The Futurity is a program for Morgan horse owners in the NCMA membership area.
It's ALWAYS Exciting and all about having Faith in Your Breeding Program!
NOTE: Futurity Nominations are due on June 1st
What it is—How to do it—Benefits
Futurities are an investment in the faith you have in your breeding program. Webster’s Dictionary defines the term “Futurity Race” as “a horse race usually for two-year olds in which the competitors are nominated at birth or before. It is a race or event for which entries are made well in advance of the event”. The term was modified later so as the futurity would begin with weanlings. Thus, the “pot” would grow earlier and accumulate with that year’s foals through their eligibility years.
Most futurities are very economical to enter your foal. The sire and dam have a one-time nomination fee for their offspring and then the expected offspring is nominated and payments are made annually on that offspring to keep it eligible. I can remember when I was young, our futurity nominations were in March and most of our foals didn’t come until May. There were no grace periods, no penalty fees for late entries (as there weren’t any), you had one deadline and you were either in or out.
Nominating your stallion is a perk for the breeders who want to breed to your stallions as they then only have to pay for their mare and foal nominations. Most futurities publish their nominees every year. In the past, it was a marketing tool and a way breeder’s kept track of what mares and stallions were being mated. We plan on doing that with the NCMA Futurity. The pot only grows in value by the number of nominated foal. It is similar to a lottery; you can’t win anything if you don’t participate.
Judging a futurity used to be looked at differently than a breed class. Old timers would say that the breed class was judged on the individual as it stands that day. Whereas the futurity was judged on the potential the individual displayed. Sometimes they were the same foal, but many times they weren’t. It wasn’t judged as a model class, the foals were also judged on the way they moved, correctly and balanced. Benefits are numerous. The futurity gives the breeder an opportunity to win some earnings with his stock at an early age, display their breeding program to the public and other breeders, and exhibit their stock to the public for marketing which leads into future sale of stock at their farm. A futurity is an investment in the prospect and belief of the future of your breeding program. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing or your stallion, why should anyone else? Opinions make the world go round, don’t be afraid to display your beliefs and goals. Someone else will share those goals and want to be a part of them with you.
Piece of History: The Illinois Breeder’s Futurity (not the Jubilee) was judged at the Illinois State Fair about the 3rd week in August. The classes were for weanling colts, fillies and their championship. The classes were in the morning (when it was cooler) and many times the ring was split length-wise in half with another breed being judged on the opposite rail. The class size averaged about 15 per class. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the barn to beat was Doris and Ed Ryan and Hellen and Pa Greenwalt. Every competitor aspired to breed as good as they did, have their foals as fit and learn to show them as well. Times haven’t changed, we’re all aspiring to do better and give that consistent winner a run for their money. This biggest thing is that you will never get there if you don’t challenge yourself. We can all do it.
2017 NCMA Futurity Rules Contains all important information about the program.
NCMA Futurity Weanling Form 2017 Intended for registering weanlings.
NCMA Futurity Yearling Form 2017 Intended for registering yearlings and two year olds.