CONTENTS Stallion of the year announced ON THE COVER: Grand Central is named Stallion of the Year for the third year in a row. Read about this top stallion on Page 6!
See how one child’s request led to family fun on Page 10!
Officers and Board of Directors President
Lisa Cantrell Conway, MO 417-533-9354 email@example.com Secretary-Treasurer Albert Cook Jr. Peace Valley, MO 417-293-1104 thecardinalsinml@yahoo. com
News from Affiliates Read what affiliates are doing with their Fox Trotters on Pages 16-20!
Message from the President Calendar of Events
Director Region #1 Marie Boyd Santa Rosa, Ca 805-218-0849 IrishHills2006@gmail.com Director Region #2 Dennis Bromley Highland, UT 801-541-0391 firstname.lastname@example.org Director Region #3 Heather Harrison Henderson, TX 903-646-0520 fire_horse_farm@yahoo. com
Director Region #4 Amber Wilson Bonner Springs, KS 816-806-9374 email@example.com Director Region #5 Ted Nichols Ozark, MO 417-581-2657 firstname.lastname@example.org Director Region #6 Eddie Moore Lebanon, MO 417-850-8558 email@example.com Director Region #7 Chad Hindman Festus, MO 501-257-7638 firstname.lastname@example.org Director Region #8 Jennifer West Shelbyville, IL 217-454-1761 shameless3500@yahoo. com Director Region #9 Beverly Frizzell 870-715-0066 email@example.com Director Region #10 Ross Harper Ocala, FL 352-789-6867 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Message from the President
April is a busy, exciting time Hello Everyone, I know this is an exciting time of year. It is also a very busy time of year. Members are starting to get their horses ready to start showing, some have already started trail riding. Our Association has already gone to horse fairs and clinic’s and my personal favorite, Spring Breeding season. It is always fun to watch all of the new foals coming into the world. It’s almost as like receiving a Christmas present on Christmas eve. We go out and check our mares that are due and you walk up to see that new baby foal standing next to her getting their first look at their Mother. Then in the next couple of weeks not getting two feet away from her and the Mare standing over her baby whenever it is sleeping to guard and protect their newborn. The foal starts getting stronger and it gets steady on its feet and they even start to run and play. Watching them is so much fun and you start thinking and dreaming. Are you watching the next World Grand Champion, could this be the one? If you have ever shown, you have to admit you have been there. Is this colt going to be your perfect trail horse or the perfect ranch horse? Is this the colt that will be rounding up the cows, riding the fence lines or ending your day by simply riding around enjoying it? The MFTHBA has the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Stallion Tour. If you’re looking for a Stallion to breed your mares to, this is a good place to start. Many MFT owners that have stallions put them in this event. You can find out more about the Stallion Tour to be held in October on the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Website or the Tour also has a Facebook page. If you have a stallion and you haven’t put him in the Tour, be sure to check it out. It is great way to advertise and you get a lot of exposure. April is the month we are having our adult horse registration specials. If you have forgotten to register your horse as a foal now is the time to go ahead and get it registered. We are offering our registration fees at a reduced rate and the opportunity to get your papers on a horse that may have failed to have been registered after a sale or if you just thought you would never have the need for papers. It is very important for us as a breed to keep records. We also encourage everyone to transfer your horses in the correct owner’s name. This helps if you decide to sell your horse and it helps your buyers to feel that they are buying a horse from a reputable breeder as well. I hope I haven’t bored you with all the talk of Spring time and the birth of our foals, but like I said, it is one of my favorite times of the year. Enjoy the Spring weather and I would like to wish you all a very Blessed Easter. Aaron Stanifer MFTHBA President March 31 April 30 April 6 -9 April 22
- MFTHBA Stall Utility Surcharge Due - Spring show/ 3yr. Old Futurity Camper Reservations Due - Ohio Equine Affaire - Spring Kickoff Kansas City @ Lone Wolf Arena Cleve land, Mo. April 29 - Ozarks Gaited Saddle Club Batesville, AR 4
Welcome New MFTHBA Members! Traci Roy, Region 3 Jenny Schrader, Region 8 Ann Meguess, Region 3 Kelsi Mueller, Region 6 Amit Yaish, Region 10 Kurtiss Beam, Region 3 Jodie Yates, Region 5 Phyllis DeRoy, Region 4 Sherrie Hamilton, Region 3 Melanie Christensen, Region 2 Norma Krumlauf, Region 2 Duane Krumlauf, Region 2 Terry Wilson, Region 6 Linda Winter, Region 2 Tom Winter DVM, Region 2 Tzabar Shemesh, Region 10 Joyce Holstine, Region 8 Angela Ashby, Region 4 Steve Henry, Region 3
Alora Fish, Region 8 Harland Fish, Region 8 Andrew Rayland, Region 2 Kris Norman, Region 2 Kelly Norman, Region 2 Dagmar Anderson, Region 10 Bill Wilderman, Region 4 Analiese Gaffey, Region 9 Jean Cadenbach, Region 7 Michael Ritcher, Region 10 Beverly Bures, Region 2 Cheryl Thomas, Region 4 Deena McPherson, Region 10 Paul Yoon, Region 2 Bernice Yoon, Region 2 Jeff Norte, Region 3 Kayleigh Norte, Region 3 Garach Smith, Region 4
Support grows for 100 to 100 I supported MFTHBA’s 100 to 100 campaign because it is hard to believe that such a wonderful breed of horse is relatively unknown (especially in California), and with such a small registry we need to do our best to promote our Fox Trotters. They are beautiful, forward, brave and friendly horses. Their smooth, ground covering gait and their sure-footedness makes them ideal trail horses. In my opinion, everyone should have the chance to own a Foxtrotter once in their life! I support this breed wholeheartedly.
