WEST Sussex breeders can look back on prestigious awards at Futurity evaluation events this year. Richard Black from Petworth and Nicki and Michael Bates from Barnham earned high accolades at Catherstone.
Richard’s Lord Barnaby B, achieved an outstanding score of 9.00 in the dressage section.
Nicki and Michael Bates’ mare, Grenache, was the highest scoring show jumping yearling, earning a higher first premium with a score of 8.62.
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 a few weeks previously, auguring well for the future.
Also at Plumpton, breeders Suzanne Lavendera from Ashurst, and Elizabeth Lawrence from Storrington, for whom this was her first appearance at a Futurity event, also earned high accolades.
Suzanna’s unnamed colt foal, was the top scoring youngster of the day from across all the disciplines, while Elizabeth’s home-bred Golden Revolution was top three year old eventer.