Three eventing youngsters scored elite premiums at the 2011 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity at Catherston. There were also 23 higher firsts awarded, with dressage and eventing young stock dominating at this regional eventing stronghold.
The evaluators Richard Meade, Sheri Tozer-Robb and Judith Davis were impressed at the consistent quality of the horses entered and agreed that the elite horses had exceptional potential.
Karen Frankham’s filly foal, Spring Galaxis (pictured) took the top score of the day with 9.07. Spring Galaxis is a potential eventer by dressage stallion, Catherston Springsteen, who currently stands sixth in the Futurity stallion rankings. She is out of Karen’s mare, Galaxis 75 by Plaisir.
Two-year old gelding, Catherston Definitive scored an elite of 9.04. He is by former leading British event sire, Catherston Dazzler, out of a Primitive Rising mare, Celony and is owned and bred by Jennie Loriston-Clarke.
Colt foal Ronaldsay completed the hat trick of eventing elite premiums with a score of 9.00 for owner and breeder, Rachel Leaning. He is by Future Illusion, out of Irish Sports Horse mare Cromarty, by Colin Diamond.
The top dressage young horse of the day was Bellatrix SC, owned and bred by Jill Walker of the Southern Cross Stud. This filly foal scored a higher first premium of 8.86. She is by Breitling W, out of the KWPN mare Barracuda by Sandro Hit.
Catherston Springsteen sired the top showjumper, Spring Que, a filly foal out of Royal Que, by Beach Time. She also scored 8.86 for owner and breeder Briony Holden.
For further information on the BEF Futurity Evaluations, visit www.britishbreeding.org