The University of Findlay Futurity and Sale a Major Success!
By Gabrielle Sasse, PleasureHorse.com
It was quite the weekend for the seniors of The University of Findlay western farm! Friday, April 26th brought the Dale Wilkinson Reining Final and the Clark Bradley Pleasure Futurity. Mark Flarida was brought in to judge the event. Amanda Cormack, from Kansas, took first in an exciting 3-way tie for first place, with a score of a 72.5, that ended with a run-off. Seniors Rebekah Irish (California) and Tony Dickman (Ohio) were among the three tied for first. Christina Vernier (Michigan) and Brenda Hansen (Ohio) tied for fifth. Amanda, aboard Wenloch Haidabilly, won a belt buckle donated by Dale Wilkinson’s daughter April Weaver and her name on the large, perpetual trophy that sits in the western farm’s front office.
After the Reining final came the Pleasure Futurity. This is the third year that this futurity has taken place, with Western Farm Director Steve Brown picking out a “herd” of pleasure prospects for the seniors to choose from. Sires included RL Best of Sudden, Zippos Mr Goodbar, Absolute Investment, Dont Skip Zip and many more. The seniors have been preparing since November for their big Western Pleasure
Futurity. The students chose their colts after drawing out of a hat, and then did a lot of groundwork and showmanship to prepare the yearlings to be broken out as two-year-olds come January upon the student’s return to school after winter break. The semester, and the senior’s undergrad career, commenced with a Western Pleasure Futurity class that ended their finals week at the barn. Gary Trubee was brought in to judge the two splits and finals of the futurity. Rachel Kruse, from Michigan, took first place with KM Best of Goodbar. Rebekah Irish (California) took second with KM Best Country, Brenda Hansen (Ohio) took third with KM Certainly Zips, Gabrielle Sasse (Wisconsin) took fourth with KM Best To Be Sweet, Sara Glantz (California) took fifth with KM Best Version and Brittany Voss (Ohio) took sixth with Absolute Magnolia.
The futurity colts were then run through Findlay’s 9th annual Spring Horse Sale, held April 27th. The university sells a varity of horses, such as reiners, broke lesson horses, all around horses, lead changers, and the pleasure prospects. They sold a total of 48 horses at the 2013 sale, with an average price of $4,202. The two-year-olds averaged $6,600 with two major sellers this year! KM Best of Goodbar, by Zippos Mr Goodbar sold for $21,000 and KM Best Country, by RL Best of Sudden, went for $24,500! Congratulations to both seniors who trained up such nice colts, and congratulations to the new owners! The money from this year’s sale goes on to buy next year’s colt crop.
Best of luck to next year’s seniors, and thank you to everyone who helped to make the futurity and reining final a success!