Jeri Ireland, Novato, Calif. Learn more about the 100 to 100 campaign at www.mfthba. com/100to100
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Grand Central named Stallion of the Year
FARMINGTON, Ark. – Grand Central has earned the MFTHBA Stallion of the Year award for the third straight year. “Charlie” has fit right into the breeding program of his owners, Joe and Jennifer Stewart of Jennijoe Stables in Farmington, Ark. “He has exceeded every one of our expectations,” Joe Stewart said. “A lot of people know Charlie. We actually let people ride him. He doesn’t act like a normal stud horse. He just loves attention. That’s one of the things that is so attractive about his offspring. They are very gentle, easy to break. He’s just a blessing. If he never produces another horse we will be happy.” But Charlie is still producing offspring, and those offspring have been very successful in the show ring, which led to the Stallion of the Year award. The award is given to the stallion with the most successful offspring at MFTHBA sponsored shows, with a point system applied to pre-designated classes. All World Grand Champion classes, Spring Show Championship Classes and Three Year Old Futurity classes were included in the calculations. In 2016, 108 stallions earned points toward the award. Grand Central was bred by Steve Maxey of Watkinsville, Ga. This is the fourth straight year that Grand Central has been named to the Stallion of the Year Top 5 and the third year in a row that he has won the top honor. He was also named a 2016 Top 5 Breeding Sire earlier this year. Grand Central was sired by Prince Jester’s Shadowfax and out of the mare, Madam Cassey Fox. Grand Central had several offspring win this past year in the performance 6
and model arenas. A few of his offspring included the following: Open 5 Year and Older World Grand Champion, Baby Grand, owned by Autumn Larkowski of Strafford, Missouri, Open 3 Year Old World Grand Champion, Sweet Desire, owned by Kevin Harp and Ronlin Farms, LLC, of Dadeville, Missouri, and Amateur Owned Specialty 5 Years and Older World Grand Champion, I Told You So, owned by Jimmy Bell of Salem, Missouri. Grand Central will be honored at the 2017 Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity along with the other members of the Stallion of the Year Top 5. The Stewarts bought Grand Central in 2012 after owning some of his offspring. “We saw his potential as a breeding sire and that’s the main reason we bought him. We have over 50 mares that we breed and he fit right into our breeding program, a good cross.” The Stewarts plan on scaling back standing Grand Central to outside mares. “Grand Central doesn’t have to prove
himself any more. We’ve backed off breeding outside mares. We want to breed our own mares and raise our own babies. He has become our in-house, number one breeding stallion.” The Stewarts have owned horses for many years, including Quarter horses and paints, but weren’t really into breeding until they switched to owning Fox Trotters in 2009. “Why did we switch? It was probably just because of the versatility of the breed,” Joe said. “There are several things a Missouri Fox Trotter can do that other breeds can’t do. There’s nothing it doesn’t do well. They are more of a family horse that you can use for many different things,” Joe said. “They are a lot easier to own and easier to ride. They are smoother to ride and as a person ages it’s better on their back.” Jennijoe Stables has two full-time trainers and brought 21 horses to last year’s Celebration. Stewart said he appreciates the down-home atmosphere of Fox Trotter shows, which is much more attractive to him than the shows produced by other breed associations. “It takes a lot of money to show some of the other breeds. Those worlds are far removed from regular people. Anyone can own and show a Fox Trotter,” he said. “We have four kids and probably my biggest regret is that we didn’t get involved with the Fox Trotters when my kids were 10, 11 years old so they could have gotten involved with showing. It is very well-rounded and the Fox Trotter community welcomes the youth and I think that’s what we need to do.”
Jester’s Charming Legend named to Top 5 Congratulations to Jester’s Charming Legend for being named a 2016 Top 5 Stallion. Jester’s Charming Legend was recently named the MFTHBA Breeding Sire of the Year for the second year in a row, and this is the second year that he has been named a Top 5 stallion. Jester’s Charming Legend was bred by Larry Robbins of Farmington, Arkansas, and he is owned by Brian Oglesby of Perry, Missouri. Jester’s Charming Legend’s offspring included the following title winners in 2016: Open 2 year Old World Grand Champion, Legendary Lady J, owned by Kevin Harp and Ronlin Farms, LLC,
of Dadeville, Missouri, Open Amateur 2 Year Old World Grand Champion, Legendary Annie Oakley, owned by Lee Hackler of Alma, Arkansas, and the Open Four Year Old World Grand Champion, Paula Deen, owned by Jessica Revey, Republic, Missouri and Ricky Palmer, Hartville, Missouri. The MFTHBA congratulates Jester’s Charming Legend and Brian Oglesby. Thank you for your contributions to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse breed. More on the Stallion of the Year: Designed to honor the stallion with the most successful offspring at MFTHBA sponsored shows, a point system was
applied to pre-designated classes. All World Grand Champion classes, Spring Show Championship Classes and Three Year Old Futurity classes were included in the calculations. In 2016, 108 stallions earned points toward the award.
