At the first of two evaluation days for the 2013 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation/British Breeding (BEF) Futurity at Hartpury College two potential dressage horses were awarded the joint highest elite premium so far of this year’s series. There were a total of five elite premiums awarded — four to dressage youngsters and one in the showjumping category.

Evaluator Katy Holder-Vale said: “We have seen some very exciting young horses today. The quality of youngstock presented across all disciplines has been very good.”

The British Hanoverian Horse Society (BHHS) registered, GF Dusautoir (pictured above) earned an elite premium of 9.23. This three-year-old colt is by Dimaggio and out of a Biotop mare and was bred by his owner Sandy Senior of Glossoms Farm Stud. Exhibited by producer Darren Mattia, GF Dusautoir is full brother to the licensed stallion GF Deville.

Sandy said: “Darren has done a fantastic job with Dusautoir — he’ll start backing him now and all being well will go for his stallion license in September. He also gained an elite premium as a foal, so will be considered for the equine bridge programme.”

Horses which have gained two higher first premiums at the Futurity (8.50 or above) —including one as a three-year-old — are eligible for the equine bridge which seeks to provide top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need under saddle as four- and five-year-olds.

Another presented by Darren, foal Frank Sinatra, also an elite premium of 9.23. The colt is out of Bella Vanuta by Benvenuto and by the Fidertanz son Foundation (pictured below).

Frank Sinatra Credit Kevin Sparrow

Owner and breeder, Lindsey Roberts said: “I’m thrilled with Frank, it is so incredibly exciting to have him.  Darren is just fantastic, he is brilliant with the foal and really knows what he is doing.”

Filly foal Noble Town Ysera gained the showjumping elite of the day (9.12) for owner, Jane-Elizabeth Noble and breeder, High Hopes Stud.  She is by Condor, out of a Golden Wonder mare.  The evaluators paraised her “good acceleration in her canter,” adding: “She is powerful and athletic and uses her body well”.

Woodlander Sugar Pie took home an elite premium of 9.05 in the dressage section. This Supertramp/Florencio filly foal is owned by Debbie Green and was bred by Lynne Crowden and exhibited by Carsten Sandrock.

Three-year-old gelding Hawtins Sandori also achieved an elite premium (9.01). He is by the Sandro Hit/Weltmeyer stallion Sarkozy and out of a Brentano II mare for owner and breeder Judith Davis.

A second day of evaluations takes place at Hartpury College today (23 July), with the following fixture at Southview EC in Cheshire on 25 July.

For full results from Hartpury day one, click here.

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