The World Morgan Futurity chalked up another highly successful year featuring some of the breed’s finest youngsters on display at the 2018 Morgan Grand National & World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City during the week of October 6-13.
Offering a total payout of $108,561, including Jackpots, Auction Rewards and Auction Bonuses, the Futurity enjoyed well-filled performance classes and a slight increase in the in-hand division from recent years.
The yearling in-hand division offered $20,838 of prize money in classes for fillies, geldings and colts. The division welcomed 10 entries, with each World Champion winning $1,400 and the Reserve World Champions taking home $1,100. LVM Full Regalia (Regal Masterpiece x Fire Run China Doll), owned by Eric and Jessica Balsis and presented by John and Alejandro Vicente of Triumph Stables, earned an additional $603 in Auction Rewards, and Eric and Jessica also received another $335 for nominating the dam, making their total take over $2,300. Winning trainers also received $65 and the sire owners collected $335.
Earning the biggest paycheck in the Yearling division were breeders/owners Greg and Kathy Janes, whose Jagged J Gentleman Jack (SpringMill Superstition x Seaway Showgirl) not only earned his $1,400 for being our Futurity Yearling Colt World Champion, but also earned an Auction Bonus of $10,000, because they purchased their service to Superstition in the AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction.
The Two-Year-Old division enjoyed strong numbers with a total of 13 youngsters showing in hand, seven in Park Harness and 11 in Pleasure Driving, all vying for their portion of the $29,465 jackpot. Each World Champion earned $1,425 and Reserves earned $1,140. The winners of each Two-Year-Old division earned an additional $603 in Auction Rewards.
With Morgan versatility in the forefront of the Three-Year-Old divisions, the $33,458 jackpot for these 2015 models was spread through seven different classes. A total of 31 entries made the gate calls for these classes and each World Champion earned $1,300, while Reserve World Champions earned $1,100. An additional $603 in Auction Rewards premiums were added to the Champions, bringing their total to $1,703 each, which doesn’t include the extra Rewards going to the owners of the sire and dams, as well as the trainers, for each Champion.
The Futurity Alumni division paid out $24,800 to 26 different horses. Four-year-old Alumni horses paid $50 per class entered at the Grand National and took home outstanding dividends for their efforts. Most notable in this group were Tim and Carol Selinsky’s Fieldcrest Major Of War (Whispering War Chant x Sarde’s Scintillation), who earned $2,400 in the Western Dressage division with trainer Liz Thomas of Equestrian Elite. Also bringing home the bacon for owner Ann Blankenship was Private Eyes (Ultras Private Eye x MFM Chances Are), presented by Frank Miller of Miller Equestrian Services in-hand and in Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving for a $2,400 paycheck. Intense CH (SpiceOLife Present Tense GCH x S & R’s Mephisto’s Waltz), owned by Glitter Farms and trained by Triumph Stables, has been earning her way to the Grand National every year in the World Morgan Futurity and this was no exception. She collected a check for $1,800 this year. TDM Excelsiora (Mizrahi x Gracious Moment Immortal) presented owner Francine Bretschneider with a check for $1,800 after two strong showings in the Hunter Pleasure division.
William Haines’ Ledyard Farms has enjoyed great success in the World Morgan Futurity and his four-year-old Alumni nominees earned a $1,900 check during their week in Oklahoma City, which was added to more than $2,300 earned by Ledyard’s 2YO Pleasure Driving World Champion, Whitemud Shimmer (Astronomicallee x Whitemud Flite Of Fancy).
Another successful supporter of the futurity taking home significant earnings this year was Robin Molaskey Herrick of Cherrydale Manor, whose Cherrydale Casanova (Graycliff Tony GCH x Cherrydale Cassiopeia) earned back to back World Championship titles in 3YO Park Saddle and Harness under the direction of Waterford Farm, which earned his breeder nearly $4,500 in futurity premiums and Auction Rewards. Dr. Grace Steere also enjoyed a check more than $4,000 from double World titles owned by her 2YO stallion, Ledgefields Jagged Edge (Get Busy x Queen’s No Mercy), shown to his titles in-hand and in park harness by David Rand. And the Fu family’s Dragonsmeade also earned more than $4,000 from their own World Morgan Futurity entries.
