The second evaluation day of the 2013 British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity series at Plumpton College on 18 July saw just one horse classified as elite (with a score of at least 9/10), as at Writtle College earlier in the week.
The elite premium was awarded to Jane Townshend’s Classictop Gossip Girl (pictured). Bred at the East Sussex Jane Classictop Stud in East Sussex, the elite showjumping filly foal by Lauriston out of Birthday Girl (by Randi) received 9.00, equalling the highest score of thi year’s evaluations.
A spokesman for the evaluators said: “This horse showed powerful hindquarters, was strong in walk and powerful and light on her feet in canter.”
The trend so far this year is for lower marks compared with last year and three animals received thirs premiums — scores between 6.00 and 6.99.
Ten youngsters were awarded higher first premiums. Best of these was High Hoes Heloise (8.81) who topped the dressage entries at Plumpton. This filly foal was bred by her owner Nicola Callam and is by Hohenstein out of the Laudabilis mare Liza Minelli.
Sports pony Wayfaring Prometheus was the highest scoring potential eventer of the day with 8.69. This colt foal is by Romulus, out of A Pinch Of Pepper, he is owned and bred by Annabel Blake and Charles Wise from East Sussex.
Entries at Plumpton included an embryo transfer foal from Lucinda Fredericks’ four-star mare, Headley Britannia. Breeders Annabel Blake and Charles Wise bought one of Headley Britannia’s embryos and the resulting colt foal by Royaldik, Britannia Royal, earned himself a higher first premium of 8.58.
Yearling filly Unique, by Olympic gold medallist Uthopia out of a Benvenuto mare scored higher first premium of 8.61. She was bred by Lindsay Roberts and is now owned by Sara Bunch.
There were two endurance entries forward, the best of which was the Marcus Aurelius/Ffoslas Dafydd foal Scirrocco, who scored a first premium of 8.14.
The next evaluation will be held at Hartpurry College 22-23 July. Spectators are welcome and the entries will be available to view here.