Monday, June 6

2022 BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Dates Announced

British Breeding’s popular world-leading evaluation series for foals and youngstock is set to return to a full programme for 2022, with a wide range of venues available for sports horse and pony breeders. Following the positive reception of the virtual series, a virtual option will remain part of the mix, which for 2022 includes 8 physical venues across the country. The series continues to benefit from the generous support of Baileys Horse Feeds who provide nutritionist advice and experts. British Breeding is delighted to be working in close cooperation with British Showjumping, who will be assisting with the running of the series.  Says British Breeding Director, Dr Eva-Maria Broomer: “We are very grateful for the support of British Showjumping, which enables us to provide a flexible and dedicated service all over the country, with 8 venues confirmed all the way from Exeter to Scotland. Together with the virtual series, this brings our British Futurity to the widest range of breeders yet!” The virtual Futurity series will run ahead of the physical venues from 15 th July until 14 th August, with video submissions closing on Monday, 8 th August 2022. This is essential to enable the team to complete the virtual evaluations ahead of the physical series. The physical venues have been confirmed as follows: 15th August:       Catherston Stud, Croft Farm, Over Wallop, Stockbridge SO20 8HX 19th August:       South West Equestrian, Lowton Stud, Bondleigh, North Tawton, EX20 2AL 22nd August:      Reaseheath College, Rease Heath, Nantwich CW5 6DF 24th August:       Beechwood Equestrian Centre, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford CM3 8DY 25th August:       Richmond Equestrian Centre, Breckenbrough Ln, Farm, Richmond DL10 7PL 29th August:       The Scottish National Equestrian Centre, Broxburn EH52 6NH 31st August:        Kingswood Equestrian Centre, County Ln, Albrighton, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV7 3AH 02 September:    National Training Centre, Hothorpe, LE17 6QX Entries are set to open from the beginning of July 2022. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Monday, May 9

British Breeding Futurity Graduate, Lordships Graffalo, takes 2nd spot at Badminton Horse Trials

The very exciting British Bred 10yr old ably produced and competed by Ros Canter,  cruised to 2 nd place at the recent Badminton Horse Trials showing class and poise beyond his years.   Hailed as ‘one of the most exciting up and coming International horses on the eventing scene’ by Iain Stark on we all look forward to watching his future eagerly. He was Bred by the Lordships Stud at Writtle College in Essex who were loaned his dam, Cornish Queen,   by owner Pennie Wallace of Pencos Sport Horses.He is by the Trakehner Stallion, Grafenstolz, who has sired many leading British Breeding Futurity young event horses and is currently standing 3 rd in the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses Eventing Sires. His Breeding is made up of a top class eventing damline ; His dam, Cornish Queen has not only bred the top class Lordships Graffalo but also Pencos Crown Jewel  (by Jumbo) who is also based with Ros Canter and has already had a win at Advanced this season, a double clear at Thoresby CCI-S 4* and she now heads to Chatworth CCI-S 4*. She also has a young colt (2018)  by Chill Morning, Pencos Arctic King,  who is a British Breeding Graduate gaining a GOLD award as a2yo. He has now gone to start his competitive training. Cornish Queen is out of the fabulous mare CORNISH FAER (Ben FAERIE ex TREGEA) . Cornish Faer was competed by Katie Burton (daughter of Bridget Parker who was an instrumental member of the Gold Medal winning Eventing team in Munich in 1972)  and was placed 11 th at Blenheim in 1994, Badminton in 1995 (25 th ) , 11 th at   Burghley Horse Trials in 1996 and also competed at Badminton in 1996 & 1997. She went on to become a prolific dam of event horses. Her dam, Tregea, produced 5 Advanced eventers and her grand-dam, April The First, was a Grade A showjumper who jumped 7’ in the Puissance at HOYS. She also produced 2 x CCI**** horses and a Grade A Showjumpper. This really emphasises the importance of breeding from strong dam lines with proven performance. A good broodmare will keep producing good progeny from a range of good stallions. Lordships Graffalo was presented to the British Breeding Futurity as a foal and a two year old; both times scoring a Higher First (or Gold equivalent today) in the Eventing section.   Photo credit - Writtle University for more on Lordships Graffalo  
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Wednesday, March 9

British Equestrians for the Ukraine Launched to aid developing equine crises

Leading organisations and individuals across Britain’s equestrian community have united to form ‘British Equestrians for Ukraine’ which aims to help horses and their owners caught up in the crisis created by the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation has put out an urgent call for supplies on the ground including feed, forage and shavings and with a groundswell of support from our industry, there was a clear need to help co-ordinate the offers of assistance from leading brands as well as raise money to fund aid directly where it’s needed most. Spearheaded by British Equestrian (BEF), The British Horse Society (BHS), the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and World Horse Welfare with the support of member bodies across the industry, British Equestrians for Ukraine has been set up to help facilitate a supply chain to meet the immediate need for goods on the ground as well as raising money to help purchase supplies and cover the costs associated with transport. Jim Eyre, British Equestrian Chief Executive commented; “This is a dire situation, and, alongside the immediate humanitarian crisis, we must do everything we can to prevent the unnecessary suffering of all equines and help those who care for them. We’re fortunate that our equestrian community is blessed with so many willing to help those in need. However, it’s apparent that careful co-ordination is required to make sure urgent goods get to those in need through the correct channels. We hope that we can help facilitate that while urgently raising funds for the emergency requirements and beyond. I’d like to thank all those involved in getting the fund and export effort launched, particularly Alec Lochore, Alice Fox-Pitt, Roly Owers, James Hick and Claire Williams.” The group’s first action was to facilitate a trusted method for financial contributions, with World Horse Welfare setting up the British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund on their website where direct donations can be made by individuals or organisations. Donations, no matter how small, will help us to work with trusted, local partners, including the Ukraine and Polish Federations and recognised charities to provide emergency support. UK taxpayers can sign up to Gift Aid on their donations which means the fund will receive an extra 25p in every £1 you give, at no extra cost. Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare said; "The tragedy unfolding in Ukraine is utterly heart-breaking but there has been such a desire from across Britain to help Ukraine’s horses and those who own or care for them. This fund aims to do just that and, along with the British Horse Society, we have donated to the appeal, and would encourage others to do the same. "Without doubt there will be huge challenges to effectively target funds where they are most needed, so we will strive to work through a network of trusted local partners in what is clearly such an unsettled and rapidly evolving situation." The group is also working with leading equestrian brands and BETA members to co-ordinate offers of the urgently required goods and then matching them with planned haulage trips to the Polish logistics hub established by the Ukrainian and Polish Equestrian Federations. This way we can ensure lorries are leaving British shores full, with the right supplies and correct exportation documentation to expedite the goods getting into Poland and on to Ukraine. Executive Director of BETA, Claire Williams, praised the efforts so far; “What has been achieved in such a short time shows what we are able to do by working together. Shipments of hay and bedding are already on their way, but the logistics due to Brexit are challenging. Feed companies with distributors and stock on the Continent are stepping up to assist while others who are experienced exporters are committing supplies to be sent over either through shared loads or direct with their usual hauliers. Other companies who are not in a position to send product have also pledged cash donations to the new fund.” How the equine community can help via British Equestrians for Ukraine The most immediate and direct benefit will come from donations: Equine: British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund ( Humanitarian - Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal will be match funded by the UK Government up to £25 million and funds from Oxfam and the Red Cross are being channelled to the REC.   If any companies can help with donations of reasonable quantities of the following in packs weighing less than 20kgs, please contact BETA on who can help with the logistics of supply: small packaged haylage/forage  compound/hard feed  shavings Any product supplied will need to be accompanied by export documentation and should not require export health certificates. The group does not recommend that private individuals collect donations of goods or equipment and/or attempt to transport them to Europe themselves, unless they have extensive experience of exporting goods. There are significant logistical barriers and the required exportation documentation for mixed loads is extensive plus the inherent costs associated with the trip could become prohibitive. James Hick, BHS Chief Executive added; “We have been shocked by the events unfolding in Ukraine and as a charity that is here for all horses and people who care for them, we wanted to help, and we know many of our members and supporters also want to help during this incredibly difficult time. By collectively coming together we have launched a dedicated fund and The British Horse Society will be making a donation, we would encourage anyone who feels that they can afford to donate to do so. These are unprecedented times and just these small actions we’re taking will make a difference.”
Tuesday, March 1

FEI removes all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus

The FEI Executive Board met today to unanimously condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and agree on the ramifications to equestrian sport in Russia and Belarus. In line with the IOC statement of 25 February 2022 urging International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events, the FEI Executive Board called on the FEI Secretary General to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus in the 2022 FEI Calendar in accordance with Articles 112.3 of the FEI General Regulations and 28.2 vi of the FEI Statutes. In addition to removing all the Events from Russia and Belarus, the FEI Executive Board also unanimously agreed to freeze all FEI Solidarity and development activities and to cancel or relocate, where possible, FEI Courses for Officials scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus in 2022. The Executive Board requested that the FEI Board consider an Emergency Board Resolution addressing today’s recommendation by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to prohibit the participation of all Russian and Belarusian Athletes and Officials. The FEI will continue to monitor the situation and decisions taken by the FEI Board will be communicated in the coming days.  During the meeting, the Executive Board also approved the allocation of a CHF 1 Million FEI Solidarity Relief Fund for the equestrian community in Ukraine. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Federation and neighbouring countries to facilitate and coordinate logistical support as well as the financial aid.   FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos (BEL) is currently in close contact with the National Federation of Ukraine and the equestrian community. “We are deeply concerned for the welfare of all Ukrainians and the entire equestrian community in Ukraine,” the FEI President said. ”Their safety is very much our priority, and we are liaising closely with our key contacts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to seek solutions to their most pressing needs.” “Sport is a network which relies and thrives on team spirit and camaraderie and it is through these important friendships that we can offer support and make a difference to the people of Ukraine in these challenging times.”  On Sunday (27 February), British Equestrian Chairman Malcolm Wharton CBE wrote on behalf of the Federation, our member bodies and the British equestrian community to FEI President Ingmar de Vos to unreservedly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and offer our support of any sanctions they might impose on Russia, and Belarus, for their part in this immoral conflict. On hearing of the FEI’s decision to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus, Malcolm said; “While our part in the global condemnation of the actions of Russia and Belarus is relatively small, we must all take our place and be counted. Sport has a powerful role in society and with bodies like the IOC, FIFA and UEFA taking action, so must we and we stand with the FEI in their decision. We offer our support to the National Federation of Ukraine and the wider equestrian community in these challenging times and pray for their safety.”
Saturday, January 8

New Dates for Stallion Event & Equine Bridge

We were due to hold the British Breeding Stallion Event at Arena UK on Saturday 29th January 2022. After consultation with Arena UK's management this week we have jointly decided that it would be better to hold the event a few weeks later. Hopefully, this will allow the current Covid infection rate to subside, more people to have had their booster and generally the appetite for people to go to public events and places improve.   It is very important for all our stallion owners, stand owners and us that the Stallion Event can be its usual successful event were breeders can come and see the stallions in the flesh, talk to owners and discuss other breeding opportunities with our valued stand holders.   SO, we are relieved to announce that Arena UK are able to accommodate The British Breeding Stallion Event on Saturday 12th February 2022.  We will be announcing the final details of timings for the day in the coming week.  So, please do get your entry in as we will be running the event on this date. You can enter now at.   The arrangements for the Futurity Awards, Isobel Wessels Masterclass and Equine Bridge are subject to an imminent separate announcement, as soon as we have finalised the details.   We thank you very much for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at Arena UK in February!   The British Breeding Stallion Event is sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds and runs in association with the Competition Stallions Guide. We thank Baileys Horse Feeds for their sponsorship of the Equine Bridge and Futurity Awards, Zoetis Equine for their support of the Stallion Event and Equine Bridge and the Anglo European Studbook for their sponsorship of the Masterclass.
Friday, September 3

Futurity Elite Auction Announced

British Breeding is delighted to announce the 2021 British Breeding Futurity Elite Auction, featuring a selection from the strongest Futurity candidates of the season in Showjumping, Eventing, and Dressage. All auction lots have passed a strict and comprehensive selection process involving a detailed veterinary assessment from senior, highly respected experts in the field, followed by an evaluation from a team of judges of international renown. Building on the success of the first-ever Futurity Online Auction in 2020, we are excited to work again with and to extend the auction to a hybrid format, continuing to reach out to a global audience of buyers, who can bid via the CMH website and online portal, while also offering investors closer to home the opportunity to meet our candidates in the flesh and enjoy the buzz and atmosphere of a live auction evening. As our venue, we are delighted to have secured the beautiful facilities at the BS National Training Centre, Home Farm, Hothorpe, LE17 6QX, which have recently undergone a significant investment by British Showjumping, creating a perfect backdrop for our world-class sale. Iain Graham, CEO of British Showjumping, says, “Having hosted one of the busiest and most successful Futurity sessions of the season, we are delighted to welcome back some of the wonderful British bred foals and young horses we saw. Here at British Showjumping we are passionate about supporting British breeders who hold the key to the future of the sport in this country. The auction will provide an excellent opportunity to offer the very best of the Futurity candidates a truly global platform to showcase the excellent quality produced by many breeders in this country today.” The eventers and showjumpers will be sold on Tuesday, 21st September, while the dressage collection will go under the hammer on Wednesday, 22nd September. Interested buyers are invited to come and meet the auction candidates on the day, during an open stable session in the afternoon, before returning to an enjoyable auction experience and celebration of British breeding in the evening. Prior to the auction, interested buyers will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into the merits of the auction lots in two dedicated pre-view webinars with the breeders and international expert guests on 14th September 2021 for the eventers and showjumpers and on 15th September 2021 for the dressage collection. If you are interested in the auction, please email us at , so we can send you our catalogue and provide you with further details closer to the time. 
Tuesday, June 22

