Definition: Futurity programs differ between breed registries, but in general they are to encourage breeding for outstanding offspring. To be enter in a futurity class at a horse show, a horse must have been enrolled in a futurity program, either before or very shortly after birth. They will compete against horses enrolled within the same time period. There are usually requirements that both the sire and dam of the horse must meet; they must be enrolled in a specific program themselves or meet specific criteria. Futurity classes may be judged for conformation only, or the horse may be judged on its performance under saddle or in harness.
Examples:The owners of the two year old Arabian were thrilled when their colt won first place in the futurity class.