Two breeders have great day at Plumpton Futurity

Two horse breeders from West Sussex had great success with  their young horses  at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held recently at Plumpton College in Sussex.

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.

Johanne Dykes from Sayers Common, West Sussex gained a higher first premium of 8.96 with her three year old gelding Glorestan Jazz in the dressage section. He attained the highest score of the day awarded to a three year old. A higher first premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at national level.

Glorestan Jazz with breeder Photo:

Glorestan Jazz with breeder Johanne Dykes
Photo: Craig Payne

Dressage rider, Johanne competed Glorestan Jazz’s dam, Florestamber to international level in dressage. A highlight of Florestamber’s career was taking ninth place in the final Kur on the 2008 Sunshine Tour. Johanne said, “I am really pleased with Glorestan Jazz. Florestamber is near and dear to my heart, she is back in foal for next year to my stallion, Brennus B.”

Gloreston Jazz is by the dressage stallion, Jazz. Glorestan Jazz’s higher first premium qualifies him for the selection day of the Equine Bridge, a new system to help talented young riders.

The top scoring yearling at Plumpton also came from West Sussex. Yvonne Ferguson from Storrington bred Bling, a showjumping yearling filly by Kannan, which scored a higher first premium of 8.83. Bling is out of the Bahamian Bounty mare, Moody Margaret.

Bling top-scoring yearling at Plumpton Futurity bred by Yvonne          of Storrington. Photo Craig Payne

Bling, the top-scoring yearling at Plumpton Futurity bred by Yvonne Ferguson of Storrington.
Photo Craig Payne

 

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. They can then 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 in their three-year-old year.

Head of Equine Development at the BEF, Jan Rogers said, “The Futurity is now in its ninth year and over this time we have seen it develop to provide real support to British breeders to help achieve their aims. Through their carefully planned breeding decisions, year on year we are seeing an improvement in the horses presented at the Futurity for evaluation”.

With 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 Futurity Evaluations are held at 11 venues over 14 days 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.

Donna’s miniature Shetland is a very early foal and is proving to be an absolute cracker

TAKE a look at this little cracker- one of the early foals of 2014 – named  Lucksfield Bianco. Bred and owned by Donna Luck of Almodington on the Selsey Penninsula,  she arrived safely on January 15 at 7pm- and has been running rings round her mother, miniature shetland Lyndurst Buttons, ever since.

Photo by Donna Luck

Luckfield Bianco with her mother, Shetland Lyndhurst Buttons Photo by Donna Luck

Her sire is an unregistered miniature horse, Ujenik Sparkling Dude and she is the first miniature Shetland foal that Donna has bred.

Donna (27) explained: “I had my first Shetland when I was two years old and when I was a youngster,  my mother, Robbie, bred a Shetland foal which had a cleft palate and later had to be put down. It was heartbreaking at the time and we did everything possible to save the foal.”

Luckfield Bianco leading her mother a merry dance Photo Donna Luck

Lucksfield Bianco leading her mother a merry dance
Photo Donna Luck

“But Bianco is simply perfect and I feel this was a second chance for me. I think that ultimately Bianco will make someone an ideal pet. I’m going to bring her on and will handle her, so that she can be available from when she is around six months old.”

Meanwhile Donna will be out in the show ring this year competing over 2’9″ jumps  and also doing a bit of cross country and dressage with her home bred showing horse, Lucksfield Random. Aged seven, he is part-bred Welsh x spotted and proving extremely versatile.

Donna's spotted horse      Photo by:

Donna’s spotted horse Lucksfield Random Photo by:JSBE Photography

He has proved to be a talented horse and is a real eye-catcher with plenty of abiltiy and jumps superbly. For more information on Lucksfield Bianco, contact Donna on 01243 51231.

British Horse Society welcomes a debate on British view on horsemeat

THE  British Horse Society has welcomed the suggestion from HRH The Princess Royal that a debate is needed into Britain’s attitude towards horsemeat and how this might impact on equine welfare.

Pens being used as an emergency measure for abandoned horses. Photo: World Horse Welfare

Pens being used as an emergency measure for abandoned horses. Photo: World Horse Welfare

 

UK’s largest equestrian membership charity believes that The Princess Royal’s comments, made recently at World Horse Welfare’s annual conference in London, have highlighted important issues that merit immediate attention.

The Princess Royal suggested that a market for horsemeat might encourage owners to provide better care for their horses in the expectation that the animals will have a financial value at the end of their lives.

The British Horse Society’s Welfare Officers experience cases every day where horses have been left to deteriorate and suffer because the owner is not willing or able to fund a humane and timely end to the horse’s life.

