Horse breeder, Nicola Callam from Petworth, in West Sussex, had a very successful outing with her filly foal, High Hoes Heloise, at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held on this month at Plumpton College.
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.
High Hoes Heloise received the highest premium of the day in the dressage section at Plumpton College. She received a score of 8.81 and a Higher First premium. A Higher First premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at national level.
Nicola said: “I am thrilled with how well she did at the Futurity, it was a very educational experience and the judges comments were very positive. We aim to breed and produce top quality dressage horses for competition. I will possibly breed from High Hoes Heloise before she starts her competitive career with our rider, Richard Black.”
High Hoes Heloise is by the Trakehner stallion, Hohenstein, out of a State Premium mare, Liza Minelli. Nicola added: “We chose to put Liza Minelli to Hohenstein as I think he is an exceptional stallionWith entries limited to 60 at each evaluation venue, places are keenly sought after. Entries are categorised by discipline with age groups for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds and each horse is evaluated in hand and loose in a safe indoor environment as well as undergoing a vet’s assessment.
The BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said: “The Futurity continues to go from strength to strength. The results at Plumpton College were very encouraging and we are finding that the horses our breeders are producing have the range of talents that are likely to be needed by the growing base of riders who wish to participate in horse sports”.
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 begin their early years under saddle in a way that allows for sustained physical and mental development. In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge all horses must obtain two scores of 8.5 or above, one of which must have been obtained in their three-year- old year.
The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 16 venues throughout the UK and young horses go home with a BEF Premium (grade), a stylish rosette and a detailed, informative score sheet. An attractive certificate to keep and frame follows on after the event. All results are published on the fully searchable British Breeding website. www.britishbreeding.org.