MMHBF

futurity & fall horse show

Show Rules & Information

September 6-8, 2024

Michigan State University Pavilion
East Lansing, Michigan

Morgan & Open Classes
MJMHA Point Approved

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Futurity Nominations Due AUGUST 1, 2024

Show Entries Close AUGUST 15, 2024

over $75,000 in prize money

Show Manager: Martha Edwards, 248.207.9444 or brynmarmorgans@gmail.com
Show Secretary: Laura Smith, 812-365-8567 or horseshows101@yahoo.com

Stabling Manager: Bill Tressler, 517.521.3515 or bill@radiant-energy.com
Nominations Secretary: Dianne Ervin, 248.672.2789 or bdervin74@aol.com

SHOW INFORMATION & RULES

“EVERY CLASS OFFERED HEREIN WHICH IS COVERED BY THE RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE CURRENT USEF RULE BOOK WILL BE CONDUCTED AND JUDGED IN ACCORDANCE THEREWITH.” 

ADMISSION OF HORSES 

Horses will be admitted to the showgrounds beginning at 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2024. All horses shall leave the showgrounds by 10:00 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2024. 

AMATEUR/ADULTS 

Unless otherwise indicated in the Class Specifications, non-Futurity classes for amateurs, including AOTS, are limited to participants 18 years of age and over as of December 1, 2023. 

AOTS (AMATEUR OWNED, TRAINED AND SHOWN) CLASSES 

To be eligible to be shown in AOTS classes, the horse must not have been professionally trained during the current competition year which began December 1, 2023. 

BEDDING 

Shavings ($11/bag) and straw ($7/bale) will be available for purchase on the showgrounds or may be pre-ordered on the entry form. Pre-paid bedding will be delivered to your stall by 9:00 am, Wednesday, September 4. Exhibitors may bring their own bedding if they wish, but delivery or sale of bedding by other vendors is NOT permitted. You may arrange to have your stalls pre-bedded prior to your arrival for a fee of $12 per stall. Please include this on your entry form. Please contact Stabling Manager Bill Tressler at 517-521-3515 or bill@radiant-energy.com if you have any questions regarding bedding. 

BOX SEATS 

Box seats may be reserved on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $125 per bench or $275 for a 3-bench section. Each padded bench seats approximately 10 people. For reservations, please contact Muriel Herrick at 248-685-0818 or centuryoakfarm@aol.com before August 21, 2024. 

CAMPING 

Camping at the showgrounds is $100 for the entire show if pre-paid, or $150 if purchased at show or $50/night without camping permit. Anyone connecting to water and/or electricity is expected to purchase a camping permit and have it prominently displayed in their camping unit. Those found in violation will be charged $50 per night. Prepayment of camping fees is encouraged. 

CHANGE OF RIDER, DRIVER OR HANDLER 

It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to notify the Secretary’s Office of any changes of rider, driver or handler at least one hour before the session in order to ensure the accuracy of ring announcements and end-of-show reports. 

COGGINS TEST 

Each horse entered in this show must have a current negative Coggins Test for Equine Infectious Anemia. A valid copy of this test must accompany the entry or be presented before back numbers will be issued. If a nursing foal under 6 months of age is accompanied by its dam, only the dam is required to have a current negative Coggins Test. 

DISCIPLINE 

Exhibitors are warned that any action of discourtesy or disobedience to the officials on the part of an owner, rider or driver will disqualify the horse. Exhibitors will be held fully responsible for any damage or discourtesy caused by their employees or their guests. Exhibitors will be held fully responsible for any damage caused by their horse(s). Management reserves the right to remove any groom, horse, rider or driver from the show without being liable for compensation. 

No exhibitor, owner or trainer shall approach the judge with regard to a decision unless he first obtains permission from the Show Manager who shall arrange an appointment with the judge at a suitable time and place, and under no circumstances, while any session of the show is in progress. 

DOGS 

All dogs must be on leashes and under owner’s control at all times. Dogs and other pets are not permitted to be loose on the competition grounds. Individuals may not lead dogs on a leash while mounted. 

ENTRIES 

Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 15, 2024. Emailed entries will not be accepted unless prior permission is obtained from the Show Secretary. Post entries will be accepted, if stalls are available, after August 15, 2024 with a $35 per horse post-entry fee. No entries will be accepted and no stalls reserved unless accompanied by payment in full. Make checks payable to MMHBF. Classes may be post entered at the show without penalty EXCEPT for Sweepstakes Classes 44 and 45 for which second-tier entry fees will apply after August 15, 2024. Post entries must be completed one hour prior to the session in which the class is scheduled EXCEPT for Classes 44 and 45 for which post entries close at NOON on Friday, September 6, 2024. Morning classes must be completed one hour prior to the beginning of the morning session.

