2013 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity was a Smashing Success!

All smiles at Tom Powers. Photo by PleasureHorse.com

Of all the four-day horse shows ever attended, the 2013 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity was certainly one of the best! We could not have asked for better weather.  After eyeing a forecast filled with rain and storms, only a few, brief showers ever made their way to the show grounds. “Talent” was the word of the weekend, as horses loped and trotted around the various outdoor arenas that grace Berrien County Fairgrounds. And, there certainly were talented horses out on the grounds, making for stiff competition and plenty of two, three or even four-way ties!

The judges for the weekend were Jerry Erickson, Mike Hay, Judd Paul and Bruce Walquist. There were many trophies and belt buckles given out during the weekend, with Congress Queen Emily Messing passing out prizes. Smiles were everywhere as the show carried on smoothly, and horses were wonderful in the show pen.

We were able to provide live video coverage of the event this year! We made a new friend, Dieter Wahr, who was able to show live streaming coverage of selected classes on our 2013 Tom Powers show page. We also posted results as they happened, photo galleries of each class, and stories. He and Holman Photography also provided some great photos. Holman was the official show photographer, and they get some great shots! Check out their website to order prints and view the rest of their photos!

Photo by PleasureHorse.com

The PleasureHorse.com team had a great time at the show. Joe, Heidi and new team member Gabe had a blast taking pictures, posting results, talking to spectators and exhibitors, and adding to our new YouTube channel with interviews from around the show (Take a look at our channel here). We chatted with Tom and Dominique Powers, Hannah from GoodRide, Congress Queen Emily Messing, trainer Brian Cox, and Janet Hoke and Alan Parker of Alan Parker Auctions.

During our interview with Tom and Dominique Powers, we learned about their contributions to the NSBA Crisis Fund, a fund designed to help trainers who become injured with their financial needs. Not only were portions of Triple Challenge Futurity apparel going towards the fund, Saturday night boasted a pig roast, also sponsored by Equine Sports Medicine. With donations given during the Yearling Sale and pig roast, they were able to raise $3,500!

The sale itself was a great success! Alan Parker Auctions has been running the sale for the third year now, and Alan said he had “really enjoyed watching it mature. It takes about three years for people to really know what is going on, and start giving us some exceptional horses. This year was the best group of horses yet.” Of the 61 horses that went through the sale, No Doubt Im Trouble was the high seller of the night! The adorable filly went for $85,000 to Rusty Green. All of the yearlings that went through the sale are eligible for the 2014 Tom Powers 2 Year Old Western Pleasure Sale Stakes. And this year’s Stakes class was a great one to watch!

Sleepy N I Know It with Patrick Heeley. Photo courtesy of PleasureHorse.com

Sixty-four yearlings went through the 2012 sale, and 17 came back to compete in the concurrent Open and Limited western pleasure class. The two year olds were all exceptional, and it was an amazing showing of horses. The Limited division had a four-way tie for fourth, with Got The Cowboy and Jenna Dempze taking third and a two way tie for first place! Co-Champions in this class were Sypderman (Battman), owned and shown by Alana Collingsworth and Flashy Looking Touch (A Sudden Touch) owned and shown by Courtney Chown! Courtney won the buckle by the tie-breaker judge, and the girls split the check.

And a major congratulations to Patrick Heeley piloting Sleepy N I Know It (Too Sleepy To Zip) to champion in the Open division! Sleepy N I Know It, owned by Linda and Scott Bernwick, brought home a check for $20,000 plus the additional $3,000 from Harris. “He was so easy to show,” says a thrilled Patrick. “Had a great time. He didn’t take a lot of work to prep for this- we basically started him in March. Didn’t have to longe, not a lot of riding… he’s great. Right size, right strength, right horse. A nice horse to be with.” Sleepy N I Know It is out of Spice Machine, who Patrick also showed. They have plans to take the gelding to all the majors- NSBA World, Reichert Celebration, and Congress. Lopen Assets was reserve in the Open division with rider Karen Hornick. Lopen Assets is by Lazy Loper, and is owned by Carly Kidner.

For results on the Limited, click here. For results on the Open, click here. For the rest of the class results and photo galleries, check out the 2013 Tom Powers page!

Photo by PleasureHorse.com

The rest of the classes were all fantastic, including an adorable leadliner and a 9 and under walk trot. A bit of unexpected excitement happened Friday morning when a woman accidentally rolled her golf cart through the boards of the show pen arena! Luckily, no one was hurt, no horses spooked, and the show went on smoothly for the rest of the day.

The Powers crew puts on a great show, making it a real family affair. If you haven’t been to this great Futurity yet, you are missing out! There is also an AQHA show just before the futurity begins, the Jeff Bujack Quarter Horse Show. Horses that went through the sale this year will be sure to make for a great western pleasure class next year!

Thanks to Tom and Dominique, and the rest of the crew who helped to put on a great event. We always feel so welcome, and it is definitely one of our favorite shows! We can’t wait to head back next year to spend another long weekend in the Michigan summer.

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