Outstanding successes for West Sussex equine breeders

Nicki Bedford's outstanding filly foal, Grenache  Picture Craig Payne
Nicki Bedford's outstanding filly foal, Grenache Picture Craig Payne

THREE breeders from West Sussex enjoyed prestigious success with their young horses at the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations held recently at Plumpton College.

Sarah Ablewhite of Henfield, Nicki Bedford of Barnham and Suzanne Lavendera of UK Hanoverians, based at Ashurst, were singled out for the outstanding quality of their young stock.

The BEF Futurity Evaluation 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.

Three-year-old sports pony, Abbeywoods Chocolate Brownie was awarded the highest score of the day for owner Sarah Ablewhite. She scored 9.09 in the dressage section and attained an Elite premium.

Suzanne Lavandera’s colt foal Keystone Delino also scored an Elite in the dressage section with a score of 9.03. Scoring just below Elite level with a Higher First was Nicki Bedford’s filly foal in the show jumping section with 8.99.

Keystone Darling II also took a Higher First of 8.62, for Suzanne Lavandera. These Elite and Higher First premiums indicate that the horses have the potential and outlook to perform at international level.

For full story of these outstanding successes and more pictures, see Sussex Horse World, West Sussex Gazette, August 10.