The AHR National Futurity has a new date and location!
In response to the many requests by exhibitors to move the futurity earlier in the year, we have moved this year’s futurity up to the weekend of August 25-26, 2017!
The Futurity will be held at WK Farm (Windy Knoll Farm), a privately owned equestrian facility only 12.8 miles northeast of the Ashland County Fairgrounds. Established in 2007, WK Farms is located just minutes north of exit 186 off 1-71 at 474 State Rt. 58 in Sullivan, Ohio. You can view the farm facilities on their website at www.wkfarms.com.
Exhibitors will be able to arrive on Thursday after 3pm. Additionally, a Judges/I & C clinic is tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the annual meeting for members Friday evening, before the Futurity on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am. Vendors are welcome as well.
Some of WK Farm’s amenities include:
- Lighted indoor arena is 175’x70’ sand footing, bleachers on three sides with radiant heat over bleachers for those cold days, bleacher seating available for 450 visitors indoor
- A vendor area and elevated handicap viewing platform.
- A private, comfortable viewing room with heat and AC overlooking the arena.
- Main Barn has 33 over-sized stalls and is under the same roof as the main show arena.
- North Barn has 49 over-sized stalls and 2- 60×80 warm-up exercise arenas
- West Barn has approximately 100 stalls
- A sound system that reaches all barns, outdoor parking and arena areas
- Ample Trailer Parking
Also new this year, exhibitors with futurity horses for sale will be able to note that on the entry form and will have it marked in the futurity program that the horse is for sale. Owners wishing to pay $50 will also have a photo included in a special sale section of the program with write up on their horse (similar to those done for the AHR sales), as well as an online listing, and will be provided a stall card with information on their horse included in their futurity packet and a special designation on their horse’s number. As there is no fall sale, the futurity committee and sale committee would like to provide this additional service to our members. We hope that it will bring in more people to attend the futurity and purchase horses that are available. The futurity book will be mailed to all members, so people with futurity sale horses will get a lot of exposure, in addition to receiving their futurity class information ahead of time. (Packets will still be available for pick-up at the futurity with horse numbers and additional information.)
Futurity entry forms and information will be available in the next issue of the Haflinger Horse magazine, and will be downloadable from the AHR website in early March. The deadline for futurity horse nominations is JUNE 30, 2017. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline in order to participate.
Please remember that stallion owners must pay $20.00 fee for each mare successfully bred in 2016 in order for 2017 foals to be eligible for the 2017 Futurity. New and existing owners of AHR registered stallions may participate. (All offspring of enrolled stallions are automatically eligible for the Stallion Incentive Program weanling class held at the futurity.) Bred mares must also be enrolled in order for offspring to be eligible for the 2017 Futurity. The cost is $20.00 for each mare.
Due to the confusion with the office being closed and its change of address, we are extending the deadline for the mare and stallion nominations to the same deadline as futurity horse nominations and waiving the late fee for this year. Mare and stallion nominations must be postmarked by JUNE 30, 2017. However, advertising is done on a continual basis, and the sooner you get your enrollment form in the more advertising time you will receive! Please send all futurity paperwork and payments directly to Mary Procopio at P.O. Box 181, Bath, Michigan 48808, NOT to the AHR office. Please also write ATT: FUTURITY on the outside of the envelope. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Procopio at email@example.com, or call 517 410 8000. Thank you!