Former Olympic gold medallist and horse breeder, Bridget Parker from Little Keyford, Frome gained an elite premium with her young horse at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held on the 1st August at Catherston Stud, Hampshire.
The filly foal, Cornish Princess owned and bred by Bridget attained an elite premium of 9.04 in the
eventing section. Cornish Princess gained the highest mark awarded to a potential eventer at the Catherston Futurity. She was the only eventing entry to attain an elite premium on the day. An elite premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international 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.
Cornish Princess is the third generation of horses bred from the family of Bridget’s 1972 Olympic team gold horse, Cornish Gold. Bridget said, “Cornish Faer who was on the short-list for the Atlanta Olympics competed at both Badminton and Burghley with my daughter Katie Burton. Faer was the daughter of Cornish Gold’s full sister, Tregea. Cornish Princess’ dam, Cornish Gem is the daughter of Cornish Faer. It is lovely to have this new generation”. Cornish Princess is by the stallion, Latin King.
Bridget’s daughter, Katie is competing Cornish Princess’ uncle and half-brother, Cornish Daybreak and Cornish Curtis in the 1* class at the Hartpury International three day event next week. Bridget continued, “I am really pleased that Princess got an elite score at the Futurity, she is for sale and so it will be good for her cv”.
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 4 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 in the in their three year old year.
The 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 will run from the 1st to the 18th August, covering 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 took for breeders. For more information, visit www.britishbreeding.org
The History of BEF Futurity and Future Dates
The BEF Futurity started in 2005 with 100 young horses to be evaluated and will see over 800 in 2015.
The Futurity is open to British bred horses and ponies, from foals through to three year olds. Each horse or pony is entered into the discipline it is bred to perform in and the four main disciplines of dressage, showjumping, eventing and endurance are covered. Each horse or pony undergoes a vet’s assessment and is then evaluated in hand and loose in an indoor school. Three year olds entered into either the showjumping or eventing sections will be required to loose jump.
An evaluation process to identify talented equine athletes early and to provide a comprehensive set of results and other information for all breeders to make informed breeding decisions is called-for in the 2005 Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales at www.bhic.co.uk
Visit www.britishbreeding.org for full details and results.
Futurity dates and venues 2015
1st August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire
2nd August – Chelwood Equestrian, East Sussex
3rd August – Writtle College, Essex
4th August – The College, Keysoe, Bedfordshire
7th August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall
9th August – Hartpury College, Gloucestershire
11th August – Arena UK, Lincolnshire
12th August – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire
13th August – Myerscough College, Lancashire
14th August – Southview Equestrian Centre, Cheshire
17th August – Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands
18th August – Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands