By Celia Clarke
With 398 entries across 11 venues around the UK, and a consistent panel of evaluators, the British Breeding/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations 2018 seem to have surmounted many of the issues that dogged past series, including the loss of funding and organizational support by the British Equestrian Federation(due to the BEF’s own internal issues), plus a loss of entries due to falling numbers of young horses being bred in the UK, as well as a growing distrust in the evaluations’ scoring system.
The quality of entries also reflected this new found upswing. Almost 10% of the animals forward achieved the ultimate ‘elite’ classification (nine plus marks out of a possible 10), and a further 87 gained the very desirable ‘upper first’, indicating that they had the conformation, soundness, temperament and bloodlines necessary to make them serious contenders to take part in top level competition once they mature...
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