Prince Jester named Top 5 Stallion
Congratulations to Prince Jester on being named a 2015 Top 5 Stallion. This is Prince Jester’s third time being named an MFTHBA Top 5 Stallion; Prince Jester was also named a Top 5 Stallion in 2012 and 2015. Prince Jester was bred by Larry Robbins of Farmington, Arkansas, and he was owned by Majestic Foxtrotters, LLC before his untimely death in 2011. Prince Jester’s offspring included the following notable winners in 2016: Open Amateur 5 Years & Older Reserve World Grand Champion, Jest Another Jessie, owned by Larry and Laurie Luna
of Highlandville, Missouri and Out of State Futurity Champion, Prince Jester’s Lady Godiva, at that time owned by Lee Hackler, of Alma, Arkansas. The MFTHBA congratulates Prince Jester and Majestic Foxtrotters, LLC. Thank you for your contributions to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse breed. More on the Stallion of the Year: Designed to honor the stallion with the most successful offspring at MFTHBA sponsored shows, a point system was applied to pre-designated classes. All World Grand Champion classes, Spring Show Championship Classes and Three
Year Old Futurity classes were included in the calculations. In 2016, 108 stallions earned points toward the award. All Top 5 Stallions will be honored at the 2017 Spring Show and Futurity in June.
Southern Playboy named Top 5 Stallion Southern Playboy is a familiar name when it comes to MFTHBA Stallion of the Year award. Since the inception of the Stallion of the Year award in 2012, Southern Playboy has been in the Top 5 every year, including winning the 2013 Stallion of the Year. Southern Playboy is sired by Southern Sunrise and out of the mare, Missouri Laurel. Bred, owned, and shown by Clyde Connelly of Ava, Missouri, Southern Playboy’s offspring brought home several top honors in 2016. Notable offspring include the following: Amateur Owned 5 Year and Older Reserve World Grand Champion and Youth 11 & Under World
Grand Champion, Midnight Mandy, owned by Sharon Jolley-Ballowe and Karen Jolley-Leighton of Springfield, Missouri, Ladies 3 Year Old World Grand Champion and Amateur Open 3 Year Old World Grand Champion, Playboy’s Been to Hollywood, owned by Mike and Sandy Wood of Bolivar, Missouri, and Open Amateur 4 Year Old Reserve World Grand Champion, Heza Rock Star, owned by Amber and Colleen Wilson of Bonner Springs, Kansas. The MFTHBA congratulates Southern Playboy and Clyde Connelly. Thank you for your contributions to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse breed.
Designed to honor the stallion with the most successful offspring at MFTHBA sponsored shows, a point system was applied to pre-designated classes. In 2015, 108 stallions earned points toward the award. All Top 5 Stallions will be honored at the 2017 Spring Show and Futurity in June.
Southern Sunrise named Top 5 Stallion Congratulations to Southern Sunrise on being named a 2016 Top 5 Stallion. This is Southern Sunrise’s second time being named an MFTHBA Top 5 Stallion; Southern Sunrise was also named a Top 5 Stallion in 2013. Southern Sunrise was bred by Larry Stevens of Marshfield, Missouri, and he is owned by 4 P’s Ranch, LLC. Southern Sunrise’s offspring included the following notable horses in 2016: Open Amateur Senior Model Studs and Geldings World Grand Champion, Super Mario, owned by Kent Winegar of Huntsville, Utah and Open Versatility World Grand Champion, Majestic Sunrise,
owned by Stephen’s Fox-Trotters LLC of Highland Utah. The MFTHBA congratulates Southern Sunrise and 4 P’s Ranch, LLC. Thank you for your contributions to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse breed. More on the Stallion of the Year: Designed to honor the stallion with the most successful offspring at MFTHBA sponsored shows, a point system was applied to pre-designated classes. All World Grand Champion classes, Spring Show Championship Classes and Three Year Old Futurity classes were included in the calculations. In 2016, 108 stallions earned points toward the award.
This week we will highlight each stallion in the Top 5 for the award leading up to the naming of the 2016 MFTHBA Stallion of the Year on Friday. All Top 5 Stallions will be honored at the 2017 Spring Show and Futurity in June.
New MFTHBA Horse Show Discount Offered on Buckle Series Announced Adult Horse Registration Over the years the MFTHBA National High Point program has been a great way to promote our Missouri Fox Trotters in the show ring on a regional level. Throughout the years the High Point program has made adjustments to accommodate for our ever changing breed and the MFTHBA is excited to announce a fresh new replacement of the high point program – the MFTHBA Horse Show Buckle Series. With this new Buckle Series, the affiliates, show managers or event hosts will get to customize their local buckle series to accommodate the needs of the members in their regional areas. Show coordinators can get creative and decide what classes, divisions and events will qualify MFTHBA members to earn an end of series championship buckle. Detailed guidelines and series application will be available online and we hope this new program will give our members a fresh new way to promote our beloved Missouri Fox Trotting Horses!
Do you have a horse older than 18 months that you forgot to get registered? Now is your chance to get that registration submitted and save a little money! Throughout the month of April, the MFTHBA will be discounting Stallion, Mare and Gelding registrations. Until April 30, adult stallions can be registered for $100 (regularly $200), mares can be registered for $50 (regularly $100) and gelding can be registered for only $40 (regularly $65). Horses must meet the requirements for registration and owners must be current MFTHBA members. Discounts do not apply to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Pony Registry. Learn more about how to register your horse online at http:// mfthba.com/register-a-horse/
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Sarah, Jalenn and Jarrad Wiggs with their horses.