CLASS ENTRY FEES 

All Classes including “Futurity”, except as noted below $25
Morgan Futurity In Hand Championships No entry fee
All Equitation and Walk-Trot Championships $35
All Performance Championships & Stakes $35
Class 44 (Morgan Yearling Sweepstakes) $100 by Aug 15, or $150 after Aug 15
Class 45 (Morgan Weanling Spectacular)  $175 by Aug 15, or $250 after Aug 15 

ADDITIONAL FEES 

Post entry fee $35 per horse
Office fee $25 per horse
Horse Stalls $95 per stall
Tack Stalls $95 per stall
Camping – prepurchased on entry form $100 for show
Camping – purchased at show  $150 or $50/night without camping permit

FUTURITY MEMBERSHIPS, NOMINATIONS AND CLASS RULES 

Only MMHBF Futurity-nominated horses are eligible for “Futurity” designated classes. For complete information regarding Futurity memberships and nominations and for MMHBF rules for “Futurity” classes, please refer to the “Futurity Information and Rules” section on the pages immediately preceding the Class Schedule. 

LIABILITY 

MMHBF, AMHA and Michigan State University will in no way be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur and furthermore it will be a condition of entry that each exhibitor, trainer, owner, rider, groom, and/or agent shall hold the horse show and its management blameless for any loss or injury to his or her horses that may occur from sickness, accident or any other cause. Additionally, MMHBF, AMHA and Michigan State University will not be held responsible for any article of any kind that may be lost, stolen, or destroyed and will not be responsible or liable for injury sustained in any way to exhibitors, employees, spectators or any other interested parties. 

Warning: Under the Michigan Equine Activity Liability Act, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of the equine activity.

LUNGING 

Lunging is NOT allowed in the show arena or on the grass adjacent to the Pavilion. 

MANAGEMENT 

The management reserves the right to refuse, to accept conditionally and to cancel any entries, disqualify exhibitors, prohibit exhibition of entries and cancel awards of prizes, without claims for damages. Entries may be rejected for failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth herein or for unpaid balances due to MMHBF. Sections may be combined or cancelled if there are insufficient entries. The Horse Show Committee reserves the right to itself to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to, or arising out of, or incident to the show without claims for damages or recourse of any kind. All questions not covered in these rules and regulations shall be decided by the horse show management; its decision to be final. 

MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND ELECTRONIC TRANSPORT DEVICES 

Minors who do not have a valid driver’s license which allows them to operate a motorized vehicle in the state in which they reside will not be permitted to operate a motorized vehicle of any kind, including, but not limited to, golf carts, motorcycles, scooters, or farm utility vehicles, on the competition grounds. Minors who have a valid temporary license may operate the above-described motorized vehicles as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid driver’s license. The parent/legal guardian or individual who signs the entry blank as a parent or guardian of a minor operating a motorized vehicle in violation of this rule are solely responsible for any damages, claims, losses or actions resulting from that operation. Violations of this rule will be cause for penalties against those responsible for the child committing the offense. Wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices for individuals with disabilities are exempt from this rule. The unsafe use of personal electronic transport devices, as determined by the competition officials and management in their sole discretion, that do not require a driver’s license to operate, including but not limited to segways, hover boards, and single wheeled scooters is prohibited on competition grounds. Operating such devices in areas where people gather may be deemed “unsafe use” if there is a risk of harm to others. If the operator of the device is a minor, the parent/legal guardian or individual who signs the entry blank as a parent or guardian of a minor operating the device in violation of this rule is accountable and may be subject to penalties. Wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices for individuals with disabilities are exempt from this rule. 

NOVICE AND LIMIT CLASSES 

Novice and Limit classes are open to entries that have not won three or six first-place ribbons, respectively, in that particular division at Regular Competitions. Ribbons won in one-horse classes do not count in the reckoning of Novice or Limit status. The status of Novice or Limit is as of the closing date of entries.

OFFICE HOURS 

The show office is scheduled to be open during the following times:

Thursday, Sept. 5 Noon-7 pm
Friday, Sept. 6 90 min before start/end of show
Saturday, Sept. 7 90 min before start/end of show
Sunday, Sept. 8 90 min before start/30 min after last class of show

OPTION CLASSES 

Option classes listed in the schedule are available to exhibitors to select and request a class of their choice to be held in that time slot. Any USEF class that is NOT in the show schedule, is compatible with the resources of the show grounds, and is approved by the MMHBF show committee is available to be an option class. Your option class will be inserted in the location of your choice on a first come, first served basis. The cost to purchase a Qualifier Option Class is $50; the cost for a Championship Option Class is $75. The purchase price includes the entry fee for one horse. Once the option class has been posted, anyone may enter the class for the entry fee of either $25 for a qualifier or $35 for a championship. To request an option class, please submit the Option Class Request Form by mail. The request form is located near the end of the Prize List. Payment (check or credit card information) must accompany submission. All option classes will be posted at the show office. Please direct option class questions to Show Manager Martha Edwards at 248-207-9444 or brynmarmorgans@gmail.com. 

