Best British foals attract top bids

  • Bidding reaches fever pitch at Brightwells’ Best British Foal Show and Auction, where winners from dressage, show jumping and eventing were chosen

    In only its second year, the Best British Foal Show, held at Addington EC, Bucks, and sponsored by Equilibra and The Supporters of British Breeding, for the first time brought forward winners in the three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing.

    The champion British dressage foal was Sezincote Scaramouche, an eye-catching brown filly by Sandro Hit out of the Dutch Warmblood Kananta, herself a daughter of Ferro.

    The filly, bred by Ms F Mapelli of Sezincote Warren Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, registered the top score among the dressage foals of 83.6 from judges Bernd Richter of the Westphalian Verband and Crome Sperling of the Hanoverian Verband.

    The foals were marked out of 10 for type, frame, conformation, movement and overall impression and shown in-hand and loose.

    The winning show jumping foal was bred by Henk Minderman of the Renkum Stud in Surrey. Originally entered in the dressage section, a late switch paid off for the brown filly Renkum Valanta. She is by Renkum Valentino out of Renkum Meranfor, a grandaughter of Nimmerdor.

    In the auction, the filly failed to reach her reserve price, in bidding that topped out at £5,000.

    The quality of the foals was outstanding,” said judge Bernd Richter. “The bloodlines and quality increase every year.”

    The top event foal, selected by judges Jane Holderness-Roddam and Nicky Stephens, was Deli Bicton, a bay colt bred by Pip Edwards of Deli Farm inCornwall.

    A successful eventing line has been built up by the stud, perhaps best known currently for Upton’s Deli Circus. Deli Bicton is by the Throughbred Devils Jump out of Deli Landgirl, a daughter of Broadstone Landmark.

    In the gala auction that followed, the lots realised the highest average price yet for the dressage horses of £19,218.

    The bidding reached fever pitch when Go Dutch, a three-year-old licensed Oldenberg stallion by Gracieux, entered the arena.

    The stallion impressed with both his charisma and rideability. Bidding on behalf of one his owners, Mrs Sui, Peter Storr battled with Richard and Nicky Barrett to secure the stallion. Eventually, the horse was knocked down to Peter for £55,000.

    The top-priced foal was Voodoo, who scored 80.8 from the dressage judges. The hammer fell at £10,000 for this black colt, by OO Seven, bred by the Meadow Stud, Glos.

    Read the full report in this week’s Horse & Hound (22 August), or click here to subscribe and enjoy Horse & Hound delivered to your door every week.

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