Futurity Plans Announced

PRESS RELEASE -  For immediate release Exciting Plans for the Baileys British Breeding Futurity 2021 British Breeding has announced that the Baileys Horse Feeds British Breeding Futurity series for 2021 will offer both virtual and physical evaluations for British bred young horses and ponies in 2021, as well as a range of supporting activities for breeders. The Futurity series offers independent evaluations of British-bred horses and ponies aged from foals to 5-year olds in the disciplines of show jumping, eventing, dressage, and endurance.  Entries are assessed by a highly experienced international panel of evaluators and receive a veterinary and nutrition assessment with one of the expert team of vets and a Baileys Horse Feeds nutritionist.  British Breeding has developed a world-leading linear scoring system that gives breeders detailed feedback, allowing them to make informed breeding decisions going forward.  The Baileys British Breeding Futurity series will again offer a cash prize to the top breeder in each category.  A small percentage of each entry will go towards this prize fund and awards will be presented at the end of the season.  The ideal first step in a young horse’s career, the Futurity series offers opportunities to qualify for further activities.  Those achieving a score of 8 or above will be eligible for selection for the Futurity Auction for foals to 3-year-olds to be held in September.  For 3-5-year-olds there is the opportunity to qualify for the Equine Bridge, a 2-day performance test event for 4-6-year-olds to be held in October. Physical Futurity evaluations are set to return with the loosening of lockdown restrictions, with four dates on offer at popular venues: 23 August 2021 – Richmond Equestrian Centre, Richmond, Richmond DL10 7PL 24 August 2021 – Home Farm, Hothorpe, Teddingworth, LE17 6QX 25 August 2021 – Writtle College, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3SD 26 August 2021 – Glebe Farm, Whitestone, Exeter, EX4 2HP Entries will be restricted in numbers, so breeders are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Physical evaluations cost £85 per entry, with a discount for British Breeding Members Club members.  Following their success in 2020, the virtual evaluations will continue.  Initially conceived as a pragmatic solution to the Covid 19 Challenge, British Breeding has recognised that virtual evaluations offer significant possibilities and advantages, make evaluations accessible for breeders in remote locations, and reduce the need to travel foals and youngstock there is no physical venue nearby. British Breeding Director, Dr Eva Maria Broomer explains, “We learned that video footage can be a very interesting and valuable tool for evaluations, as assessors can slow the footage down, pause it, zoom in, and replay it. Using videos and zoom conferencing has enabled us to continue to offer one of the great benefits of the Futurity, which is to have British bred youngstock evaluated by a panel of senior and highly experienced and respected international evaluators”. For those with 3-year old eventers and showjumpers, there is no option for virtual loose jumping evaluations of using videos taken at home for safety reasons. However, the organisation is working with several appropriate, well-equipped indoor venues around the country where breeders can take youngsters for a safe, supervised loose jumping video session. Venues include Brendon Stud in Sussex, Catherston Stud in Hampshire, Heritage Coast Stud in Suffolk, and Ladykirk Equitation and Stud in Scotland.  A full list of participating venues is available on  Judging of the virtual evaluations will run for 4 weeks from 19 July until 15 August and entry will cost £55 with discounts for members.  Futurity entries will open online on 1 July at , or call 01903 891637 for further information.  ENDS   For more media information, contact Rachael at Holdsworth PR, , or call 01903 892060. High resolution images available, please contact Rachael.   Editor’s Notes: Further information on associated British Breeding events: Futurity Auction Following its excellent reception last year, the online auction for the very best Futurity entries will be repeated. The auction will be hosted again on the Clip My Horse platform.  “We are confident that we will be able to build on our success in 2020, with a full plan of exciting promotional activities to bring our wonderful British bred Futurity foals and youngsters to the widest possible audience”, said Eva Maria Broomer. Like last year, entries wanting to be considered for auction selection have to obtain an overall score of 8 or above either in the virtual or in the physical Futurity evaluation. Different from last year, all auction candidates must also attend a photography and videography session to produce high-quality promotional materials. These will be offered at the physical Futurity evaluation venues and open to candidates who have attended and scored highly at either the virtual or physical Futurity. Equine Bridge British bred youngsters aged 3-5 are again invited to come forward for Futurity evaluation to gain qualification for the Equine Bridge.   3-year-olds will be able to qualify loose, 4-year-olds will be able to qualify loose or under saddle, and 5-year-olds will have to qualify under saddle.   To qualify, they must achieve a score of 8.0 or above. The evaluation will consist of a veterinary evaluation, to be carried out either virtually or at the physical evaluation venues, and an evaluation of gaits and conformation by the international panel. For loose evaluation, candidates are invited to submit videos or attend one of the physical evaluation venues. For ridden evaluation, we invite videos taken at affiliated competitions with British Dressage, British Showjumping or British Eventing or the NexGen Series. Please ensure that the videos show competition footage in walk, trot, canter, as well as jump for eventers and showjumpers. All Bridge candidates who qualified loose must have experience of competing under saddle prior to coming forward to the Equine Bridge and need to have completed a minimum of two competitions, either at affiliated competitions with British Dressage, British Showjumping or British Eventing or the NexGen Series. The next Equine Bridge event is planned as a two-day performance test at Home Farm, on 25 th – 26 th October 2021. The top-scoring Bridge entries in each discipline will be awarded a £1000 bursary aimed at supporting the horse’s or pony’s training and production for the sport. Training and Other Opportunities British Breeding also welcomes anybody wishing to participate in the Futurity to come and learn more about young horse evaluations. Again this year, all British studbooks are being offered the opportunity to carry out mare gradings at Futurity venues. Young Breeders are welcome to shadow the evaluators and become involved in helping with the presentations for our auction videos and photographs. Eva Maria summed up the ethos of the Futurity series, “Together, we can continue to make the Baileys Horse Feeds British Breeding Futurity the event we all love: a world-class series, organised by breeders, for breeders and extending a warm welcome to everyone”.
Friday, March 12

FEI extends shutdown of international events in mainland Europe due to EHV-1 outbreak

The FEI has imposed a further two-week extension of the shutdown of all international events in mainland Europe until 11 April 2021 due to the ongoing outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The FEI had previously announced a  28-day shutdown  on 1 March 2021.   The move, which aims to minimise the further spread of the very aggressive strain of the virus, was unanimously approved at an emergency FEI Executive Board meeting today. The extended lockdown applies to all FEI disciplines.   The decision is based on detailed scientific risk assessment conducted by world leading epidemiologist Dr Richard Newton and the FEI Veterinary Department.    The extended lockdown applies to all countries that have international scheduled events in the period to 11 April – Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. However, the FEI again strongly recommends that all National Federations in mainland Europe cancel their national events in order to minimise horse movement.   The shutdown will mean the cancellation of the FEI World Cup™ Finals for the second consecutive year following the loss of the  2020 Finals  in Las Vegas (USA) to the Covid-19 pandemic.    The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final were scheduled to be held in Gothenburg (SWE) from 31 March to 4 April 2021.   “The extension of the lockdown is difficult for everyone, and the loss of the FEI World Cup Finals for a second year is particularly devastating, especially for the qualified athletes and for our loyal Top Partner Longines,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “We know how much work Tomas Torgersen and his incredible team in Gothenburg have put into organising the 2021 Finals, which would have been part of the 400 th  birthday anniversary celebrations for the city, so this is a desperately bitter blow.   “We cannot eradicate EHV as it is endemic in many countries, but we need to work together to minimise the transmission of this particular strain, which has already caused the death of 12 horses in Europe. All of the original in-contact horses from Valencia, Vejer de la Frontera and Doha are already blocked on the FEI Database, but the whole community needs to be on the alert and monitoring their horses. We strongly urge all European-based FEI athletes to avoid travel with their horses during this prolonged shutdown, as travel is a very clear risk factor.   “Sadly this additional lockdown is crucial to slow down the spread of the virus so that we can preserve the rest of the season, get our athletes and horses back competing safely and allow as long a period as possible for those aiming for Tokyo to earn their Minimum Eligibility Requirements and confirmation results, and of course to prepare their horses for the Games.    “Nobody wants to see an outbreak like this ever again. There will be a comprehensive and fully transparent investigation into every aspect of this outbreak and the way it has been handled, and the findings will be published so that, together with our community, we can all learn from this.   “We will be putting in place enhanced protocols to allow for a safe return to play once this outbreak is under control, and we will advise our community on those well in advance of the resumption of international events, but the priority right now has to be the treatment of sick horses and getting healthy horses back to their home countries in a safe and biosecure way. We all need to focus on safeguarding not just FEI horses, but the wider European horse community.”   Work on identifying the gene sequencing of this strain of the virus is already underway, and the FEI is continuing to monitor the evolution of the virus through the FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group, which was formalised this week. The Group is composed of world-leading EHV specialists, the FEI Veterinary Director and FEI Senior Veterinary Advisor, supported by the Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee. Reports and recommendations from this Group will be published on a weekly basis.    The FEI is also publishing daily updates on the dedicated  EHV-1 hub .
Tuesday, March 2

EHV-1 outbreak in Valencia and several other EU countries

Many will have read updates via  the FEI  and other channels of an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 - neurological form) which originated at the CES Valencia Spring Tour (ESP) and some horses that participated at the event and left the venue have since tested positive for EHV-1 at their home stables in other European countries. The number of horses affected indicates a major outbreak. British Showjumping has been in contact with any riders who competed horses at Valencia and all have been given the necessary advice and guidance directly, none of them have returned to the UK as yet. Yesterday, the FEI announced the cancellation of international events in ten countries on the European mainland until 28 March 2021 in a bid to contain the outbreak. The decision applies to all FEI disciplines however some of the specific jumping tours will be allowed to continue but no new horses may enter the venues and no positive cases of EHV-1 are confirmed. Members of the Equine Infectious Diseases Advisory Group in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association have been assisting British Equestrian and in turn the  member bodies. The BEF will now work with member bodies to provide guidance for any British riders impacted by the outbreak and to prevent any further spread of the virus. EHV-1 is an air-borne disease that can be transmitted up to five metres via coughing, but also through direct contact, via people and shared equipment. It can cause respiratory and neurological signs, abortion in pregnant mares and death of young foals. Please see the British Equestrian  web page  or below information sheets for further information: EHV-1 is an air-borne disease that can be transmitted up to five metres via coughing, but also through direct contact, via people and shared equipment. It can cause respiratory and neurological signs, abortion in pregnant mares and death of young foals. Please see the British Equestrian  web page  or below information sheets for further information: DOWNLOAD BEF EHV INFO SHEET.PDF DOWNLOAD FEI EHV INFO SHEET.PDF EHV is found routinely in the UK and is a non-notifiable disease but it is not to be taken lightly. The risk to the general horse population here is no higher than usual as any British horses who were on the show ground in Valencia are being managed in Europe and will not travel home until they are passed fit by a veterinarian. In the interests of equine welfare, and to protect your horses and those of others, there are biosecurity measures you should implement for your horses as regular practice but particularly any yards who have travelled horses to/from Europe recently. These measures are to prevent the virus being transmitted at future events you attend. Please see the information sheets below for further guidance: DOWNLOAD BEF BIOSECURITY INFO SHEET.PDF DOWNLOAD FEI BIOSECURITY INFO SHEET.PDF
Tuesday, January 12

2021 British Breeding Stallion Event will go ahead - Virtually

British Breeding have announced that their annual Stallion Event will go ahead in a new virtual format.  Sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds in association with the Competition Stallions Guide, the event will now be delivered by webinar on three consecutive Wednesday evenings to cover each discipline – 10 th February, Eventing, 17 th February, Showjumping and 24 th February, Dressage.  The webinars will be live-streamed through social media and the British Breeding website.  The event is set to be the biggest show of stallions based in the UK for 2021.  The British Breeding Stallion Event is much anticipated by breeders as the independent showcase of top sport horse stallions standing in the UK.  With over 70 stallions for dressage, showjumping and eventing demonstrating their skills in the arena and available to view in the stables, the event is a regular pilgrimage in a normal year for anyone looking to choose a sire for their next generation of competition horses.  “We decided to run the virtual event because it is important, even in these extraordinary times, that breeders still have the opportunity to see a wide variety of stallions, and this time of year is crucial for those looking to select sires and make breeding decisions”, explained Director of British Breeding, Jane Skepper.  The format for the 2021 virtual event will encompass the spirit of the live event, with each stallion featured in detail and unique, pre-recorded videos of them competing, training and at home.  Stallion owners will be interviewed live and will be available online for questions and answers.  “We are of course extremely disappointed not to be able to deliver the live event, but as with so many other events, we are at the mercy of the current Covid situation.  However, the revised format will have many advantages, with stallion owners able to show many aspects of each stallion’s characteristics and talents, as well as getting up close in the stable to show their temperament.  The stallion webinars will be a superb opportunity for breeders looking to choose a sire for their next generation of competition horses from the comfort of their home during lockdown”, added Jane. Interested breeders can register to attend the live webinar, which will also be livestreamed via social media.  A recording of each presentation will be available to watch again on the British Breeding website, where mare owners can catch up at their leisure.  Stallion entries are still being taken – go to the Stallion Event page  or contact for booking information.  Live stream information will be available soon via our website and on social media .
Wednesday, January 6

Latest Lockdown Advice

BEF COVID update: 05 January 2021 All home nations are now under lockdown restrictions across the United Kingdom, with the exception of some offshore islands. Across the four countries, the message is to ‘stay at home’ and only go out for essential reasons such as work that cannot be done from home, healthcare, education and exercise. This will once again have an impact on the equestrian community, with some businesses unable to operate under the restrictions and activity limited largely to meeting care and exercise needs only.  Key points England Minimise time spent outside the home – it is unlawful to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. Permitted reasons for leaving home include: work which cannot be done from home accessing education caring responsibilities health and medical requirements buying essential goods or services outdoor exercise attending to care and exercise of an animal or to seek veterinary help/advice. You may leave your home for exercise, but not for the purpose of recreation or leisure activities. This should be once a day and you should not travel outside your local area. You may exercise alone, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. While the guidance states that you can travel to work where you cannot work from home, the overarching message of the lockdown is to stay at home. Coaches should read the guidance and assess whether there is a necessity to continue coaching face to face. We would advise 1:2:1 instruction at a coach’s ‘home’ facilities with clients who keep their horses on site would be acceptable provided COVID practices are observed. Coaches should also check with their insurance provider before undertaking any activities. Non-essential retail businesses and venues, including leisure and sports facilities, have been ordered to close, and equestrian arenas and riding centres are included in the list. Private facilities, such as those at your yard, can be used in order to exercise horses for their welfare where necessary. No hire of facilities is permitted and travelling horses should only be on welfare or veterinary grounds. Only elite training and competition may continue. These restrictions are currently set to be reviewed on 15 February. Further information For further information about how these restrictions impact equestrian activity in England, please visit the Guidance for England page on our Coronavirus Hub. Helpful websites: GOV.UK – National lockdown: Stay at home - GOV.UK – National lockdown guidance document - Sport England advice - Scotland – as per England, but with the following additional points: A maximum of two people from two separate households or a single household group can meet outdoors for the purpose of sport or exercise. Children under 12 from these households do not count towards the number. There should be no indoor mixing of households. You may take part in local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise that starts and finishes in the same place, up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area, provided that you abide by the rules on meeting other households. Organised sport and exercise for under-12s can continue in line with workplace and socialising guidance and sport-specific guidance agreed. Coaches may continue to operate within the travel restrictions and should not deliver a session to more than one person aged 12 or over at a time. These restrictions are currently set to be reviewed on 31 January. Further information For further information about how these restrictions impact equestrian activity in Scotland, please visit the Guidance for Scotland page on our Coronavirus Hub. Helpful websites: GOV.SCOT – Stay at home guidance - sportscotland - horsescotland - Wales – as per England, but with the following additional points: You may only meet with members of your household or support bubble in all settings. You may leave the house to tend to and exercise a horse in your ownership or care, but journeys should be kept to a minimum. The advice is not to travel horses off a premises for the purposes of exercise – all activity should ‘start and finish at home’. Organised equine sport is suspended and facilities closed. These restrictions are currently set to be reviewed on 18 January. Further information For further information about how these restrictions impact equestrian activity in Wales, please visit the Guidance for Wales page on our Coronavirus Hub. Helpful websites: GOV.WALES - Sport Wales -   Northern Ireland – as per England, but with the following additional points: Households should not mix indoors in private homes. Up to six people from no more than two households can meet in an outdoor setting (including a private garden), but with social distancing in place. Children under 12 are not included in these numbers. Unique household bubbles can form up of up to 10 people Up to 15 people can meet outdoors, with social distancing and hand and respiratory hygiene practices in place. Equestrian activity (care and exercise) should be for equine welfare purposes only. Sports and leisure facilities should close. No one-to-one or group training sessions may run. Only elite training and competition may continue. These restrictions are currently set to be reviewed on or around 23 January. Further information For further information about how these restrictions impact equestrian activity in Northern Ireland, please visit the Guidance for Northern Ireland page on our Coronavirus Hub. Helpful websites: NIDIRECT.GOV.UK – guidance Financial support Businesses that are financially impacted by the lockdown restrictions should visit their respective government’s COVID-19 information pages for details of the assistance available. Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announcing additional one-off cash grants for businesses in England that operate in the retail, hospitality and leisure industry. The amount received will be linked to business rates, and provided on a per-property basis: £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 In addition, a £594 million discretionary fund has been made available to local authorities and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support other businesses that are affected by the restrictions but not eligible for the grants. Businesses should apply to their local authority for the support. The government has also provided: 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses £1.1 billion existing discretionary funding for Local Authorities An extension to the furlough scheme, which will now run until April An extension to 100% government-backed loans, which have been extended until March For those who are self-employed, the Self Employment Income Support Scheme was previously extended to offer a third grant for the period of 1 November 2020 to 29 January 2021. This offers a taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid as a three-month lump sum to the maximum value of £7,500. However, this is only available to those who were eligible for the first and second SEISS grants. Further information is available here . Further information is available on the British Equestrian COVID hub here.   CEO Comment British Equestrian Chief Executive Iain Graham commented; “While tightened restrictions aren’t the way we wanted to start the New Year, the nationwide lockdown is clearly needed to get the virus under control and protect our medical services. I call on everyone in our equestrian community to once again to play their part, adhere to the guidance and follow the message to ‘stay at home’ where possible, but of course without compromising your own or your horse’s welfare. “We should all be vigilant, stick closely to social distancing and hand and respiratory hygiene guidance, and minimise contact where we can as we continue to act responsibly. There is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully it won’t be long before we can get back to some sense of normality with businesses and livelihoods able to get back on track, and all of us enjoying our horses to the full, but we have a few more sacrifices to make on our way there. Thank you to all of you for your continued support, patience and determination, and please stay safe.”    Further information For further information and support, please visit our Coronavirus Hub .
Thursday, October 8

