Local horse breeder, Jane Townshend from the Classictop Stud in Crowborough gained an elite premium with her foal at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held on the 13th August at Plumpton College in Sussex.
Filly foal, Classictop Party Girl bred and owned by Jane took an elite premium of 9.18 in the showjumping section at Plumpton. This was the highest score awarded to a potential showjumper. An elite premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international level.
The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. It may even find the stars of the future who will go on to compete at World Championships or become Olympic Champions.
Party Girl is out of Jane’s mare, Birthday Girl. Jane said, “Party Girl is a cracking foal. She has three full brothers and sisters who have achieved either elite of higher first Futurity premiums”.
Jane continued, “Birthday Girl is an incredible mare, she was previously with Lucy Sheldrake. Party Girl will be retained and sent off to be produced for competition. Her sire, Lauriston is a prolific stallion, he is an older horse that consistently produces the goods”.
Also bred by the Classictop Stud at the Plumpton Futurity was two year old showjumper, Classictop Conviction (Renkum Offender x Rockwell) who took home a higher first premium of 8.96. This is the third time Classictop Conviction has attended the Futurity and the third time he has achieved a higher first premium. Classictop Conviction is now owned by Rachel Froud from Maidstone.
The Futurity is a continually evolving process, 2013 saw the introduction of the Futurity equine bridge which is now being run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations. The Futurity equine bridge provides top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as 4 year olds so that they begin their early years under saddle in a way that allows for sustained physical and mental development. In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge all horses must obtain a Futurity score of 8.5 or above in their three year old year.
Head of Equine Development at the BEF, Jan Rogers said, “The Futurity is now in its ninth year and over this time we have seen it develop to provide real support to British breeders to help achieve their aims. Through their carefully planned breeding decisions, year on year we are seeing an improvement in the horses presented at the Futurity for evaluation”.
With entries limited to 60 at each evaluation venue, places are keenly sought after. Entries are categorised by discipline with age groups for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds and each horse is evaluated in hand and loose in a safe indoor environment as well as undergoing a vet’s assessment.
The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 11 venues over 14 days throughout the UK and young horses go home with a BEF Premium (grade), a stylish rosette and a detailed, informative score sheet. An attractive certificate to keep and frame follows on after the event. All results are published on the fully searchable British Breeding website. www.britishbreeding.org.