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Payback Added for Versatility World Grand Champions

In addition to great prizes like those pictured, versatility competitors will also have the opportunity to win payback.

Exhibitors competing for 2019 Versatility World Grand Champion titles will also be able to earn payback.  Thanks to an anonymous sponsor, $8000 will be paid out to the Open, Open Amateur, and Youth Versatility World Grand Champion Top 5.

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.

Equine Check in Process for World Show and Celebration

The MFTHBA requires all horses entering the MFTHBA World Headquarters have a current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, also known as a health certificate, and negative Coggins test.  The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is required regardless of state of origin.

Due to Vesicular Stomatitis, the Missouri Department of Agriculture requires horses from impacted states to request a permit from their office before entering Missouri.  Currently, this includes horses originating from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.  The board recommends that exhibitors work with the veterinarian to determine appropriate booster vaccinations needed before attending the show, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Equine Influenza, and Equine Herpesvirus.   Those bringing a horse onto the MFTHBA showgrounds can find more information about disease prevention HERE.

Horses must enter through the equine entry gate to have the paperwork checked.  There is a $10 per horse inspection fee. The equine entry gate will be staffed starting Friday, August 30.

 

Equine Entry Gate Hours:

Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 1- Saturday, September 7: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

After Hours Arrivals

For horses arriving earlier than Friday or outside equine entry gate hours, an individual will be available Friday, August 31 through Saturday, September 1 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 Sunday, any horse entering outside the equine entry gate hours must bring their horses to the gate to be checked promptly after the gate reopens.

Exhibitors Reminded of Equine Health Procedures for World Show and Celebration

With the World Show and Celebration just a few weeks away, the MFTHBA Board of Directors encourages all exhibitors to keep their horse’s health and the health of other equine competitors in mind.  “The health of all the horses attending the World Show and Celebration is a top priority for the MFTHBA,” said Mark Mackie, MFTHBA president.

The MFTHBA requires all horses entering the MFTHBA World Headquarters have a current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, also known as a health certificate, and negative Coggins test.  The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is required regardless of the state of origin. Due to Vesicular Stomatitis, the Missouri Department of Agriculture requires horses from impacted states to request a permit from their office before entering Missouri.  Currently, this includes horses originating from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.  The board recommends that exhibitors work with the veterinarian to determine appropriate booster vaccinations needed before attending the show, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Equine Influenza, and Equine Herpesvirus.

Horse owners should practice good biosecurity prior to, 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,” added Mr. Mackie.  “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.”

6th Annual Membership Dinner Details Announced

It is time to RSVP for the 6th Annual Membership Dinner which will be on Saturday, August 31st from 6-8.

The menu of this year’s dinner will feature a taco bar, and it will be held at the Roy Williams Pavilion.

The Membership Committee would like to thank MFTHBA member Jimmy Bell for donating all of the beef for the taco bar.  Jimmy has also arranged for all of the members to be entertained by a bluegrass band during dinner.

To help with planning, please RSVP by Wednesday, August 28th by using the provided link (HERE) or calling the MFTHBA Office at (417) 683-2468.

There will be a ranch rodeo following the dinner at the versatility arena and sign-ups will take place at the dinner.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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.

Gelding Model Class Entries Sponsored, Payback Added

The MFTHBA is pleased to announce that K and D Martin Fox trotters, owned by Kim and Darrell Martin of Rolla, Missouri, have sponsored all entry fees for class 31, Gelding Model World Champion, scheduled for Monday September 3rd at the Celebration.

In addition to the class being free to exhibitors, K and D Martin Fox Trotters is also offering payback for the class.  The top 5 places will receive the following payback: 1st. $75.00, 2nd $50.00, 3rd $35.00, 4th $25.00 and 5th $15.00.

Entry forms are available online at https://mfthba.com/celebration/forms/

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.