International Grand Championships
by Val Kleinheitz
The KMSHA/SMHA International Grand Championship is
here upon us. This year’s Futurity boasts significant
changes. The biggest change is that we can now nominate and show our
wonderful mares and broodmares the same as our stallions. Their
foals will be eligible to show in the Futurity and the mare owner
will be awarded 10% of her offspring’s winnings.
Weanling, Yearling and 2 year old Conformation
classes. These classes are combined Futurity and Conformation
classes this year. The horses do not need to have a nominated sire
or dam and geldings will be allowed to show.
2 & 3 year old, and the 4 year old and older, under
saddle classes. It will cost you a total of $100 to nominate and
enter your horse in your desired under saddle class. Geldings will
need a Futurity Nominated sire or dam to show in the under saddle
KMSHA/SMHA 5 year old and older Stallion Stakes, are
still part of the Futurity. The winners in these classes will
receive $500. The Spotted Mountain Futurity Stallions are welcome to
show in these two stakes classes. If your stallion is new to the
Futurity, it will cost you $150 to nominate and enter him in the
Stallion Stakes. However, if your stallion has been nominated in a
previous year, it will only cost you $100 to renew his nomination
New this year are the two Spotted Mountain Grand
Championship classes. The winner in this class will receive $300.
You will need to show and be judged in a qualifying class and in a
Championship class to be eligible for the Grand Championship classes
The Grand Championship classes will be Country Trail/Trail Pleasure
and Classic/Park Pleasure.
Weanling/Yearling In Hand Trail Obstacle class. On
Saturday morning we have the trail obstacle for the little guys.
Last year’s winner was a little black tobiano weanling colt named
Zorro, owned by The Richards Family. (Who ever said that weanlings
could not beat the yearlings has never seen this little guy take on
the obstacles.) You can show in a rope halter with rope shank in
either Western or English attire. Why don’t you try your hand this
Natural Horsemanship class. This class was won by a
Spotted Mountain Horse last year, Merry’s Painted Surprise, better
known as Chuckles, and his proud owner Josette Knowles. They really
put on a show for us, ending in a canter with a rope halter and one
Spotted Versatility Award. Lt.’s Blue Ribbon with
Elise Pacholewski, Shawn Magrum and owner rider Nichaela Noebe in
the irons took this prize last year. The winner of this award is the
horse that accumulates the most points at the International. It
takes more than one rider to win this special award.
As always the Spotted Mountain Horses are eligible
to show in all of the following classes, Country Trail Pleasure,
Juvenile, Amateur, AOT, Novice, Western, 14.3 and Under, 4 Gait,
Trail Obstacle and Driving classes. There is plenty to keep us busy
this year. Come and enjoy the show with us, either as a spectator or
If you are interested in competing for any of the
Awards remember to sign up for them early. The sign up sheet must be
turned in before the first class needed for that award.
Are you planning a fall/winter trail ride or camp
out? Please let us know as there are many of our members all over
the country looking for trail riding buddies. If you happen to be
near Lexington, KY this October 31st then you might like to checkout
the CKRH 12TH ANNUAL TACK SALE AND CKRH TRAIL RIDE at the CKRH
Facility in the Kentucky Horse Park. The Tack Sale opens its doors
at 8 am and the ride is from 8-4pm with lots of land to ride over
and new friends to meet and visit with. The KHP and Barton Farm have
miles of acres to ride at your own pace, so it is a great place for
a family trail ride before winter sets in and slows some of us "Fair
Weather Riders" down.
We need to get out and show our support for the
Spotted Mountain Horse by continuing to register, trail ride and
show our beautiful spotted horses.