It’s time to enter the 2013 Futurity Evaluation series, with places filling up fast

2012 Futurity winner, Escobillo, shown by Michael Bates

2012 Futurity winner, Escobillo, shown by Michael Bates at Plumpton  last year: Craig Payne Photography

Entries are open for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Evaluation series of 2013.The event 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.

Horses and ponies are entered for the discipline they are bred to perform in, with age groups for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds. Each horse is evaluated in hand and loose in an indoor school as well as undergoing a vet’s assessment.

Entries fill up fast for the Futurity, so to reduce the chance of being wait listed, breeders are advised to enter as soon as possible.

All entries are completed on a user friendly online system which can be found atwww.britishbreeding.org.  All results are published on the fully searchable Futurity website.

The Futurity Equine Bridge is a new initiative for 2013 and will run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations. The Futurity Equine Bridge seeks to provide top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as four and five- year- olds so that they are in a strong position to gain selection for the equine pathway at the age of six.

In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge it is compulsory that all horses are evaluated at the Futurity as a three-year-old.

Futurity scores are used by many breeders as a credible marketing tool for their young horses, adding value to a young horse whilst it is still too young to have achieved a performance record.

Many young horses are now advertised for sale as having a ‘BEF Premium’ and many people have purchased these young horses because they believe that an independent assessment run by a National Federation has value.

One of the winners last year was Nicki and Michael Bates’s Escobillo, which was the top scoring three year old showjumper of the day, earning a first premium with a score of 8.24.

The gelding is by |Ustinov  out of Nicki’s mare Tropical, an ex-show jumper who had to be retired through injury and is now the couple’s broodmare.

For more information, visit the BEF website or www.britishbreeding.org.

Dates and venues for 2013 BEF Futurity evaluations

16 Jul Writtle College, Essex, CM1 3RR
18 Jul Plumpton College, Sussex, BN7 3AE
22 Jul Hartpury College 1, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE
23 Jul Hartpury College 2, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE
25 Jul Southview EC, Cheshire, CW7 4DL
30 Jul Myerscough College, Lancashire, PR3 0RY

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