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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.

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