Thank you for a great 35th Anniversary!!
With an increase of 4% from last year's show, and an outstanding quality of horses we are truly honored to have the chance to promote this industry along with NSBA. This year we will payback over $264,000 in purse plus trophies and awards. We want to thank all the owners, exhibitors, and spectators who attended our 35th Triple Challenge and generously supported the NSBA Crisis Fund.
Dianne Eppers and Susan Knapp made us speechless with their kind words and special presentation just before the Stakes Sale 2yr old class. We were touched and humbled by their tribute. We enjoyed a glass of Champagne with them and all the spectators. All the riders for Stakes sale class were lined up on the grass and also received a glass of champagne for the toast. Just before this memorable NSBA presentation, we were thrilled to acknowledge our dear friend Barbara Cappy for her loyalty and hard work during those past 25 years with The Triple Challenge. She received a personalized 35th anniversary Triple Challenge buckle and we are hoping for 25 more years with her. As a major event dealing with several walk up entries, we are grateful for the kindness of our exhibitors and owners toward our the staff. Our staff is a pretty tight group of friends and family. They are doing a great job trying to make everybody happy.
This year we had the chance to have both our Michigan Queen (Minae Zoomer) on Thursday and The Congress Queen (Carly Kidner) to present awards. Carly stayed for the entire event and even helped the night of the sale running sale tickets. The "big storms" pretty much stayed away and allowed us to present all the classes outside on the popular grass ring. This year we added two test classes "on the spot" in response to several requests from our exhibitors. We were amazed with 25 entries in the 3 yr old Intermediate NP WP and 10 entries in the 2 old Limited Open HUS.
More than 1/3 of the yearlings that sold last year came back to show in our Maiden Stakes Sale 2 yr old WP class. The quality of these horses was phenomenal and the spectators enjoyed an outstanding futurity class where we paid back $60,000. In addition to that "The Harris Challenge" offered a total of $4000 to the winner of each division if riding in a Harris saddle. We also presented a Triple Challenge ring award to each winner along with an engraved wine box including tools and wine! The consignors of last year's yearlings received 10% of the purse won by their sale entry. For 2016 we are expecting to increase our total purse.
The futurity format for next year will change a little. We will still have 1 or 2 special events and at least 4 days for the futurity and possibly a few more classes. We are currently working on a couple new ideas for 2016 but nothing is confirmed yet except that the futurity will be held a week later. We try to stay as close as possible to the "July 1st" showing requirement date for two yr old.
Just because we really care. We care about being fair, we care about being available and we care about the people and the horses....
Thank you again for your support!
NSBA TRAINER'S CRISIS FUND:
The Triple Challenge is of course well know for its support to this great cause as is The National Snaffle Bit Association. This year NSBA was raising awareness for the Crisis fund and doing so was able to raise $3500. Lynn Campbell and her team did a great job with the Crisis Fund shirts, Dianne Eppers and Susan Knapp made a memorable speech and offered a glass of champagne to everyone attending the presentation.
Because of our generous group of horse people, The Triple Challenge also helped raise money during the Annual BBQ sponsored by Game Time Equine Sports Medecine (Dr Brad Cumper) and also at the refreshment bar during the sale. As usual 100% of all donations were returned to the NSBA Crisis Fund with no expenses fee withheld.
Since two years we are accepting class sponsors that we acknowledge on the show program and during the presentation of their awards. Class sponsorship costs between $150 to $500 and we use 100% of these funds to offer additional awards to our futurity Champions. In the future we would love to be able to afford prizes for all our Champions and Reserve Champions. In addition to the trophies, plaques, buckles and ribbons in 2015 every Champion received a tote bag from The Equine Chronicle Magazine.
NSBA gave away 13 beautiful bridle bags, Dr Pete Kazakevecious and his wife Cindy offered 3 slinkies. We presented $500 in gift certificates from Tammy Dyer and $100 from Logan Western Supply. Jim Chafin Jr and Jill Findley of Noble Hills farm both donated a show Longe Line. We awarded a tail extension from Kathy Williams and The Triple Challenge gave A HUS bridle, a western bridle, 3 hat cans, and two wine boxes with tools and wine.
Your suggestions for prizes or help as a class sponsor are welcome for 2016.
2015 FUTURITY PAYBACKS
We experienced a 4% growth overall from 2014. Our Stakes Sale class on Saturday was the largest ever. it paid back $60,000 to the 25 exhibitors. They began their class with a glass of champagne to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Triple Challenge Futurity provided by The National Snaffle Bit Association. Our 2015 yearling Stakes Sale started shortly after the finish of the class. Our sale average was up over $2000. We sold almost $1 million worth of yearlings for a new record.
Click here to view the 2015 paybacks.
Candids from the 2015 Futurity