The 2013 Tom Powers was a memorable weekend for exhibitors and spectators alike. Blessed with great weather and only a bit of rain, Berrien County Fairgrounds once again proved itself the place to be in June! Young horses were proving their talents all over the show pen, and the extremely competitive maturities proved that the “older” ones still got it. It was a weekend of tough competition, but there were plenty of smiles and laughter to be had around the grounds. Big checks were written to winners, and big congratulations to all! We are extremely thankful for all who talked to us this weekend, and for the great new friends we made. We were extremely grateful to new friend, Dieter Wahr for live streaming the show for everyone at home to see, and for official photographer Holman Photography for sharing some pictures with us. You should check out their website to see more fantastic images as well as purchasing prints! Special thanks to Tom and Dom Powers for making the show so wonderful for everyone involved-you really make this show a special one!
Can’t wait to see everyone at the next big show!
Sunday opens to overcast skies with bits of sunshine on the grounds today at Berrien Springs. Spirits are high after a great showing during the Maiden 2 Year Old Western Pleasure Sale Stakes class and Yearling sale, with the high seller going to Rusty Green with No Doubt Im Trouble, a bay filly by No Doubt Im Lazy out of Blazin My Toubles Away. Patrick Heeley had ridden Sleepy N I Know It to the winners circle in the open division of the stakes class, and the Limited was co-championed by Spyderman (with Alana Collingsworth) and Flashy Looking Touch (with Courtney Chown). Just a few classes left today, and the trailers are starting to pack up to head home after another great showing at the Tom Powers.
And happy Saturday to all at the Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity! An even Happier Anniversary to Tom and Dominique Powers! The pair has been married for the past 3 years, and are busy running the show together with their family. Dom will be showing in the longe line today, and Tom is announcing and helping out in any way he can. The skies are a bit overcast this morning, and a slightly brisk 64 degrees brings out the coats and sweatshirts for our fairer weather exhibitors. Longe line opens up the show this morning, with the 2 and 3 year old HUS and WP classes coming this afternoon. The Maiden 2 Year Old Sale Stakes Western Pleasure class is tonight, along with the Yearling Sale! Best of luck to all exhibitors, and keep checking back in for the latest results.
Official show photographer Holman Photography caught this adorable photo of Tom in his other “duties” at the grounds. To see more photos and order prints, check out their website!
Friday morning comes with some excitement at the Berrien County Fairgrounds! During the first class of the day, 3YO Novice Novice HUS, an unidentified woman accidentally crashed her golf cart through the show pen fence board and rolled into the ring! Luckily, no one was injured, and the show continued on. A bit of rain Thursday night makes for some wet footing this morning, but sunny skies shine over the grounds, and should dry by this afternoon! Keep checking in for more updates and show news, and LIVE streaming feed!
Thursday brings sunny skies to Berrien Springs, and the show is well underway as everyone prepares their horses for the main events. PleasureHorse.com team is so excited to be back and bringing to you the latest up-to-date in show results, show photos, candids and more. Keep checking back in regularly for more results and the latest news! Often we post results before we post photos, so be sure to keep hitting refresh to see the latest and greatest at the Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity!
Thanks to Dieter Wahr with DW Equine Photography, we’re able to bring you a live stream of some of the classes in this year’s show! Just scroll down this page and look for the video player.
Keep scrolling down this page to see Class Results for all classes! All results are posted live within minutes of the conclusion of each class. Check back often and refresh your browser to see the latest results, photos and video posted.
PleasureHorse.com is once again proud to bring you media coverage and online results posting for the 2013 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity, going on now, June 27-30! We love being here at the Tom Powers for its laid-back attitude, warm breezes and friendly nature.
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.
Check back to this page often, as we will be bringing live coverage leading up to and during the show, as well as RESULTS!!! (scroll to the bottom right of this page)
Watch Live Streaming Coverage (selected classes) from the 2013 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity Below!
- video streaming provided by DW Equine Photography
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