Lee Hackett, BHS Director of Equine Policy, said: “The resources of all equine welfare charities are being stretched as never before, due to the recession coupled with over-breeding in the equine population.

“We firmly believe that we should concentrate on the thousands of horses that need our help right now and allow individuals to make their own decision about which meats are acceptable for consumption. If the comments from The Princess Royal open a debate regarding solutions to the equine crisis, then The British Horse Society believes they have been extremely productive.”

World Horse Welfare, of which the Princess Royal is president, is fighting a major problem in trying to stop increasing numbers of horses being abandoned throughout the country because of inability to care for them financially.

Ask your MP to vote on fly-grazing next week

MPs will debate fly grazing in Parliament this Tuesday 26 November, at 2.30pm. Please email yout MPs now and ask them to attend this debate – and if you have experienced problems with fly grazed horses in your area, tell them about that too so they will see how this issue affects their constituents.

A group of Bndonedhorses being taken Photo: World Horse Welfare

A group of andonedhorses taken in by the charity
Photo: World Horse Welfare

As we all know, the UK’s horses are facing a crisis. 7,000 of them are at risk of becoming welfare cases, and winter is approaching fast.

Around half of these horses at risk are being ‘fly grazed’ – placed illegally on land without permission to graze and left to fend for themselves. The Welsh Government has proposed new legislation that may help to ease the problem there, by allowing ‘fly grazed’ horses to be removed more quickly.

This could be great news for Wales – but if England doesn’t follow suit, we may simply see thousands of horses being moved from Wales to England, putting even more pressure on to local authorities and charities, and leading to more horse suffering.

 Hannah Lynch, Campaigns Officer at World Horse Welfare has appealed to everyone to give this support by contacting their MPs and asking them to vote for this vital legislation to prevent the remainder of the British Isles being flooded with dumped horses.

Lowered market values and demand for horses coupled with the increasing costs of caring for a horse have left many owners in a situation where they can neither look after nor sell their horses – leading to an increase in neglect and abandonment. Fly grazing – where horses are left on land without the landowner’s permission – has also become more common across the country.

Equine charities are already full of horses that have been rescued from neglect and abuse – before winter arrives, which is likely to make the situation even worse as horses struggle to cope with harsh weather conditions. Action is desperately needed now.

To ask your MP to attend the debate, click on the following:http://campaign.publicaffairsbriefing.co.uk/emailsupport.aspx?cid=defb0b88-91af-4aab-a047-f6aff6db6c97

World Horse Welfare is a leading international equine welfare charity which world to improve the lives of horses throughout the UK and and the world through education , campaigns and hands-on work with horses.

It is a registered charity, number 206658 and RSCO38384, based at Anne Colvin House, Snetterton, Norfolk.  You can also help it continue its work by donating to its funds.  Contact the charity at:http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org

 

Outstanding potential eventers seen at this year’s BEF Futurity series

Some outstanding British-bred potential eventers have been seen at this year’s 2013 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding BEF Futurity series where young horses from foals to three year olds have been evaluated for their potential.

Pentire Chili Edge  Photo: British Futurity

Top scoring youngster Pentire Chilli Edge
Photo: British Futurity

Jennie Loriston-Clarke said, “I find it very exciting to see some of the quality young stock which I assessed this year. It is good to find that the Elite we have here would stand up with the best in the World. Well done to the breeders!”

The top scoring youngster of the 2013 Futurity, across the age groups and disciplines was filly foal Pentire Chilli Edge , owned and bred by Chrissie Hogg from Helston, Cornwall, which scored an elite premium of 9.46. This is the highest Futurity score ever awarded to an eventer.

She has just  one mare that she breeds from, Heligan, who is by former HIS stallion, Michael’s Revenge and who has a foal every year. Chilli Edge is by European eventing silver medallist, Chilli Morning”. Heligan is ranked second in the Futurity all time dam rankings for eventing.

Chilli Edge is to be sold to Anne Evans from Hampshire to compete in eventing. Chrissie added, “Anne always liked Heligan and so I promised Chilli Edge to her. I have also this year sold Heligan to Sue Barr in Somerset, she is now in foal to Royaldik.”

Another foal from Cornwall took the runner up spot for eventing at the 2013 Futurity, filly foal, Sweet Revenge took home an elite premium score of 9.39 for her owner and breeder, Hayley Kidd from St Ives.

Futurity winner Sweet Revenge

Futurity winner Sweet Revenge   Photo: Baileys Horse Feeds

Limited Edition XV took the highest Futurity score for an eventing yearling for Tracey Talbot from Gloucester (9.14) and an elite premium. Tracey bred Limited Edition from her thoroughbred mare, Star Lady. She said, “My daughter Rachel used to look after Star Lady when she was in training as a racehorse at Jonjo O’Neil’s yard. We then bought her from Ascot sales”.

