$8,500 Added to Trail Classes at 2017 Little Futurity!
By: Brittany Bevis
In the current edition of The Equine Chronicle, you may have read one of our editorials entitled, When is the Big Money Coming to Trail? Well, it seems we might be on to something…
Much like Western Pleasure, the popularity of Trail has exploded as one of the largest disciplines on the breed circuit, which has prompted an industry-wide question: When will Trail follow in the footsteps of Western Pleasure with the opportunity for a big purse? Read on for the scoop about why Trail is primed for position to be the next money-earning event, what’s being done now at shows across the country, why it would be good for our industry, and what we can do to give this idea a push in the right direction.
The Little Futurity has been gradually adding more money to Trail classes over the course of its twelve year-existence. Now, in it’s thirteenth year, the Futurity wanted to do something BIG to draw world-caliber trainers, horses, and exhibitors to Raleigh, NC. June 11-13.
“We realize Trail exhibitors are so important to any horse show,” says Gale Little. “Now, we’ve added $8,500 to our Trail classes this year!”
Exhibitors attending the 2017 Futurity will have the opportunity to compete on Tim Kimura-designed courses for the chance to win their share of $1,000 in Green Trail, $2,500 in Non Pro Trail, $2,500 in Junior Trail, and $2,500 in Senior Trail.
Running alongside the Futurity is the Tar Heel Triple Classic, which has a new format this year with nine judges over the course of eight days, June 8-15. The Little Futurity will kick off on Sunday with Trail Futurity classes running concurrently with AQHA Trail, as well as Western Riding.
We’re so excited for this year’s show, and we’re hoping that we will have more people come and partake throughout the Tar Heel Triple Classic and the Little Futurity,” Gale Little says. “On Monday and Tuesday, we will have our regular slate of 51 futurity classes, and we will offer the Southern Oaks Western Pleasure slot class. This year, novice horses of any age can compete. We will also have an inside purse that will be awarded to the horse that’s a true novice and hasn’t won $1,000 by the start of the show.”
In addition, two inside purses for the Highest Placing Non Pro and the Highest Placing Limited Rider will be awarded in the Novice Horse Hunter Under Saddle class.
“We rely on our sponsors to make this show a success each year,” Little says. “We’re excited about all of the changes to the Tar Heel Triple classic schedule and The Little Futurity.”
For more information about The Little Futurity as it’s released, visit www.littlefuturity.com.