The National Futurity is designed to showcase the ability and temperament of the Society’s 3yr old horses. The Futurity is a contest held over four sections: Led, Hack, Working and Time Trial. Horses are allocated a score in each section and these scores result in an overall score for the event. Horses must record a score in each section to be eligible for an overall score.
Horses in the Led Section are assessed on their temperament, conformation, movement, and soundness. The horse should show the qualities and type which define the breed. The horse’s
body should be balanced in accordance with its size and the horse should possess a calm temperament and good nature.
During the Hack Section, the horse must have abundant presence and quality. It also must be calm, supple, obedient and forward moving. The workout should demonstrate the horse’s basic training in fluent and flowing motion. The horse should be relaxed and give a comfortable ride.
The Working Section tests the horse’s ability to maneuver well whilst engaging its hindquarters during haunch turns and stops. The horse should be relaxed and settled during the workout, be light on its feet, well-balanced and responsive to the rider’s commands, with little or no resistance to the bit.
The course for the Time Trial may include jumping small obstacles, opening a gate, and the like. Although this is a timed event, some sections of the course may stipulate the horse’s pace. Penalties
may be given for break of pace, knocking over obstacles, etc.