$20,000 VTA Yearling Futurity and Seminar Set for August 29th at the Warrenton Horseshow

Get your Virginia-bred, Virginia-Sired or Virginia-Certified yearlings ready for a chance to win big at the 17th annual $20,000 Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity to be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds. If you don’t have a horse to show, join us for breakfast and seminar given by the Futurity judge. Participate in our judging contest and win $200 if you pick them in the same order as our judge. The morning is not only educational but great fun! Put it on your calendar.

2017 VTA Futurity Grand Champion
2016 filly out of Delicate Affair by Mucho Macho Man – Bred and owned by Jim & Katie Fitzgerald

The morning will start with breakfast at the tent for exhibitors, their staff, spectators and all of our judging contest participants.  We will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. with the $7,500 colts/geldings yearling class, followed by the $7,500 filly division.  The classes are open to Thoroughbreds that have been registered as Virginia-Bred, Sired or Certified with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. Yearlings will be judged on their suitability to become a racehorse and will be asked to stand up and walk. Prize money will be awarded as follows in both divisions:

1st place: $3,000
2nd place: $2,000
3rd place: $1,000
4th place: $750
5th place: $375
6th place: $375

Our $200 judging contest will be held outside of the ring simultaneously during the two classes. Spectators will learn from our industry expert commentator on what to look when judging a yearling racehorse prospect. The person who picks the finish order closest to our judge in each class wins $200 in cash. The judging contest has been immensely popular with the spectators at the show.

After the pinning of the two divisions, there will be a championship class. The top two VA-bred or sired colts will be asked to return along with the top two VA-bred or sired fillies to compete for the championship. The two highest pinned VA-certified yearlings, whether colts, geldings or fillies, will also compete in the championship class.

After the championship class exhibitors and spectators are invited back to the tent where the judge will comment on the the two classes and give a short seminar. (We hope to announce the Judge of this year’s futurity by the end of June.)

Another $5,000 bonus is awarded at the end of the entry’s three-year-old year, based on racetrack earnings.