Our journey with Fox Trotters A child’s request equals family fun
By Sarah Wiggs Most anyone who has been a little kid has probably asked their parents for a pony or horse at least once. At various times each of our five older kids has asked for a horse, then the subject got dropped until the next kid asked. When our youngest daughter, Jalenn, asked and asked and asked for a horse we began to consider it. I had worked with BillieJean Thompson for a few years and we discussed several times that I needed to get Jalenn over there for riding lessons. “Just let me know when you are ready and I’ll be there” she told me more than once. Finally one day we set a date. My husband, Jarrad, and I took her to Thompson Stables in January of 2015 to try it out. Well like most any 8-year-old girl she was hooked. We kept going back and as show season began Buck and BillieJean talked to us about what they did in the shows. The Spring Show arrived and we thought we would go watch Buck, BillieJean, Casey and Dally ride. It was neat. We began to let Jalenn ride during some of the smaller shows throughout the summer as well as model. Time for the Celebration in September and Jalenn said that she was ready to show in the big arena. 10
By the end of the show we had bought the horse that she had been showing during the summer, Its Jest Betsy. We had no stall or shelter for her so we built her a nice little stall so she could get out of the weather. “This is the only horse we are getting,” my husband said. When we would go over to the Thompsons to ride during the winter Buck told me, ‘you can ride her down before Jalenn gets on her.’ I was like ‘excuse me…what!’ It had been about 20 years since I had been on a horse and she was a 26 year old who had one speed, two if you tried really, really hard, not a highspirited noisy 6-year-old. I began to ride Betsy and hey what do you know I remembered how to do it, and I liked it. Jarrad and the Thompsons got together and decided that I needed to show in 2016, so I did. Jalenn and I shared Betsy both showing in several shows. It was exciting to be sharing this with my daughter. We got to pick out our colors for blankets, shirts, and tack together. We would talk about how we each thought Betsy was doing during each show and what we might need to do different.
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Interested in the Youth All-Around Buckle?
Here are the details!
While the Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity final schedule is still waiting to be approved as of the deadline for the March Journal, additional details are available on how the newly announced Youth All-Around Buckle Series will work. Two divisions will be available for youth to compete in: Youth 11 and Under and Youth 12-17. To accrue points, youth exhibitors will compete in various competition areas. These include Horsemanship/Equitation, Model, Performance, Versatility, Trail and Cattle Classes. Exact classes available under each category will be determined once the schedule is approved. Youth exhibitors must compete in at least three competition areas to be eligible for the All-Around competition. For each area, the youth exhibitor will count their highest placing class in each competition area. The youth rider will maintain a log sheet which they will turn in before the show ends or by email the following Monday.
Our Journey, continued from page 10
Just before the Celebration in 2016 Jalenn and Betsy had a runaway and crash. Jalenn came away with scrapes and bruises but she got back up like she should. She was a little hesitant and nervous still by the time the Celebration came around but she wanted to ride. She had her classes on the first night and did okay. We debated about driving back over during the middle of the week for one youth class and one class for me, as she had school the next morning, but we did. The youth equitation class, ages 17 and under, was up with 11 riders. I was sure that we would not place. Jalenn had told me that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to ride in this class against the kids that were older. I told her that she was just as capable as any kid out there. It was a long class with two runaways. Time to announce the places, 2 were gone so we would at least place. First place is called “Jalenn Wiggs riding Its Jest Betsy!” “Wait! What? That is us!” Tears were rolling down faces and Jalenn had a huge smile. We got our picture in front of the gazebo!! Jalenn sat a little higher in the saddle on her victory lap. When she got off she said “Mom I am not so nervous now!” After the season was over having spent time watching BillieJean get her younger horses ready to show, my husband said “Sarah needs a young project horse!” We got a pretty little filly we call Dixie. It has been fun to
Points will be accrued by the rider not the horse. A youth rider may ride different horses during the competition. Points will be assigned based on a graduated scale depending on the size of the class. A 10 horse class will receive the following points: 1-11 points, 2-10 points, 3-9 points, 4-8 points, 5-7 points, 6-6 points, 7- 5 points, 8- 4 points, 9- 3 points, 10- 2 points, participant 1 point. Points will be adjusted based on the number of horses in the class. For example, a seven horse class would receive the following points: 1-7 points, 2-6 points, 3-5 points, 4-4 points, 5-3 points, 6-2 points, 7- 1 points. The youth participant is responsible for ensuring the highest placing in each category is the one listed. Points and placings listed on the Youth Tracking Sheet will be verified by the MFTHBA office the week following the show. Once the information is verified, a winner will be announced. Watch for more information to be posted at MFTHBA.com and in future issues of The Journal.
