The winners of the annual American Hanoverian Society Futurity were announced this month and US-breeders celebrated wins around the nation. Fifty-nine horses competed and were given scores evaluating their conformation, the correctness of their foundation (legs), and their movement. Split between two divisions, one for yearlings and one for two-year olds, a total of $3000 in prize money was paid out to the Top-Five finishers of each age group. The AHS Yearling & Two-Year Old Futurity was graciously sponsored this year by Edgar & Susan Schutte/Rainbow Equus Meadows, Anne Sparks/Horses Unlimited, and Nancy Connolly/HorsePower Farm.
Co-Champion: Sir Heinrich VH (Sandro Hit-Helena/Fuerst Heinrich), colt, breeder/owner Stine van Halen, CA
Co-Champion: Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-EM Comtesse/Cordoba), colt, breeder/owner Hilltop Farm, Inc., MD
3rd place: Dame Bella FDL (Dacaprio-Mirabella/Metternich), filly, breeder/owner Peg Lansing, KY
4th place: Francheska AH (Fielding-SPS Malena/Maurice), filly, breeder/owner Kate Palmquist, VA
5th place: Sheng TF (Sir Donnerhall I-EM Feng Shui/Florencio I), filly, breeder Anne Schmidt, MI, owner Karen McGowin, TX
Co-Champion: Donna Darius (Don Darius-EM Liberty Girl/Liberty Gold), filly, breeder/owner Hilton Farm, VA
Co-Champion: Watermark HVH (Wamberto-EM Destria HVH/Don Principe), filly, breeder/owner High Valley Hanoverians, GA
3rd place: Tzitzi CF (Totilas-SPS Fenjala/Fabriano), filly, breeder/owner Elizabeth Pickvance, TX
4th place: Breathtaking CF (Belissimo M-EM Rococo OSH/Rotspon), filly, breeder/owner Mary Beth Stanton, DVM, FL
5th place: Lily HF (Liberty Gold-EM Lucy/Letkiss), filly, breeder/owner Hilton Farm, VA
New for 2014, Shannon and Doug Langer/Maple Run Farm donated an additional $500 to be split between the top yearling and top 2-year-old sired by a stallion that participated in the AHS Stallion Service Auction, the year the winners were conceived. The AHS Stallion Service Auction is the largest fundraiser for the AHS and this award adds an additional incentive for breeders to take part in this auction. This year the winners of this new award are the yearling filly Lily HF and the two-year old gelding Cha Ching HTF.
The Futurity classes were offered at 25 sites around the country during the annual American Hanoverian Society Inspection Tour. The Futurity is open to AHS-registered, Hanoverian Verband-registered, and AHS Certificate of Pedigree yearling colts/geldings and fillies and two-year-old colts and fillies.
For a gallery of the top-placed finishers and a complete listing of 2013 futurity participants, visit http://hanoverian.org/2013-ahs-futurity-results/.
For more information on the AHS, inspections or the futurity program, or to learn more about Hanoverian horses and breeders in North America, please visit www.hanoverian.org or call the AHS office at 859-255-4141.