Myserscough College saw another busy day of evaluations at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity on the 16th August.
First time breeder Jenny Brookfield had cause to celebrate when her filly foal Moet Challenge (Challenge x Good Times) headed the scores at Myerscough with a higher first premium of 8.90 in the jumping section. Jenny has had great success jumping Moet Challenge’s dam, Arorusa with some great results in Grade B and C classes and a win in the 1.05 Grand Prix at the Winter Championships. The pair also competed in the Eventing Grand Prix at Bolesworth in 2015. Jenny said:
“Arorusa has given me the chance to compete at some really decent shows, she is brilliant at 1.15/1.20 level. She unfortunately injured her suspensory in early 2016 so we decided to breed a foal whilst she is off work.”
The plan is that Moet Challenge will be Jenny’s next jumper. She continued: “Both Aurora and my other horse are 12 and 13 now, so by the time the foal is four, the others will be wanting to slow down a bit. We went to the Futurity as I am really keen to do what is best for Moet Challenge and make sure she has the best opportunities to fulfil her potential. I would definitely go again as the people were really approachable. We really liked our discussion with the vet, Jane Nixon, she was very helpful.”
Top dressage entry at Mysercough was Caroline Leigh’s colt foal, Mr Smart SHS (Sir Donnerhall x Negro) with a higher first premium of 8.85. Caroline of Stretton Hall Stud plans to keep Mr Smart entire. She said:
“We go to the Futurity every year and it is a really helpful outing with the youngsters. Mr Smart’s dam is my very well-bred mare, Wiegro who is a graded elite preference mare with the KWPN. She is also the dam of a licensed stallion in Holland.”
Steven Barr and Dawn Grundy’s two-year-old colt, Rough Lee So Amour (San Amour x It’s the Business) was best of his age group at Myerscough with a higher first premium of 8.85. Steven plans to keep Rough Lee So Amour entire and will produce him as a dressage competition prospect in the young horse classes. Steven said: “We are really chuffed with Rough Lee So Amour. He is out of our mare, High Offley Miss Mosaik who also bred Rough Lee So Schufro. So Schufro is now 10 and is qualified for the BD Nationals at medium and advanced medium.”
Heading the three-year-olds at Myerscough was Joshua Williamson’s mare, Pebbles (Cairo x Millfield Cairo) with a higher first score of 8.83 in the jumping section. Joshua bought Pebbles from her breeder, Stephanie Holker. Joshua said:
“The Futurity has helped consolidate our views that Pebbles is a really lovely horse. She both jumps very well and moves brilliantly. We will aim Pebbles at young horse classes in both dressage and jumping and see which she excels at before making any decisions. Ultimately I think she would make a great eventer.”
Claire Gilchrist-Dick’s three-year-old, Briarwood Firefly (Furstenball x Rosentau) took a higher first premium of 8.80 in the dressage section. Briarwood Firefly was bred by Laura Humphries of the Briarwood Stud in Dyfed and Claire bought her at weaning. Claire said: “Laura breeds some wonderful horses and Briarwood was on our radar for a while. When we saw Briarwood Firefly we were really keen to have her. She will be backed and produced for the four-year-old classes by Lucinda Bellis. The Futurity was a great experience for Firefly and ourselves and the lovely, positive feedback has really spurred us on.”
For more information, visit www.britishbreeding.org. All pictures courtesy of Kevin Sparrow.