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2017 Special Auction Item: "Into the Night" by Janice Taylor

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Shining Brightly... The Region 12 Spotlight Futurity by Anne Stratton


hat’s new at the Region 12 Spotlight Futurity this year? The 11-year-old program has grown steadily and attracted universal praise since it began, so it’s a logical question to ask. Its public has been used to seeing “good” turn into “better” every year. At first, Futurity Chairman Charles Moseley says there’s not a lot new; they’re focusing on just making sure everything remains as strong and solid as it has been. Then he adds modestly, “Well, prize money is going up. We had our most successful auction ever last year (it brought in over $150,000), and our prize money this year will be more than $180,000, the largest payout we’ve had.” Not to mention that at the time he was asked, the committee was still tabulating mare nominations, and it appears that that number will be up as well, to more than 200.

So, for those exhibitors who like the south in the springtime, it remains only to mark their calendars: the 13 Spotlight classes will take place at the Region 12 Championship Show, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga., May 8-13, 2017. Over the years, the Futurity has become almost synonymous with the Region 12 Show, and that, proponents say, benefits everyone. The program’s popularity attracts exhibitors that bring other horses as well, resulting in well-populated classes across the board (on average, 10 to 15 entries appear in the open stallion and mare competitions). “My feeling is that most people would prefer to show in a 10-horse class than a twohorse class,” Moseley offers, “and I think it’s important for the breed that the shows themselves look successful.” Approximately 20 percent of the horses at the Region 12 Show are Spotlight horses, who can be shown from age 1 through age 5, and he notes that the higher age eligibility is yielding increased attendance in the performance divisions. “If you’re going to show anyway, because you love to show horses, why not participate in a program which

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gives you the opportunity to recoup your investment?” he says. And that’s not just advertising hype. For example, last year he and his wife bred four horses that competed in the Spotlight, three of whom they owned. “We picked up a check for about $14,000, and the person who owned the other one also won money.” Another attraction is that the horses found at Region 12 and its Spotlight consistently have offered insight into national potential. “People that like competition and want to compare their horses love that,” Moseley says. Even before the Futurity, the area was known as the home of such luminaries as Magnum Psyche, Versace, DA Valentino and a host of others, and the standards haven’t changed. Recently, the Magnum Psyche connection with Region 12 came full circle, as the mega-sire’s owner, Fernando de Santibanes, donated a Magnum breeding for the Spotlight’s principal fundraiser, its stallion service auction. As Magnum Psyche’s book presently is closed and his futurity commitments are rare, bidding was spirited for the service, with a final selling price of $17,000. “We really appreciated him supporting the program,” Moseley says. Plus, the auction, the anchor social event in an already social show, was a lot of fun. “We had the largest turnout we’ve ever had—we fed between 350 and 400 people. Everybody had a great time.”

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It’s all in a good cause, he says. The Spotlight Futurity is part of the ongoing growth of Region 12. “We’re growing in two areas—sport horses and the Spotlight,” Moseley observes. “This is our way of promoting the Arabian horse.”

2017 SPOTLIGHT AUCTION YEARLINGS $27,661.00 Colts $27,661.00 Fillies 2017 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY YEARLINGS $21,363.00 Colts $21,363.00 Fillies 2017 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY 2-YEAR OLDS $7,532.00 Colts $7,532.00 Geldings $7,532.00 Fillies 2017 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY 3 & 4-YEAR OLDS PERFORMANCE CLASSES $15,067.00 Western Pleasure $15,067.00 Hunter Pleasure $15,067.00 English Pleasure 2017 SPOTLIGHT 5-YEAR OLDS MATURITY PERFORMANCE CLASSES $7,876.00 Western Pleasure $7,876.00 Hunter Pleasure $7,876.00 English Pleasure

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Dear Fellow Arabian Horse Enthusiasts, The 11th Annual Region XII Spotlight Stallion Auction is fast approaching on May 11th in Perry, Georgia. The entire Spotlight Board of Directors have dedicated their time and efforts to create a memorable event that continues to ensure the possibilities for you to purchase stallion services to some of the world’s leading Arabian sires. Future offspring sired by these nominated stallions will have the opportunity to compete for prestigious titles and annual available payouts of over $189,473.00! On May 12th after the morning session, the annual Right Holders meeting will be held in the Patron Lounge in Reeves Arena. We encourage all Right Holders to attend and discuss the future and longevity of the program. Your thoughts and ideas are important to the success of the program. May 13th after the morning session, Dr. Marty Adams from Southern States will be giving a talk on Nutrition & Ulcer Care for the Show Horse which is open to all. There will be a lunch provided in the Patron Lounge in Reeves Arena. We welcome you, your family and friends, to join us in celebration of the Arabian horse. Enjoy the fun and festive SPOTLIGHT Futurity Auction Night and share in the excitement of breeding and showing these beautiful animals. Sincerely, Charles Moseley Chairman, Spotlight Futurity

LOVE THE REGION 12 CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW? Then we invite you to join us for “SOUTHERN ARABIANS NIGHT” and help support our Region 12 Spotlight Program—which has brought so much excitement and vitality back to Region 12!

BECOME A 2017 “GOLD CHAMPION” SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR FOR A $1,000 SPONSORSHIP OF THE SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM, YOU WILL RECEIVE: • A premier table for eight people during the auction • 8 - 2017 Edition Spotlight Wine Glasses • A complimentary bottle of wine (white or red) • A tray of special gourmet hors d’oeuvres So, please join with your friends or clients for a festive night of good food and drinks, great companionship, and beautiful Arabian horses, while you support our nationally recognized Region 12 Spotlight Program! Gold Champion sponsorships are limited … make your reservation TODAY! Contact: Allison Mehta • 404-409-8904 • Ar abian Horse Times | 5 | Spotlight Futurity

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For phone bidding contact Melissa Bradshaw at 843-601-0569



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ATTEND THE SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY ACTIVITIES AT THE 2017 REGION 12 CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 ~ 6PM Live Stallion Auction in Reeves Arena. FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017 ~ MORNING SESSION (CLASS 109) Calcutta for Spotlight Futurity Western Pleasure 3-4 Year Olds If you missed the excitement of last year’s Calcutta, be present this year! Please bid on your favorite rider and horse at the beginning of the Live Auction. FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017 ~ FOLLOWING MORNING SESSION Spotlight Annual Rightholder Meeting in the Fairview Board Room. SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 ~ LUNCH BREAK Dr. Marty Adams and Triple Crown Feed, “Nutrition & Ulcer Care for the Show Horse”, Annual Spotlight Educational Seminar. MAY 13, 2017 ~ SATURDAY NIGHT CLASSES Presentation of Spotlight Sire & Breeder of Distinction Awards ARABIAN HORSES FOR HUMANITY Meet “Goldie” and bid on your own designer likeness during the live Stallion auction. Donated by Lisa Blackstone & Stephen Timme

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OFFICERS: President ~ Charles Moseley Vice President ~ John Rannenberg 352-266-6446 Director ~ Allison Mehta-Westley 404-409-8904 Director ~ Melissa Bradshaw 843-601-0569 Director ~ Ted Carson 910-876-7332 Secretary ~ Kenna Burbeck 678-523-1955 Treasurer ~ Mary Scribner 352-694-4184

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2017 Region 12 Spotlight Futurity  

April 2017 Vol. 47 No. 9

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