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This year’s futurity series has attracted unprecedented support

Record entries produce high standards

The early venues for the 2009 Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Evaluations have seen a high standard and some quality youngstock. This series helps to identify potential British-bred sport horses that could become championship team stars. With entries limited to 60 at each venue, places have been quickly filled, with more than half the entry being foals. 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. After six venues, 14 horses had scored an average of nine marks or above to earn an Elite Premium, with the top score of 9.54 going to Christine Trednell’s two-year-old filly Flamingo at The College EC. The Oldenburger Flamingo is by the renowned dressage stallion Flemmingh out of Hawaii, a Premium Oldenburger mare by Harvard. "There’s no British register for Oldenburgers, so I have to decide whether to register her with British Hanoverian Horse Society or as a British Warmblood," explained Christine, a dressage judge whose young horses are produced by Paul Friday.

At Plumpton, the three-year-old colt Handels Classic earned a score of 9.32 in the show jumping section. Owned and bred by Vikki Evans of Chailey Stud, he is by the international show jumper Handel II, who was hugely successful with Michael Whitaker and now has offspring competing in all three main disciplines. Already broken and ridden away, Handels Classic is showing huge potential loose jumping.

Frances Ewings’s coloured foal She’s A Kinda Majik earned the highest score in both the dressage and endurance sections at The Grange and earned an Elite Premium in the dressage section. Frances bought the gypsy cob dam Magik Domino nine years ago. "We did some dressage and the judges didn’t look impressed when we entered the arena, only to change their minds when we began the test," explained Frances. Having lost her first foal, Domino was put to the racing Arab Ecliptic. "The evaluators commented that the foal carried herself like a horse, even though she’s only three months old. She’s bred to be my next dressage horse," said Frances. Also at The Grange, an Elite Premium went to Brenhines-R, owned by Romanni Jory of Plymouth. This three-year-old showed a marked improvement on last year, when she was awarded a second premium. "She showed a bold approach and lovely style over the fences," said evaluator Lesley Peyton-Gilbert. Sport ponies came to the fore at Myerscough, where Gill and David Jolley’s Dressage Ponies UK was well represented. Their DPUK Night Dancer, a filly foal by the dressage stallion, Mooiman, scored 9.07 to gain an Elite Premium and was described by the evaluators as "an upstanding, free-moving filly, very correct and well proportioned, with an exceptional walk, trot and canter. She has an exciting future".

Classic Juan is at the top of the stallion rankings with nine progeny scores and an average of 8.92 for the top three. His offspring include Classic Mellidy, the dressage foal who earned an Elite Premium at The College for owner/breeders Jill and Dee Clements. BEF head of equine development Jan Rogers said: "The support has exceeded all expectations and the standard has so far been excellent." For more information, visit