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Performance, Model Entry Fees to Include Photos

At the July meeting of the MFTHBA Board of Directors, Dale Esther Arena photographer, Marty Maynard, presented a proposal to provide exhibitors pictures at a reduced cost.  The proposal requested adding a $2 photography fee per entry for model and performance classes.  This fee would compensate the photographer.  In return, exhibitors would receive free electronic downloads of all their pictures from competition in the Dale Esther Arena for no additional charge.  Print copies would be available for an additional cost.

In reviewing the proposal, the Board felt this proposal would provide a significant cost reduction to exhibitors.  At the Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity, an electronic download cost $15.

The proposal was specific to photographs taken by Marty Maynard.  She is the official photographer for the Dale Esther Arena and the only photographer authorized by the MFTHBA Board to take pictures of the model and performance competition.

The $2 photographer fee will be added to the entry fee depicted on the entry form.  The additional fee will make performance and model pre-entry preliminary class fees $22.  Versatility pre-entry fees will remain $20.  The early entry deadline is August 30.

After this deadline, performance and model preliminary class fees will be $27.  Versatility regular price entry fees will be $25.  Championship model and performance classes will be $32.  Thanks to a generous sponsor, youth designated class entry fees are covered for all competition areas at the 2017 World Show and Celebration.

Please note that the photographer fee only applies to model and performance competition.  There will be no changes in versatility entry fees.  Photographs in the versatility arena may be purchased directly from Melanie Wynn Photography, the official photographer for the versatility arena.

Affiliates Look for Support from Celebration Attendees

As Missouri Fox Trotting Horse enthusiasts from around the world gather at the MFTHBA World Headquarters in Ava, Missouri, MFTHBA affiliates look to support their activities back home.

The Fox Trotting Trail Riders of Tennessee (FoxTROT) will be attending the World Show a2016 WORLD logo-colornd Celebration in force to participate in the National Trail Rides held in conjunction with the show.  Throughout the week, FoxTROT members will be selling raffle tickets for a package of four items (Spurs w/ straps, Bridle, Saddle bag, Breast collar).  These items will be raffled off Friday night during the evening performance. Tickets are only $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20. All proceeds will go to support our Tennessee Affiliate of the MFTHBA.  To purchase, contact any FoxTROT member.

The St. Louis Regional Fox Trotters and the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association will be hosting a joint bake sale during the Membership Dinner on Sunday night.  Members will have homemade goods available.  Purchase is by donation, so bring a few extra dollars to the dinner.  Proceeds go to support the Region 4 Fox Trot Fall Festival, a joint effort between both affiliates, scheduled for October 1 in Sedalia, Missouri.

TrailGuard Joins Celebration as Sponsor, Offers Special Discount

2016 WORLD logo-colorThe MFTHBA is pleased to announce that TrailGuard, a premier equestrian roadside assistance service and MFTHBA Member Benefit Company, will attend the 2016 World Show and Celebration.  In addition, they will be awarding the top 3 winners in every class a gift certificate for 30 days of coverage.

“We value TrailGuard as a partner company and are very excited to have them attend the Celebration,” shared Dr. Joyce Graening, MFTHBA President.

Each certificate winner will need to stop by the TrailGuard booth to activate the temporary membership.  Certificates can be accumulated to provide even more benefits.  “Exhibitors lucky enough to win more than one can combine them for even longer free service,” shared Graening.  In addition, members that already have TrailGuard as their roadside assistance can extend their service utilizing the awards.

Even those not walking away with one of the gift certificates will receive something extra from TrailGuard—an extra 5% off.  To help celebrate the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, TrailGuard will be providing anyone that uses the special code, MFTHBA, 25% off their membership dues.  This special will run from August 30 through September 10.  To learn more about TrailGuard or to sign up, visit them online HERE.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with TrailGuard.  They have been very supportive of our breed,” shared Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chair.

All attendees are encouraged to stop by the TrailGuard table in the pavilion on Monday and Tuesday.  From Wednesday through Saturday, they will be set up each night in the Special Events Tent on Vendor Row.

Equine Check in Process

2016 WORLD logo-colorAll horses entering the MFTHBA showgrounds must have a negative Coggins test within the past 12 months and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, regardless of state of origin.

Horses must enter through the equine entry gate to have paperwork checked.  There is a $10 per horse inspection fee.

The equine entry gate will be staffed starting Saturday September 3rd.

Equine Entry Gate Hours:

Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m

Monday September 5- Saturday September 10: 8 a.m. to 7p.m.

For horses arriving earlier than Saturday or outside equine entry gate hours, a member of the MFTHBA Board of Directors will be available Friday September 2 through Monday September 5 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.

