The Pennwoods Futurity started out in 2001 to showcase top breeding stock in the province. Foals at nominated in their weanling year, with eligibility to be shown as yearlings in halter and as a two year old in halter, pattern and cart classes.
In the beginning there were as many as 20-30 producers nominating 55-80 weanlings. Things have leveled off and about 10-15 producers now nominate around 25-35 weanlings. The percentage of yearlings being shown remains the same over the 16 years running in 40-50%. As in the 2 year olds around 15-25% will return to be shown.
The purses are made up of 40% of the nomination fee and 100% of the entry fee, plus any sponsorship money acquired. NAERIC, Pennwoods and the Manitoba Percheron Belgian Club have been long time sponsors of this show.