AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett will lead the All American Futurity post parade on a Road to the Horse World Champion.
The All American Futurity, held each Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico, is one of American Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious events.
Tens of thousands will gather to watch the event, which offers a $3 million purse, the richest race for 2-year-old horses, regardless of breed, in the world. The winner will earn $1.5 million.
Presiding over the event is AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas, who will lead the All American Futurity post parade aboard the horse Perfect Performance.
Perfect Performance is a 7-year-old gray gelding bred and raised by Dr. Blodgett’s employer, Burnett Ranches LLC. Perfect Performance partnered with horseman Chris Cox to win the Road to the Horse 2011. They earned $10,000 for the victory and the horse has remained in training with Chris.
The Road to the Horse is an annual event that pits top trainers against each other in a training competition. The trainers are given unstarted young horses and gentle them in front of a crowd. The Road to the Horse 2016 is scheduled for March 18-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Blodgett is a longtime employee of Burnett Ranches and its Four Sixes Ranch, serving as resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division. He is the president of AQHA, the largest equine breed organization in the world. Burnett Ranches is also the co-breeder of All American Futurity finalist Sky Bo Dash.
Perfect Performance is a gelding by Sixes Pick and out of the Special Effort mare Best Performance. Both sire and dam are homebreds off the ranch, with Sixes Pick being an accomplished cow horse and Versatility Ranch Horse world champion. Perfect Performance’s dam is a daughter of AQHA Hall of Fame member Special Effort, and traces to the Four Sixes’ good producer Natural as her fourth dam.
Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland will be present at Ruidoso Downs to witness the Road to the Horse graduate lead the fastest horses in the world down the track.
Perfect Performance is cataloged to be sold at the Return to the Remuda Sale on October 10 at the Four Sixes Ranch.
For more information on the All American Futurity, visit www.aqharacing.com.