For those that are serious about breeding Morgan Horses on a national level, there are no greater rewards available than the recognition provided by the World Morgan Futurity and the growing premiums it provides. And to breed a foal eligible for the $10,000 Auction Bonus, choose a sire and be the high bidder in the American Morgan Horse Aassociation/WMF Stallion Service Auction. Explore the donated stallion services at www.MorganHorse.com/media-events/service-auction. To find out more about the World Morgan Futurity and how you can nominate and participate, visit their website at www.WorldMorganFuturity.com.
2018 WORLD MORGAN FUTURITY CHAMPIONS
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity Yearling Gelding In Hand
- LVM Full Regalia (Regal Masterpiece x Fire Run China Doll), owned by Eric and Jessica Balsis
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity Yearling Filly In Hand
- LBJ Tesla Coil (No Contest x LBJ Sweet Music), owned by Jim and Laura Braddock
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity Yearling Filly In Hand
- DSD Rihanna (Jake Ryan x Whispering What Else), owned by David and Stephanie Draper
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity Yearling Colt In Hand
- Jagged J Gentleman Jack (SpringMill Superstition GCH x Seaway Showgirl), owned by Greg and Kathy Janes
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity Yearling Colt In Hand
- VDM Hot To Trot (Leonardo’s Cry x Vanessa Queen), owned by Cingate Morgans LLC
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Gelding In Hand
- NRMF Bella’s Dancer (CBMF Over The Moon x CBMF Lady Antebellum), owned by Ruthann Peterson
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION 2YO Gelding In Hand
- Fieldcrest Uptown Hunk (Mizrahi x Causing Chaos), owned by Tim and Carol Selinsky
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Mare In Hand
- Merriehill Maleficent (Merriehill After Hours x Merriehill Soul Sister), owned by Merriehill Farm
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Mare In Hand
- Newmont’s Timeless Joy (Treble’s Timepiece x FMB Peaches N Cream), owned by Walt and Margaret Gladstone
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Park Harness & 2YO Stallions In Hand
- Ledgefields Jagged Edge (Get Busy x Queens No Mercy), owned by Grace Steere
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Stallion In Hand
- Ledyard Don Quixote (Man In Black x CBMF Immortal Belle), owned by Patty Casler
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Park Harness
- Dragonsmeade Eltanin (And The Beat Goes On x HVK Obsidian), owned by George Schott
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Pleasure Driving
- Whitemud Shimmer (Astronomicallee x Whitemud Flite Of Fancy), owned by Ledyard Company
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 2YO Pleasure Driving
- Dragonsmeade Provenance (Dragonsmeade Axios x JW Gay Paree), owned by Erin Hudy
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Classic Pleasure Driving
- Pretentious (SpiceOLife Present Tense GCH x Amelie), owned by Jim and Peggy Boege
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Classic Pleasure Driving
- Stand True (Stand And Deliver GCH x RRG Isabella), owned by Jacqueline Mahoney
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO English Pleasure
- MLF Dynamic (Dragonsmeade Sea Dragon x RWF On Display), owned by Deborah Kindsfater
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO English Pleasure
- LMP Bring It Home (Merriehill Home Stretch x Dantree After Hours), owned by Lynn Plourde
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Hunter Pleasure
- Cingate All Star (Merriehill After Hours x Cingate Starry Night), owned by Glitter Farms
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Hunter Pleasure
- Newmont’s Angelina (Graycliff Tony GCH x Wiona’s Play Misty For Me), owned by Jessi Barr
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Park Harness & Park Saddle
- Cherrydale Casanova (Graycliff Tony GCH x Cherrydale Cassiopeia), owned by Robin Molaskey Herrick
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Park Harness
- He’s Davinci’s Code (SLB Da Vinci x SPR Music By Starlight), owned by Sherry Bartolucci
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Park Saddle
- EKL Shake It Off (Rowenda Boogie On Down x EKL Secret Delivery), owned by Kurt and Teri Rumens
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Pleasure Driving
- Dragonsmeade Spectre (Dragonsmeade Icon x Dragonsmeade Ibarra), owned by Dragonsmeade
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Pleasure Driving
- I Beg To Differ (Stonecroft Trilogy x HVK Classic Design), owned by Lynn Peeples
WORLD CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Western Pleasure
- JRH Remember Me (Dragonsmeade Sea Dragon x AMHF She’s Got Boogie), owned by JRH Morgans
WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Futurity 3YO Western Pleasure
- RJMF Simply Defined (SYP High Definition x Riesca), owned by Robert Morgan
-- via MasterWorks Creative