After Monday, any horse entering outside the equine entry gate hours, must bring their horses to the gate to be checked promptly after the gate reopens.


Community Day Scheduled for September 7

Ava Businesses

Attendees to the 2016 World Show and Celebration will be able to identify business in Ava that support the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse by looking for these signs.

The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse has a rich history is the Missouri Ozarks.  For 58 years, the communities in Douglas County and surrounding areas have welcomed Missouri Fox Trotting Horse enthusiasts to the area to celebrate the breed.  This year, the MFTHBA would like to thank the communities for their support.  On Wednesday, September 7, the MFTHBA will host a Community Day at the Celebration.  Admission will be free all day.  In addition to competition in the Versatility and Dale Esther Arenas, several special events have been planned throughout the day.

Starting at 1 p.m., attendees will be able to take horseshoe pitching lessons from National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America (NHPA) and Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association sanctioned pitcher, Alfred Mundy.  Mr. Mundy has competed in several World and State Championship Tournaments. Recently, he placed 4th in his division at the 2016 World Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be conducting campfire cooking demonstrations starting at 3 p.m.  Larry Lindeman has been an outdoor skills specialist in the Ozark Region for the past 10 years.  Throughout the two hour demonstration, Mr. Lindeman will demonstrate cooking trout as well as desserts over the campfire.

Our younger visitors will be excited to enjoy time on the inflatable bounce house and slide, courtesy of Cahows Inflatables, starting at 3 p.m.

In addition to our vendors, visitors will also be able to visit with some of the MFTHBA’s Partner Organizations and Member Benefit Companies starting at 4 p.m. in the Special Events Tent on Vendor Row.

Throughout the evening show session, the MFTHBA will be recognizing Ava area businesses that support the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse World Show and Celebration.  The MFTHBA thanks the following business for their support:

Animal Clinic of Ava

Cahow’s Inflatables LLC

Century Bank of the Ozarks

Douglas County Health Department

First Home Bank

Jean’s Healthway Natural Food Market

Message and Body Works

Missouri Ozarks Community Health

Signal Food Stores

Town & Country Bank

True Brew

VFW Post 5993



Ranch Sorting Clinic Offered For MFTHBA Members

Ever wanted to learn more about ranch sorting?  A fast growing cattle event, ranch sorting requires a team of two to work together to move cattle in numerical order; all while being judged by the clock.  The great thing about the event is that equestrians of all ages can participate.

Missouri Fox Trotters all over the country are participating in these types of events.  The 2016 World Show and Celebration will provide a unique opportunity for MFTHBA members to give the event a try.

“I am very excited we were able to partner with Cornerstone Productions to conduct this clinic,” shared Amber Wilson, MFTHBA Region 4 Director.  “This is an event that our members can get involved with in their home areas; plus it showcases the versatility of our breed.”

The clinic will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 9.  The clinic is free for MFTHBA members.  Non-members may participate for $40.  This fee includes a MFTHBA membership for 2016-2017.  Those interested are requested to sign up in the MFTHBA office.  “Pre-registering will help speed up the registration process on Friday morning,” shared Wilson.  “Non-members must pre-register and pay in the MFTHBA before the clinic.”

During the three hour clinic, three clinicians will help participants learn about the event.  Cattle will be available for individuals to practice with.  The clinic is scheduled to last until noon.  Those interested in attending are reminded to review the equine entry requirements.

The clinic is being offered free thanks to the generous donations of the following sponsors:

Joe and Jennifer Stewart

Lee Hackler

Randy Williams

Diana Pernicka

Tom Owen

Amy and Shawn Stangl

Amber Wilson

Pam Lynn

Joyce Graening

Camper Arrival Clarification

2016 WORLD logo-colorThe MFTHBA has received several questions regarding when campers may arrive prior to the World Show and Celebration.  The campground officially opens on Monday August 29; however, we recognize many members would like to utilize the weekend to set their trailers.  For those individuals that need to bring their trailers on Sunday August 28, they are welcome to do so.  We do request that those coming in that early do not turn on their air conditioners until they return.  “We understand that many people would like to plug in the refrigerators so they are cold when they arrive; however, it would help the show’s expenses for individuals not to run their air conditions while they are not on site,” shared Dr. Graening.

Individuals setting their trailers early should be aware that once their trailer is set, the grass around their spot will not be mowed.

If you have any questions, please contact the MFTHBA office at (417) 683-2468 or foxtrot@mfthba.com

New Split Class Procedure to be Tested at Celebration

2016 WORLD logo-colorAt the 2016 Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity, exhibitors were encouraged to provide feedback on ways to improve show policies and procedures.  One suggestion received was a request for exhibitors in split classes to know their split class assignment when they leave the show office versus having to wait till the office closes.

