It All Started With Two Classes: The Tom Powers Futurity
Taken from June/July issue of Show Horse Today, written by Gabrielle Sasse, PleasureHorse.com
The Tom Powers Futurity has been going on for more than 30 years now! It is the oldest continuously operating pleasure futurity in the world, and has grown in popularity and size. Beginning in 1980 with a Two Year Old Western Pleasure class and a Two Year Old Hunter Under Saddle class, the total paycheck for the first year was $3,500 with about twenty-five entries total. It started at Tom’s farm in Ada, Michigan, where they showed “either in the mud or the 60×240 dusty indoor.”
Since then, the futurity has grown exponentially every year. Today, entries are well over one thousand, and the 2012 payback was $256,233, not to mention the trophies and awards! People are drawn from California, Florida, Canada, New York, Ohio, and all over the Midwest, to the event’s current location in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The show, which is still held outdoors, has a “small horse show” feel to it, but with big names and heated competition. The fairgrounds boast good footing and a lot of large warm-up pens that make bringing youngsters ideal. Although there is an indoor, everyone prays for clear skies to show outside. It is prefaced by the Jeff Bujack AQHA Show, this year to be held June 23-25.
Editors Note: As always, PleasureHorse.com will again be at the Tom Powers Futurity this year! Keep checking back in for more coverage and RESULTS, and we hope to see you there. Say hi if you see us!