learn to work with her from the ground up, or occasionally down to the ground. I am excited to see how she will do. Thinking about what becoming involved in all of this has done for us and our family I came up with a few things. My husband laughingly said it made us broke, but I think that it doesn’t matter what you do or where you are have fun doing it. Second, NEVER STOP! Never stop learning, doing, trying. I started riding after I was 40 and Jalenn got back up when she fell off. We have got to try new things from caring for our horses to making show clothes to not being afraid to go up against people who have rode for many years. We have had the opportunity to meet tons of people that we never would have met otherwise. As we look forward to a new season we are excited to see what kinds of things we get to learn and do this year. I want to say a very huge thank you to Buck and BillieJean Thompson not only for helping us go broke, but for all of the laughs, the learning and good times. We are very blessed to have you and the girls in our lives. I am sure they must have hours of secret videos of us that they look at of us putting tack on wrong, repeatedly or picking at each other about how things work. I also want to say thank you to my husband, Jarrad, for being there for Jalenn and me through all of this, all the hours of lessons, the miles of travel and dealing with our crazy little horses. THE JOURNAL
2017 Calendar Dates April
6-9: MFTHBA at Equine Affaire, Columbus, Ohio. Stop by the booth in the breed pavilion 8-9 Equine Trail Sports (ETS) Spring Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri http://vonholtenranch.com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series. 10: 3 year old futurity payment due 11: MFTHBA Board of Director Meeting (7 p.m. Central), MFTHBA World Headquarters, Ava, MO 22 Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association Spring Show, Lone Wolf Arena, Cleveland, Missouri www. mofoxtrot.com/kcrftha 22-23 American Horsemen Challenge Association Missouri State Championship Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri, http://vonholtenranch.com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series. 27-30 MFTHBA National Trail Ride, Big Creek Trail Rides, Hartshorn, Missouri 30: Spring Show and 3 Year Old Futurity Camper Reservations Due 30: MFTHBA 3 Year Old Futurity $700 entry deadline
3: Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity Program Advertising Deadline 3-7 MFTHBA National Trail Ride Sponsored by FoxTROT, Zenith Stables & Campground, Allardt, TN 9: MFTHBA Board of Director Meeting (7 p.m. Central), MFTHBA World Headquarters, Ava, MO 12-13 MFTHBA National Trail Ride, Rockbridge Trout & Game Ranch, Rockbridge, Missouri 13-14 MFTHBA National Trail Ride Sponsored by CFTA, Hidden Valley Nature Preserve, Norco, California 20-21 American Horsemen Challenge Association Missouri State Championship Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri, http://vonholtenranch.com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series. 27-28 Equine Trail Sports (ETS) Spring Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri http://vonholtenranch. com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series. 29: MFTHBA office closed for Memorial Day 30: MFTHBA 3 Year Old Futurity $800 entry deadline 31: 3 Year Old Futurity Final Nomination Deadline
7-10: Spring Show and Three Year Old Futurity, MFTHBA
World Headquarters, Ava, MO: Youth Seminar, Performance, Versatility and Model Competition, National Trail Rides, Trail Obstacle Challenge, Three Year Old Futurity and more 6: MFTHBA Board of Director Meeting (7 p.m. Central), MFTHBA World Headquarters, Ava, MO 15-17: High Point Tournament by the European Missouri Foxtrotter Horse Association at the Hardt Ranch. Includes a breed show for MFT applying for entry in the European Stud Book of the Missouri Fox Trotter. 17: St Louis Regional Fox Trotters Annual Show, Union, Missouri http://stlfoxtrotter.com/ 30: World Show and Celebration Camper Reservations Due
1: MFTHBA Annual Election Candidate Nomination Opens 1: Must be a member by this date to be eligible to receive MFTHBA Election Ballot 4: MFTHBA office closed for Independence Day 11: MFTHBA Board of Director Meeting (7 p.m. Central), MFTHBA World Headquarters, Ava, MO 21-22 Southern Classic Horse Show, Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Midway, Ark. 24-28 MFTHBA National Trail Ride Sponsored by Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association, Winding River Resort, Grand Lake, Colorado 29-30 American Horsemen Challenge Association Missouri State Championship Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri, http://vonholtenranch.com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series.
1: MFTHBA Annual Election Candidate Nomination Closes 2: World Show and Celebration Program Advertising Deadline 4-6: High Point Tournament by the European Missouri Foxtrotter Horse Association at the Clay Pit Stable in Bavaria. Points from both European Tournaments result in European High Point Champion Open and Youth. 9: MFTHBA Board of Director Meeting (7 p.m. Central), MFTHBA World Headquarters, Ava, MO 19 Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Annual Show, Longview Horse Park, Kansas City, Missouri www.mofoxtrot.com/kcrftha 19-20 American Horsemen Challenge Association Missouri State Championship Buckle Series, Von Holten Ranch, Mora, Missouri, http://vonholtenranch.com/ Special Missouri Fox Trotting Horse High Point Buckle awarded in this series.
A Look Back at
The Journal Editors Note: This article is from the May 1983 Journal.