British Bred mare, Billy Jive, claims NAF Five Star Summer Silver League Championship

British Bred mare Billy Jive claims NAF Five Star Summer Silver League Championship with Somerset’s Gemma Hallett The 1.20m NAF Five Star Silver League Championship brought with it some great competition from the field of forty starters. It was Gemma Hallett from Wellington in Somerset that claimed the victory with the British bred Billy Jive (Billy Mexico x Billy Congo), an 11 year-old chestnut mare owned by Sue Jarman. The first round caught a number of riders out towards the latter end of the course and it was fourteen that achieved a clear to qualify for the jump off. Two second round clears had illustrated to the riders following them that time would be of the essence if they wanted to push themselves up the final line-up. Gemma was fifth to go and set off with what appeared to be a clear game plan to make as tight a turn as dared and it paid off when she posted a clear in a time of 34.12 seconds to take an early lead. Her strategy added pressure to the combinations following her which, in some cases, resulted in them incurring penalties when poles fell. A delighted Gemma said about her win “I couldn’t be happier for her [Billy Jive] as she was pipped to the post a couple of times at Bolesworth so for her to come here and pick up her winner’s rug is just great. She is kept by her owner Sue, who used to compete her and absolutely adores her, so I only get to ride her at shows. I took the ride last year and we just get on together as she’s such a great little mare who’s so consistent and just wants to win all the time. The more you ask of her the more she does, she absolutely thrives on being at a competition. She’s really quiet at home and also to handle at a show but once you’re on her she gets so excited; she’s such a character!” Talking about her approach to the jump off she explained “I actually never watch anyone go before me as it makes me nervous and I find that I don’t stick to the plan that I have made in my head.  I had made the decision that as she’s such a small horse at around 15.2hh, I would just keep her as tight as I could on the turns and let her keep moving forward as I knew she wouldn’t be able to take a stride out of some of the distances like the bigger horses could. Luckily it paid off. I’m so happy with her and Sue, who isn’t a hugger, even hugged me so it’s been an emotional win for us!” The British Showjumping Indoor Championships runs between the 6 – 11 October at Aintree Equestrian Centre with a number of the major British Showjumping national titles being run across the event. Further information on the show can be found at and livestream from the event is available at powered by Clip My Horse TV.
Wednesday, September 9

Enhanced Concept for 2020/21 Equine Bridge Announced including Bursaries worth £4000

British Breeding, British Showjumping, British Eventing and British Dressage have launched an Enhanced Concept for the 2020/21 Equine Bridge, including British Breeding Bursaries Worth £4000. The purpose of the Equine Bridge is to support the transition of British bred young horses into the sport. Centred on the equine athlete’s needs, it brings together all stakeholders, riders, owners, breeders, trainers and the Olympic disciplines to identify and nurture talent. Working in close collaboration with British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing, British Breeding has responded to the challenge of COVID-19 by developing an enhanced programme, with at its heart an annual two day ‘performance test’ style event at a centrally located equestrian facility the spring 2021. The overall top scoring entries from each discipline, as well as the top scoring pony, will receive a £1000 bursary each from a fund put up by British Breeding to help nurture the talented young horses bred and produced in this country. The bursary can be used towards a variety of activities aimed at supporting the horse’s journey into the sport, such as training and competition entries.   Identifying Equine Talent Conceived as a continuation of the British Breeding Futurity, the aim of the Bridge is to identify young horses and ponies who have the potential and talent to represent Great Britain at FEI level. Says British Equestrian Interim CEO and CEO of British Showjumping, Iain Graham: “Investing in the training and production of a young horse represents a significant economic commitment. By identifying horses and ponies not only with the ability to reach the highest levels in the sport, but with the constitution and longevity to stay successful at that level, the Equine Bridge provides invaluable information for those seeking to invest their resources, from owners, to riders, to other stakeholders such as the Olympic disciplines.” The basic structure of the Bridge event is inspired by the German-style two day ‘performance test’ for young horses, in that the candidates are observed by a team of international evaluators over a number of days and challenges to determine their individual abilities. These include a 45 minute discipline-specific training session with an internationally renowned coach on day 1, a set ridden performance test on day 2, and a session under an experienced test rider. Where the Bridge differs significantly from other performance tests is that is offers detailed veterinarian and allied professional input, aimed at supporting the key objectives of longevity and the promotion of equine health.   The Pool of Equine Talent The Bridge candidates have undergone qualification via the BB Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Programme and will have scored an overall mark of 8 or above (Gold Premium) as a 3, 4 or 5yo at one of the Futurity events. New for 2020/21 is the additional requirement that Bridge horses must demonstrate sufficient ridden experience, either by having competed at least twice in affiliated competitions in their target discipline, or by having qualified for and subsequently scored over 70% at the NexGen Young Horse Final at Hickstead on 15 th and 16 th September 2020, where 4 and 5yo horses will have the free opportunity to complete a Futurity evaluation on site. Says CEO of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam: “It is very important to us that horses arrive at the Equine Bridge well prepared and able to complete the two-day assessment with ease and confidence. We have therefore introduced a new requirement of some competition experience that allows for a smooth transition from the original Futurity assessments to the more demanding Equine Bridge experience.”   The Healthy Equine Athlete The BB Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity and British Breeding Equine Bridge programmes support breeding and management of horses and ponies for longevity and soundness by collecting data and resources to improve future breeding decisions and by providing detailed professional veterinarian and allied professional feedback to optimise the management and production of young horses and ponies. Says British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer: “In a time when ‘the social license to operate’ equines in the sport can no longer be taken for granted, we must respond positively to the challenges and concerns over equine welfare in modern competition from within and importantly outside the equestrian community. Everything we do at British Breeding centres on facilitating the breeding and production of happy, sound and successful horses.” As part of the Equine Bridge programme, every horse or pony undergoes a detailed soundness and performance evaluation with the organisation’s senior veterinarian and her team of allied professionals, comprising of an experienced master saddler, a master farrier and a qualified nutritionist, providing a holistic assessment of the horse or pony’s overall wellness, conformational traits, muscle development, saddle fit and foot balance. To enhance the support available and to promote equine health and welfare, British Breeding is  inviting a range of professionals and services aimed at supporting the health of equines and riders alike to provide taster sessions at the annual Equine Bridge event, in addition to working with third parties to make available ongoing programmes  of support.   The Route into the Sport The Equine Bridge programme seeks to provide meaningful support to riders, breeders and owners to ensure the Bridge horses fulfil their potential. The annual Bridge event provides excellent feedback, and will be accompanied by ongoing support for the production of talented young horses developed in partnership with the Olympic Disciplines and relevant third parties. Says British Breeding Director Jane Marson: “Our vision is for the Equine Bridge is to fulfil the need of the industry to source the best horses for the best riders and to understand and overcome the impediments that are currently leading to good horses not fulfilling their potential, and talented riders being unable to find good horses in this country.” Says CEO of British Eventing, Jude Matthews: “Riders and investors need to be able to come to one place where they can see a good range of suitable horses to choose from for the future. The Equine Bridge provides an excellent opportunity by bringing together the best crop of young horses forward from the Futurity and putting them through a rigorous two day programme designed to provide reliable information about ability, soundness and rideability.” The Equine Bridge seeks to provide a wealth of information and utter transparency, via its public, livestreamed events, webinars and public database, which provides pedigrees, linear profiles, evaluators’ comments, videos and photographs. All evaluations are carried out by an independent team of experts. Says British Breeding Director Rachael Holdsworth: “We would like to thank British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing for their support and extend a warm invitation to interested riders and investors to engage with the Equine Bridge to take advantage of the opportunities to meet the horses and their breeders. As soon as we will have a clearer understanding of the possibilities of running public events in the spring, we will provide further details on our website.”
Wednesday, July 8

Online Elite Futurity Auction in association with

This summer, the team in charge of the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series have entered a partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV to deliver new concept; the first ever Futurity Elite Online Auction. To be held in September 2020, the auction will feature the best Futurity entries of the year in the disciplines of dressage, eventing and showjumping and will promote them to ClipMyHorse’s global audience. The auction idea came out of a longstanding successful relationship between the two orgasnisations which has seen British Breeding events livestreamed via the popular website. Says Lynn Sander, Production Manager UK at ClipMyHorse.TV: “We have been working with British Breeding for several years, live streaming the Futurity, Equine Bridge, and the British Breeding Stallion Event. We are delighted that this year, we are taking this partnership into an exciting new direction by using our highly successful online auctions concept to promote the very best of British bred foals and youngstock to audiences all over the world.” The Futurity Elite Online Auction will feature on the “” alongside established names such as PS Auctions and Hof Kasselmann who have responded to the COVID 19 crisis by moving their auctions into a purely online environment - with great success. Says Jane Marson, director of British Breeding: “Online auctions deliver exactly what vendors and buyers are looking for now: an accessible and convenient way of promoting quality youngsters and connecting breeders, owners, riders and producers from across the world. We are excited to be at the forefront of these developments and to offer our Futurity breeders this truly outstanding new opportunity.” To qualify for auction selection, foals and youngsters must be British bred and must have completed a Futurity evaluation in 2020. Those achieving the highest possible award, the cherished accolade of “Futurity Elite” status, will automatically qualify for auction selection. Those achieving a highly respectable Gold score, with an overall mark of over 8.0, will be pre-selected for final selection at the end of the Futurity season. Says Dr Eva-Maria Broomer, director of British Breeding: “The Futurity qualification is what makes the Futurity Elite Online Auction unique: Buyers can bid with confidence, in the knowledge that every young horse or foal for sale has been assessed by a highly experienced, independent international team of evaluators, as well as by our head veterinarian and nutritionist, ensuring that our collection is of the highest quality, with strong emphasis on ability, performance, conformation and soundness.” To promote the successful auction entries and reach out to potential buyers, British Breeding and ClipMyHorse.TV will cooperate on a weekly broadcast series of highlights from the BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations.    Rachael Holdsworth, director of British Breeding, says, “In response to the coronavirus challenge, we have developed our online activities to reach out to breeders, riders, owners and producers not only in this country, but all over the world. This is a fantastic way of promoting the very best of British breeding and to create stronger links between breeders and the sport. Our weekly Futurity Highlights broadcasts will offer an exciting glimpse of our many wonderful auction lots and British bred foals and youngsters.” This exciting move is facilitated by a change in the BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity programmes this year that – in response to the challenge of COVID 19 – have been taken into a purely virtual environment, using video footage to achieve the thorough and detailed evaluation participants have come to expect from the series. The new Virtual Futurity has enabled the British Breeding team to create a range of new benefits for participants, including: “Futurity for Sale” online listing for all Futurity entries from 2018, 2019 and 2020 A “Futurity Breeders Prize Fund” comprising of a £5 levy from every entry, awarded to the highest scoring entries of each category at the end of the season A highly popular free “British Breeding Webinar Series” of interviews, stud and yard visits, stallion showcases and discussions of scientific and veterinarian topics  
Saturday, July 4

Useful Guidance on Preparing the Videos for the Online Futurity

Getting your videos ready for our 2020 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity does not need to be daunting! We have prepared lots of guidance for you to help you. 1. How to prepare, and what the evaluators will need to see We have recoded our two very popular webinar sessions with out two evaluator teams, covering the veterinarian evaluation and the evaluation of the gaits, respectively. Here are links to the two recordings. Particularly if you are new to the Futurity, you might find these very useful, but even experienced Futurity participants might like to pick up some useful hints and tips here: For the veterinarian and nutritionist evaluation go to: For the evaluation of the gaits and frame go to:​ 2. A list of all the elements, with example videos We have also created a list online of all the elements of the videos, with examples, to put everything you need to know in one place for you: 3. We have made some checklists that you can print out to have handy when you are filming your entry videos. We have made different versions of these, relevant to each age category. Simply click on the link that is relevant to you, and download the pdf: 1. For Futurity Foals 2. For Futurity Yearlings 3. For Futurity 2, 3 & 4-year-olds Last but not least, there are some important general pointers for you, that you will find mentioned in the guidance, but that are worth highlighting: Please use a landscape format for filming. This will enable you to fill the frame much better, which will make it easier for the evaluators to see, but it will also generate the sort of footage that we can then use to share your highlights! For the evaluation of walk, trot and canter, please use one continuous video, no cutting, no editing, and no slow motion. This is important because the evaluators need to have a "level playing field" where all entries have undergone the same structure of evaluation. This part of the video can be up to 5 minutes long, and it doesn't matter if there are some bits that are not perfect, as the evaluators will look beyond that and pick out your best moments! For the veterinarian evaluation, you can show different sections cut according to what you need.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way under We would also be happy to email you a copy of our video checklist, and advise you if you are unsure about anything.  If we notice that there are particular sections of videos that we might need to see more of, or a little differently, we will contact you to help you.  2 92256
Thursday, July 2

British Bred Yearling Secures Top Price at Bolesworth Elite Yearling Auction.

