The Walking Horse Report Online poll regarding peoples opinion of the 2005 Futurity was the most negative in the history of the poll.  Almost 60% rated this years' show either below average or poor. Last year 40% rated the Futurity either below average or poor, a 20% point swing. 

On the positive side 17% rated it either excellent or very good while 23% rated it average.  Last year 23% rated it excellent or very good and 37% rated it average.

Among the reasons cited were that 3 of the 13 classes had less entries than the number of ribbons to be awarded and one class had a single entry.

Also, there was apparently some confusion over the number of entries with The Tennessean reporting 500 while in actuality only 189 horses were shown.

The results;

Excellent - 11%
Very good - 6%
Average - 23%
Below average - 24%
Poor - 36%