win:  the best Poker Hand and the Highest Score.  For the Best Poker Hand, riders will choose the best five cards that they have in order to make the best Poker hand.  Jokers will be wild.  The rider with the best hand will win.  For the Highest Score category, riders will count up the total of their cards using a pre-determined scoring system.  The rider with the highest score will be the winner.

The entry fee for this event is $20 with 100% of the entry fee going to payback.  Plus, Wilson Farms Fox Trotters have added money to each category.

The Poker Run will take place on Saturday, September 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fox Trot Playground.  You may enter on Saturday morning at the Fox Trot Playground beginning at 9 a.m.

Poker Run Information

Poker Run Liability Form

Class Entry Forms Available, Discount Fees Until August 24

Celebration class entry forms are now available online.  Exhibitors wanting to take advantage of the early entry discounted fee should enter by August 24.

To address the concern presented by exhibitors at the 2018 Spring Show regarding exhibitors that pre-entered being asked to enter classes first, exhibitors taking advantage of the discounted fee will be assigned higher numbers.  This should assist them in not appearing first on the class sheet.

“We want to encourage exhibitors to enter early,” shared Cathy Lansdown.  “We hope this change will better accommodate the exhibitors utilizing the pre-entry process.”

MFTHBA Forms Page

Open Amateur Classes Added to Versatility Schedule, Payback Money Returns

In response to exhibitor requests, the MFTHBA Board of Directors approved the Versatility Committee’s request to add Open Amateur classes to the versatility class schedule.  The 2018 versatility class list will include a full schedule of Open, Open Amateur and Youth classes to be held on Sunday, September 3 through Tuesday, September 5.  Competition in the versatility arena will begin each morning at 10 a.m.  The full schedule for the Celebration will be released soon.

The Versatility Committee is also pleased to announce that again this year, payback money has been donated for the Versatility World Grand Champion titles.  In addition to the prestige that comes along with being named a Top 5 Versatility World Grand Champion, winners will split $8000 in payback.

In addition, Versatility World Grand Champions and Reserve World Grand Champions along with the Ranch Horse World Grand Champions and Reserve World Grand Champions will be recognized in the Dale Esther Arena.

The Top 5 for the Open and Open Amateur divisions will each split $3000 in payback.  Youth competitors will split $2000.  Exhibitors will need to have a W-9 on file with the MFTHBA prior to receiving payback checks.  Checks for the first and second place winners will be presented during the Dale Esther Arena presentation.  Winners of third through fifth placings will be able to pick up their checks in the MFTHBA office the day following the presentations.


The Top 5 in each division will receive payback at the following percentages:

1st: 30%

2nd: 25%

3rd: 20%

4th: 15%

5th: 10%


Payback for the Open and Open Amateur World Grand Champion Top 5 will be:

1st: $900

2nd: $750

3rd: $600

4th: $450

5th: $300


Youth payback will be:

1st: $600

2nd: $500

3rd: $400

4th: $300

5th: $200

In the event that a division does not have 5 entries, payback money not paid out by placing will be divided evenly among the other placing entries in that division.

Special 60th Anniversary Merchandise

Special merchandise to recognize the 60th World Show and Celebration will be available for pre-order at the Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity this coming June.  Hats, t-shirts and more will be made available utilizing a special logo designed specifically for this year’s Celebration.

Watch for more information on this special merchandise as the event gets closer.