What is a Futurity?
A Futurity is a prize program for young horses, which
awards purses made up of the nomination or entry fees paid over a period
of time by participants.
The Carolina's Futurity actually consists of three
divisions, the weanling division, the yearling division, and the two
year old division. The weanling and yearling divisions are further
divided into open and amateur classifications. Professional trainers,
amateurs, and juvenile exhibitors can show in the open class. Only
amateur or juvenile exhibitors (handlers and tailers) can show in the
amateur class. The two year old division is divided into three gaited,
fine harness, and in-hand classifications which are open to professional
trainers, amateurs, and juvenile exhibitors.
Nomination in the futurity begins with the weanling
year and in order to maintain eligibility to show in the Futurity,
fees must be paid each year to keep the entry nominated for the
particular divisions. For entries in the weanling division, fees must
also be paid to nominate the sire and dam.
the purpose of a Futurity?
Futurities are held to encourage
the breeding, registration, and showing of American Saddlebred horses.
Showing a foal in a futurity enhances its value and increases its
earning potential; the value of the sire and dam may also be enhanced
through the success of their progeny shown in futurities. Amateurs and
juveniles, as well as professionals, have the opportunity to show young
horses in futurities. The experience should be entertaining, to both
audience and participants, and should present the American Saddlebred at
its best, providing opportunity for fun, competition,