  Bolesworth’s inaugural Online Elite Yearling Auction came to an exciting close on Tuesday night and confirmed that the market for Elite Youngstock is strong. Global interest in the auction was overwhelming with registrations from twenty-two countries including Belgium, France, Egypt, and the USA with continued strong representation of bidders from Great Britain. The final bidding frenzy came late in the day as the pressure to secure a future Grand Prix or medal winning horse mounted. It was lot number 12, Flamenco's Serenade which came out on top reaching an impressive £32,000. The chestnut colt is by Je T'aime Flamenco - who stands at Stallion AI Services and recently featured in one of our popular British Breeding Webinars -  out of Tinka's Serenade (Tinkas Boy). Both parents had multiple Grand Prix wins around the globe with Tinka's Serenade competing at Olympic and World Championship level. Said Janette Chinn & Sue Davies of Pewit Stud, breeders and vendors of Tinka's Serenade, “I’d like to thank Nina and the team at Bolesworth for allowing British breeders to showcase their quality youngstock to such an elite audience. We are pleased to have secured top lot again with our homebred colt and hope he can go on to emulate his parent's success. We will watch his career with interest!” The average hammer price of the collection as a whole was £12,500 and the team at Bolesworth are delighted that several will be heading to new homes overseas. Said Nina Barbour, Bolesworth Managing Director: “This truly was one of our most spectacular Collections to date. Our targeted global campaign to the prevalent showjumping nations has proven hugely successful in attracting a real global audience for this year's auction. Several of the lots been sold to overseas buyers which is testament that we are selecting the right calibre of horses with the best breeding.” Nina added “We’ve held a number of live elite auctions in the past so the move to online due to the ongoing pandemic didn’t come without concern. I am however delighted with the outcome and what has been achieved. Online facilities will certainly feature in our future auctions” Congratulations to Nina and her team on this great achievement, which shows that there is a strong global demand for online auctions and British bred stock.  We are very excited about our very first Futurity Elite Online Auction, which will consist of lots selected from the best Futurity entries this year. The auction will take place in September and is going to be held in partnership with Clip My Horse. To find out more about how to enter the Virtual Futurity and qualify for auction selection, go to .
Thursday, June 18

BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations Go Virtual for 2020

British Breeding have announced plans for their renowned Futurity evaluation series to go digital this year as a result of the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic.  With the support of their long term sponsor, Baileys Horse Feeds, the team made the decision to turn to a digital format having considered the requirements and risks of holding the physical evaluations.  Entries will open on 1 July and the series will run until the end of August.  A 2-part live training webinar will be held on 23 rd and 24 th June to help breeders prepare their entries, and these will be available to watch again on the British Breeding website.  High scoring entries in the digital series will also be eligible for selection for a new online Elite Futurity Auction to be held in September.  The 2020 Futurity series also has a prize fund up for grabs, and significant cash awards presented by a leading studbook for top scoring foals on their register.    “Our highly respected team of international evaluators normally travel from all over Europe to assess our young stock.  We felt that the risks of travel for them, and our dedicated team of vets, scorers, nutritionists and organisers under the current conditions, was too much to ask, even if restrictions were to be lifted sufficiently to allow them to make the journey”, explained organiser, Eva Maria Broomer of British Breeding.    “However, we are also very aware that breeders need an evaluation service for this year’s crop of foals, as well as all the yearlings, two- and three-year olds, and we did not want them to miss out on that opportunity.  The answer was to create an online evaluation process that would give the breeders the level of feedback that they want from our same panel of experts, including the veterinary and condition scoring assessments and full evaluation process”, she said.    The British Breeding/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations are now in their fourteenth year, the third under the new management of British Breeding.  The series provides an independent evaluation of performance potential of foals, yearlings, two- and three-year olds for dressage, eventing, show jumping and endurance.   Entries are assessed using British Breeding’s world leading linear scoring system, recognised by the World Breeding Federation and valued by breeders when marketing their youngstock.    Jane Buchan, Baileys Horse Feeds Marketing Manager, said, “With Covid-19 restrictions on equestrian activities, many of us have had to embrace digital communications in our day to day lives and we’re pleased to be able to turn this situation into something positive.  We’re looking forward to seeing and assessing this year’s youngstock and hope that the digital option will be embraced by a wide range of breeders.”    Entries for the 2020 series will be required to submit details and videos of their horses and ponies online.  The videos will then be assessed by the veterinarian and nutritionist and the panel of evaluators via online video conferencing.  “The scores and detailed scoresheets will be available to the exhibitors at the end of each week, and certificates and rosettes will be distributed by mail at the end of the series”, explained Eva.    “Whilst we will miss the opportunity to see these animals in the flesh, and while many of our breeders value the chance to get out and about and give their youngsters valuable experience, there are also many advantages to the new digital alternative.  We have gone to great lengths to ensure that the digital evaluations continue to provide the same high quality level of feedback, and the lack geographical or transportation restrictions makes the Futurity accessible to all, regardless of location.  We have already had a huge amount of positive feedback from breeders who do not live close to any of our usual venues”.    Detailed training videos have been produced, in collaboration with Baileys Horse Feeds, to show prospective entries for the Futurity series how to present their horses on video.  The training videos and further information is available on the British Breeding website and through social media.    Prizes are on offer for high scoring entries this year.  A £5 levy on the entry fee will be ringfenced to create a prize fund that will be allocated to the top scoring youngsters in each age group and discipline.  In addition, the Anglo European Studbook are offering prize money of £500 for the top foal in each discipline registered with them, with smaller prizes for the runner up and third highest scorers.    As well as their scores and detailed feedback, participants will also be eligible for selection for the first ever online British Breeding Futurity Elite Auction, which is organised in conjunction with ClipMyHorse.   Says British Breeding director Rachael Holdsworth: “We enjoy an excellent relationship with who have been life streaming not only our Futurity series, but also our Bridge and Stallion Event. With their global reach and outstanding reputation, they were the perfect partner to approach for this exciting new project, aimed at giving our breeders the opportunity to reach out to wider audiences to market their youngsters.”   The auction will be widely promoted in the UK and Europe and provides an ideal marketing opportunity for those wishing to sell. Its unique selling point will be invaluable detailed information and feedback from the Futurity series that will be available to interested buyers who can bid with confidence in the knowledge that every entry has been through a rigorous and unbiased evaluation process.   “We are extremely excited to offer these new opportunities facilitated by the possibilities for digital evaluation.   The series provides the perfect opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy the benefits of participation”, added Eva.    All the assessments are for foals to three-year-olds to be shows in hand and loose.  The three-year-old assessments will also count towards qualification for the 2021 Equine Bridge. There is currently no plan for digital ridden assessments for 4-year-olds.   The live training webinars will be held in two parts – part 1 will cover veterinary assessment and nutrition at 7pm on Tuesday 23 rd June, and part 2 will cover the evaluation in walk, trot and canter at 7pm on Wednesday 24 th June.  Admission is free but participants need to pre-register via the link on Facebook or on the via our Webinars page.  Online entries will open on 1 July and can be accessed via our homepage.   Get regular updates via the British Breeding Futurity facebook page -
Tuesday, April 14


With news due any day from the Government on the continuation of the lockdown period, we can bring you an update from some of our member bodies and their news since our previous one earlier this month. New guidance for equine vets Following an announcement by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) on Thursday 10 April, the British Equestrian Veterinary Association (BEVA) released new guidance to its members that comes into force today (14 April) and remains in place until further notice. BEVA and its members are working hard to provide vital 24-hour emergency service, and recognise the need to provide essential services to safeguard animal health and welfare during the lockdown. In doing so, it’s vital for veterinary practices and vets to: work in ways that prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus protect themselves, their colleagues and their clients protect the NHS  keep veterinary and allied businesses working and viable  BEVA stress that the number of clients seen face-to-face should be kept to an absolute minimum and it’s certainly not a case of ‘business as usual’. However, the RCVS has produced a flowchart – link1 to help vets make the decision whether or not to undertake any non-urgent work. BEVA is advising vets to fully assess the factors, the timing and the risk to animal and human health prior to any ambulatory visits to perform procedures or treatment – link 2, and BEVA has provided guidance on carrying out full risk assessments – link 3. All such assessments should be recorded in writing. If, once the assessments are carried out and the vet is satisfied any risk can be managed, BEVA have produced a client factsheet to be sent ahead of the vet’s visit – link 4 to the owner. Government guidelines – link 5 should be adhered to at all times by the vet and client. 1 2 3 4 5 To allow horse owners to help the vet through the process, BEVA has produced a series of educational videos in order to ‘triage’ their horse’s condition ahead of a phone consultation. Checking vital signs, colic, laminitis, wounds and eyes and breathing problems are all covered. The answers any horse owner can provide will assist a vet in making the key decisions to attend, so please watch and use them – help your vet to help you while keeping you both safe. Help measure the impact of COVID-19 on the equine industry Two providers have launched online surveys to provide an accurate picture of how the equestrian industry has been impact on by the pandemic. XV Impact is independently assessing the impact on horse ownership in general, using a questionnaire that should take 10–15 minutes to complete. They’ll share the findings with the industry and public. The British Grooms Association (BGA) and Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) have launched a survey to look at employment in particular, and input is welcome from any workers, equine businesses and yard owners Transporting horses and goods to/from France Anyone who operates essential travel for import/export in France should be aware that there is now a new requirement for all entering the country. A travel declaration must be completed, which highlights the nature of your journey.
Thursday, April 9

Revised Date for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales

Tattersalls Cheltenham update in relation to their upcoming Sales schedule for 2020.  The April and May Sales will not now take place in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 restrictions which have halted both the UK and Irish National Hunt and Point to Point seasons. In noting the press release from the IHRB recently which indicated a likely 'enhancement' of the 2020-21 Autumn season Tattersalls will now schedule a Sale on Friday 23 October attached to the Cheltenham 'Showcase Meeting' after racing in the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales Arena.  Commenting on the revised date, Matt Prior, Head of Cheltenham Sales commented;  'We intend to reintroduce the Tattersalls Cheltenham October Sale as we at Tattersalls acknowledge the difficulties faced by our clients in these challenging times and understand the importance of holding a sale in a select environment to facilitate the inevitable increase in quality horses at this time. Select Sales of this type at Cheltenham have long lead the way for Vendors and Purchasers alike and we hope that this sale coming earlier in the season than has been the case in recent years will afford vendors in particular the opportunity to return to normality as early as possible.' The remaining Autumn Sales will go on as scheduled. Cheltenham Sales 2020 April 24 - Cancelled May 28 - Cancelled October 23 - Staged alongside The Showcase Meeting November 13 - Staged alongside The November Meeting December 11 - Staged alongside The International Meeting  
Thursday, April 2

BEF Vaccination Update

The British Equestrian Federation, in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has approved a proposal regarding the vaccination schedule for equine influenza in competition horses competing under its member bodies. The move has been made in order to help riders, owners and vets tackle the significant logistical challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and provide clarity for all. All competitive disciplines under the BEF umbrella currently operate a requirement for an annual booster every 12 months after an initial course of two injections and the first booster injection. This will remain the case throughout 2020, which means that any horse who goes beyond their annual renewal date will be required to start again. The initial vaccination intervals for primary and booster vaccinations will also remain in place as normal. Those member bodies who have rules in place for six monthly booster injections before competing will look implement a transition period to allow riders to bring vaccinations up to date, once the current suspension of activity is lifted.  This will be communicated to the members of each governing body in due course, when it becomes clearer when competition activity is able to resume. The BHA has moved to a 12 month booster vaccination requirement, from their policy of nine months, to cover horses racing in the United Kingdom for the remainder of 2020. Interim BEF Chief Executive Iain Graham commented; “The length of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown but we wanted to provide those who compete with our Member Bodies some clarity on our current position. Equine vets are under strict guidance to carry out emergency work only at present – and as booster vaccinations are classified as routine injections, they will not be carried out. “We appreciate that some horse owners will fall outside the required 12 month period and will therefore need to start again, which is unfortunate.  However, we cannot allow vaccinations to go beyond 12 months as the efficacy of the vaccine cannot be guaranteed beyond that date. “Each member body will be outlining their six month booster requirements individually ahead of competition restarting. I’d like to thank our colleagues in BEVA and BHA for their collaboration on this so that much of the equine industry is aligned.”
Wednesday, March 25

COVID-19 Update

The current COVID-19 crisis is causing worry and disruption to all our lives, and the situation is changing so rapidly, it is affecting us all.  The position we are in today seems inconceivable, even this time last week.  We have a responsibility to do the right thing, to protect the NHS and to do our bit to keep each other safe and well.  Of course, we also have a responsibility to care for our animals and to ensure that their welfare is not compromised in any way.   With the constantly evolving situation, there is already a dearth of information and advice flooding the internet.  Some of it may seem frightening or overwhelming, and some just irrelevant to our situation as horse breeders.  After the announcement on Monday, many of us were concerned about how we would manage the welfare of our horses, let alone cope with the breeding season which is, of course, now in full swing.   We have a responsibility to keep everyone safe if possible, and British Breeding advise all breeders and the equestrian community to strictly adhere to the Government's directive to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.  The welfare of horses and other livestock is still essential, so as an owner, employee or volunteer your travel to provide care is still valid under the current guidance.  The Government have also announced measures to support business and to help weather this storm.  Please keep your own health and safety in mind, as well as that of everyone around you, and observe the same strict biosecurity measures on yards as everywhere else.    We have gathered some useful information and links that we feel will provide solid guidance for owners and breeders.   The British Equine Veterinary Association are advising vets to concentrate on maintaining 24 hour emergency service for equine patients.  They advise that all non-essential and routine work should be stopped.  They have recognised that stopping routine influenaza vaccinations will have particular implications for competition horses - which would include those attending British Breeding Futurity, Equine Bridge, Stallion event and other British Breeding activities.  BEVA are currently in discussion with the various regulatory bodies looking at ways to minimise the long term impact of temporarily reducing or halting influenza vaccinations.  For all other vaccinations, vets are being urged to make decisions whether to vaccinate on a case-by-case or yard-by-yard basis.   The issue of routine stud / reproductive work raises particular questions. On the basis of the government’s advice, and despite the ability to mitigate risks, BEVA do not see this type of service as essential for animal welfare. However, they appreciate that this has far-reaching implications beyond the veterinary profession, and have sought guidance from government and are in discussion with the breeding industry; they hope to provide further direction soon.  More information can be found at the  BEVA website . The Farriers Registration Council interpretation of the Government guidance is that Registered Farriers can continue to provide essential services to equines, and they should continue to attend to equines using their judgement as to matters of priority and/or urgency, and with some provisos concerning social distancing and cleaning of hands and tools.  More information can be found on the  FRC website . The British Equestrian federation have issued advice on caring for horses and riding in the current climate.  Detailed guidance on caring for your horse includes precautions to take if you need to travel to your horse to provide care, interaction with others around you and preparing for self-isolation.  They strongly recommend that there should be no unnecessary transporting of horses except for emergency care, and riding should be limited to low risk activity and should avoid activities that carry an increased risk of injury, such as jumping, fast work or riding a young, fresh or spooky horse.  Their full guidance notes are available on the  BEF website . The BEF have also provided some extremely useful advice and links for equestrian businesses, outlining the support available from Government.  Read the full  BEF guidance for equestrian businesses .   Please visit the useful links on our COVID-19 page for further information.  
Thursday, February 27

