New 3-5-Year-Olds Futurity Assessment Format

For 2019, we have designed a new assessment for 3-5-year-old horses and ponies tailored to the specific needs of that age group and aimed at identifying the best candidates for our newly re-launched British Breeding Equine Bridge. As a pilot, we are offering this opportunity not merely to the 3-year-olds, but also to older horses and ponies. The assessment is open to both previous Futurity entries, as well as British bred newcomers. In recognition of the new format, the qualifying score for the Equine Bridge under the new assessment will be a mark of 8.0 or above. 

3-year-old horses and ponies are invited to be presented in hand and loose on the flat and - in the case of showjumpers and eventers - over a row of three fences. The difference to previous years will be the arena layout, which will now allow the horses to run continuously in a big loop around the outside of the arena. This will encourage them to keep their flow and prevent tension.

4-year-old horses and ponies will have the option to be presented loose or under saddle, in which case they will carry out the same assessment as the 5-year-olds.

5-year-old horses and ponies must be presented under saddle. They will be asked to complete a short and very simple dressage test, which will be emailed to all entries to give them time to prepare. Showjumpers and eventers will be then be asked to jump a very simple and short course of fences, including a related distance, a spread and an upright. At the end of their ridden display, we ask you to strip the saddle off your horse or pony and stand him or her up for the judges to assess the conformation.   


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