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Big Money Futurity

Amateurs get their turn in the big payouts of the Big Money Futurity in Tunica, Mississippi.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
September 24, 2013

Exhibitors show weanlings at the 2013 Big Money Futurity in Tunica, Mississippi.

Exhibitors show weanlings at the 2013 Big Money Futurity in Tunica, Mississippi. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the Big Money Futurity, scroll to the slide show below.

In its third year, the Big Money Futurity continues to grow.

This year, the futurity took place the day after the World Conformation Horse Association Breeder’s Futurity concluded in Tunica, Mississippi.

“We’re giving away $143,000,” said James Melvin Kifer of Hartselle, Alabama, a 30-year breeder of American Quarter Horses and a multiple AQHA world champion in halter, who runs the futurity as a labor of love.

“The (Breeders Halter Futurity) started (in Des Moines, Iowa,) and it’s a great thing in itself, but geographically, it couldn’t work for everyone,” James said. “This (futurity) is geared more specifically for amateurs and people who might not be able to make it to the other one, so they have choices.”

Each year, the futurity starts fresh, with stallion owners nominating their horses to the program for weanlings and yearlings.

“We had about 110 entered,” James said. “The biggest class was weanling fillies. There were 50 entered and 31 shown. It’s a lot of amateurs to get that many horses in the pen at once.”

James said he plans the futurity again for 2014, again in conjunction with the WCHA Futurity in Tunica.