WEST Sussex breeders have scooped even more awards for the quality of their young horses at the latest Futurity Evaluations held at Catherston Stud in neighbouring Hampshire.
Richard Black from Petworth and Nicki and Michael Bates from Barnham earned high accolades for their young horses at the event run as part of a series by Baileys Horse Feed, British Breeding and British Equestrian Federation.
The series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show-jumping or endurance, and may even find the Olympic Champions of the future.
An Elite premium indicates that the young horse has the outlook and potential to compete at international level competition. A higher first premium indicates that the young horse has the outlook and potential to compete at national competition.
An Elite premium went to the highest scoring foal, Lord Barnaby B, who earned an outstanding score of 9.00 in the dressage section. He is owned and bred by dressage rider Richard Black. The chestnut colt is only a couple of months old and coped well with the day.
“It was really relaxed and a positive experience for the mare and foal” said Richard. Lord Barnaby B is by Lord Carnaby, out of Daiquiri B by Don Frederico. Richard also bred Daiquiri B, a six-year-old which has had two foals and will now be ridden through the winter, with the possibility of being put in foal again next year.
She is the half sister to Hermann TG who was the National Five Year Old Dressage Champion in 2006. Lord Carnaby was a last minute choice of stallion by Richard.
“If we had planned it, it probably wouldn’t have turned out as well,” said Richard.
The Rheinlander stallion recently represented Germany at the World Breeding Championships and is now based with a professional rider.
Richard was making a return visit to the Futurity after Daiquiri B’s first foal, now a two-year-old, received a first premium.
“It’s great to be able to get validation for the opinion you have on your own foals. There’s no pressure at the Futurity and it’s a great day out.” said Richard.
Nicki and Michael Bates’ mare, Grenache, was the highest scoring show jumping yearling, earning a higher first premium with a score of 8.62. She is by Ustinov out of Tropical by Ircolando. Grenache is the full sister to the Bates’ Escobillo who was the top scoring three year old show jumper at the BEF Futurity at Plumpton earlier last month.
Nicki bought Tropical five years ago and she has since been retired as a broodmare.
She said: “Tropical has had three foals now and we’re really please with how they have all turned out. Grenache is a little bit sharper than Escobillo and finer. She has a lovely temperament, is easy to handle and behaved impeccably at Catherston.”
The mare will be taken back to the Futurity next year and then Nicki, who has just had a baby, will back her and produce her for show jumping.
The BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said: “The futurity continues to grow and be shaped by feedback we receive and is developing into an assessment the British horse world recognises as a valuable indicator of future performance talent”
For further information on the BEF Futurity Evaluations, visit www.britishbreeding.org