The top horses competing in the South Essex Insurance Brokers/British Breeding Young Horse Evaluation series will qualify for new individual finals to be held at major competitions for their specific sport.

The finals for this popular series have previously been held at the Royal Show and the Horse of the Year Show. This year the dressage horses will qualify for a special class at Dressage at Hickstead (26 July), eventers will qualify for their final at the Mitsubishi Motors Hartpury Three Day Event and Summer Festival (12/13 August) and show jumpers will qualify for a final at the Arena UK Festival of Showjumping (14 September).

The decision to move the finals to separate venues was made following feedback from previous participants. Jan Rogers explains: “Although prestigious, participants felt that the Royal Show did not reach the right target market for their horses. They wanted their horses to be on view to riders, breeders and potential buyers within their discipline.”

Horses that score more than 70% in their assessment will receive a British Breeding Performance Diploma and the top horses from each evaluation go forwards to the final. Owners have two more opportunities to qualify their horses at Catherston on 25 May or Rowallan in Scotland on 1 June.

For more information visit: www.bef.co.uk