The Tour will offer’s stallion owners of a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse stallion an opportunity to showcase their stallion to breeders and Missouri Fox Trotting Horse enthusiasts. Various venues will be offered with attendees being bussed between locations. Each stallion will receive a solo showcase opportunity where their stallion may either be ridden or modeled while an announcer highlights the stallion’s pedigree and accomplishments. This will be followed by time for attendees to interact with stallion owners. Overnight arrangements can be made with the host barn.
More than 300 miles from a Tour Venue?
For stallions stabled more than 300 miles from a Tour location, a video showcase will be available. Stallion owners may submit a video of their stallion (5 minute limit), which will be made available for viewing by attendees.
Each participating stallion receives:
Stallion Entry for the 2019/2020 will be announced in the fall of 2018.
What does a participating stallion receive?
All participating stallions receive the same benefits. These benefits include:
I live more than 300 miles from a Tour stop, if I participate by video do I receive the same benefit?
Stallions eligible and selecting the video options receive all the same advertising benefits as those attending the Tour in person. Videos submitted by participating stallions are shown on the luxury motor coach during the drive between barns. This provides the video stallions the same opportunity for the solo exhibition. In fact, many of the Tour attendees comment that the video stallions have more opportunity to showcase their stallion’s versatility through the use of the video.
I live close to a Tour stop, but would prefer to send a video. Why doesn’t the Tour allow all stallions to submit videos?
Time to showcase videos is limited to the time between Tour stops. The goal of the Tour has always been to provide all MFTHBA members an exceptional marketing opportunity for their stallions. Therefore all video spots are reserved for stallions that meet the criteria to participate by video to ensure there are adequate spots.
Who are the host barns for this year and how will the location for my stallion be determined?
We are still working to finalize the host barns for the 2015 event. These locations will be announced no later than the beginning of January 2015. They will be announced in conjunction with the opening of stallion entries. The stallion entry form will allow each stallion owner to rank the locations in the order of preference. Assignments are done on a first come, first serve basis. In the past we have allowed stallion owners to register without completing this paperwork which has caused some confusion since assignments were based on when the completed paperwork was received. For the 2015 event, stallion owners will not be able to register without including the ranking of locations with their payment.
How do I register my stallion?
Stallion entry will open no later than the beginning of January 2015. With the launch of the Stallion Tour website we will be able to accept stallion entries online with online payment. If you prefer to mail in your registration, you are welcome to do so. You will simply need to follow the instructions on the entry form which will be available on our website or by contacting a Stallion Tour committee member.
Stallion owners should remember that space is limited so registering early is important. In addition, the earlier you register the more you can maximize the benefits offered by the Stallion Tour.
Stallion Tour Prospect Showcase and Sale
How will the Prospect Sale and Exhibition work?
We are still finalizing specific details but here is what we can share. The Sunday following the Stallion Tour (October 25, 2015), the Stallion Tour will host a Prospect Sale and Exhibition. This event will be open to the general public. This event was initiated after comments during the first two Stallion Tours that attendees would not only like to see offspring from the stallions to assist them in selecting a stallion for their mare but that they were also shopping to buy a prospect. This event will meet that need. Every participating stallion will be able to enter one offspring into the Prospect Sale and Exhibition. This will be a private treaty sale and open to horses that are coming three year olds and under.
What if I don’t have an offspring for sale?
That’s ok. You are welcome to bring an offspring just to help promote your stallion. We ask that you let us know so that we can indicate this in the program. Another alternative is to select an offspring from someone who has bred to your stallion in the past that is for sale. The stallion owner does not have to own the entered prospect however they do need to select and approve the included offspring.
Why can I only enter one offspring?
The Stallion Tour is guaranteeing space for one offspring per stallion. This entry is included in your stallion entry. Once we have a clear handle on the number of entered stallions and final space availability we may open up entry to additional offspring. Additional entries will be offered to stallion owners in the order that they register for the Stallion Tour. There is no guarantee of additional space.
How will offspring information be promoted?
Each participating stallion will receive two pages in the Stallion Tour Program. One page will be dedicated to stallion information. This will be similar to past years. A second page will be used to highlight offspring. The top half of the offspring page will feature the offspring participating in the Prospect Sale and Exhibition. The bottom will feature up to three additional offspring (either for sale or not). The stallion owner does not need to own the included prospects but they will need to work with appropriate owners to get and approve information.
My stallion is young and doesn’t have any offspring to participate. Do I still get two pages?
Yes. If your stallion does not have any offspring coming three or under, the Stallion Tour will allow the stallion owner to utilize the second page for an additional ad about their stallion. The program designer will work with the stallion owner to design this page for them or they may submit it camera ready.
MFT Stallion Tour
Amy Stangl, Chairman