Futurity Biosecurity Reminder

Before the start of this year's breeding and Futurity season, we want to remind everyone of our biosecurity and vaccinations policy . Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions, we are always happy to help! Biosecurity at the British Breeding Futurity 2020 At the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, the safety of all participating horses and ponies is extremely important to us.  In view of the continuing threat of Equine Influenza, and other diseases such as EHV always present in the equine population, we are working with our veterinary advisors to minimise the risk to our participants: Please read the guidance very carefully before making your entry.   Obligatory Equine Influenza Vaccinations Please note that up-to-date influenza vaccinations are an obligatory condition of entry for any Futurity event. Passports will be checked on arrival.  Please check in at the organiser's trailer. For older horses: In the current conditions, vaccinations should be boosted every 6 months to provide increased protection. This means that you need to have you horse or pony vaccinated within 6 months of entry. Please note that you cannot leave it until the week before the event, as you need to give your youngster time to recover from the vaccination, and as the protection from the booster will only reach its full effect after 7 days.   If you are starting a new course of vaccinations, your horse or pony needs to have had their first 2 vaccinations (a minimum of 3 weeks apart) and as with the booster, the second must be at least 1 week before the date of the Futurity evaluation you are attending. For Foals: We do not recommend vaccination before foals are 6 months old. This is because there is evidence that vaccination prior to 6 months reduces the effectiveness of the Equine Influenza vaccine later on, so this would be counter-productive. However, we do advise that the best management is to have your mares vaccinated around 4-6 weeks prior to giving birth. This will not only protect the mares as they travel to the Futurity with their foals, it will also pass on maternal immunity to the foal at birth. All mares must have been vaccinated within 6 months prior to the event (see conditions above for older horses). We realise that it is not always possible to vaccinate precisely within the 4-6 weeks window. We are therefore taking additional steps to enhance the safety of all participants by ensuring that no two foals will be in the same arena at the same time. We thank you all for your cooperation in keeping a safe distance from other participants at all times.   For Youngsters from 6 Months: Your youngster should have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before your horse or pony can attend. In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.  Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of no greater than 6 months. As with the older horses, all Equine Influenza vaccinations must be given at least 7 days prior to the event.   What happens at the Futurity Event? We will check all entries' vaccination records. For this year, we have suspended the walk ring in order to minimise direct interaction between the different entries. You will be given time slots for your evaluation. In between, please avoid contact with other horses and ponies. Please do not touch anybody else's horses and keep a safe distance. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time, we will be happy to advise.    Good Practice at the Futurity Here are a few simple guidelines that will help you keep your horses and ponies healthy and safe at the Futurity: 1. Please do not handle/touch anybody else's horses or ponies  2. Please do not ask/permit anybody else to handle/touch your horses or ponies 3. Make use of sanitary hand wash available 4. If you require assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to ask our event stewards or any other British Breeding team members 5. If you require advice, please do not hesitate to ask our veterinarian on site 6. Please do not allow your horses or ponies to sniff or touch any other horses or ponies and try and keep a safe distance. Foals must be kept on head collars and leads until and after their loose assessment in the indoor arena.  
Wednesday, February 5

Stallion Event is Bigger and Better than Ever

The British Breeding Stallion Event, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds in association with Competition Stallions, is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.  Over 90 of the top licensed and graded sport horse stallions standing in the UK will be featured, from Olympic legends to some exciting young talent making their debut outings.  The event will be held at Addington Equestrian Centre on Saturday 8 th February, doors open at 9.30am.  Eventing stallions will be first to feature, and the show will be opened by the young and talented Future Guilty Pleasure, by Levisonn out of Future Guilty Secret (Cantoblanco), bred by Julia Hodkin at Future Sport Horses.  Future Guilty Pleasure was the sire of both the 2019 highest scoring Eventer in the British Breeding Futurity Series as well as the  National Elite Foal Tour Eventing Champion.  Tiger Attack, Timolin, Welton Double Cracker, Philanderer, Jamhoori and Britannia Royale are among the selection of eventing sires on show, with a number of full TBs available to add the much valued TB blood to event horse breeding.  Robert Whitaker will be bringing two exciting young stallions for the Showjumping section - Vermento is a young home-bred stallion by the legendary Argento, and Cavaso Z, by Cascor Z ex Darco mare Cha Cha Van Overis.  Olympic legend, Big Star, will be back, along with Amiro Z, Comfort, Cristo and Je T’aime Flamenco among the top showjumping sires on show.  Dressage will conclude the day with proven sires and some exciting stallions new to the breeding scene.  Branduardi, Dream On and Durable are among the elite dressage stallions to see.  Woodlander stallions taking part include Woodlander Double Bubble and Woodlander Wavavoom, sire of countless Futurity Elite Foals, among whom the all time record is held by Farouche’s son, Woodlander Wild Child, now standing at the famous State Stud at Celle and whose first crop of foals alone contained 3 internationally licensed stallions.    With over 90 stallions to view for showjumping, dressage and eventing, this is the biggest British Breeding Stallion Event yet! All stallions will be shown in the arena, the stables will be open for visitors to meet stallions and connections, plus there is a wide range of trade stands offering advice, products and services to the breeding industry.  Admission is £15 for pre-booked general admission tickets to include British Breeder magazine/programme and Competition Stallions Guide, £54 for VIP with 2 course carvery lunch, £18 general admission on the door.  For a full timetable and running order, and to pre-book tickets, visit   Photo:  Big Star and Nick Skelton victory lap at Rio 2016 -   Copyright Dirk Caremans
Friday, October 11

Great Range of Benefits and Awards Confirmed for 2019 Equine Bridge Participants

We are very grateful to our supporters, Baileys Horsefeeds and the Olympic Disciplines for making available a great range of benefits for this year's Equine Bridge participants, designed to support you on your journey into the sport! All in all, this makes for a superb package, and an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming talent: To be presented by British Showjumping for horses in the showjumping section: Top 3 horses in each age group (4, 5 and 6 year olds) to receive FREE MEMBERSHIP for 1 year Saddle cloths to the leading score of each age range To be presented by British Eventing for horses in the eventing section: Top 3 4YO: the owner or rider receives a FREE DAY PASS membership and 3 horse day passes Top 3 5YO to get a FREE BE Registration for 1 year Top 3 6YO to get a FREE BE Registration for 1 year British Eventing Gilet to leading scores of each range To be presented by British Dressage for horses in the dressage section: 2 x tickets to the Young Horse Forum of their choice for the 4, 5 & 6 yo winners Horse registration for the top 3 of all age groups Saddle cloths to the leading score of each age category To be presented by Baileys Horse Feeds: Feed vouchers to top scoring horse in each discipline At the Bridge Evaluation, every horse and pony will benefit from: - a 45 minute training session with one of our fantastic trainers, Peter Storr, Yogi Breisner or Corinne Bracken - a 45 minute feedback and evaluation session with our senior veterinarian Dr Jane Nixon and a team of a professional saddler, farrier and nutritionist provided by Baileys - a 20 minute evaluation by a team of international experts, under saddle with your own rider, as well as with one of our test riders - networking opportunities, expert talks and in-hand showcase of 3yo Futurity Graduates - detailed and specific feedback, including linear score and numerical marks We are very excited about our completely re-vamped bridge, which will take place at Addington 14th - 15th October. The event will be live-streamed via clip my horse, and spectators are welcome to come and watch the sessions and benefit from listening to our trainers and evaluators. 
Saturday, September 28

Best of British 3yo Showcase Announcement for Breeders, Owners, Riders and Trainers

It is a great pleasure to invite interested riders, buyers and trainers of young horses to a very special evening showcase of the very best of this year's Futurity Graduates to be held on the first night of the Equine Bridge at Addington Equestrian on 14th October. We have invited all 3yo horses and ponies who qualified for the Equine Bridge to come for an in hand display for you to meet and greet! All horses and ponies have completed the rigorous Futurity assessment for 3yos, including a veterinary assessment and an evaluation of their gaits and conformation from a panel of four independent judges, and all of them have gained a Gold award score.  Come and find your next superstar, and meet their breeders in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of bubbles, and a dinner afterwards with more chances to network and chat! Evening Programme (timings are provisional): 17:00 - Talks and Q&A session about buying and owning young horses, including: - Nutrition - Insurance - Health and Vaccinations   18:45 - Champagne Reception 19:00 - In hand display of up to 20 of the best Futurity 3yo in all Olympic disciplines 20:00 - Dinner   Ticket Price: £50 per person, including dinner, champagne reception, and day passes for days 1 and 2 of the Equine Bridge, or £30 for just the evening programme To book, go to  
Friday, September 20

International Judges lineup for Equine Bridge

British Breeding are delighted to announce their world leading line-up of trainers and evaluators for the re-launched British Breeding Equine Bridge 14 th – 15 th October 2019 at Addington EC. The newly enhanced British Breeding Equine Bridge programme is organised in association with British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing. The aim of the Bridge is to facilitate the development of talented young horses which have been identified through the Futurity series and to provide a transition for them into the sport. To achieve this, the programme is designed to bring together breeders, trainers, riders and owners. The ultimate goal behind the initiative is to see more British riders on British horses representing their country at international level. The first new Equine Bridge event will take place on 14th and 15th October this year at Addington EC in Buckinghamshire, and is for horses and ponies aged four to six years that have qualified via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations. Says British Breeding Director and Interim CEO of the British Equestrian Federation Iain Graham: “The British Breeding Equine Bridge is of central strategic importance in encouraging the breeding and development of our team horses for the future. It sits at that crucial point of transition from a young horse to the full grown equine athlete.” All entries will undergo an intensive two-day programme of training and evaluation to provide useful and meaningful feedback and to identify future talent. On the first day, all Bridge candidates will experience a 45 minute session under their own riders with one of three industry expert trainers. Says British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our world leading team of trainers, who will be working with small groups of horses and ponies at a time. Our dressage candidates will be trained by none other than the great Peter Storr, known to us all from his achievements as British team rider and international judge, as well as for his contributions to the sport through his involvement with British Dressage. The showjumpers will enjoy 45 minutes with Corinne Bracken whose success as the  British Junior and Young rider Team Coach has been outstanding and who brings a wealth of experience in the training of riders and horses. For the eventers, we are very excited to welcome Yogi Breisner, again someone who requires no further introduction, and whose career in the sport as World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe of the British Eventing team has been outstanding. Observing the Bridge horses and ponies during 45 minute training sessions forms a vital part of the Bridge assessment and will give our evaluators excellent information about the trainability of our equine candidates, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity to our participants.” Throughout the entire programme, the horses and ponies will be observed by a panel of international evaluators and industry experts. British Breeding Director Rachael Holdsworth explains: “We are excited to welcome our team of international experts to come and evaluate some of the very best of British bred youngsters: Rik van Miert has been a special friend to the Futurity in recent years, and it is a privilege to benefit from his vast experience. Not only has he been instrumental in the development of the World Breeding Federation as one of its long standing Vice Presidents, he has also overseen and been instrumental in the rise of the BWP in the world rankings. Rik will be working with Mikael Nolin who joins us from Sweden where he is responsible for the assessment of young horses and stallion gradings for the Swedish warmbloods. His experience in riding and evaluating show jumpers has taken him all over the world. From Holland, we welcome Frank de Kok whose name has long been associated with the ability to source potential international horses for some of the world’s top competition homes. As a result, Frank enjoys an excellent reputation across the globe, as a trainer as well as a talent spotter.  From closer to home, our team of evaluators is joined by the international eventer and BE Youth Performance Manager Darrell Scaife, whose experience as a rider as well as a trainer will be invaluable!” The two day event at Addington will be open to the public, so that those interested in riding, training or owning young horses can come along to watch all the sessions and meet our trainers, riders and breeders, as well as perhaps finding their next future Olympic horse. To enter, horses and ponies must be aged 4-6 and must have qualified through the Futurity evaluation series.  The entry system will be open soon! Says Rachael Holdsworth: “We welcome all horses and ponies qualified through the Futurity series. Anybody who presented a 3-year-old youngster in 2016, 2017 or 2018 and who obtained a score of 8.5 or above is able to enter. The same goes for anybody who presented a 4yo or 5yo this year and obtained a gold score. If you are unsure whether you qualify or not, please do not hesitate to contact us under , our team are very happy to advise you.”  
Sunday, August 18

Bolesworth Elite Auctions Celebrates Best of British Breeding

Celebrating British Breeding in true Bolesworth style, the World Class Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction in the heart of the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships delivered on all levels. Situated in Club Boles, guests enjoyed an up close and personal viewing experience as the Lots were showcased in the new auction arena.    With a strong emphasis on ‘Black Type’ dam lines, coupled with prolific sires, the highly desirable Lots pushed British Breeding to the forefront of sports horse progeny. Hand-picked by the Bolesworth Elite Auctions Team, all Lots met a very exacting criteria based on breeding with strength in the dam-line, conformation, paces and attitude.    With a serious amount of ‘wow factor’ the auction Lots were welcomed to the new auction ring by a record number of guests and interested buyers both on site and via pre-arranged telephone bidding. Fast and furious bids secured two sales toppers both reaching £40,000.  ASK Tinka,a blue blooded, super athletic filly by the legendary Casall ASK and out of the one and only Tinka’s Serenade – Billy Twomey’s top ride for many years. Plus, Cavalier HF a stunning model of a colt by the famous Diamant De Semilly and directly out of top 1.50m performer Remi Cavalleri – a Bronze medallist at the Junior European Championships. The toppers were closely followed by popular colt Mr Tuxara, an outstanding model by top sire Taloubet Z, directly out of consistent 1.60m performer Ashdale Luxara and Lot 15 - Superstar by Olympic Gold Medallist Big Star out of Ruby VIII currently ridden by Holly Smith. With such strength in pedigree the auctioneers hammer firmly dropped against a strong selection of world class progeny with notable sires including Big Star, Escape Z, Quintero La Silla, Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve and influenced by the strength of the dam line.    Managing Director of the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, Nina Barbour said: “The atmosphere tonight was truly exceptional, we were delighted to present a world class selection of foals handpicked by our team. This auction highlights the strength of British breeding and marks the beginning of a new era for buyers searching for British Bred Elite Sport Horses, capable of competing on a global stage.”     Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction   Lot 1: Armani EM (Arko III x Harmony) Sold £5,000 Lot 2: Kinessa (Escape Z x Kynesse) Sold £8,000 Lot 3: Millfield Tarzan (Tangelo VD Zuuthoeve x Zazou HE) Sold £11,000  Lot 4: Diamond Star (Big Star x Quite Feeling) Sold £17,000 Lot 5: JTH Jones (Derby x Martha 55) Not Sold Lot 6: ASK Tinka (Casall ASK x Tinka’s Serenade) Sold £40,000 Lot 8:  Millfield Tangible (Tangelo VD Zuuthoeve x Pretty Woman) Sold £9,000 Lot 10: Mr Tuxara (Taloubet Z x Ashdale Luxara) Sold £38,000 Lot 11: Crown Archie (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Flavour Of Fame) Sold £ 12,000 Lot 12: ESH Mamma Mia (Casall ASK x F Palma) Sold £21,000 Lot 13: SFS Breakout (Escape Z x SFS Arla) Sold £17,000 Lot 14: Millfield Digress (Diamant De Semilly x Quitania) Not sold Lot 15: Superstar (Big Star x Ruby VIII) Sold £32,000 Lot 16: Unbelievable HD (Untouchable x Concordia) Sold £27,000 Lot 17: Spinning Top OS (Quintero La Silla x Tinka’s Showtime) Sold £12,500 Lot 18: Tinka’s Lady (Big Star x Tinka’s Serenade) Sold £30,000 Lot 19: Millfield Casallina (Casall ASK x Millfield Tina) Sold £28,000 Lot 20: Cavalier HF (Diamant De Semilly x Remi Cavalerri) Sold £40,000     Following a year’s planning, the very first Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction has been deemed an unrivalled success for British Breeding by both the buyers and breeders alike. The Bolesworth Auction team are very much looking forward to following the future progress of each and every graduate, homeward bound and throughout their future careers. 
Tuesday, July 16