Tracey went on to say, “it is wonderful that Limited Edition scored an elite premium, I thought beforehand that there was a small possibility he might get an elite. He performed like a star on the day”. Tracey will keep Limited Edition for her daughter, Rachel to event.

Top three year old eventer at the 2013 Futurity was three year old gelding, Trewardale (9.00) for his owner, Merna Merrett from Woodbridge. Trewardale was bred by Vin Jones out of his Criminal Law mare at the Preci Spark Stud in Leicestershire and Merna bought him at the Brightwells sale in June. Merna said, “We heard Trewardale was for sale and went to Brightwells specifically to buy him. He is by Grafenstolz, who I find to be a phenomenal stallion.

Trewardale will be produced by local four star rider Simon Grieve who has already broken him in and is gently riding him out. Simon will campaign Trewardale in the Young Event Horse classes next year and he will compete to the highest level he will go to. With his breeding he has the potential to go a long way.”

Another West Country entry topped the eventing two year olds. Vorvashill Vertigo, a colt from Vorvashill Sport Horses in St Ives, owned and bred by Kari Christopher attained a higher first premium of 8.96. He is by Grafenstolz, out of a Dutch Falco mare, Last Flame.

Kirsty Milard from Braintree bred the highest scoring potential event pony of 2013, colt foal, KMD Rialto who earned an elite premium of 9.07. Kirsty who was recently a member of the British Young Breeders team at the World Young Breeders Championships in Sweden bred KMD Rialto from her Welsh pony mare, Stambrook Musicality, he is by pony stallion, Rembrandt.
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 4 and 5 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’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said: “The futurity continues to grow and be shaped by feedback we receive and is developing into an assessment the British horse world recognises as a valuable indicator of future performance talent”.

With entries limited to 60 at each evaluation venue, places at the Futurity 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 Futurity Evaluations are held at 16 venues throughout the UK; all results are published on the fully searchable British Breeding website. www.britishbreeding.org.

 

Impressive showing season for Paul and Karen with their New Forest team

CELEBRATING an outstanding season with their team of New Forest show ponies are Paul and Karen Armitage of Findon. In 2013 they have scooped an amazing seven championships and 15 county wins at top shows.
Karen and Paul with prolific winners Willoway Madeline and Willoway High Spirits

Karen and Paul with prolific winners Willoway Madeline and Willoway High Spirits

Since they turned from show hunters to the New Forest breed in 2005 they have successfully built up a strong team, headed by four-year-old Willoway High Spirits, and Willoway Madeline, now eight- and are looking to breed their own show ponies in the future.
Paul and Karen were originally both work riders for Arundel racehorse trainer John Dunlop and became involved in showing when Paul showed Mr Dunlop’s hunters at different County Championships.  In 2005, they turned to the New Forest breed as something for Karen to show, choosing Foresters  because they are geographically the closest native breed, and also versatile, with the ponies coming in a range of sizes that can be ridden by both parents and children.
They were looking for a reputable Willoway offspring to make a decent filly for County shows and set off to an outstanding start, having acquired Willoway Madeline as a yearling, and she went on to win every year for them.  In her very first show as a yearling she was second at Bath and West, won at Ardingly and carried on winning. Her many accolades include Supreme Championship at Kent County Show and Ardingly South of England Show twice,  and two years ago she was Reserve Supreme Champion on home soil at the New Forest Show.
Madeline’s excellent results continued this year when she was Champion at Surrey County, won and was Reserve Champion at Bath and West.
“We are looking forward to her being our foundation mare for our own breeding programme. Madeline is outstanding and  has a home here with us for life.” said Paul.
Willoway High Spirits, whose grandsire was the highly reputed Peveril Peter Piper, is known as Clifford at home and  has excelled. He won five times this season, taking the Supreme NPS Medal at Heathfield, qualifying for the New Forest Championship, and went on to be Champion at Romsey. He is currently being ridden and could be shown under saddle next season.
Blakeswater Serenade in winning form with Paul at a show

Blakeswater Serenade in winning form with Paul at a show

They bought Blakeswater Serenade as a filly foal, and she is now three years old. Her successes this year have been impressive. She won at the South of England show and was Reserve Champion, with wins following at  Kent County and Newbury, where she was also champion. Then she was second at the New Forest Show.