By Janet Esther ning. Chaney agreed to sell Dusty for $500 Dusty F-176 took the back road to on the condition that retain possession until fame. It was his daughters who brought his the breeding season ended in September. name in to prominence many years after Leland paid half the purchase price to bind his untimely death. Eventually three of the deal and left for home a happy man. them produced World Champion Missouri 1958 was the year Laclede County horseFox Trotters and time reveals that he left a men found out there was a registry for their legacy as The Broodmare Sire. Fox Trotters sixty miles south in Ava, Mo., Dusty was foaled in 1953 and sold and Leland had registered Dina, his good through the Tony Thornton Horse Auction Ted mare. in Springfield, Mo., as a long yearling. The Golden Governor colt that romped at Records there showed that he arrived in a her side would become 1962 World Chamtruckload of horses from Kansas and nothpion Lucky Strike, but that lay in the future. ing more. Fifteen year old Golden Governor, who Events prior to that sale could never he stood on the farm joining Leland’s, was an substantiated and his origin remains a mysimmensely popular sire and Leland had been tery. He was purchased at the auction by searching for a stallion to cross on Govertwo brothers from Hickory County named nor’s daughters. When he found Dusty, he Higginbotham who broke him to ride. laid the money down. Dusty matured at half an inch over 15 Leland brought Dusty home to his farm hands and; weighed 950 pounds. He was a fifteen miles north of Lebanon in the first golden palomino with white mane and tail. week of September. Two or three days later His only marking was a white spot the size a neighbor Earl Ripley, bought a pair of of a silver dollar on his left hip. mares even though it was late in the year. His ears were short and his mane unusuBoth mares got in foal and right off a pattern ally long. Both of these traits marked his was established that would mark Dusty’s Easter Sunday 1959 finds Leland North offspring. He passed stylish head and tail get, although it couldn’t be seen until later. holding Dusty F-176 while sons John and carriage and the ability to perform an array Ripley’s Beauty, a Governor mare, proBob display their new Easter Bunnies of saddle gaits. He could flat walk, fox walk, duced Dusty’s first foal in Laclede County, fox trot, running walk, canter and rack. a small, neatly built, stylish filly. Shawnee His early owners didn’t try to polish any of his saddle gaits, howRipley named her Ripley’s Babe and he still owns her today. At ever, they trained him to neck rein and run. twenty-four years of age Babe is still raising foals. When Dusty was three years old he caught the attention of Bert Ripley’s other mare produced a colt. He was bigger and rougher Chaney, Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Hickory County. Mr. Chaney made then the filly and Dusty’s get was to follow this pattern. Neat, was familiar with rhythm gaited saddle horses and recognized Dusty’s stylish females. Bigger, plainer males. It was his daughters that exraw potential. celled in appearance, performance and produce. He bought the young stallion, rode him some, and stood him A new horse in the neighborhood always created a stir and the at stud. Dusty was a handsome horse and popular with loca1 mare palomino acquitted himself very well before the stream of visitors owners, but the area wasn’t strongly steeped in fox trotting blood. who came to view him. One day a couple of neighborhood horsemen Mr. Chaney and his wife operated a general store in the little town of drove up and said they’d come to see Dusty ridden. Pittsburg, Mo., in addition to his duties at the County Courthouse in Leland brought Dusty out and saddles him up. First he rode around Hermitage and he didn’t have a lot of time to spend on his horse. the barn lot, then he expanded his travels into the yard. Everything In July of 1958 Leland North, a Laclede County breeder of Fox progressed admirably until they passed the well house and Dusty saw Trotters, traveled to Hickory County to look at a pair of stallions. his reflection in the window glass. The stallion froze in his tracks and When neither horse suited him, the owner declared that he’d show stared at his image, then let out squeal and cut a spectacular shine Leland a stallion that would suit him. there on the lawn, to his rider’s astonishment and their observers’ The man drove to Bert Chaney’s barn and proceeded to take Dusty out for inspection. Leland was absolutely captivated by the palomino Continued on page 14 and waited there until Bert Chaney came home from work that eveTHE JOURNAL
Dusty, Continued from page 13 delight. Dusty had an idiosyncrasy that could have upset a stud handler who didn’t understand him. If there were people around when someone brought a mare, Leland wou1d ask them to step behind the barn or get behind a tree. This got him funny looks sometimes but he’d learned that anything even slightly resembling a crowd would cause Dusty to completely ignore a mare. He was doubly sensitive toward anyone clad in a white shirt. With head held high, the stallion would gaze into the distance until the extra people were out of sight. If they didn’t get out of sight, the mare might as well have stayed home. Registration was accomplished in the early days of the Association by approval of a committee of inspectors and Leland set about readying his horse for inspection. Dusty was multi-gaited and none of his previous riders had insisted that he stick to a fox trot. He had a barn burning fox walk that he liked to do. Leland would ride him to the back of the farm where rows of rock glades projected from the soil. There they practiced sticking to a fox trot. On April 24, 1959, a committee inspected Dusty for registry. It was comprised of Dale Wood, Nebo, Mo., Dale Esther, Lebanon , Mo., Oval House, Ava, Mo., Joe Hinds, Willow Springs. Mo., and Ray Cannon, West Plains, Mo. Watching Leland ride the stallion, the late Ray Cannon commented, “We need the style on that horse.” Dusty was registered as No. F-176, making him the 76th horse papered after the reorganization in 1958. The first one
hundred numbers had been set aside to cover all the horses registered in the first decade of M.F.T.H.B.A.’s existence. Because the office records had been destroyed in a fire, nobody knew exactly how many horses had been registered prior to 1958. The total was certainly less than one hundred, probably less than seventy. Dusty stood two full seasons in Laclede County and Leland was especially pleased at the end of the second year with the quality of mares that his stallion had covered. Fall brought the harvest season and he put ear corn in the slat corn crib that joined Dusty’s stall. Since the horse was on full feed and in no danger of founder, Leland didn’t mind if the stallion amused himself from time to time by tugging at the ends of the corn ears that projected from between the slats of the crib. One October morning he went to the barn and was alarmed to discover that Dusty was sick. Then, to his horror, he saw his horse do what horse can’t do and live.....vomit. He immediately summoned his veterinarian and big, rough talking, soft hearted. Doc. Fisk confirmed his fears. Dusty had a ruptured stomach and was doomed. As gently as one can say such a thing, Doc told Leland that he could expect the horse to go berserk, then die, probably that afternoon. Sadly, Doc Fisk was right. At the age of seven, Dusty was dead. It was believed that the stallion probably ingested smut from some corn he’d nibbled. Dusty died before any of his Laclede
