The Baileys/BEF Futurity at Richmond Equestrian Centre (12 August) provided some very encouraging results.
Elite premiums were awarded to a colt foal son of the 2015 Badminton winner, Chilli Morning and last year’s top scoring Futurity showjumping foal.
Rachael Whitford’s colt foal, Chilli Wednesday (pictured top) (Chilli Morning x Randi Elite) scored an elite premium of 9.21 at Richmond. Rachael showjumped as a junior and when she went off to university, her father started breeding from her ponies which has sparked a long-term interest in breeding.
Rachael said: “I am just over the moon with Chilli Wednesday. We went out and bought a broodmare, Bella Rus last May from Jenny Horsfield. She came with already paid access to Chilli Morning and was ideal as with her showjumping bloodlines that furthered my interest as well.”
Chilli Wednesday is also the full brother to former Futurity higher first premium scorer, two year old, Chilli Bell.
Rachael continued: “We will go back to Chilli Morning again with Bella Rus as they have such a good track record. Chilli Wednesday got his name because not only was he born on a Wednesday, our family are also massive supporters of Sheffield Wednesday.”
Showjumping yearling, Jorvik Star (Balou Star x Cruyff) took a score of 9.10 for the other elite premium of the day. This is the second time Jorvik Star has been awarded an elite premium. As a foal in 2014, he was the top scoring Futurity showjumping entry with a score of 9.20. Jorvik Star is owned and was bred by Kate and Tim Betteridge.
Kate said: “We are very, very lucky to have such a wonderful youngster. To get an elite two years running is so exciting. He has that real, look at me quality and has grown into a lovely yearling with real character.”
Jorvik Star was bred from Kate’s mare, C Vera Z. Kate has owned the mare for eight years and she has jumped in 1.40m classes. Kate is celebrating a very successful week with her homebred horses as Jorvik Star’s full brother, colt foal, Kingston Star gained a higher first premium the previous day at the Arena UK Futurity.
Samantha Brown and Anne-Marie Perry Cowan’s dressage sports pony, the filly foal, Corsage (Caesar 171 x Pr H Abanos) scored a higher first premium of 8.95.
Samantha’s mother Beverley Brown said: “Samantha and Anne-Marie have started a breeding programme with their State premium Westfalian mare, Attention Please. They are both quite excited about Corsage’s future. Corsage will be produced for dressage, I think Samantha and Anne-Marie will draw straws for who will ride her!”
Beverley also had Godrics Cryptonite (Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter) (8.85) and Godrics Decoy (Danger 36 x Don Primero) (8.60) at Richmond.
Top three-year-old at Richmond was Steve Pullan’s part-bred Cleveland Bay gelding, Aredis Power Beam (Power Blade x Knaresborough Fusilier), he scored a higher first premium of 8.50 in the eventing section.
Steve said: “Aredis Power Beam is out of my Cleveland Bay mare, Knaresborough Moonbeam. I bought her as a five-year-old and she has proved to be a brilliant broodmare. She has also bred Knaresborough Moon Dust who was Supreme Champion at Great Yorkshire last year and our purebred Cleveland Bay licensed stallion, Arena Big Ben. I am really pleased with how Power Beam has turned out he is unbeaten in sports horse and part bred Cleveland Bay classes. He took the Championship in the part-bred Cleveland Bay class at Equi-Fest last week.”
Steve also gained a higher first premium of 8.58 with two-year-old filly, Aredis Mystique (Primitive Proposal x Terimon) at Richmond and a score of 8.50 with eventing foal, Aredis Prospero (Primitive Proposal x Whitehouse Trooper). Mystique’s dam, Little Alice was a former Cuddy in-hand HOYS winner.
Lizzie Richmond from Ripon exhibited the Aredis youngsters for Steve Pullan at Richmond. Lizzie also did well with Denny Russell’s two-year-old filly, Beeswing (Royaldik x State Diplomacy) who headed her age group at Richmond with a higher first premium of 8.50.
Lizzie said: “Denny lives near Blair Castle in Scotland, but Beeswing was bred here in Yorkshire. We were really pleased with her at the Futurity. She has had a couple of outings this year. She took fourth in the sports horse class at the Hambleton show and fourth in a really strong two-year-old filly class at Bramham. She has also won and gone champion at local level.”
Beeswing’s grandmother on her dam’s side, Fairy Fiddler took second in the Riding Horse class at HOYS with Lizzie several years ago.
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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