While many love to show Saddlebred horses, there is a solid core population of Northwesterners that primarily enjoys breeding and raising the next generation of show horses.
The Northwest Saddlebred Futurity promotes the American Saddlebred by offering encouragement to Northwest breeders to breed American Saddlebred horses. In addition to the goal of continually improving the quality of American Saddlebred horses, and by rewarding excellence in breeding outcomes, the Futurity serves to create a population of locally available animals both to increase breed exposure and to provide a ready resource of talent for the regional population.
The Futurity establishes monetary rewards for excellence in breeding and fosters competition between breeders. These programs reveal the merits of various breeding philosophies, provide incentives to improve the quality of animals available, and foster friendly competition between breeders. In 2005 the NWSA introduced the NWSA Amateur Futurity.
2015 Futurity Policy Update
In an effort to generate more involvement and interest in the Northwest Saddlebred Association Futurity, the Futurity Board has chosen to implement some exciting changes for 2015. We are pleased to share our new ideas and policies with you.
First, we are going to allow late nominations to the futurity for the first time in our history. This is a policy that many futurities throughout the country have implemented with success. We are hopeful that this new policy will encourage more participation in our program.
Second, at the Northwest Fall Classic & Futurity we will be combining the colt and filly in hand classes as a trial in 2015. Regardless of size and level of competition, this practice is used in well over half of the futurities in The United States and Canada. To comply with the American Saddlebred Registry Rules for affiliate futurities, this can only be applied to weanlings for the first year. If we decide to move forward with it 2016, then we will combine both the weanling and yearling in hand classes. Not only, will it make the futurity classes large but it will be more exciting and engaging for the audience. Additionally, it will cut down on out of pocket expenses from the futurity account, making the overall payouts higher. We also plan to announce the amount of prize money being awarded in these classes and we will honor the owner of the winning weanling in center ring.
The guidelines for late nominations are as follows:
- Up to one month past the June 15th deadline including the 10-day grace period, there will be $25 late fee (this only applies to weanlings and those horses nominated the previous year.
- Horses who have not been previously nominated or have experienced a lapse in their nominations or those who were not nominated or re-nominated within the one month late fee deadline, will pay $200 plus the current year nomination fee and all applicable past fees (i.e. nominations fees, stallion nomination fee, etc.).
Don’t forget! Futurity Nominations are due June 15!