Big prize on offer

PUBLISHED: 11:29 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

The prestigious new Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity scheme is in its second year and offers more qualifying venues for more horses by popular demand.

The prestigious new Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity scheme is in its second year and offers more qualifying venues for more horses by popular demand.

In addition to the spread of evaluation centres, a new section for sports ponies has also been added in line with participant requirements. Both of these changes will mean that more people can have their young horses and ponies evaluated by an experienced team of assessors.

The Futurity Scheme, sponsored once again by Baileys Horse Feeds, assesses young horses and ponies from foals at foot to six years and has been developed to encourage breeders, owners and trainers of eligible young horses aimed for dressage, show jumping or eventing careers to bring their horses forward into the public eye for evaluation. The best horses stand the chance of winning a large cash prize if they are the eventual winner after participating in the Futurity for the full six years.

The Scheme's basis is that young horses are nominated for evaluation from foals, and they buy into the Scheme each and every year until they are six years old. Prizes are awarded every year, culminating in a substantial prize fund in the horse's sixth year. The prize fund is split between the owner and the breeder - and a parallel competition is run for the sires of evaluated horses, enabling stallion owners to benefit from a share of a separate prize fund.

Young horses brought forward will benefit from being evaluated by experts in a low stress environment. As far as the industry is concerned, beneficial data is gathered for the National Equine Database (NED) regarding the bloodlines of evaluated horses, enabling the identification of successful combinations at an early age.

Horses and ponies will be evaluated for type, conformation, correctness of gaits, athleticism and elasticity and overall general impression to establish where quality lies in individuals, provide a market for young evaluated horses and more importantly reveal the most talented young horses so they may be developed to realise their athletic potential and maximise their competitive lifespan.

A prestigious final, for which all horses and ponies scoring 80% and above will qualify, will be held on 21 September at Arena UK, Grantham, Lincs.

Schedules and entry forms from or SAE to British Breeding, BEF, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth

t Horsford and District Riding Club are holding an Open Show at Sharpes Farm, Mill Lane, Horsford on Sunday 16th July. Jumping and gymkhana. Rosettes to 6th place and trophies to 3rd. For schedules or other information ring 01603 743114 or 01603 897482.

t The Magpie Centre are holding an Open Showing Show on Sunday 30th July with all proceeds going to the West Norfolk Riding For The Disabled Association at Wallington Hall, just off A10 between Kings Lynn & Downham Market. Classes to include youngstock, coloureds, cobs, Arabs,M&M's, vereran & lots more, inhand & ridden. Telephone 01553 810202 or e-mail

t Gayton Thorpe Riding Club Showing Show will take place on Sunday 9th July at Vong Lane, Grimston. For schedule/entry form please send an SAE to 20 Russett Close, King's Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 3HB

t Fakenham Show have announced that this years show raised £2750 for Nelson's Journey in addition to £150 to East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Victoria Jones speaking on behalf of the committee said, “It is a great achievement thanks to all the hard work of the committee and all our other voluntary helpers - without whom the show would not be possible.” The next show will be on May 28th 2008 at Sennowe Park.

t At the recent Native show the lovely connemara Brodella Fiontar was well placed in all her classes, she is being presented with one of her many rosettes by Dr Neil Johnson.The next event is Saturday July 1st, novice show jumping at Horse shoe Farm, Dereham, entries on the day. More details 01485528392

t The very latest in saddle design with fully adjustable trees are now avialble in Norfolk from Rockland's Farm Feed. The full range of saddles from Walsall based The Saddle Company feature an ultra lightweight design and wool serge stuffed panels that are warmer on the horses back and tend to remain securely in place alleviating saddle movement. They are available in all leather or synthetic and leather mix and in a wide range of designs. Sue and Mel Thorogood have been trading for over a decade and in that time have been constantly asked for a saddle design of good quality and at an affordable price and now they think they have found it. “Nicki Ferguson and I have had extensive training enabling us to adjust each saddle as the horse changes shape, for instance a youngster, which means that owners are not forced to constantly change saddles., said Sue. Rockland's Farm Feeds offer the range as part of their nags Needs Saddlery department and can be contacted on 01953 483505.

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