The final day of the 2016 Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity at Solihull Riding Club in the West Midlands was solely for dressage youngsters. Two top mares whose youngstock were exhibited at Solihull have now bred a total of seven elite scoring youngsters between them.
Lynne Crowden’s colt foal, Woodlander Grand Designs (Galaxy Win T x Florencio) headed the scores on the final day of the Futurity for an elite premium of 9.35. Grand Designs is by Lynne’s ultra-consistent mare, Elite Foxy Lady who’s offspring also include the highest Futurity scorer in 2015, Woodlander Woodstock. Three-year-old, Woodlander Sugar Pie (Supertramp x Florencio) who took an elite premium for her owner, Debbie Green also at Solihull is out of Elite Foxy Lady.
Lynne said: “It proves the value of focusing on using extraordinary mares for breeding. If you breed from an extraordinary mare, you are unlucky if it doesn’t work, rather than being lucky if it does.”
This is the first time Lynne has used the Dutch stallion, Galaxy Win T. She said: “It was a new idea, I saw him at the stallion show and thought he had the most incredible canter. This has been a good match with the quality of the mare’s gaits. Sara Lucas has also bred a fabulous filly foal, Gigi, by Galaxy Win T – she was champion filly foal at the Great British Mare and Foal Show last week.”
Woodlander Sugar Pie earned an elite score of 9.10 at Solihull. Lynne said: “Her owner, Debbie Green has produced her really well and done a super job with her. We are delighted that her scores have improved as she has gone through the Futurity.”
Carsten Sandrock once again presented plenty of horses at the Solihull Futurity, following busy Futurity days at Keysoe, Writtle and Solihull 1. Lynne Crowden said: “Carsten is run off his feet. I wear my pedometer and average about 6 and a half miles on a Futurity day, that’s just walking to and from the car park to the arena and running up the odd horse for the vet. Carsten must literally run a marathon on each of these days.”
Another top dam, Charlie Hughes’, Freedom Apple bred her fourth foal this year and also, her fourth foal to attain an elite Futurity premium. Filly foal, Deia (Dimaggio x Fidertanz) gained an elite premium of 9.30 at Solihull.
Charlie said: “We cannot ask for more from Apple. She has bred a cracking youngster each time, they are all very different but all have great looseness in their movement. The Futurity is providing recognition of the quality of youngster that she breeds.” Charlie bred Freedom Apple herself, she added: “Apple’s dam, Sophia had a very easy, trainable temperament, she seems to have passed this on to her youngsters. Darren Mattia who leased Apple from me a few years ago has just been breaking in Apple’s three-year-old daughter, Desire and she was hacking out within a week of being backed.”
Freedom Apple is in foal to Santo Domingo for 2017. Charlie said: “We will see how it goes, it was tempting to stick with Dimaggio, but we will see.” Charlie plans to bring Deia back to the Futurity as a three-year-old and produce her as a sports horse.
Steph Hunt of the Hollybushes Stud travelled home to South Wales with an elite premium of 9.00 for her filly foal, Hollybushes Florianna (Furstenball x Cala Millor). Steph said: “I am thrilled with Florianna. She is pretty and moves well. This was the first time we have been to the Futurity and I was very pleased our positive opinions of the foal were verified by the knowledgeable Futurity evaluator. I plan to keep Florianna and produce her for dressage myself.”
Steph bought Hollybushes Florianna’s dam, Colina as she has good bloodlines for both dressage and jumping breeding. Steph continued: “It was very encouraging that small breeders such as us stand just as much of a chance of getting an elite Futurity premium as the big studs. I also find the Futurity database a useful tool for searching the breeding of many young British bred horses.”
Elizabeth Ball’s dressage three-year-old, West End Diva (Woodlander Wavavoom x Del Amitri) gained a higher first premium of 8.80. Elizabeth said: “I am so pleased we got the higher first premium. Diva also scored a higher first as a foal, so it is great to see her marks are consistent.
“I had planned to put Diva’s dam, Woodlander Dixie Chick in foal to the stallion, For Romance for 2017. Unfortunately the courier lost the semen and the delay meant that I had to make a quick decision and so Diva is now in foal to For Romance instead.” Elizabeth bought Dixie Chick from top breeder, Lynne Crowden three years ago when she was in foal with Diva.
In the long-term Elizabeth intends for West End Diva to have a competition career. She continued: “I would like to think she should get to grand prix dressage level with a professional rider.” West End Diva will be broken in and aimed at the BEF Equine Bridge after her foal is born.
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