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.
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.
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.