Feeding for the Future

Given the importance nutrition and condition have on the development of the young horse, each Futurity participant’s condition is assessed as part of the evaluation. Baileys Horse Feeds takes an active role in condition scoring each participant, with the condition score contributing to the overall score given to each youngster. This provides a valuable insight for breeders into how nutrition can support correct growth and optimises the horse’s ability to fulfil its potential in its chosen discipline. Growing youngsters are not always easy to keep looking at their best but, with a little care and attention to their diet and management, they can look well, while still supporting steady, even growth. There are a number of things that can be done in advance from a nutritional and management point of view that can help to prepare a youngster for the Futurity evaluations, as well as optimising their health, well-being and development. Start your preparation as soon as possible, at least 8 weeks prior to the event, making changes slowly. Ensure that the diet is fully balanced and meeting nutritional requirements, aiming for muscle tone, top line and ribs that you may not see but can certainly feel. For individuals who are holding their weight too well, feeding a low calorie stud balancer is better than giving no feed at all and management of forage and time at pasture will also be key to keeping waistlines in check. For those living out and who are holding too much weight, time at pasture may need to be reduced, especially if grass is plentiful.  Strip grazing may be necessary and even substituting grass with a lower calorie hay/haylage. Asses your forage.  Soft digestible hay or haylage is preferable to stalky, mature forage, which is less easy to digest and can give rise to a “hay belly” appearance. Weightape on a weekly or fortnightly basis and make a note of bodyweight to spot any upward or downward trends. Ensure that any feed given (whether high or low calorie) is formulated for youngstock and provides good quality protein to supply key essential amino acids for muscle and tissue development. For specific help on feeding your youngster or breeding stock, please either contact Baileys Horse Feeds on or visit the breeding area of their website: Baileys Horse Feeds also have a nutritionist present at every event and are available for help and advice.
Friday, July 5

Equine Bridge Relaunch Announced

British Breeding are delighted to announce the re-launch of the newly enhanced British Breeding Equine Bridge, in association with British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing.  The Equine Bridge is a programme designed to bring together breeders, trainers, riders and owners to support the very best British bred horses on their journey into the sport and to achieve the ultimate goal of seeing more British riders on British horses representing their country at international level. The first new Equine Bridge event will take place on 14 th and 15 th October this year at Addington EC in Buckinghamshire and is for horses and ponies aged four to six years that have qualified via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations. CEO of British Showjumping, Iain Graham explains the vision behind the new format.  “We have re-designed the Equine Bridge to offer more opportunities for all stakeholders in the industry, from the breeders who need recognition and feedback, as well as the opportunity to place their horses and ponies in competent hands to enable them to achieve their potential, to our riders and owners, who need to find youngsters with the talent to go all the way to the top.” The October Equine Bridge event will offer activities for ridden four to six-year-old horses and ponies for the disciplines of eventing, dressage, showjumping and endurance. The event is designed to encourage networking between breeders, trainers and riders to and encourage investors and new owners into the market by offering information and seminars on management, insurance and syndicate opportunities, plus a showcasing opportunity for unridden horses and ponies at three to four years of age. British Breeding Director, Rachael Holdsworth, says,  “We listened to potential buyers of young horses who told us that they would like to be able to see a range of high quality young horses and ponies in one place and who want better information about the future prospects of their investment. The Equine Bridge is ideally placed to showcase the very best of British bred youngstock while also providing objective and trustworthy information.” The ridden Bridge horses will undergo a two day evaluation programme designed to provide helpful support and feedback, as well as an objective and detailed assessment. It will include a detailed veterinary inspection of correctness of conformation and soundness and nutritional, saddlery and farriery advice from industry experts. The horses and ponies will be observed by a team of three internationally renowned judges over both days. On day 1, the participants will receive training under their usual rider with senior discipline trainers, then on day 2, the horses will be presented again under saddle, first with their own rider, and then with one of the disciplines’ test riders who will contribute to the feedback. As well as recognition for having completed the Bridge assessment, British Breeding and the Olympic Disciplines are working together to provide an attractive range of benefits, from reductions on membership and entry fees, to access to further opportunities designed to offer incentives and support. CEO of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam, says, “Our vision for the Equine Bridge is to create an ongoing programme of support and opportunities. The October event is an important start to a range of activities designed to get the very best British bred horses out there representing their country. We will continue to monitor the progress of all Bridge candidates and offer incentives and support where it is needed. We are particularly interested in ways in which we can provide better information about and accessibility to young horse classes, at national level, as well as for the world breeding championships.”   Recruitment to the Equine Bridge takes place via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity programme.   From the pool of past Futurity entries, those who achieved a score of 8.5 or above as 3-year-olds and who are aged between 4 and 6 this year are already qualified to go forward for the Bridge programme. Additional qualifying opportunities have also been implemented for this summer.   British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer explains; “To provide a smooth transition for young horses and ponies into the Equine Bridge programme, we have taken significant steps to enhance the qualifying process via the Futurity Evaluations. This year, for the first time, we are running separate Futurity assessment days for 3 to 5-year-olds, which will enable us to optimise the evaluations for this age group. In addition to the 3-year-old horses and ponies, we are inviting older candidates of 4 and 5 years old to come forward, thus providing the opportunity for them to qualify for the Equine Bridge”.   These evaluations are open to any horse that meets the criteria for being British bred. For 2019, there are four Equine Bridge qualifying opportunities across the country: 29 th July at Richmond EC in Yorkshire, 28 th August at Catherston Stud in Hampshire, 1 st September at Drumcarrow in Scotland, and 21 September at Solihull in the Midlands.   Three-year-old entrants are to be presented in hand and loose and will benefit from a new arena layout designed to eliminate tension and give youngstock a good experience. Five-year-old entrants will be presented under saddle to show some basic work appropriate for their age, as well as without tack for their conformation assessment. Four-year-old entrants will have a choice of being presented loose and in hand or under saddle. Those interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity for British bred horses can enter one of the qualifiers via the online entry system at .
Thursday, July 4

British Breeding Celebration Ball

British Breeding are delighted to announce a new celebration for British breeders at the end of the 2019 season.  The British Breeding Celebration Ball will be held at Grittleton House, Wiltshire, on 9 th November.  In the beautiful setting of this historic country home, the event will recognise the achievements of participants in the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series and Equine Bridge in a fun packed evening of dining and dancing and a fundraising auction of unique items.   British Breeding Director Rachael Holdsworth explains, “We are very excited about this new event, which will provide an uplifting finale to the breeding season, as well as giving us the opportunity to recognise the many wonderful achievements of British breeders.”   As well as certificates and awards for the top Futurity entrants in each age and discipline category, the ball will give special recognition to Futurity newcomers, runners, and helpers.    The ball’s venue, Grittleton House is a beautiful family owned regency country home, offering a unique experience of an intimate and characterful setting ideal for a celebration. The House was built for entertaining, with a large ballroom and elegant social spaces, and an impressive orangery overlooking the Italian sunken gardens. Those who want to make it a particularly special experience are invited to bid for the opportunity of staying in one of the house’s magnificent, recently refurbished, state bedrooms.   Located close to Bath and Bristol, with direct train links to London and beyond, and within 5 minutes driving  from the M4, the venue has excellent transport links for those coming from further afield. There are a wide range of options for an overnight stay, suitable for all budgets, some of which are within walking distance of the venue.   Jane Buchan, Marketing Manager of Futurity sponsor, Baileys Horse Feeds, says, “It makes sense to hold the awards at the end of the current season, and we are very much looking forward to supporting the new event”.     CEO of British Showjumping Iain Graham, says “We are looking forward to this new event, which will bring together British breeding and the sport in a joined celebration of the 2019 season. We recognise the importance of our breeding industry in providing the equine stars of the future.”   Tickets to this ball will be sold at £100 per person and will go on public sale this summer. The evening will include a drinks reception, three course dinner and dancing. British Breeding Members’ Club members will enjoy priority booking and a discount off each ticket.    To find out more about British Breeding or to join the British Breeding Members’ Club, go to .  
Tuesday, June 25

Equine Influenza: Biosecurity Reminder

At the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, the safety of all participating horses and ponies is extremely important to us. In view of the current outbreak of Equine Influenza, we are working with our veterinary advisors to minimise the risk of infection: Obligatory Equine Influenza Vaccinations Please note that up-to-date influenza vaccinations are an obligatory condition of entry for any Futurity event. Passports will be checked as you arrive at the Futurity. For older horses: In the current conditions, vaccinations should be boosted every 6 months to provide increased protection. This means that you need to have you horse or pony vaccinated within 6 months of entry. Please do not leave it until the week before the event, as you need to give your youngster time to recover from the vaccination. If you are starting a new course of vaccinations, your horse or pony needs to have had their first 2 vaccinations (a minimum of 3 weeks apart) and the second must be at least 1 week before the date of the Futurity evaluation you are attending. For Foals: We do not recommend vaccination before foals are 6 months old. This is because there is some evidence that vaccination prior to 6 months reduces the effectiveness of the Equine Influenza vaccine later on, so this would be counter-productive. Instead, we advise that the best management is to have your mares vaccinated around 4-6 weeks prior to giving birth. This will not only protect the mares as they travel to the Futurity with their foals, it will also pass on maternal immunity to the foal at birth. All mares must be vaccinated within 6 months of the event. We realise that it is not always possible to vaccinate precisely within the 4-6 weeks window. We are therefore taking additional steps to enhance the safety of all participants by ensuring that no two foals will be in the same arena at the same time. We thank you all for your cooperation in keeping a safe distance from other participants at all times.  For Youngsters from 6 Months: Your youngster should have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before your horse or pony can attend. In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.  Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of no greater than 6 months. As with the older horses, all Equine Influenza vaccinations must be given at least 7 days prior to the event. What happens at the Futurity Event? We will check all entries' vaccination records. For this year, we have suspended the walk ring in order to minimise direct interaction between the different entries. You will be given time slots for your evaluation. In between, please avoid contact with other horses and ponies. Please do not touch anybody else's horses and keep a safe distance. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time, we will be happy to advise.   
Saturday, May 25

Important Vaccination Advice for Futurity Entries

With the recent outbreak of equine influenza, it is important that we do everything possible to protect our youngsters and mares. While influenza is no longer making newspaper headlines, it is showing worrying signs of being on the rise again, with new cases reported all of the time and recently at an increasing rate.  For all Futurity entries, other than foals who are a special case, please remember that our strict requirement is that your horse or pony has either received a booster vaccination within the 6 months leading up to the event or has at least received the first two vaccinations if he or she has not been vaccinated before.  IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR FOALS: Our veterinarian expert Dr Jane Nixon advises that in order to offer protection to the foals, mare ought to be vaccinated 4-6 weeks prior to foaling . Please note that this is the only way of passing protection on to the foal.  SPECIAL MEASURES FOR FOALS WHOSE DAMS WERE NOT BOOSTED 4-6 WEEKS PRIOR TO FOALING: We realise that because of the timing of the flu outbreak, not all breeders have been able to follow this advice. We are therefore putting special measures in place to support everyone who would like to attend the futurity, while ensuring the safety of all participants. At the end of each Futurity day, we will therefore set aside some time for foals from breeders who were unable to meet the 4-6 weeks requirement. This section will start once all fully covered foals have left the venue, and will be closely managed to avoid any contact between participants to manage the risk.  Please note that if you want to enter this section, your mare will need to have either been boosted within the 6 months leading up to the event, or she will need to have received her first 2 flu vaccination if she hasn't been vaccinated before. Your foal will not be protected from the flu virus. You will therefore need to be careful to avoid any contact with other mares and foals. We will do our utmost to assist with this in every way possible. Please note that because of the intensive management requirements for these entries, spaces for this section may be limited. Be sure to book early and inform us that you wish to be entered into this section.  We realise that every case is different, so if your mare has not been boosted within the 4-6 weeks window, please do not hesitate to contact Eva: 07834194821,  for individual advice. Here is also a short Q&A for the most common questions and issues: 1. What if I boosted my mare 4-6 weeks before she was due to foal, but she ended up foaling late or early, so that I am no longer in that exact window? We appreciate that it is not possible to predict the exact date a mare will foal. There is a little bit of leeway. Please contact us with the precise dates, and we can advise whether your foal is covered. 2. What if my mare herself is up-to-date on her vaccinations, but I did not boost her before foaling? In this case you need to make sure that the mare had her last vaccination within 6 months prior to the event. If not, she will need to receive a booster vaccination before she can go. Please leave at least 1 week between boosting the vaccination and attending the event. Please note you will attend the Futurity at the end of the day in a specially managed section designed to keep your foal as safe as possible.  3. What if my mare's vaccinations are not up-to-date? There is still time for you to vaccinate her now to enable her and her foal to come to the Futurity. Your mare will need to have received her first 2 of three vaccinations, so it would be a good idea to start her as soon as possible. Please talk to your vet for precise advice on timings and the correct gap to leave between each vaccination. As your foal will not be covered,  please note you will attend the Futurity at the end of the day in a specially managed section designed to keep him or her as safe as possible.     
Sunday, April 21

Biosecurity at the British Breeding Futurity 2019

At the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, the safety of all participating horses and ponies is extremely important to us. In view of the current outbreak of Equine Influenza, we are working with our veterinary advisors to minimise the risk of infection: Obligatory Equine Influenza Vaccinations Please note that up-to-date influenza vaccinations are an obligatory condition of entry for any Futurity event.  For older horses: In the current conditions, vaccinations should be boosted every 6 months to provide increased protection. This means that you need to have you horse or pony vaccinated within 6 months of entry. Please do not leave it until the week before the event, as you need to give your youngster time to recover from the vaccination. For Foals: We do not recommend vaccination before foals are 6 months old. This is because there is some evidence that vaccination prior to 6 months reduces the effectiveness of the Equine Influenza vaccine later on, so this would be counter-productive. Instead, we advise that the best management is to have your mares vaccinated around 4-6 weeks prior to giving birth. This will not only protect the mares as they travel to the Futurity with their foals, it will also pass on maternal immunity to the foal at birth.  For Youngsters from 6 Months: Your youngster should have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before your horse or pony can attend. In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.  Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of no greater than 6 months. As with the older horses, all Equine Influenza vaccinations must be given at least 7 days prior to the event.   What happens at the Futurity Event? We will check all entries' vaccination records. For this year, we have suspended the walk ring in order to minimise direct interaction between the different entries. You will be given time slots for your evaluation. In between, please avoid contact with other horses and ponies. Please do not touch anybody else's horses and keep a safe distance. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time, we will be happy to advise.   
Friday, April 12

British Breeding Futurity 2019 Series Dates Confirmed

For 2019, we are delighted to announce that we are making The British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity even bigger and better, building on our world-leading evaluation system of foal and youngstock, delivering a fair and detailed objective assessment of performance potential and opening up opportunities for British bred foals and youngsters from all studbooks.  To celebrate the re-launch of the British Breeding Equine Bridge, our young stock development programme organised in cooperation with the Olympic Disciplines and designed to put more British riders on British horses, we are going to offer a range of dedicated qualifiers, which we open up to horses and ponies aged 3 to 5 years. Holding such separate Futurity assessment days for the older horses and ponies allows us to use a tailor made and optimised assessment structure for that age group, designed to give you the very best feedback and support at that crucial age.  We are also delighted to announce our new grading system, replacing the old premiums (third, second, first etc.) with Bronze, Silver and Gold. This reflects the fact that the Futurity recognises the quality of a wide range of riding horses and ponies, from those suitable for the ambitious amateur to the next generation of international Grand Prix horses.  We are looking forward to rounding off the Futurity Season with a special celebration and Futurity Gala, showcasing the very best of British Breeding and offering interested buyers the opportunity to find an excellent range of special youngster in one place.   The Futurity's unique benefits include: - A thorough veterinary assessment of soundness and conformation - Expert nutritional advice - A detailed evaluation from a panel of renowned international industry experts - A comprehensive linear profile and detailed feedback for each entry - A state-of-the-art database - Professional Videography and Photography - Qualification opportunities for the newly re-launched Equine Bridge, in cooperation with the Olympic Disciplines
Monday, March 4

