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Thursday, August 25

Avoid Potential Interuptions to supply of Equine Influenza vaccines

British Breeding are advising breeders to book in early with their vets for Equine Flu jabs so the vets can order in supplies and be sure of enough stock.  Breeders looking to start weanlings on the Flu-Tet course once they are 6 months of age may find they are unable to get vaccinations when they want them due to the current disruption to the supply chain. The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), British Equestrian (BEF) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) are collaborating to monitor the potential impact of a shortage of doses of vaccines for Equine Influenza. The three bodies have been aware of minor interruptions to the supply of such vaccines throughout 2022. However, a significant, pan-European logistical problem being experienced by Boehringer Ingelheim has raised the prospect of a further reduction in supplies in the coming months. BEVA is liaising with the three vaccine manufacturers to quantify the impact of the shortage and to consider solutions, not only to minimise the threat to equine health and welfare but also to prevent disruption to equestrian competition. Marc Laemmer, equine business head at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health , said: “We are currently experiencing a European-wide supply issue relating to our equine influenza and influenza-tetanus vaccines.  This has been caused by unexpected issues following the implementation of a technology upgrade and is not a product or quality issue. This means that some vet practices will have difficulty obtaining sufficient influenza vaccines and there may be a shortage in the UK market.  We understand the importance of these vaccines to equine welfare, and we are continuing to work tirelessly to find a solution so that we can return to normal supply as soon as possible.” Amanda Melvin, equine business manager at MSD Animal Health , said: “Based on prior demand, MSD’s equine vaccines Equilis® Prequenza and Equilis® Prequenza Te are in full supply. MSD have taken steps to protect as many horses as possible at this time. We will continue to supply existing customers with the available MSD stock on ‘allocation’ and, where possible, to allocate stock to additional customers. Allocations are being made to our veterinary customers based on their historical demand which we believe is the most efficient way to manage the available supplies.” Rebecca Cabrejas, equine business unit manager at Zoetis , said: “Demand for our vaccines currently exceeds what we can supply. Whilst we have adequate stocks to fulfil current customers’ orders unfortunately, we are not in a position to be able to supply new customers at this time. We will continue to work with BEVA to limit the impact of the current shortages.” David Rendle, Chair of BEVA’s Health and Medicines Committee , said: “BEVA, BHA and the BEF will continue to work together with other industry and equestrian sporting bodies to manage the situation should the availability of influenza vaccines be compromised further. “We remind all horse owners of the importance of maintaining vaccination for equine influenza but would advise they wait until as close a time as possible until their horse’s next dose is due to minimise current demand.” James Given, Director of Equine Health and Welfare for the BHA , said: "The BHA will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available. Further updates will be issued to racing’s stakeholders and participants in due course." Jim Eyre, CEO of British Equestrian said: “A meeting of our Equine Infectious Disease Advisory Group has been held and we will work with member bodies to monitor the situation carefully. If it becomes necessary, we will collectively work to devise practical solutions for dealing with any supply difficulties.”

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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 Badminton.tv. 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  
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 (worldhorsewelfare.org) Humanitarian - http://www.donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitrian-appeal 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 info@beta-uk.org 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. https://british-breeding.com/stallion-event   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 ClipMyHorse.tv 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 auction@british-breeding.com , 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 www.british-breeding.com.  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 www.british-breeding.com , or call 01903 891637 for further information.  ENDS   For more media information, contact Rachael at Holdsworth PR, rachael@holdsworthpr.co.uk , 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”.
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