VTA Yearling Futurity Scheduled for August 30th at the Warrenton Horse Show

Get your Virginia-bred or Virginia-Sired yearlings ready for a chance to win big at the 16th annual $15,000 Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity to be held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.

Kelly Green, bred and owned by Althea Richards, was named Champion at the ’16 Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity. Pictured are Judge Chris Baker, Rene Woolcott, Althea Richards and Brooke Royster.

Even if you don’t have a yearling to show, come out and get pointers from the experts. Susie Hart will be outside the ring for live analysis and tips on show presentation. You and your friends can participate in our popular Judging Contest. We will award $200 to the person that pins each class closest to the judges’ choices.  It’s a fun morning where you can further your education.

Our 2017 Futurity judge will be Phil Shoenthal: Phil is from Croften, and has been a public and private trainer, plus an owner and breeder in Maryland.  After working for Todd Pletcher in New York, Schoenthal joined the Air Force and served as a Loadmaster on a C-141 cargo jet. He flew all over the world for four years before returning to the horse business as an assistant trainer to Mark Shuman. After venturing out on his own in 2003, he became the leading trainer at Colonial Downs in 2004. He has trained eight individual stakes winners including the multiple graded stakes-winning Miss Behaviour. He is stabled at Laurel Park with a string of 30 horses for various owners and is consistently listed among the top trainers in Maryland.  In addition to Miss Behaviour, he has trained stakes horses such as: White Mountain Boy, Kiowa Prince, Miss Fleetfoot, Elevated, Bay Eagle, Native Heir, Staged Affair and Busy Prospect.

Trainer Phil Schoenthal and jockey Feargal Lynch are all smiles after a win at Laurel Park.

Futurity details and entry forms will be mailed by the end of July. If you do not receive a form, please call the VTA office.