The latest Baileys/BEF Futurity, held at Hartpury College (9 August), saw a strong selection of youngsters from across the disciplines presented for evaluation.
Topping the scores was a dressage filly foal for the Seagry Stud in Chippenham. Sammy Seagry (pictured top) (Furstenball x Stedinger) scored an elite premium of 9.20 for her delighted owner and breeder, Keith Taylor.
Keith said: “Sammy is the second elite scoring foal out of our state premium mare, St Pr Seagry Sanay. Her first foal, Seagry First Amour went elite last year. Sanay is back in foal via embryo transfer for 2016 with a Tolegro foal due at the end of March. Sammy Seagry has a wonderful temperament, we went to Furstenball as he passes on a good temperament.”
In the showjumping section, Issy King’s yearling colt, Cash Legend (Cash Point x Bolgoed Barnacle Bill) scored an elite premium of 9.10. Cash Legend is the only showjumping yearling so far in the 2015 Futurity to score an elite premium.
Issy said: “I am over the moon with him. I am planning to keep him entire and grade him as a stallion. All being well, he will have a competition career and then go on to stand as a stallion. The Futurity was a great experience for Cash Legend, he is a lovely horse with the most wonderful temperament.”
Jennie Loriston Clarke’s filly foal, Catherston Timeless (Timolin x Breitling W) scored a second elite premium for her sire of 9.05 in the dressage section.
Jennie said: “Timeless is a lovely mover and seems to have all the attributes of Timolin. She is the first ever Timolin foal and was born at the end of March. We are delighted with Timolin’s first crop of foals, of the four that have been presented at the Futurity, two have gained elite premiums and the other two have had higher firsts. I think he has just 8 foals in total.”
Yearling gelding, Parkfield Vicarage Vee (Black Jack x Silvio 1) scored a higher first premium of 8.90 in the showjumping section for Sharon Bishop of Parkfield Breeding.
Sharon said: “We are really chuffed with Vicarage Vee, he is a real character and is extremely cheeky. He was very compact and strong when he was born and is looking like he will be very nice.”
Sharon bred Vicarage Vee from her mare Furistica. She continued: “Furistica is the easiest broodmare, Vicarage Vee is her third foal. The first, Parkfield Petit Moi is now 6 and successfully out competing with William Stam. She also has a two-year-old, Parkfield Cooper who attained a Futurity higher first premium in 2014. She is in foal to Ramiro Z for 2016.”
Best potential eventer at Hartpury was Laura Quainton’s filly foal, Esprit De Espoir (Nelson Van de Helle x Dolphin Street) with a higher first premium of 8.88. Bred by Mark Hope and Tom Hanlon of the High Hopes Stud, Esprit De Espoir is the first foal from their thoroughbred mare, Deyas Dream.
Tom said: “Deyas Dream ran a few times and then did some pre novice and novice eventing. We bought her to breed from as she has such good conformation and movement. Esprit De Espoir will stay at High Hopes, Laura is keen to take her to the Futurity every year and she will hopefully get on to the equine bridge and equine pathway and have a career eventing.”
Two-year-old sports pony colt, BS Mr President (FS Mr Right x Donatelli) was best of his age group and best sports pony at Hartpury with a higher first score of 8.85 in the dressage section. He was bred and is owned by Christine Bjerkan. BS Mr President also attended the Futurity as a foal where he scored a higher first premium of 8.88.
Christine said: “He is the first one I have bred. Mr President was bred from my mare Peggy KL. Mr President is her first foal and I am planning to put her back in foal next year to the German sports pony stallion, Dark Dornik.” BS Mr President will attend the SPSS stallion grading in October.
Top three-year-old at Hartpury was Alex Harris’ three year old filly, Kia Ora Christel (Contago x Jazz) in the eventing section. She was awarded a higher first premium of 8.75.
Alex who runs a breaking, schooling and competition livery yard in Newent, Gloucestershire said: “Kia Ora Christel is really lovely, I have lightly backed her already and she was very good. I plan to produce her for the young horse eventing classes next year and see how far we can go. I would like to eventually breed from her.”
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Futurity dates and venues 2015
1st August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire
2nd August – Chelwood Equestrian, East Sussex
3rd August – Writtle College, Essex
4th August – The College, Keysoe, Bedfordshire
7th August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall
9th August – Hartpury College, Gloucestershire
11th August – Arena UK, Lincolnshire
12th August – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire
13th August – Myerscough College, Lancashire
14th August – Southview Equestrian Centre, Cheshire
17th August – Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands
18th August – Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands