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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.












Special Recognition Events Planned For 60th World Show and Celebration

Special recognition is being planned for the 60th Annual World Show and Celebration scheduled for this September.  The MFTHBA plans to recognize the following individuals and horses during the event:

  • All past Open 5 years and older World Grand Champions
  • Individuals that have attended all 60 world championship shows
  • Past and present members of the MFTHBA Board of Directors
  • Families of the founding members of the MFTHBA

There will be a booth at the 2018 Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity where individuals can obtain more information on the special events planned for the World Show and Celebration.  Individuals are encouraged to stop by the booth in the Roy Williams Pavilion.

Anyone with questions about these special recognition opportunities should contact Mitzi Nichols, MFTHBA Show Committee Chairman at 417-588-5696 or mitzml@hotmail.com.  Questions may also be directed to Pam Middleton, MFTHBA Historical Committee Chairman, at 417-880-0361 or jpmiddletonllc@outlook.com

Tevis Cup Finisher to be Recognized at World Show and Celebration

Foxfire’s Little Britches and Jakob Gregory conquers Cougar Rock during the 2017 Tevis Cup. Photo credit: Gore/Baylor Photography

A few weeks ago, a young man and his Missouri Fox Trotting Horse captured the interest of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse world when he completed the Western States Trail Ride, commonly known as the Tevis Cup.  This 100 mile endurance ride is one of the world’s most well-known events and finishing it is quite an accomplishment.

In the 62 year history of the event, only 4 registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horses have completed the demanding event.  The first was in 1972 when High Peak Red, ridden by Frank Howe, completed the race.  In 1979, Levi’s Bliss, ridden by Linda Larson, also completed the demanding event.  It took 35 years for the next Missouri Fox Trotting Horse to complete the race.  In 2014, Foxfire’s Little Britches, ridden by JayaMae Gregory, completed the Tevis Cup.  In 2016, Black Squirels Brandy, ridden by Jenny Gomez, became the fourth Missouri Fox Trotting Horse to finish.  That leads us to 2017.

This year, one Missouri Fox Trotting Horse was competing.  Foxfire’s Little Britches, known as Asali, was on the quest to be the first Missouri Fox Trotting Horse to complete the famous Tevis Cup twice.  This time she was partnered with junior rider, Jakob Gregory.  Throughout the 24 hour event, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse owners from around the globe tracked Jakob’s progress.  Social media boards were busy with people talking about his progress, tracking as he made it through checkpoints and then nearly 24 hours after they started, cheering his finish.  History was made.  Foxfire’s Little Britches, at 17 years old, is the only Missouri Fox Trotting Horse to complete the ride twice and is the only one to complete the event with a junior rider.

Finishing was a huge accomplishment for Asali and 15 year old Jackob, but as stories came out about Jakob’s journey, it became even more impressive.  In endurance events, junior riders compete along with a sponsor.  This sponsor rides with them throughout the event.  At the start of the Tevis Cup, tragedy struck when the horse Jakob’s sponsor was riding suddenly passed away.  Without a sponsor, Jakob’s journey was over before it had even started.  Another rider stepped up to ride with Jakob so he could begin the race.

Then the stories about Jakob and Asali leading other (adult) riders through the difficult part of the trails, in the dark, starting to come out and it became clear that Jakob and Asali left an impression on the entire ride.  His new sponsored, who was competing the Tevis Cup for the first time, credited Jakob with getting her to the finish line.  Jakob not only helped her through difficult parts of the trail, but managed their time so they could meet the requirements at each checkpoint.

As Missouri Fox Trotting Horse owners learned of Jakob and Asali’s journey, they immediately reached out to Jakob’s mother and started encouraging them to make the trip from their home Paradise, California to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse World Show and Celebration in Ava, Missouri.  In recent years, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) has recognized owners and riders that have completed the Tevis on Missouri Fox Trotting Horses.  Social media was abuzz with people that felt Jakob’s journey and Asali’s historic accomplishments deserved in person recognition at the MFTHBA’s premier event, an event designed to recognize all aspects of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed.

Missouri Fox Trotting Horse owners from across the United States have stepped forward to help cover some of the cost of Jakob’s travel to attend the 2017 World Show and Celebration scheduled for September 3-9 at the MFTHBA World Headquarters in Ava, Missouri.  This support is making the trip possible.

On Wednesday September 6, prior to the start of the evening session, Jakob and Foxfire’s Little Britches will be recognized for their accomplishments.  On Thursday, September 7, Jakob along with his mother JayaMae, who completed the Tevis Cup in 2014 aboard Foxfire’s Little Britches, will conduct a seminar to share their experience competing in the Tevis Cup and in other endurance competitions.


Understanding the Versatility World Championship Competition

With the added money in this year’s Versatility World Grand Championship competition, there has been a renewed interest in participating in the classes.  With that interest has come some questions regarding how the Versatility World Grand Champion title is awarded.

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 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.

This year a fourth hi-point competition was added.  The Versatility 2 gait hi-point incorporates the two gait classes added to the versatility schedule. Only one overall hi-point will be awarded in this area (i.e. it will not be separated into Open, Open Amateur, etc.).  This one is outside the MFTHBA rule book and therefore classes under this hi-point competition do not go toward the overall Versatility World Grand Championship title.

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

Versatility Pleasure Horse

Showmanship:  Classes 1 and 2

Western Pleasure:  Classes 3 and 4

English Pleasure:  Classes 9 and 10


Versatility Working Horse

Reining:  Class 8

Western Horsemanship:  Class 6 and 7

Trail:  Classes 26 and 27


Versatility Speed Horse

Barrel Race:  Classes 28 and 29

Pole Bending:  Classes 30 and 31

Stake Race: Classes 32 and 33


On the entry form, riders will indicate whether they are an Open or Open Amateur rider.  While the classes are combined, points will be calculated independently. This will allow the awarding of an Open Hi-Point winner and Open Amateur Hi-Point winner in each category.  Youth exhibitors have separate classes except for Reining.  In the Reining class, their points will also be counted independently.

The new 2-Gait Hi-Point competition will include classes 1, 5, 11, and 25.  If an exhibitor competes for the Open, Open Amateur or Youth Hi-Point awards, they are not eligible to compete for the 2-Gait Hi-Point award.

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.  Like the Hi-Point awards, points in combined classes will be accrued separately.  Open riders will accrue points toward the Open Versatility World Grand Champion title and Open Amateur riders will accrue points toward the Open Amateur 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.