POINT APPROVALS 

The Michigan Morgan Horse Breeders’ Futurity and Fall Horse Show is an AMHA Star Rated Show and is point-approved by the Michigan Justin Morgan Horse Association (MJMHA). Only current members who have completed any requisite application procedures are eligible for points awarded by the above organizations. For additional information and membership forms, please visit their websites: AMHA – www.morganhorse.com; MJMHA – www.mjmha.com.

PRIZES AND AWARDS 

NON-FUTURITY CLASSES 

All Classes (except as noted below) – Trophy, 6 ribbons 

Equitation Qualifiers and Championships – Trophy, 8 ribbons 

Walk-Trot Championships – Trophy, 8 ribbons 

Morgan Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places; $100 to winner’s Trainer 

Morgan Amateur English Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places; $100 to winner’s Trainer 

Morgan Amateur Hunter Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places; $100 to winner’s Trainer 

Morgan Amateur Masters Hunter Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places; $100 to winner’s Trainer 

Morgan Amateur Western Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places; $100 to winner’s Trainer 

Morgan English Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places 

Morgan Hunter Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places 

Morgan Western Pleasure Championship – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $250 and $50 respectively to 1st and 2nd places 

All other Performance Championships & Stakes – Trophy, 8 ribbons, $50 and $30 respectively to 1st and 2nd places 

MORGAN FUTURITY CLASSES 

Futurity Weanling In-Hand Qualifiers – Futurity plate; 10 ribbons; plus $350, $275, $200, $175, $150, $125, $100, $80, $70 and $50 respectively to the top 10 places 

Futurity Yearling In-Hand Qualifiers – Futurity plate; 10 ribbons; plus $300, $225, $175, $150, $125, $100, $80, $70, $60 and $50 respectively to the top 10 places 

Futurity 2-Year-Old In-Hand Qualifiers – Futurity plate; 6 ribbons; plus $250, $220, $175, $100 and $75 respectively to the top 5 places

Futurity 3 & 4-Year-Old In-Hand Qualifiers – Futurity plate; 6 ribbons; plus $150, $100, $70, $50 and $30 respectively to the top 5 places

Futurity In-Hand Championships and Grand Championships – Trophy and 2 ribbons

Futurity Hunter/Western Suitability In-Hand Class – Futurity plate; 6 ribbons; plus $150, $100, $70, $50, $30 respectively to the top 5 places 

Futurity Performance Classes (except as noted below) – Futurity plate; 6 ribbons; plus $150, $100, $70, $50 and $30 respectively to the top 5 places 

Futurity 2-Year-Old Pleasure Driving – Futurity plate; 6 ribbons; plus $250, $150, $100, $50 and $30 respectively to the top 5 places

MORGAN SWEEPSTAKES CLASSES 

Walton and Loubert Families Morgan Yearling Sweepstakes, Amateur to Show – Champion to receive trophy, Appointments USA sheet, ribbon and $1,500; Reserve Champion – Appointments USA sheet, ribbon and $1,250. Balance of Top 10 to receive ribbons and cash prizes: 3rd – $750, 4th – $500, 5th – $400, 6th thru 10th – $200 each. 

Appointments USA Morgan Weanling Spectacular – Champion to receive trophy, Appointments USA sheet, ribbon and $6,250. Reserve Champion – Appointments USA sheet, ribbon and $4,250. Balance of Top Ten to receive ribbons and cash prizes: 3rd – $3,375, 4th – $2,750, 5th – $2,125, 6th – $1,750, 7th – $1,500, 8th – $1,250, 9th – $1,000, 10th – $750. Properly identified Bonus-eligible “auction get” placing in the Top 10 to receive equal share of $25,000 Bonus Prize Money. SSA donor of winner’s Sire to receive $1,000. 

MMHBF ALUMNI AWARDS 

Any Morgan Futurity ALUMNI horse receiving a FIRST PLACE RIBBON in one the double-asterisked (**) classes will also be awarded a Futurity Alumni plate. 

MMHBF BREEDER’S AWARD

To be awarded to the Morgan BREEDER having the highest number of points earned by the breeder’s Futurity horses entered in classes designated as Morgan “Futurity.” 1st place will count 8 points, 2nd place 7 points, etc. Note: BREEDER is defined as the owner or lessee of the dam at the time of breeding and, for registered horses, appears on the registration certificate in the “Bred By” section. 