Biosecurity Measures for Stallion Event

British Breeding have confirmed that the Stallion Event will go ahead on 16th March at Addington Equestrian Centre, Bucks, with the implementation of strict biosecurity measures.   The British Breeding Stallion Event, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds and organised by Breeding Partnership Ltd in association with Competition Stallions, was postponed from the original date in February due to the outbreak of equine flu.  The organisers have been closely monitoring the situation and have taken the advice of leading veterinary advisers at the Animal Health Trust in order to minimise the risk of transmitting the disease, and also have the support of the CEOs of British Eventing, British Dressage and British Showjumping.   “The health and wellbeing of the stallions are our primary concern and having consulted with the stallion owners their universal response has been to continue.  We are therefore implementing rigorous biosecurity for both stallions and visitors that will be strictly enforced at the event, and will continue to monitor the situation”, said organiser, Jane Marson.   “This is an important event for the breeders of our future competition horses and it is important that it goes ahead with the appropriate precautions.  The event has our full support”, said Iain Graham, CEO of British Showjumping.   As well as requiring all the stallions to have been vaccinated within the last 6 months, and not within 7 days of the event, they will also be asked to check their horses’ health status before leaving home and passports will be checked on arrival.   “All visitors attending the show are being advised to wear clean clothes and footwear that have not come into contact with horses outside of the Stallion Event, to minimise the risk of cross-contamination”, explained Jane. Whilst full biosecurity procedures will be in place, the British Breeding essence of the show is still very much present.  With over 80 of the top stallions standing in the UK on show, it is an important event for mare owners, riders and spectators.  Stallions include established household names such as Arko III, Cello III VDL, Britannia’s Mail and Sir Shutterfly , alongside up-and-coming talent Timolin, Tomatillo (Tamarillo's genetic double), Welton Double Cracker, Tajraasi, Woodlander Double Bubble and Branduardi, as well as stallions from Future Sport Horses, Brendon Stud, Catherston Stud and Woodlander Stud.  Some stallions will be shown with their some of their progeny, giving an invaluable insight.  Products, services and studbooks will be represented in the trade stand area and visitors will have the opportunity to get up to date with the latest news and activities offered by British Breeding to support British breeders.  For stallion owners, the show embodies the perfect setting and non-competitive atmosphere in which to show a young horse.  Claire Hester, breeder and manager of dressage stallion, Integro, says “The Stallion Event presents a very good showcase for young stallions and gives a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see the stallions in close quarters.  The ability to meet the stallions within the stabling areas means people can see their conformation in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst also having the opportunity to talk directly to the stallion owners, trainers and riders.  My main aim for attending the Show is to promote British Breeding as much as possible”.   For breeder Shirley Light of Brendon Stud, who will this year be bringing a number of show jumping stallions including Fabrice Van Overis and Noble Warrior, access to the stallions in the stable area and warm-up rings allows visitors to see horses in a more natural and relaxed manner.  “It’s vitally important to meet the stallions in person so that you are able to witness their temperaments and stamps” says Shirley.  “The ability to watch them in warm up areas, rather than just seeing them perform in the ring is also important, as you can gauge how that stallion moves outside of a show ring environment.” Preferential rates for pre-booked general admission tickets as well as VIP packages are available or pay at the door admission.   Visit Stallion Event 2019 page to pre-book tickets.        
Friday, February 8

Foot Balance Management in Young Horses

Should I worry about foot balance in my Youngsters? - Our Futurity Head Veterinarian Dr Jane Nixon explains the importance of foot balance management in young horses. Our Nutritionist expert from Baileys, Emma Short, explains the impact of feeding on foot balance and development. We all want our horses to be happy athletes, whatever their discipline, and to enjoy a long career ar a sound riding horse. Regardless of whether we dream to achieve a podium place, or simply to enjoy  our horse at a local riding club level, our horses must be  Forward, Level & Balanced . In order to achieve this, the horse or pony must be able to move and load evenly on both sides, i.e. be as near  bilaterally symmetrical as is possible. Asymmetry of whatever nature will over time lead to imbalance. This will lead to poor performance and discomfort for the horse, which often expresses itself as lameness. This means that foot balance management is not only essential for the very top athletes in our horses, but is an important welfare concern for horses and ponies at every level. Conformation , which is largely genetically controlled , can no longer be modified after 2-3 years of age, when the growth plates have finished closing – the precise speed at which this happens is dependent on breed. What is important to remember is that this process starts from birth, and that therefore the more we do the earlier, the better.  The good news is that a lot of the variables that are key to achieving a well balanced conformation can by affected positively through the right management. These include: Hoof capsule development  Limb development Dental arcade Body condition The largest influence over correct limb development undoubtedly include  Feet balance Feeding Limb loading – which is affected by body condition, ground surface and exercise To read the full article, go to:  Should I worry about foot balance in my Youngsters? - Our Futurity Head Veterinarian Dr Jane Nixon explains the importance of foot balance management in young horses. Our Nutritionist expert from Baileys, Emma Short, explains the impact of feeding on foot balance and development. We all want our horses to be happy athletes, whatever their discipline, and to enjoy a long career ar a sound riding horse. Regardless of whether we dream to achieve a podium place, or simply to enjoy  our horse at a local riding club level, our horses must be  Forward, Level & Balanced . In order to achieve this, the horse or pony must be able to move and load evenly on both sides, i.e. be as near  bilaterally symmetrical as is possible. Asymmetry of whatever nature will over time lead to imbalance. This will lead to poor performance and discomfort for the horse, which often expresses itself as lameness. This means that foot balance management is not only essential for the very top athletes in our horses, but is an important welfare concern for horses and ponies at every level. Conformation , which is largely genetically controlled , can no longer be modified after 2-3 years of age, when the growth plates have finished closing – the precise speed at which this happens is dependent on breed. What is important to remember is that this process starts from birth, and that therefore the more we do the earlier, the better.  The good news is that a lot of the variables that are key to achieving a well balanced conformation can by affected positively through the right management. These include: Hoof capsule development  Limb development Dental arcade Body condition The largest influence over correct limb development undoubtedly include  Feet balance Feeding Limb loading – which is affected by body condition, ground surface and exercise To read the full article, go to:  
Wednesday, December 19

Top Event Sire Ramiro B Passes Away

It was announced today that top event sire, Ramiro B , has passed on after being diagnosed with irreversible kidney failure at the age of 24.   Ramiro B has been standing in the UK since 2011, and has consistently been one of the most popular eventing sires in the World, currently standing at number 6 on the World Breeding Federation Eventing Sire rankings.   His progeny have had their most successful year to date in 2018, with Cooley Master Class winning the Rolex Kentucky CCI 4* with Oliver Townend, followed by Cooley SRS achieving runner up spot at Badminton Horse Trials also with Oliver later in the Spring.  Nina Barbour, owner of Ramiro B said, "Ramiro B owes us nothing.  It was a real shock for us this week, when the team at Leahurst diagnosed him with irreversible kidney failure, following a deterioration in his appetite last week.  He has been much loved and I am very grateful to both the teams at Stallion AI and Bolesworth who have looked after him beautifully to the end.  We will all miss him very much, but it is a comfort that we have frozen semen stored and will be able to continue his legacy for some time to come". Stallion AI services said, "We were all terribly sad to hear of the loss of Ramiro B.  We have been honoured and privileged to have him standing with us since 2011 and so he really has been a big part of the family here.  His temperament was second to none and he was a gentleman in every way.  His legacy will live on through his incredibly successful progeny that are already out competing as well as his future foals". Our thoughts are with Nina Barbour and the whole team at Bolesworth at this incredibly sad time.  
Monday, September 17

Feeding for Weaning: Advice for Breeders and Owners

Emma Short B.Sc (Hons) Equine Nutritionist advises on the correct nutritional support for foals at this critical time:   Laying Good Foundations Now the futurity evaluations have come to an end for another year many of you will be beginning to think about weaning as we progress into autumn/winter. The key to successful weaning lies in good preparation and correct nutrition is one aspect of that preparation which can start whilst the foal is still suckling and which is not only important for the general well-being of the foal, but can have particular implications for its future.   Foals are dependent on milk for the first three months of life, but as the foal matures its digestive system evolves and with the milk supply and quality dwindling as he approaches weaning his dietary requirements change. Horses, like other mammals, are dependent on enzymes to breakdown certain nutrients. Enzymes are specific to different nutrients and ingredients and so their levels in the digestive tract will vary according to the horse’s diet. Young mammals start with increased levels of lactase, the enzyme that digests milk, which gradually declines as levels of other enzymes increase.    At around 3 to 4 months of age the foal is beginning to digest cereal grains and other protein sources such as legumes (soya) more efficiently, as levels of amylase and protease enzymes are increasing. The foal is therefore no longer dependant on a milk-based diet and this is the ideal time to introduce the foal to his own specific stud ration.     The hindgut and its bacterial population should also not be forgotten and since the adult horse is so reliant on bacteria in the hindgut to ferment and release the nutrients from fibre in forage, these must also become established in the developing digestive tract of the young foal. Many are ingested naturally as the foal’s interest in foraging and eating grass increases rapidly from 1 to 6 months of age and it is not unusual for a foal to consume some of its mother’s faeces as a direct source of fibre-fermenting bacteria.   Weaning The stress of weaning combined with a change of diet can result in a significant drop in condition, when the milk supply is removed. To ease the foal’s transition to a concentrate ration and to try and minimise the loss of condition, it is advisable to get the foal established on concentrate feeds well before weaning. Introducing a stud ration from 3 to 4 months of age is the ideal time increasing gradually so that by the time the foal is weaned at 6 to 8 months he is receiving the full amount of concentrates required. The quantity and type of stud ration will then be determined by age and condition but a stud ration will be required until maturity.     Supporting Growth There is often a reluctance to feed foals, particularly those who are naturally good-doers, for fear of causing growth problems, with protein wrongly labelled as the culprit. It is now recognised that it is a high energy (calorie) intake with insufficient minerals which can lead to these problems, as this creates an increased rate of growth without the nutrients required to build the tissues to support the growth.    Keep it Steady Maintaining a steady rate of growth is essential to try to avoid the dangers of growth problems, which affect the growing skeleton and associated tissues and which could ultimately have an effect on a foal’s soundness and ability to perform as an adult.  So, for foals who hold their condition well both before and during the weaning process, a specially formulated stud balancer is ideal, as this will provide essential protein, vitamins and minerals to support growth but with a minimal calorie content. They can also be used for individuals experiencing developmental problems.   For those who require some help in maintaining condition, a traditional stud mix or cube will provide additional calories but must be fed at recommended rates to supply the necessary supporting nutrients required. At the time of weaning, the foal should be receiving sufficient nutrients from a stud ration to maintain weight and consistent growth once the mare and foal are separated.    Whatever feed you choose it’s very important to feed it at the manufacturer’s recommended levels to ensure that the foal receives all the nutrients required for correct growth and development. Underfeeding is likely to cause an imbalance just as overfeeding will provide too many of one or more nutrients creating an excess, neither of which are ideal and could predispose your foal to growth problems.     Feed as many small feeds as you can over the day so you are not overloading your foal’s digestive system.   Forage Portion of the Diet Getting the bucket feed right is only part of the consideration and the type and quality of the forage your foal has available can make a big difference in his development but also what concentrate feed you choose.   If you have an abundance of good quality grass it is likely that it will be high in calories. Don’t be mistaken that plenty of good grass also means adequate nutrients will be provided as this is often not the case. In this instance your foal may be receiving plenty of calories (energy) from the grass so maintaining weight but insufficient protein, vitamins and minerals, thus the diet is unbalanced and not fully able to support correct development. Therefore it would be prudent to consider a lower calorie stud balancer to ensure vitamins and minerals are provided and counteracting any shortfalls within the pasture to ensure that his diet is fully balanced.   On the other hand later cut fibrous hay is less digestible and likely to sit undigested in the gut increasing the risk of ‘hay belly’ but also will provide fewer nutrients as well as calories. If you can source it opt for soft early cut forages to increase digestibility as well as provide more valuable nutrients. It may be the case that for those who do no maintain weight as well that a higher calorie stud cube or mix ration will be required. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you cannot source a better quality forage then alfalfa chaff can be fed alongside the concentrate feed to help raise the overall protein and fibre content of the diet.    Supporting the Gut So, before the foal is finally separated from its dam it should be well established on its own concentrate diet and should also be eating grass and any other forage source which it will remain on after weaning. The fibre digesting, and other hind gut bacteria, of any horse can be disrupted by stressful situations with associated reductions in gut efficiency and potential digestive upsets like loose droppings. Feeding a digestive enhancer, such as a prebiotic, before, during and after the weaning process can help both the mare and the foal through the stressful time by supporting the beneficial bacterial populations and helping maintain a healthy balance in the gut.    What About the Mare? Having focussed very much on getting things right for the weanling, the welfare and nutrition of the mare should not be forgotten. Once removed from the foal, the calorie content of her diet should be reduced until her milk supply has dried up, although it is preferable to keep a vitamin and mineral source available, like a specially formulated block or lick, or continue to feed a low calorie balancer.    Her diet will then depend on whether she is in foal again, returning to work or simply remaining roughed off and also on how well she has maintained condition through lactation and weaning.  If she is in foal again it is vital to feed to support the growing foetus so a stud mix or cube should be fed at recommended rates, or a stud balancer if fewer calories are required.  Ensuring she receives a fully balanced diet at all times will help her replace the body reserves which have been drawn on by having a foal and help her return to work or prepare for the next covering.   Healthy Future How you wean your foal will depend on your particular circumstances and how mare and foal cope with separation will depend on them as individuals. However, by taking care beforehand, you can help reduce the stress and help ensure that both foal and dam have a strong and healthy future.
Saturday, August 18

Equine Health Tips from our Lead Veterinarian, Dr Jane Nixon - Biosecurity

Ahead of the final week of the 2018 Futurity Series, Dr Jane Nixon advises on some important biosecurity issues. Feel free to contact Jane directly if you would like further advice on specific issues: British Breeding Futurity 2018 Health Tips from Lead Vet , Dr Jane Nixon British Breeding is looking for all people and horses to enjoy the Futurity Scheme and to protect our horses and ponies from infectious & contagious diseases. Infectious diseases are those transmitted through the environment whilst contagious diseases are transmitted by direct contact. Biosecurity  refers to the  methods  that are used to  stop  a  disease  or  infection  from  spreading  from one  person ,  animal , or  place  to  others . Our Lead Vet, Dr Jane Nixon, has some important advice for everybody planning to attend a Futurity event: To keep our youngsters healthy we should take care : - Not to take any animal harbouring  infectious or contagious disease to a Futurity & To avoid picking up such a disease away from home.   INFORMATION ON SOME COMMON DISEASES The main diseases of relevance to youngsters attending the Futurity, known as  endemic – i.e. found regularly in horses and ponies in the UK – are:  EHV There is, as I write , concern regarding the increased incidence of Equine Herpes Virus[EHV] including Neurological Disease in Devon, Somerset, East Anglia, Gloucestershire & Europe generally. Strangles Please note the Strangles update in the April 2018 Equine Veterinary Journal :- Environmental survival of Streptococcus equi bacterium is far longer than has been previously reported: Survival in warm & dry conditions was detected for only up to 2 days, however in wet & cold conditions , S. Equi may remain viable for more than 30 days There is therefore the possibility that similarly prolonged survival could occur following outbreaks of clinical disease, thus having a knock on effect on control strategies. Equine Influenza : for information about this common disease, please go to Above all, these diseases are all, always, preceded by an elevated temperature even of a short duration 1 to 4 days before clinical signs appear. Check your foal’s or young horse’s temperature, particularly if he or she appears dull , lethargic or displays any metabolic changes or any unusual signs including coughing, nasal discharge, reduced appetite, swellings etc. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND YOUR PLANNED FUTURITY IF THIS IS THE SITUATION WITH YOUR YOUNGSTER Guidelines for minimising risk of spread of infectious disease Sensible and simple biosecurity steps for horse owners and competitors attending Futurities Actions to take at home before attending an event  · It is good practice to routinely take the rectal temperature of all horses twice daily and record these in a diary, along with any other abnormal health signs (e.g. coughing, nasal discharge, reduced appetite, swellings etc).  It should then be obvious when an animal ‘spikes’ an abnormally increased rectal temperature (usually ≥38.5°C/101.3°C).   A horse ‘with a temperature’ (also referred to as fever or pyrexia) should be promptly isolated away from other animals and a veterinary examination requested.  It is an important responsibility not to move horses off premises where infectious disease has been recently diagnosed as it is possible that seemingly healthy animals may be incubating the disease. If these horses are taken to events, they could spread infection to other horses Even if a specific infection has not been identified, where there is evidence of possible spread through a group of animals, horses from those premises or those that have been recently exposed to other horses with an infection should  absolutely not be taken to events. Actions to be taken while attending the event · ·Infections such as EHV-1 spread most easily through close direct contact between horses, indirect contact arising from sharing of feed/water buckets and tack such as bits/bridles or humans going between horses without applying appropriate hand hygiene measures · Unlike equine influenza, EHV-1 does not spread readily through the air between horses that are physically separated by more than 5-10m · With these two considerations in mind, the risk of transmission of EHV-1 whilst at an event can be greatly reduced by horse owners and competitors ‘keeping themselves and their horses to themselves’ and avoiding direct and indirect contact with others. Click on this link to see if any diseases are identified in your area Please do not hesitate to contact  Futurity Lead Vet, Dr Jane Nixon 07713342416, for advice.
Monday, July 9

