British Breeding is encouraging owners and breeders of British bred young sport horses to bring them along to the 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity evaluations, which will be held at Vale View, Melton Mowbray on 31st July. This highly regarded series for foals and young stock aims to identify talented horses that will go on to compete successfully in the future. With many Futurity graduates already competing at top level in Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Showjumping the series offers the ideal opportunity for breeders to showcase their potential stars.
The 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity offers sections for foals, yearlings, two- and three-year olds to be shown in hand to a panel of expert evaluators, with additional opportunities for four- and five-year olds to be evaluated under saddle. After a detailed veterinary assessment of soundness and conformation, they will be assessed in a safe indoor environment where the panel will be able to see the youngsters demonstrate their paces. Four- and five-year olds will be asked to do a short ridden test. This world-leading linear scoring evaluation system delivers an independent and objective detailed assessment of performance potential and opening opportunities for British bred foals and youngsters from all studbooks.
The Futurity evaluations offer the opportunity for the three to five-year olds to earn a qualifying score that will allow them to go forward to the British Breeding Equine Bridge. Relaunched this year, the Equine Bridge offers a training and assessment opportunity under the eye of leading riders and trainers. This development programme is organised by British Breeding in cooperation with the Olympic disciplines, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, with the aim to put more British riders on British horses.
A new grading system has also been announced, replacing the old third, second and first premiums with Bronze, Silver and Gold. This reflects the Futurity’s recognition of the quality of a wide range of riding horses and ponies, from those suitable for the ambitious amateur to the next generation of international Grand Prix horses.
British Breeding’s Futurity Evaluations have developed several unique benefits to breeders. Each participant will receive a comprehensive linear profile and detailed feedback at the end of their evaluation and a copy of their scoresheet which is also recorded in a database for future reference. Professional videography and photography ensure that every entrant has a comprehensive record of their day. Qualification for the newly re-launched Equine Bridge, in cooperation with the Olympic Disciplines offers further opportunities for development and working closer with the sport.
The Futurity is open to foals, yearlings, two, three, four and five-year-olds in the disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping. All venues offer a safe, indoor environment that breeders have come to expect at Futurity evaluations.
This year, the series will take place across eleven locations:
27th July – Pencoed – foals – 2-year olds
28th July – Fosshey Stud, Cheshire – foals – 2-year olds
29th July – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire – 3-5-year olds
30th July – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire – foals – 2-year olds
31st July – Vale View, Melton Mowbray – Foals – 2-year olds
1st August – Writtle College, Essex – Foals – 2-year olds
2nd August – Bilsington Priory, Kent – Foals – 2-year olds
26th August – The Grange, Okehampton – Foals – 2-year olds
27th August – Catherston, Stockbridge – Foals – 2-year olds
28th August – Catherston, Stockbridge – 3-5-year olds
29th August – Addington Manor, Buckingham– Foals – 2-year olds
30th August – Swallowfield, Solihull – Foals – 2-year olds
31st August – Newton Rigg, Penrith – Foals – 2-year olds
1st September – Drumcarrow, St Andrews – Foals – 2-year olds
21st September – Solihull Riding Club – 3-5-year olds
22nd September – Solihull Riding Club – Futurity Gala and Mare & Youngstock Show