County get was old enough to ride but his daughters began to surface in the showring a few years later. There was Dale Wood’s Pat, Jim Hufft on Floating Red, Dusty’s Red Ribbon for L.D. and Charlotte Dampier, Princess S. shown by Herman and Edith Sutherland, and Dusty’s Princess for Glen Montgomery, to name a few . As the 60’s gave way to the 70’s and a new generation of horses took over, Dusty’s name was thrust into renewed prominence by his daughters who produced three of the decades World Champion Missouri Fox Trotters. Dusty’s Red Ribbon produced 1973 World Champion Yankee’s Mona Lisa by Mack K’s Yankee for L. D. and Charlotte Dampier of Lebanon, Mo. Princess S. produced 1975 World Champion Pride of Princess by Zane Grey for Edith Sutherland and her late husband·, Herman, of Lebanon, Mo. Missouri Baby produced Zane’s Queen of Hearts by Zane Grey for Glenn Lowrance of Lebanon who sold Queen as a two year old to Sharon Sutherland, also of Lebanon, Mo. Ted is the only sire of broodmares who rivals Dusty’s record. He too, had three daughters who produced World Champions. He too, stood at stud for a short time in the neighborhood near the Zion Church in northern Laclede County. Ted’s ancestry can be traced back to 1802. Unfortunately, all record of Dusty’s lineage was apparently lost on a truck from Kansas but that didn’t t affect his children.
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Region 4 Fall Festival Exhibitors to Support Make-A-Wish® Missouri The Region 4 Fall Festival is excited to again support Make-A-Wish® Missouri. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Missouri has granted wishes to more than 6,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 330 wishes. One dollar from every entry fee will be donated to support the granting of wishes. “Make-A-Wish Missouri is the perfect partner for Region 4 Fall Festival because all of the money raised will stay within the chapter to grant wishes to locally”, shared Chris McQueen, Region 4 Fall Festival planning team member. A special Charity Sponsor option is also available to businesses wishing to help support the Region 4 Fall Festival and MakeA-Wish® Missouri. “Being an educator and having worked with kids to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Missouri for a number of years, I know the power that granting a wish can have on a child,” shared Amy Stangl, a 7th grade lan-
guage arts teacher and Region 4 Fall Festival planning team member. According to a U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
About the Region 4 Fall Festival The Region 4 Fall Festival was launched
in 2016 as a cooperative effort between the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association and the St. Louis Regional Fox Trotters. The show offers open-gaited breed versatility and model classes as well as Missouri Fox Trotting Horse performance classes. The show is scheduled for September 30 and will be held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. For more information visit www.Region4FallFestival.com. About Make-A-Wish Missouri Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Missouri has granted wishes to more than 6,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 330 wishes. According to a U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
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Arkansas Chapter member Peggy Thompson, left, helps youth member Abbey Aulds learn how to properly apply leg wraps while Beau patiently waits.
MFTs well represented at Illinois Horse Fair The 2017 Illinois Horse Fair was March 3-5, 2017 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Springfield. “Horses and Heroes” was the theme this year. Our booth reflected this with a red, white and blue theme, American flags and posters of our hero horses. We had five horses in the Breed and Sport Demos. Let me introduce you to them: Lauren Curless, our youth rider this year, rode Dolly, a beautiful Palomino owned by IFTHA President Larissa Seward- Malott. Jennifer West rode her mare Icy. (In the video you will hear she rode Secret. However, Secret was lame and so couldn’t be ridden. This year we were fortunate to have a radio personality volunteer to professionally read our Breed Demo scripts and put it to music. Therefore we couldn’t change the script.) J.D. Otey rode his black stallion Widowmaker, Danielle Sill rode her bay mare Tornado and Dawn Brown rode her bay gelding Joey. We had a colorful group, but no chestnut horse! What are the chances?!? A real treat this year was our President, Larissa Seward-Malott winning a Grant for her proposal to help low income children learn about horses - particularly the Missouri Fox Trotter!! On Saturday she
was presented with the Grant in the Horses and Heroes Presentation. It began at 5:15 in the Livestock Center Arena. We are extremely proud of her! Larissa is calling the program, The Youth Advancement Course. It will teach the children responsibility and accountability. This free course will help the children grow into young adults with a sense of purpose. Self-worth will be a positive attribute of this program. So many young adults have little ambition when they grow up in low income families. Some families do not have the means to pay for extracurricular activities and therefore kids are not taught sportsmanship, team work, friendships or responsibility. This Course for youth will help to teach them all of this and will use the wonderful horse as a way to reach out and grasp their imaginations and give them strength that they didn’t know that they had. The Grant money is limited and so donations are welcome and can be made through PayPal to email@example.com. For more information go to the Illinois Fox Trotter Horse Association’s website to download the entire Grant. www.illinoisfoxtrotters.com Even though we were only involved with the Breed Demo this year, we were very busy. Our Booth was located on the aisle to the Livestock Center Arena which gave us great exposure. It was the main arena this year because the Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds has been condemned. Everyone involved agreed it was a fun Expo. We only had snow on Thursday which was move-in day. As you can see from the group photo above, the Illinois Horse Fair was well attended.
