By Eva Maria Broomer / AES
Photography: Melody Fisher, Tanja Davies, and personal breeder archives
Every year, over 400 British-bred foals from all UK sport horse and sport pony studbooks enter the British Breeding Futurity Series, a system of evaluations for foals and youngstock designed to identify and nurture future talent.
Every futurity candidate undergoes a thorough and rigorous assessment with a range of professionals and experts, from an evaluation of limbs and correctness on hard ground in the presence of a highly qualified vet and a nutritionist, to an evaluation of frame and all three gaits on the soft with an independent panel of evaluators and linear scorers.
Only the very best candidates are given the highly desirable accolade of Futurity Elite, with an average score of 9.0 or above across all assessment criteria, indicating that these are horses with the potential to reach the very top of the sport. We are immensely proud that yet again AES candidates have proven themselves in achieving five precious Elites awarded.
One of the most impressive horses evaluated was Quatro, by Goodyear, out of a Scottish Sport Horse mare called Newmiln Elite. Bred by Sarah Kinnear and owned by Nicola Wood, Quatro convinced with an athletic frame earning him a wonderful 9.25, 9.0 for walk and trot, and stand-out marks of 9.5 each for his jump and canter. As one of the older, ridden Futurity candidates, Quatro also gained a qualification for the prestigious British Breeding Equine Bridge programme. He will be one of only 10 showjumping candidates who will be put through his paces of a two-day performance test style event on November 28/29, 2022, designed to identify and support the British-bred stars of the future.
The highest scoring Equine Bridge candidate will receive a training bursary of £1,000, so we wish Quatro and his owners every success!
Another stand-out showjumping entry in the series was Aredis Calipso (ET) a three-year-old gelding by Cabrio Z out of a Quality Time mare. His breeders Aredis Ltd have long been associated with top quality that comes from experience, knowledge, and above all from excellent motherlines. Calipso’s mother competed herself at 1m30 and is half sister to the 1m50 mare Providence, by Air Jordan Z. Further highlights from that direct mare family include the 1m60 horses Farnell (Carambole), Rochefort Jmen (Voltaire), and many more... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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