“It is important to that we look for ways to make the entry process convenient for our exhibitors,” said Dr. Joyce Graening, MFTHBA President.

To address this suggestion, a new process will be tested at the World Show and Celebration.  As exhibitors enter designated split classes at the show office, the entry personnel will assign the exhibitor to a split class.  The first person to enter the class will be able to select which split they would like to enter.  After the initial entry, class assignments will be done utilizing an “every other one” assignment process.  Show entry personnel will not be authorized to alter this process.  No exhibitor, except the initial entry, will be able to select which split they enter.

Once the appropriate class is determined, the entry personnel will write the exhibitor number on the split class entry sheet.  The exhibitor will then enter that class number on their entry form.  Show office personnel will enter the exhibitor in the assigned class number.  The class number will then appear on the exhibitors receipt.  No splits will be posted after the entries close.  Exhibitors are responsible for being prepared for the appropriate class.

This process will be re-evaluated following the end of the 2016 World Show and Celebration to determine if it addressed the needs of our exhibitors.  The MFTHBA encourages exhibitors to utilize the “Idea Box” in the show office to provide feedback on the process.

Second Annual Fun Dog Show to be Held during Celebration

Exhibitors had fun showing off their dogs at the first dog show in 2015.  The second annual event promises to provide more fun.

Exhibitors had fun showing off their dogs at the first dog show in 2015. The second annual event promises to provide more fun.

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 puppies all over the grounds.

“Last year’s dog show was a great success!  We are looking forward to even more entries and laughs this year,” shared Amy Stangl, MFTHBA Membership Committee Chairman. Monica Daugherty, MFTHBA Membership Committee member, has taken the lead on organizing the event.

This fun event will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 9, in the Dale Esther Arena.  Eight classes will be held with all participating pooches receiving a treat.  Special awards will also be given for the top 5 places in each class.

“We hope people will just have a good time with it,” shared Stangl. “This isn’t meant to be a serious dog show, but just a way for everyone to have fun and maybe even laugh a little.”

Entries will be taken in the office starting Monday, September 5.  After noon on Friday, entries will be taken on the south side of the Dale Esther Arena.  Entering early is encouraged.

Exhibitors are encouraged to start making plans now to show their favorite dog!


MFTHBA’s 2nd Annual Fun Dog Show

2pm at the Main Arena on Friday, September 9

  1. Any Breed Puppy (up to 12 months old)
  2. Toy/ Small Dog Breed (Height 14 inches & below)
  1. Medium to Large Dog Breed ( Height 14 inches and above)
  2. Junior Handler (11yr old and under with parents)
  3. Trick Class (Any tricks your dogs do)
  4. Ugliest Dog
  5. Cutest Dog
  6. Dog Costume Class


** 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.


Membership Committee Announces Education Series

2016 WORLD logo-colorThe MFTHBA Membership Committee has announced their educational seminar series for the 2016 World Show and Celebration.  Four seminars have been scheduled for Monday, September 5.  All seminars will be held in the Special Events Tent located on Vendor Row.  All attendees should bring their own chair.

The education series will kick off with a clinic on saddle fitting presented by Hedgpeth Saddlery.  During this session, attendees will learn what they should look for in choosing a saddle that will properly fit their horse.  This session will begin at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:45 a.m., Dr. Erin McQueen of McQueen Animal Chiropractic will be conducting a demonstration and sharing her knowledge on Equine Chiropractic with attendees.  Dr. McQueen’s presentation will include a hands on demonstration, followed by a question and answer session.  Dr. McQueen will be available for additional appointments after the seminar.  You can reserve your time by contacting her directly at 515-509-5116 or at dr.erin@mcqueenanimalchiropractic.com.  To learn more about Dr. McQueen visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mcqueenanimalchiropractic/. This clinic is sponsored by Darrell and Kim Martin.

If you are interested in equine color, you won’t want to miss the next presentation.  At noon, Lee Yates will present on Basic Equine Color Genetics.  This event will be the perfect event to ask questions about equine colors.

The last seminar in the series will be presented by MFTHBA DQP Administrator, Randall Dennis.  This session will begin at 1:15 p.m.  This session is especially important for first time exhibitors that may not be familiar with the DQP process.  During the session, Mr. Dennis will discuss the general procedures and answer questions.  The session will start in the Special Tent on Vendor Row but will move to the DQP shed outside the warm-up arena to show attendees how the process works.