There were three Elite premiums awarded at the 2011 Crofton Manor Futurity on Thursday. Two of these Elites in the eventing section went to event rider Marianne Ames, and an endurance two year old went home with the other.

Hot on the heels of her successful first outing to the Futurity at Writtle with a Grafenstolz yearling, Marianne Ames came to Crofton Manor with her two colt foals, also by Grafenstolz.

Patrick (pictured) took the top score of the day with a 9.04 Elite. He is out of Summers Mist, an Irish Sports Horse mare. Marianne’s other Elite colt foal, Billy, scored 9. He is out of Temple Polly, an Animo mare.

Former Olympic eventer Bridget Parker, together with fellow evaluator Sheri Tozer Robb agreed that both of the elite scoring eventing foals were balanced, athletic, confident and a good modern stamp.

The second highest scoring horse of the day the endurance two year old colt Amber Gambler, achieved an Elite score of 9 for owner/breeder Louise Graham. He is by the arab stallion H Tobago out of the AHS mare Bright Dreamer. Endurance GB member Sallie Dudley, who accompanied the evaluating panel for the endurance horses said the colt had “a light, ground covering trot, good strong rectangular frame and easy fluent movement, which was balanced and economical.”

Top dressage mark of the day went to Laura Bow’s Leading Lady, a two year old filly by Spielberg out of a Regal Embers mare, Wight Isabella. She took a Higher First premium of 8.93. A colt foal was best of the showjumpers; Mrs K Turton’s Put On Rametti. He is by Andretti out of Put On Rametto, by Ramexico, and scored 8.79.

For further information on the BEF Futurity Evaluations, visit www.britishbreeding.org