This year’s Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Young Horse Evaluations have seen the highest scores awarded to British-bred horses to date. And breeders have demonstrate their growing support for the scheme with 320 horses taking part this year, up more than 50% on last year.
Highlights of this year’s evaluations include Cquins Revenge, who was the top scoring foal on 9.24 and yearling filly Lucky for Some, who scored a nine for her athleticism. The first ever perfect 10 was scored by two-year old dressage horse Furst Opera for type (pictured), while four-year-old Puck’s Glen gained the top score for his age group with 8.64.
The highest score of the season went to the bay show jumping colt Zubin R, who scored scored 9.5 overall, including a 10 for his athleticism. The KWPN colt was bred by Sheri Tozer Robb at River Stud in Callington and is owned by Matthew Zaccia.
“He is a great young horse,” enthused young horse evaluator Mark Shaw. “He has tremendous talent and, with careful production, will make a top class performance horse.”
The British Breeding programme evaluates young performance sport horses and ponies from foals to four years to identify whether they have the potential to excel in modern competition. The futurity scheme also gives breeders an objective assessment of their young stock to help improve the quality of British-bred horses.
BEF Director of Equine Development Graham Suggett says: “The futurity goes from strength to strength, giving breeders an assessment of performance potential and identifying potential elite Equine Pathway horses.”
This season’s top scorers will receive their prizes at the Breeders’ Dinner on 12 January.