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Veteran trainer and exhibitor of Missouri Fox Trotters, Geno Middleton, made the victory pass on Prince Jester’s Belle Ringer SS to close out the 2012 3-Year-Old Futurity of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association here last Saturday night.
Belle Ringer SS, owned by David L. Smith and Jeff Smith, of West Plains, was a double winner this week, claiming first place in the qualifying open futurity class on Thursday night.
The 3-Year-Old Futurity Spring Show and Youth Seminar opened last Tuesday and ran through the rest of the week, closing on Saturday night with a number of championship classes, including the Futurity championships.
Futurity winners were named in three classes: Open Amateur, Amateur Owned & Trained, and Open Futurity.
The next big event for the Fox Trotters here will be the 54th annual Show and Celebration which opens Sept. 2 and runs a full week, wrapping up on Saturday night, Sept. 8, with the crowning of a new World Grand Champion Missouri Fox Trotter.
In the meantime, the winners of the Futurity championship classes on Saturday night pocketed cash, along with their ribbons, trophies and garlands.
A new trophy was added this year for the winner of the Amateur Owned & Trained Futurity Champion in memory of Don Freeman, of Mansfield. Don, who passed away recently, was a longtime board member of the MFTHBA, serving as secretary-treasurer for several years.
Don was also a breeder and exhibitor of Missouri Fox Trotters, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Futurity Show.
On hand Saturday night for the presentation of the first Don Freeman Memorial Trophy was Don’s wife, Katie, and other members of the Freeman family.
Claiming 1st place and the Don Freeman trophy this year was Light Gold, owned and ridden by Daniel Smith of Gary, Texas.
Light Gold was also first place winner in the qualifying studs and geldings class on Thursday night.
Reserve winner of the Open Futurity was Bo’s Half Pint Princess, shown by Erin Stevens for Charles Jordan and Valerie Jordan, both of Moweaqua, Ill.
The 3-year-old mare had placed third in the qualifying class on Thursday.
Reserve winner in the Amateur Owned & Trained championship was Storm’s Magic Star, owned and ridden by Larry Porter, of Rogersville.
Storm’s Magic Star had placed first in the qualifying mares class on Thursday.
First place winner of the Open Amateur 3-Year-Old Futurity was Time To Tango, ridden by Lane Patterson for Chris Patterson, of Harrisonville. Reserve champion was I See Whatcha Looking At J., owned and shown by Adam Jokisch, of Freeburg, Ill.
Both horses placed first in their respective qualifying classes on Thursday.
Saturday night’s show opened with the Pony Performance Triathlon championship which was won by Little Boss Man, shown by Daylen Stevens for Harry Patterson, Wichita Falls, Texas. Reserve champion was Sundust Kid’s Florida Babe, shown by Dallee Sheppard, of Ava, for Roy and Donna Brown, of Mansfield.
The Youth Championship, for ages 7-11, went to Fax Anne, shown by Emma Jokisch for Adam Jokisch, of Freeburg, Ill. Reserve champion was Pride’s Miss Congeniality, shown by Kurt Landon for Kara Landon and Kassidy Landon, of Lebanon.
The Youth Championship for ages 12-17 was won by Sun-Up’s Dolly, ridden by Amber Winston for Diana L. Hollandsworth, Owensville. Reserve champion was Trax-Sational, shown by Ashley Howard for Stephanie Follett and Robert Follett, Owensville.
The Amateur Limited 3 Years & Older champion was Vintage Southern Dawn, owned and shown by Susan Scantlin, of Pleasant Hill.
Second place in the class went to Tradition’s Lady Benelli, shown by Sandy Sneed for Sandy Sneed and Randy Sneed, both of Rogersville.
The Out of State Championship was won by Cardinal’s Parlie Annie, owned and shown by Amber Wilson, Bonner Springs, Kan. Second place went to Rocker’s Suzie Q, shown by Lee Hackler for Lee Hackler and Pat Hackler, both of Alma, Ark.
The Amateur Owned & Trained 3 Years & Older champion was Playboy’s Southern Belle, shown by Kim Landon for Kim Landon and Kara Landon, both of Lebanon.
Reserve winner was Goodtime’s first Pearl, ridden by Jim Nichols for Monica Daugherty, Springfield, and Jim Nichols, Lebanon.
The Open Amateur 3 & 4 Year Old Champion was Jest Another Jessie, Ridden by Bobbie Williams for Laurie Luna and Larry Luna, of Highlandville. Second place in the class went to Logans Pirate Chief, shown by Valerie Jordan for Charles Jordan, Moweaqua, Ill.
Winner of the Amateur Specialty 5 Years & Older Championship was A Fancy Floozy, shown by Ruth Moore for Ruth Moore, Belton, and Jessica Moore, Walnut Grove. Reserve champion was Tradition’s Lady Benelli, shown by Sandy Sneed for Sandy and Randy Sneed, Rogersville.
Open 4 Years & Older Champion was Ima Momas Girl, shown by Randy Williams for Gary Cornett and Derek Cornett, both of Huntsville, Ark. Second place went to Night’s Shooting Star, shown by Vance Vahl for Craig Dansie, Cody, Wyo., and Michelle Dansie, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Open Amateur 5 Years & Older champion was Spitfire’s Bronze Beauty, shown by Dr. Julie Alford for Dr. Julie Alford and Jamie Alford, both of Springfield.
Second place went to Southern Nights, shown by Jody Lynn Jokisch for Robert Redfearn and Pat Redfearn, both of Bolivar.