WEST Sussex horse owner, Vicky Fisher, gained a higher first premium with her young horse at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation Futurity this month at Chelwood Equestrian near Uckfield, East Sussex.
The filly foal, Kamizake, is owned and bred by Vicky, from Brooks Green, near Horsham, and attained a higher first premium of 8.83 in the eventing section.
This was the highest score of the day. A higher first premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to be in the results and build up a good level of points at the higher national level.
The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. It may even find the stars of the future who will go on to compete at World Championships or become Olympic Champions.
Vicky said: “I thought Kamikaze was lovely and I am over the moon that the Futurity evaluators thought so too. She is just the second foal I have bred.”
Kamikaze was bred from Vicky’s mare Bonnie, bought from breeder, Chris Curtis. Vicky continued: “Both Kamikaze and last year’s foal, Jeronimo are out of Bonnie and both have now received a higher first Futurity premium.”
Jeronimo scored 8.79 at the Plumpton Futurity as a foal in 2014. Vicky, who competes in side saddle classes, plans to keep Kamikaze and produce her for a career in eventing. Kamikaze is by the eventing stallion, Future Illusion. Vicky added;“I will definitely use Future Illusion again.”
The Futurity is a continually evolving process, 2013 saw the introduction of the Futurity equine bridge which is now being run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations. The Futurity equine bridge provides top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as four-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 a Futurity score of 8.5 or above and a high enough vet score as three-year-olds.
BEF’s Head of Equine Development Jan Rogers said: “The Futurity celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We are increasingly finding that breeders, buyers and riders of British bred horses are finding that a Futurity premium is a very useful aid in helping assess these horses. We are also seeing a marked improvement in the standard of youngsters entered in the futurity, which is very good news for the future of British breeding.”
The 2015 Futurity evaluations from August 1-18, covered 11 venues nationwide with a total of 12 days of evaluations. The Futurity is fast becoming recognised as an important first step in the careers of many potential top level horses and provides a valuable marketing tool for breeders.