Youngstock and the Heat Wave: Advice from our Veterinarian and Nutritionist Experts

We had some great advice from Dr Jane Nixon, our senior veterinarian advisor, about caring for your foals and horses in the current weather conditions and ensuring their best preparation for the Futurity series: The current excessive hot weather may affect the performance of your youngsters at the Futurity at the end of this month and at the end of August.  The ground has become so hard that many youngsters, particularly foals are beginning to suffer from sore feet and jarred up joints. The feet are becoming sore at the toes and the foals if they are at all flat. Inflammation of the epiphyses [growth plates] is occurring due to jarring of the limbs and beginning to cause limb problems. We advise care re the length of time your youngsters are turned out, avoid aggressive trimming , continue with careful balanced trimming at regular intervals:   How to look after your youngster’s feet Have your youngsters feet trimmed 7-10 days prior to the Futurity. Over the years about 5% foals arrive footsore and withdraw due to hoof trimming too close to the Futurity date and then travelling.   How to avoid dehydration The second and far more serious problem is dehydration due to water and electrolyte imbalance. Foals in particular have a high surface area to volume ratio and rapidly suffer fluid loss , especially in overheated transport vehicles , insufficient suckling, stress of a new experience, This is not only a serious welfare issue , but also the youngsters’ body condition score and hence veterinary mark [20% total] will be adversely affected. We advise : make sure the mare and foal are hydrated before the journey travel when it is cooler use main roads to reduce excessive requirement for balancing allow regular breaks for drinking/suckling/sucking   If you have any concerns please contact :- Dr Jane Nixon , Futurity Lead Vet on 07713342416 or     GIVING YOUR HORSE ELECTROLYTES Nutritionist Emma Short from Baileys Horsefeeds explains the importance of body salts (electrolytes) and how you can ensure your horse/youngster gets all they need in this hot weather. When horses sweat they lose vital water and body salts (electrolytes) and prolonged sweating, whether during exercise, traveling or just hot and humid summer days, can result in dehydration, reduce performance, fatigue, muscle cramping and other problems. Therefore maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance is essential.  Sweating rate can be as high as 10-15 litres per hour which can equate to a significant loss of fluid during a long journey in the horse box and competing. Horses can lose around 10-15g of electrolytes per litre of sweat.  The main electrolytes lost in sweat are sodium, chloride and potassium. Measurable amounts of calcium and magnesium are also found in sweat. Although forage as well as your bucket feed will provide electrolytes there will only be sufficient to support those at maintenance and more will need to be provided for those who are sweating.  The body monitors the levels of sodium in body fluids so, when water is lost, the concentration of sodium increases and triggers the horse’s thirst mechanism.  Providing the horse with water alone to replace that lost through sweating can lead to further problems, since the water will be absorbed and dilute the existing levels of sodium.  This then stops the desire to drink, even though the body may still need more water (be dehydrated), and at the same time the kidneys are triggered to excrete water until the sodium concentration is back to normal, compounding the problem still further.  The most effective way to help replace fluid losses therefore is to provide a solution of water and electrolytes mixed to a concentration which is the same as body fluids (isotonic). This helps the body recover from dehydration by providing fluid without unbalancing sodium levels and thus suppressing the thirst response.  Supplementing the diet with table salt (sodium chloride) is acceptable on a daily basis as forage should be able to support sufficient potassium intake. As a general rule of thumb supplementing with 10-12g of salt per 100kg of bodyweight should be adequate. However, for those who are sweating excessively or having to travel for lengths of time to your event then it may be preferable to replace table salt with a specific electrolyte supplement.  Salt can be added in the feed, although if using this method the feed must be made slushy by using water or sugar beet, and water must be offered so as to replace fluids sufficiently. Ideally electrolyte supplements should be offered in water if the horse will drink them, palatability can be improved by adding flavourings such as apple, blackcurrant and peppermint juice/cordial which helps to disguise the taste, although ensure that the horse is used to drinking the solution before the event. Although salt can be added to a bucket of water it is unlikely to mix into a solution effectively and you may find that it sinks to the bottom and not get eaten. It is also important that a bucket of fresh plain water is also offered so that your horse has a choice.  Please do note that any that have been sick or who have had diarrhoea that care should be taken and an electrolytes specific for sick horses should be fed along with advice from your vet.  Emma Short B.Sc (Hons) Equine Nutritionist at Baileys Horse Feeds Contact 01371 850 247 (option 2) or  
Tuesday, May 15

British Breeding Announces 2018 Futurity Venues

British Breeding, the new management company in charge of the former BEF Equine Development Programme, is delighted to announce the dates and plans for its 2018 British Breeding Baileys Futurity evaluations.   This highly regarded series for foals and young stock   aims to identify talented horses that will go on to compete successfully in the future. A Wider Choice of Locations and Dates In order to make the Futurity accessible to a wide range of breeders, the popular series will be held over two separate weeks this year, one in late July and one in late August, to give breeders a choice to present foals and young stock at the peak of their development. As in previous years, the Futurity will be open to foals, yearlings, 2 and 3 year olds in the disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping.  The 2018 series will take place across 11 locations: 23.07. - Xanstorm Equestrian, Lanarkshire, Scotland 24.07. - Richmond Equestrian, North Yorkshire 25.07. - Derby College Equestrian Centre, Derbyshire 26.07. - Kings EC, Herefordshire 27.07. - Catherston Stud, Hampshire 28.07. - Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall   20.08. - Writtle College, Essex 21.08. - The College EC, Keysoe, Bedfordshire 22.08. - Swallowfield EC, The Midlands 23.08. - Tushingham Arena, Cheshire 24.08. - Northcote Stud, Lancashire   This marks an increase in the number of Futurity venues from last year in order to make the series attractive and accessible to more breeders. Familiar venues have been joined by some new locations, and all offer a safe, indoor environment that breeders have come to expect at Futurity evaluations.     Enhanced Benefits  While maintaining a similar entry price for the Futurity, the team are working on numerous added benefits to breeders, to ensure that the Futurity provides not only excellent value for money, but also a great return on the time and effort invested by participants.  In addition to the team of senior veterinarians carrying out the futurity assessment, veterinary practices local to each venue will be invited to offer additional veterinary services on the day, including marking sheets and microchipping, which breeders can then send to their relevant breed societies for registration of their foals. Studbooks are also invited to use the Futurity events as an opportunity to connect with their breeders. Rachael Holdsworth explains: "The Futurity has always been a great vehicle for public recognition for British breeders, as Futurity reports are picked up widely by regional, national and international media. There will be an opportunity to expand this by using the Futurity website and the presence of excellent professional photographers and videographers to provide additional sales and marketing opportunities to our breeders in form of online classifieds and social media exposure.”  By enhancing the sales and marketing potential of the Futurity, the team wants to attract larger audiences to become interested in British breeding. The series offers anybody an ideal opportunity to enjoy a great day of looking at beautiful horses and meeting their breeders. Anybody looking to buy a young horse can use the series as an opportunity to see a wide range of horses. The added benefit to buyers is the reassurance that each foal and horse has been seen and assessed by a reputable veterinarian and by a panel of highly qualified judges, making it a go-to place to find future talent.  The Futurity is also a great opportunity for young breeders and riders to come and learn about young horse development. The team aims to work with the British Young Breeders and equine students and apprentices to widen participation and accessibility of breeding.  British Breeding are also collaborating with the British Breeders Network to organise an end-of-season Futurity Championship, which will provide a great opportunity for celebration and recognition of the outstanding achievements of British breeders across the country.  World-Leading Evaluation System The Futurity provides excellent continuity in a consistently high level of integrity and quality of its assessment systems. The team is investing in state-of-the-art systems and inviting world-leading experts to fulfil the Futurity’s potential as a vehicle for national and global recognition for the achievements of British breeders. Eva-Maria Broomer explains: "Above all, the Futurity offers what no other evaluation system can, and this is what makes it unique across the world: An objective and detailed feedback system based on performance potential for everyone in Britain breeding sport horses and ponies from licensed or approved stallions, irrespective of studbook or breed.” The team will maintain the holistic approach of the Futurity evaluation system, including a specialist veterinary assessment and a linear description by highly respected evaluators with international experience.  New for 2018 will be an enhancement of the linear score sheets to make them easier to understand and more meaningful as a useful feedback mechanism for the breeders, with a physical copy available for breeders to take home on the day.  The Futurity will be going back to the system of having all evaluators together in the ring, so that each horse is assessed by the full panel.  The panel will also include highly regarded international judges, which will give a wider perspective and help to fulfil the remit of the Futurity as a way of identifying future FEI prospects. The veterinary assessment at the Futurity evaluations is a strategic lynchpin for providing confidence in the quality of British bred young stock and presents a highly useful feedback for the breeder. It covers key indicators of long term soundness and suitability for the sport, as well as giving valuable guidance on the correct management of young horses. We are delighted to announce that we have secured the support of some of the UK's most experienced and senior veterinary experts. This team is led by Dr. Jane V. M. Hastie nee Nixon, M.A., Vet. M.B., B.Sc., MRCVS.  Jane Nixon explains: "The Futurity is an invaluable vehicle for assessing the conformation and soundness of foals and young horses in their formative stages, which will significantly influence their long term prospects. The veterinary evaluation provides feedback about the correctness of limbs and paces that will enable breeders to continue to improve, focusing on sustainable conformation, foot balance and correct limb loading. It provides important guidance at a stage in a horse's or pony's development where certain key issues can still be addressed by correct management. The Futurity upholds the highest standards in veterinary evaluation, and I am delighted to be part of the new team that is taking it forward." Central to the correct management of young horses is also the assessment of their body condition, which is why the Futurity continues to work with expert nutritionists working with the veterinarians  to support the breeders.  Rachael Holdsworth:  “The correct management of broodmares, foals, and young horses is crucial to ensuring the best long-term outcomes for British bred horses. We are therefore delighted that the Futurity continues to be supported by Baileys Horse Feeds who will be our headline sponsor again for 2018, and who will continue to provide - in liaison with the veterinary experts - their highly valued and popular nutritional advice to all participants. ”   The company is putting in place a veterinary advisory panel of national and international experts in the field to ensure the quality and consistency of the assessments. The panel will be headed up by Jane Nixon and will provide advise on the continued development of linear scoring methodology and analysis Beyond the Futurity: The Equine Bridge British Breeding recognises the importance of the Equine Bridge as a pathway for British bred horses into the sport. With representation in its board from the three Olympic disciplines, it will foster a greater connection between breeder, riders, and owners, and offer a new and far reaching approach to making the Equine Bridge an integral part of the sport and a mechanism for the discovery and recruitment of talent. This requires a fresh approach, and the British Breeding Futurity Bridge will therefore be re-launched in 2019. Horses that have already qualified for 2018 will be able to join the programme next year.  How to get in Touch: British Breeding are setting up an online entry system for the series, links to which will be provided in due course via the  website.  In the meantime, anybody interested in the Futurity is warmly invited to get in touch via email with Eva or Rachael: Eva: 07834 194821, Rachael:  07850 017587,
Wednesday, April 11

New Future for Futurity

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is pleased to announce the continuation of its Equine Development programme, following its handover to a new company formed by a partnership of industry experts. The group came together in a bid to take on the running of the activities, which consist of a stallion show, breeding magazine and the young stock evaluations known as the Futurity and Equine Bridge.  The new organisation will take on the name British Breeding. The company will be co-directed by Jane Skepper of Horse IT; Rachael Holdsworth of Holdsworth PR; Sacha Shaw of Breeding British; Joris van den Oetelaar who is a director of the Anglo European Studbook; and Dr Eva-Maria Broomer of Horsepower Creative. The CEOs of the three Olympic Disciplines, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping - and Sandy Senior representing the British Breeders Network, will each have a non-executive director seat on its board, in order to promote closer cooperation between British breeders and the sport and to ensure inclusivity and a wide reach of the programmes.  The company will have an independent non-executive chair, Jan Rogers, director of Research and Policy at The Horse Trust and the former head of Equine Development at the BEF. In adopting the holistic approach of joining up the breeding world with the sport, the company has a strong business plan to secure the future of all elements of the programmes for the continued benefit of breeders and horse sport alike.  Says Iain Graham, chief executive of British Showjumping: “We are pleased to be involved in the continued development of young British-bred sport horses through the activities of the new group. The importance of strong links between breeders and the sport cannot be underestimated, and with the diversity of people participating in showjumping, there is a need to produce good quality horses that have the potential to compete at all levels”. Chief Executive of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam added: “These programmes are invaluable in continuing to develop and nurture equine talent. Strategically it is a vital component for the future of equestrian sport and British Dressage is fully committed to supporting this process. The Futurity evaluation and veterinary assessment identifies horses that may go on to compete successfully at all levels by cultivating soundness and longevity, not only for the welfare of the horse but also for the benefit of our sport as a whole”. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to increase the chances of the many talented British-bred horses going to British riders who will maximise their potential”, adds David Holmes, chief executive of British Eventing. “British-bred horses and their breeders need the recognition they deserve, and we need to work to stem the tide of buyers going abroad”. Nick Fellows, chief executive of the BEF concludes: “Our equine development programme has been fundamental to the future of British breeding and it has been our main aim, over these last few months, to find a safe set of hands to take it forward.  The new organisation has exciting plans that will ensure the continuation of the integrity and standards the BEF created”. “These are exciting times and we are all eager to move forward with our plans”, says Rachael Holdsworth. “The hard work starts now, but we are already well advanced with plans for the Futurity evaluations and a new marketing strategy. We look forward to working with breeders and providing the infrastructure to allow their horses to gain the recognition and reputation they so richly deserve”. An announcement on Futurity dates will be made soon, along with entry details. Anyone wishing to register their interest this year should email
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