The Baileys Horse Feeds British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluation series was developed to encourage breeders, owners and trainers of eligible young horses, from foals through to 3 years, to bring their horses forward for evaluation in the areas of Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Endurance.
Youngsters are assessed for a range of attributes from conformation, condition and paces to athleticism and suitability for their proposed discipline, with those gaining the highest marks being awarded Premiums reflecting these marks. Those scoring an average of 9 or above receive an Elite Premium and are considered potential international performance horses.
As series sponsor, Baileys Horse Feeds takes an active role in each participant’s assessment, considering the condition of each young horse as a reflection of the diet it receives, this score also contributing to the overall score given to each youngster. This provides a valuable insight for breeders into how nutrition can support correct growth and optimise the horse’s ability to fulfil its potential.
Baileys’ qualified nutritionists use a universally recognised Body Condition Scoring (download this here) system whereby the horse’s top line and muscle development are assessed. Owners are given a sheet with the nutritionist’s comments and may take the opportunity to discuss the youngster’s diet, whilst Baileys records the data to support their research into sport horse nutrition.
Evaluations generally take place throughout July and August at venues around the country, from Cornwall to Lanarkshire. A youngster may only be evaluated once per year but may be re-evaluated each year as a foal, yearling, two-year-old or three-year-old. Top scorers in each age group and discipline are rewarded at the British Breeders’ Awards Dinner in November.
The 2020 evaluations are being carried out virtually, owing to the restrictions caused by the CoVid-19 pandemic. For information on how to take part visit www.british-breeding.com/futurity/virtual-futurity-2020.
For advice on feeding with the Futurity Evaluations in mind, these articles can be found in our Nutrition Library