British-bred horses showed their prowess at the final qualifier of the SEIB British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations this weekend. The two top qualifying horses in each of the three disciplines (dressage, show jumping and eventing) were British bred, as was the highest scoring pony.
The evaluations took place at Catherston Stud, home to leading British bred stallions Catherson Dazzler and Catherston Liberator. “We have seen some superb horses presented for evaluation this year,” said master evaluator Lucinda Sims. “The consistent improvement in quality, presentation and turnout has been most encouraging and even better for being British-bred!”
Jan Rodgers, BEF head of equine development and breeding agreed: “We are really pleased with the improvement in standard this year. If you compare the scores from the past few years, the standard is steadily on the increase.”
In the dressage section, the two highest scoring horses were Deanes San Ciro Hit (Sandro Hit x Deanes Kings Courage by Dutch Courage) bred by Rosamund Perrin and Flayne Don Daiquiri (Don Gregory x Moet Bewes by Mohican) bred by Richard Stiles. Deanes San Ciro Hit is also a British Sports Horse Register champion stallion and Flayne Don Daiquiri is a British Warmblood Society (BWBS) graded stallion.
Top show jumpers were Vacinimo (Animo x Facility by Sebastian) bred by Old Lodge, and Master Jive Time Jubilee (Monte Carlo x Acton Easter Present by Louella Inschallah II) bred by Debby North.
Highest scoring eventers were Treason (Hand in Glove x Welton Lady by Welton Crackerjack) bred by Preci-Spark Ltd, and Cotton King (Mill Law x Royal Gem II by Sovereign King) bred by Hazel Bramley.
The top scoring pony in the newly introduced pony section was also British-bred Tynycae Sand Martin (Wurlitzer x Tynycae Goldfinch by Sarnau Valentine), bred by Serena Pincus.
In addition, the highest scoring mares Fine Feathers (Hercorse x Regal Venture by Motivate), bred by Claire Marie Richardson and Caribbean (Cardinar x Freya by Florestan), bred by Paul Friday were also bred in the UK.
The highest scoring horses in each section will be invited to prestigious discipline specific finals around the country this summer.
Finals venues and dates
Dressage final – Dressage at Hickstead – 26 July
Eventing final – Hartpury Three Day Event and Country Fair – 13 August
Show jumping final – Arena UK Show Jumping Festival – 14 September
Pony final – Sports Pony Studbook Grading at Heart of England EC – 21/22 October