Local horse breeder Mandy Hall from Marsworth, Tring, had a very successful outing at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held on the 16th August at The College, Keysoe with a filly foal she has bred.

The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show-jumping or endurance, and may even find the Olympic Champions of the future.

Potential dressage horse, Donnerhalls Daiquiri earned an elite premium of 9.16.  An Elite premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international level.

Mandy said, “We were delighted with Daiquiri at the Futurity, she was really confident and showed herself off brilliantly.  She is as bold as brass! I will take her back to the Futurity every year until she is three as I think you can’t go wrong with the expert advice you are given as to how the horses are progressing”.  Donnerhalls Daiquiri is by the dressage stallion, Sir Donnerhall, out of Mandy’s well bred, It’s the Business mare, Its Cointreau.

Mandy went on to say, “I bought Its Cointreau to breed from because of her bloodlines.  She competed at County level in Working Hunters and did some showjumping.  Daiquiri has both dressage and showjumping bloodlines and I will wait and see how she jumps as to which discipline she will have a career in, I want to keep my options open.  I will produce her myself and if she continues to do well we hope to get on to the Futurity equine bridge”.

The Futurity Equine Bridge is a new initiative for 2013 and will run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations.  The Futurity Equine Bridge seeks to provide top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as 4 and 5 year olds so that they begin their early years under saddle in a way that allows for sustained physical and mental development. In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge all horses must obtain two scores of 8.5 or above, one of which must have been obtained in their three year old year.

The Futurity evaluators commented on Donnerhalls Daiquiri’s, “Balanced transitions, good ground cover and overtrack”.

With entries limited to 60 at each evaluation venue, places are keenly sought after.  Entries are categorised by discipline with age groups for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds and each horse is evaluated in hand and loose in a safe indoor environment as well as undergoing a vet’s assessment.  

The BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said:  “The Futurity continues to go from strength to strength. The results at The College were very encouraging and we are finding that the horses our breeders are producing have the range of talents that are likely to be needed by the growing base of riders who wish to participate in horse sports”.

The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 16 venues throughout the UK and young horses go home with a BEF Premium (grade), a stylish rosette and a detailed, informative score sheet. An attractive certificate to keep and frame follows on after the event. All results are published on the fully searchable British Breeding website.


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Picture: credit Kevin Sparrow.

Editor’s Notes & Further Information:

The BEF Futurity started in 2005 with 100 young horses to be evaluated and will see over 800 in 2013.

An evaluation process to identify talented equine athletes early and to provide a comprehensive set of results and other information for all breeders to make informed breeding decisions is called-for in the 2005 Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales at

Visit for full details and results.

Full list of 2013 Venues:

16th July  Writtle College, Essex

18th July  Plumpton College, Sussex

22nd July  Hartpury College 1, Gloucestershire

23rd July  Hartpury College 2, Gloucestershire

25th July  Southview EC, Cheshire

30th July Myerscough College, Lancashire

1st August Arena UK, Lincolnshire

6th August Tall Trees EC, Cornwall

12th August  Catherston Stud 1, Hampshire

13th August Catherston Stud 2, Hampshire

15th August  College EC 1, Keysoe, Bedfordshire

16th August  College EC 2, Keysoe, Bedfordshire

19th August Scottish National Equestrian Centre, Edinburgh

20th August  Richmond EC, Yorkshire

26th August  Solihull Riding Club 1, West Midlands

27th August  Solihull Riding Club 2, West Midlands