Best in the West Halter Futurity

Exhibitors take home checks and prizes from the inaugural futurity in conjunction with the Heritage Classic Combined Horse Show.

Best in the West Futurity

Michele Simmelink wins junior weanling colts with Barlink Touchofclass at the inaugural Best in the West halter futurity. (Photos courtesy of Christina Linton) For more photos from the show, scroll through the slideshow below.

In the first year of the Best in the West halter futurity, it drew 69 entries with 47 to actually walk in the pen to show in Hurricane, Utah.  

More than $55,000 in prize money and awards were handed out, with each weanling champion taking home a $3,000 check and crystal trophy during the show in October.

Second place took home $1,500, with high placing non-pros winning a belt buckle, OBE winners taking home additional prize money, and each exhibitor taking home what quickly became a futurity prize favorite, a Best in the West halter futurity number clip.  

Of the 20 stallions enrolled in the futurity, the top-earning sire was Telusives Touch, with offspring earning $8,000.

Junior weanling fillies: Im The Finest Touch, a 2014 chestnut filly by Telusives Touch and out of Shesa Finest Kid by The Finest Kid. Bred and owned by Donald and Denise Geikie of Murillo, Ontario, and shown by Peggy Migliori.

Senior weanling fillies: LS Designed To Skip, a 2014 sorrel filly by Heza Fine Design (APHA) and out of TS Steppin Softly by Mr Touchdown Kid. Owned and shown by Steven W. Ellis of Farmington, Utah.

Junior weanling colts: Barlink Touchofclass, a 2014 buckskin colt by Telusives Touch and out of Barlink Classic Fox by Kids Classic Style. Bred and owned by Charles and Kay Simmelink of Madras, Oregon, and shown by Michele Simmelink.

Senior weanling colts: FR Shinerbock, 2014 sorrel colt by PTMA Star Kid and out of Illusives Fine Linen by Illusive Connection. Bred, owned and shown by Dan Fox of Chino, California.

Yearling colts: My Good Intention, a 2013 sorrel colt by My Intention and out of Twentyfourkarat Lady by Twentyfour Karat Kid. Bred by Dan Fox of Chino, California, owned by Kathryn DeVries of Vacaville, California, and shown by Rose Santos.

Yearling geldings: BR Homerun Kid, 2013 sorrel gelding by The Home Run Kid and out of Designed By Somebody by Designation. Bred by Jack and Pam Brizendine of Rocklin, California, owned by Sandy Ballard of Gilroy, California, and shown by Erin Henderson.

Yearling fillies: TH Its My Partee, a 2013 chestnut filly by Goodnite Parteesover (APHA) and out of Kids Cool Eclipse by Mr Coolest Kid. Shown by Erin Henderson.

The futurity also awarded Kathy’s halters to each last-place horse, and youth exhibitors were awarded a new hat courtesy of Barbara’s Custom Hats.  All exhibitors took home a big tote filled with equine and canine products from Santa Cruz/San Juan Supplies, and at check-in participants each received a gift bag of wine courtesy of Rose Santos Show Horses and Reeds Creek Quarter Horses, mane combs from My Intentions, notepads from Fossil Gate Farms/Linda and Gary Gordon, and more sample packs of minerals and vitamins from Santa Cruz.  There was also an exhibitor party before the futurity.  

We were very pleased with the warm reception we received not only by exhibitors, but by the show management of the Heritage Classic (APHA/AQHA) Combined Horse Show.  They have welcomed us back, and we already are planning for next year’s event.  

At the AQHA World Championship Show, we will be hosting a Margarita Madness Party after the sale at the stalls of Dan Fox and Fox Creek Ranch.  

The Best in the West executive committee is Dan Fox, Colleen Riedle, Don Falcon, Denise Rees and Christina Linton.