Their yearling, Willoway Wishing Well won five times and was Champion at her very first event-the Three Counties Show,. She went on to be Champion at Ringwood and Ellingham, and won her filly class at both  the New Forest Show and the Breed Show.
Willoway Wishing Well and Paul Armitage

Willoway Wishing Well and Paul Armitage

Two-year-old filly Rowdown Parsley had three wins last year and as a yearling was Reserve Champion. Oakwood Rose is a three-year-old, who won as a yearling and as a two-year-old. This year she has been put in foal to Farriers Fingerprint. Also, Paul and Karen have bought  a Woodrow colt whose grandsire is the same as Clifford’s- Peveril Peter Piper. We have high hopes for 2014,” said Paul.
Karen added: ” We couldn’t do this without our wonderful team of helpers- Rebecca Woodman of Lavant, Andrea Smith of Worthing and Andy Holder, Dorothy Hodkins and Helen Ingus, all of Findon as well as Sarah Cranford, who manages those who are left at home- for not all our Foresters go to every show.”

 

Visit one of the largest equestrian events in the South on August Bank Holiday

Shire foal Nosrac Victoria Rose , seen here with her mother, wll be one of six foals on display at the show

Shire foal Nosrac Victoria Rose , seen here with her mother, wll be one of six foals on display at the show

One of the largest equestrian events in the South of England – the Edenbridge and Oxted Show- takes place on August Bank Holiday, this Sunday August 25 and Monday 26 from 8am-6pm.  And children can visit this year’s show free.
There will be 1500 horses, ponies and donkeys in 150 classes ranging from show jumping, HOYS qualifiers, carriage driving and Concours d’Elegance to mounted fancy dress and gymkhana events as well as a Heavy Horse Village including one Suffolk Punch and six Shire foals  as well as  four-­in-­hand coaches on the Monday.
E&O drivingloores
It offer something for everyone in the equestrian world-  whether showing, show jumping, carriage driving or countless other events. The heavy horse village is well worth visiting, especially to see the Shire foals.
Don't miss the elegant Concours d'Elegance

Don’t miss the elegant Concours d’Elegance and many other equestrian events

There will also be  horticultural, WI, crafts & food marquees; advice on gardening, keeping bees, parrots, rabbits and poultry; falconry, flyfishing & gundog demonstrations; Cavalcades of Hounds and Footpacks for the children to run in the main ring with; Dog Show & Terrier Racing (Monday), children’s cookery school, specialist equestrian shops; children’s Hobby Horse Derby (Sunday).
Main Ring attractions including Lamb Nationals and Bob Hogg Sheepdog and Duck display. 140 acre showground with six competition rings, family picnic area, regional food marquee, beer tents and catering outlets.
.Membership packages and reduced price advance tickets can be obtained  at www.edenbridge-show.co.uk <http://www.edenbridge-show.co.uk/>

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

Warmblood stallion Zippo starts off season in impressive style

Zippo and Holly in wining style

Zippo and Holly Lewis  in winning style

OUTSTANDING warmblood stallion, Zippo, owned and produced  by Karen Brown has started off the 2013 in outstanding style with some impressive dressage wins to his credit.

Having posted another two wins at Medium level with rider Holly Lewis on board, he is now competing in Advanced Medium Classes.The duo won two very strong classes at Hickstead recently, scoring 70 per cent and 71 per cent at Medium level.

Karen said: “Zippo has gone from strength to strength and has regularly been scoring as high as 74 per cent in medium classes and has now qualified for the Regional Championships. I am delighted with the way he continues to progress and he has established a great partnership with Holly.”

Karen is based at Nightingales Farm at Coolham, where Dutch-bred Zippo combines increasing success in dressage with standing as a stallion. Karen has kept and just broken one of his produce- a four-year-old out of a thoroughbred mare.

“I have called him Zipalong and am aiming his at the British Eventing Four Year Old classes. He has inherited his father’s superb temperament, movement and jump, and hopefully his mother’s speed. I am very excited about him and he is a great prospect for the future,” she said.

She has also kept two of his stock, a pair of three-year-olds which are just being lunged. One is a very smart black filly with four white socks, which has outstanding movement and which will be aimed at British Dressage Young Horse classes next year. The second is a colt, which has the makings of an out and out show jumper, demonstrating that Zippo is an outstanding stallion for any discipline.

” He has most definitely turned out to be my horse of a lifetime and I still take him for a good gallop and jump,” said Karen.

Zippo is licensed with the Anglo European Studbook and as a Dutch breed KWPN passport. He is by Quatro B ( Galoubet) and has Voltaire and First Black on his dam’s side, hence his paces.

To see his stock, or for information about stallion fees,  contact Karen on 07766733188 or at zipporv4@yahoo.co.uk

 

Breeding achievements during 2012

 

Michael Bates and Escobillo enjoy Plumpton success Photo: Craig Payne Photography

Michael Bates and Escobillo enjoy Plumpton success Photo: Craig Payne Photography

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.