MMHBF POT OF GOLD AWARDS 

To be awarded to the four 4-year-old Morgan Futurity horses who have accumulated the highest numbers of points in Morgan “Futurity” classes. Pot of Gold points are assigned as follows: For “Futurity” non-championship in-hand classes: 1st = 6 pts; 2nd = 5 pts, 3rd = 4 pts, 4th = 3 pts, 5th = 2 pts and 6th = 1 pt. For Morgan “Futurity” performance classes, double points will be assigned. For combined-age non-championship classes, the points for each age group will be assigned separately. For Morgan “Futurity” in-hand championships, the Champion will receive 12 points; the Reserve Champion, 10 points. Any Points earned by nominated horses in their first or any successive Futurity show will accumulate until their Class “graduates” at the conclusion of the show of their 4-year-old year. The 4-year-old with the highest number of Points will be named the Futurity Champion of its graduating class. The “Pot of Gold” (prize money) for the graduating class will then be divided and awarded as follows: 40% to the Champion, 25% to the Reserve Champion, 20% to Third Place and 15% to Fourth Place. The “Pot of Gold” for each graduating class is a cumulative total calculated by adding 20% of the Futurity nomination fees and 20% of the Futurity class entry fees paid each year for the members of that class. To maintain eligibility to receive a Pot of Gold award, a horse must continue to be nominated, not necessarily shown, every year through its 4-year-old year. 

PRIZE MONEY 

All prize money will be paid by check made payable to the recorded owner of the horse. Any owner winning $600 or more total prize money must provide their Social Security number on IRS Form W-9. Prize checks will be mailed within 30 days of the last day of the show, and will be void 60 days after the date of issue. Prize money checks for the Appointments USA Weanling Spectacular will be mailed after DNA tests have been confirmed. No prize money will be mailed unless the required Social Security number is on file with MMHBF. 

PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR 

All Leadline entrants and juniors riding in hunter and hunter seat equitation sections, while mounted anywhere on the competition grounds, must wear properly fitting protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM/SEI standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. Harness must be secured and properly fitted. Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place. 

REFUNDS 

Exhibitors cancelling entries in writing prior to the closing date of entries (August 15, 2024) shall be entitled to have entry fees returned. Any request to withdraw horses after the closing date of entries and prior to the arrival on the grounds on September 4, 2024 must be supported by a Veterinarian Certificate giving a comprehensive diagnosis, dated within 48 hours following exam. In this case, only class entry fees and camping fees will be refunded. No refunds will be made at the show. Refunds will be made to the owner named on the entry blank and will be mailed. There will be no refunds for any reason after September 6, 2024. 

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS 

Horses shown in the Morgan division must be registered with the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., or an organization having registry reciprocity (Canadian Morgan Horse Association, British Morgan Horse Society, Swedish Morgan Horse Society). Morgan horses must be entered under their full registered name or if under one year of age be eligible for registration. Morgan horses must be entered under the names of the owner(s) or lessee of record. A copy of the registration papers showing recorded ownership or proof of lease must be submitted with entry form at the time of making entry. If registration papers are received after the entry closing date, please bring them to the show. 

SCRATCHES 

Exhibitors must notify the Secretary’s Office of scratches at least one hour before the session. Failure to do so may result in a $10 fee being assessed the exhibitor. Entry fees for scratched classes are non-refundable.

SHARPS CONTAINERS AND MEDICAL WASTE 

Sharps containers will be placed in the stall areas. Needles or other disposable sharp instruments must be properly disposed of in the designated sharps containers. Competition management may fine any individuals including trainers, owners, exhibitors, or their agents up to $100 for improper disposal of needles or other sharp disposable instruments. 

SHOW RING 

The main show arena is approximately 114’ x 214’. The footing in the show arena and warm-up arenas is a mixture of sifted soils. Please see the schedule posted in the Show Office for availability of show arena for practice. 

SMOKING 

Smoking is NOT permitted on the show grounds. 

STABLING 

Every horse entered in the show (except foals that have not yet been weaned) is required to have its own stall. Stalls are permanent or portable 10’ X 10’, with doors. Stalls may not be painted or marred in any way. The driving of nails, screws, staples, etc., is strictly forbidden. For your protection you must inspect stalls assigned to you upon arrival. Stalls found in damaged or unsatisfactory condition should be reported to the barn manager at once to avoid your being charged for prior damage. Any stall not paid for and used for any reason will be charged $95. A stabling request form, which is to be submitted with entries, is located near the end of the Prize List. To make early stall reservations, please contact Stabling Manager Bill Tressler at 517-521-3515 or bill@radiant-energy.com. 

VETERINARIAN 

Show veterinarian Kern Road Veterinary Clinic is on call at 517-223-9618. This number will be posted outside the show office. 

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY 

All show participants must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability form as required by AMHA Star Show guidelines. This waiver is in addition to the usual liability release on the back of the entry form. A copy of the required waiver may be downloaded from our website.