Equifest of Kansas: MFTs a big hit Submitted by Shawn Stangl
Everyone loved the Missouri Fox Trotting Horses at Equifest of Kansas. Over the course of the three day event, members of the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association (KCRFTHA) and the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) showcased their horses and talked with visitors at the premier equine expo hosted by the Kansas Horse Council. Four horses attended the event: A Fancy Floozy owned by Ruth and Jessica Moore of Belton, Missouri, Sundown in Reno owned by Danny and Jana Starnes of Springfield, Missouri, Dellas Dirty Secret M owned by Shelly Robbins of Basehor, Kansas, and Cocoa From left, Cocoa Pebbles and Mia Walker, Dellas Dirty Secret M and Barb Middleton, Sundown Pebbles owned by Bob and Col- in Reno and Geno Middleton and A Fancy Floozy and Jessica Moore. leen Wilson of Bonner Springs, Kansas. The four horses performed a ten minute demo each day to introduce the breed to the crowd. “Equifest was such a great experience! I was stopped by countless people who wanted to know more about the Fox Trotters after watching the demos,” shared Jessica Moore. Jessica rode her horse, A Fancy Floozy, in the demos each day. “All 4 horses showed how willing and able this breed is - from being stalled next to a couple of loud burros to warming up alongside a 6-horse stagecoach - each Fox Trotter showed their characteristic easy going nature. Events like Equifest are a fantastic way to promote the amazing fox trotting horse. Floozy and I were honored to be a part of the weekend!” The KCRFTHA appreciates the support of the MFTHBA Promotions Committee. Through the MFTHBA Cost Share Program, the MFTHBA helped cover the cost of the booth space and stall rentals. “We really appreciate the financial support and promotional materials from the MFTHBA,” shared Shawn Stangl, KCRFTHA President. “It is a wonderful way for our affiliate to work with the MFTHBA to promote both organizations.” Equifest of Kansas typically receives over 20,000 visitors. “The initial reports we received indicates that attendance was larger than expected this year,” shared Shelly Robbins, MFTHBA Promotions Committee Chairman and KCRFTHA member. “These events offer an economical way to promote KCRFTHA President Shawn Stangl and his wife Amy working at the Missouri our breed to the equine community.” Fox Trotting Horse Booth during Equifest of Kansas.
FoxTROT Attends Southern Equine Expo Submitted by Sam Gerhardt On February 24-26, the Foxtrotting Trail Riders Of Tennessee, FoxTROT, participated in our first equine exposition. We had eleven member volunteers to gather in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum for the 5th Annual Southern Equine Expo (SEE). It was a learning experience to say the least, but we did very well for our first time. The SEE was a 3 day event. Using the display booth package from the MFTHBA, our own tables and chairs, and all of the printed material, we set everything up on Thursday evening. The expo got underway early Friday morning. Although we didn’t take a headcount, we had many visitors throughout the weekend asking questions about the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed. We explained gait, temperament, size, color, confirmation, build, breeding, and versatility. We answered questions about comparisons with other gaited breeds. We displayed our buckles, t-shirts and patches from the National Trail Rides and Fox Trot America, while explaining the member benefits to trail riders as well as others within the MFTHBA. With a laptop computer, we were able to show the MFTHBA website as well as videos of MFTs from several trainers and ranches. The most well received and understood explanation we gave was that the MFT is a “gaited stock horse”! We signed up two new members to FoxTROT and encouraged others to join the MFTHBA. By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, we had talked with hundreds of people, passed out dozens of pieces of literature and introduced many new folks to the Missouri Fox Trotter. The breed demonstration was a highlight of the SEE. John Brandreth came up from Georgia with his champion MFT, Rio’s Cloud Moon, aka “RC”. John and RC were given the opportunity to represent the MFT in the main arena in front of hundreds of attendees On February 24-26, the Foxtrotting Trail Riders Of Tennessee, FoxTROT, participated in the our first equine exposition. We had eleven volunteers to gather in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum for the 5th Annual Southern Equine Expo (SEE). It was a learning experience to say the least, but we did very well for our first time. The Southern Equine Expo continues to grow in size and attendance. Ticket sales were up 25% this year, with over 3,500 folks attending. Every vendor booth space was occupied with other breed organizations, horse feed and hay reps, tack and clothing stores, horse camps, and many other horse related organizations and businesses. We believe that the SEE will become a long tradition here in Tennessee. FoxTROT is already looking forward to next year’s expo. We intend 20
to bring several MFTs next year, maybe even offering free “test rides” around the grounds. We also plan to improve our display booth area and offer even more tokens to attract visitors. We believe that a consistent continued presence at the Southern Equine Expo will greatly advance the introduction of the MFT in the state of Tennessee. Of course, this introduction will bring more members into the MFTHBA and FoxTROT through sales and use of the MFT. After all, to ride one is to own one!
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