You might have seen some buzz on Facebook about a campaign to energize the Two Year Old classes at the 2017 MFTHBA Show and Celebration. Trainer Brian Oglesby led that charge, with the help of many of the trainers and amateur exhibitors that we have all come to recognize. When asked about the project Oglesby said, “The two year old division is a staple of the breed and has always been one of the things that people look most forward to. It’s always one of the most watched classes at any horse show. Everyone wants to see what’s new in the show ring and who’s riding it. We want to not only support the class – we want to see it grow.”
Entries in the two year old classes have been diminishing over the last decade. Lower number of bred mares and fewer registered colts have taken some of the blame. To jump start the class Oglesby organized an Auction on Friday night of the MFTHBA Three Year Old Futurity. An assortment of donated items were sold, including a Grand Central yearling donated by Joe and Jennifer Stewart, breedings and months of training. 100% of the proceeds benefitted the fund. The Friday auction total exceeded $12,000 and another $2,000 has been donated. An amazing start to the program.
The Two Year Old Incentive Fund will cover the cost of all entry fees for both Open and Amateur 2 year old classes at the 2017 Show and Celebration, the remainder will be split and paid back to the Top 10 Finalists in both divisions. If you don’t have a 2 year old, it’s time to start looking!
You can learn more about supporting the fund on the groups Facebook page. Or, by contacting Brian Oglesby at 573-822-8608.
*Featured image: 2016 Two Year Old Amateur WGC, Legendary Annie Oakley and Lee Hackler. Trained by Tom Williams.