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2012 BEF FUTURITY

 

In the 2012 Baileys Horse Feeds / British Equestrian Federation Futurity Scheme there were a total of 760 horses and ponies evaluated, of which 70 were entered as Sports Ponies, a decrease of 29 ponies from 2011 to almost the same number as in 2010.  As happened in previous two years, pony youngstock were evaluated in the same discipline groups as horses at each venue but youngstock with at least one parent under 148cm could be also annotated by their owner as a Sports Pony

 

On 7 occasions, the highest scorer in a section was a Sports Pony. So, in these 7 cases, the sports pony beat all horse youngsters in the same age group and discipline at the venue concerned.  These successful ponies are listed below.

 

The results for all Sports Ponies across all venues are consolidated here.  SPSS Registered ponies are shown in bold type. Premium Definitions are given here.

 

The top scoring ponies across all venues, as well as the top scoring pony sires and dams are listed below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elite Ponies 

 High Scorers

Top scorers by age

All Sports Ponies

Elite Ponies

 

In 2012, 4 ponies received Elite premiums.  An Elite score is only awarded if the judges consider that the horse or pony has the potential and outlook to perform well at International level - this year, across all entrants and disciplines, only just over 6.5% were awarded an Elite Premium.  The top scoring pony, Woodlander Wallis is the full brother of last year's top scoring pony, Woodlander Wales, who was also the 2011 SPSS In-Hand Show Champion.  Both are viewed by their breeder as potential pony stallions and she hopes to present them for SPSS Grading in due course. 

 

The second highest scoring Elite pony, Bathleyhills Marquis is one of the first crop of foals by the young SPSS graded stallion Bathleyhills Monet.  Marquis’ dam, SPSS graded mare Marieke was imported to the UK from Holland before being bought by Penny Walster and has already had 3 foals, of which 2 others have also been to a Futurity evaluation as foals and received First Premiums. Sadly, Marieke arrived in the UK without a pedigree in her passport and Penny has been unable to discover her breeding.

 

Penny’s Bathley Hill Farm Stud also stands the WPCS Sec B, Langwedh Sunny Jim, sire of another 2012 Elite Premium foal, Strictly Dun Dancing, who is out of SPSS graded mare, Willowmeanabusiness (Perspectief x Gibside Danny Boy) and was bred by Victoria Leggett.

 

The 2012 Elite Ponies are:

 

Woodlander Wallis - Score: 9.3 (Reserve High Score) Dressage - WBB(UK); Chestnut Colt, 12-Apr-2012. Sire: Woodlander Wavavoom (Hannovarian); Dam: Drysiog Helen (WPCS); Damsire: Talon Teifion (WPCS). Owner: Lynne Crowden Breeder: Lynne Crowden

 

Bathleyhills Marquis - Score: 9.2 (High Score) Dressage - SPSS; Chestnut Colt, 17-Jun-2012. Sire: Bathleyhills Monet (DRP/SPSS); Dam: Marieke (SPSS); Damsire: unknown. Owner: Penny Walster. Breeder: Penny Walster

 

Woodlander Sir Gorgeous - Score: 9.12 (Reserve High Score) Dressage - WBB(UK); Bay Colt, 01-May-2012. Sire: Woodlander Santana (Hannovarian); Dam: Synod Galina (WPCS); Damsire: Synod Rum Punch (WPCS). Owner: Lynne Crowden. Breeder: Lynne Crowden

 

Strictly Dun Dancing - Score: 9.04 (Reserve High Score) Eventing - WPCS; Buckskin Filly, 10-May-2012. Sire: Langwedh Sunny Jim (WPCS); Dam: Willowmeanabusiness (SHB(GB)/SPSS); Damsire: Perspectief (AES). Owner: Victoria Leggett. Breeder: Victoria Leggett

Bathleyhills "Harold"

(Bathleyhills Monet x unknown)

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

High Scorers

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In 2012, the Futurity gave a special rosette to the highest scoring entrant in each section at each venue. In 7 cases, sports ponies were the highest scorers in their sections in the Futurity, beating all horse youngsters in the same age group and discipline at the venue concerned. In score order, the successful ponies were (with the names of those SPSS registered and/or with a SPSS graded sire/dam highlighted):

 

  Name Sire Born Venue Discipline Score
  Bathleyhills Marquis Bathleyhills Monet 2012 Arena UK Dressage 9.2
  Goodenbergh Sovereign Rotherwood Signature 2010 Southview Show Jumping 8.79
  Ashwey Laurisdun Lauriston 2011 Writtle Show Jumping 8.64
  Godrics Carpe Diem Caesar 171 2009 Richmond Dressage 8.54
  Diamonds Dance Wiv Me Lauriston 2011 Tall Trees Show Jumping 8.41
  Tiger Lily Bernwode Brokat 2009 Tall Trees Dressage 8.39
  Follow Jazzy Lady Hemmingway 2010 Scottish National Show Jumping 8.2

 

Top scorers by age

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The top scoring ponies in each age category were:

 

Top Pony Foal - Woodlander Wallis - Score: 9.3 (Reserve High Score) Dressage - WBB(UK); Chestnut Colt, 12-Apr-2012. Sire: Woodlander Wavavoom (Hannovarian); Dam: Drysiog Helen (WPCS); Damsire: Talon Teifion (WPCS). Owner: Lynne Crowden Breeder: Lynne Crowden

 

Top Yearling Pony - Tawnydun Tully - Score: 8.85 (Reserve High Score) Eventing - Conn; Dun Filly, 10-Jul-2011. Sire: Grianagh Petrus (Conn); Dam: Ballinaboy Shackira (Conn); Damsire: Shackleton (Conn). Owner: Sue Browne. Breeder: Mrs P Makinson

 

Top 2 year old Pony - RS Socrates - Score: 8.91 (Reserve High Score) Dressage - Weser Ems; Dark Bay Colt, 16-Apr-2010. Sire: Sarkozy (Hannovarian); Dam: Sannonvalley Valencia (WPCS); Damsire: Rudgeway Charming Prince (WPCS). Owner: Jo Wright. Breeder: Jo Wright

 

Top 3 year old Pony - Godrics Carpe Diem - Score: 8.54 (High Score) Dressage - SPSS; Chestnut Colt, 11-May-2009. Sire: Caesar 171 (DRP/SPSS); Dam: Tiger Lily (DRP/SPSS); Damsire: Donnerwetter (DRP). Owner: Samantha Brown. Breeder: Samantha & Beverley Brown

 

SPSS Breeder Bev Brown is pictured on the right collecting Godrics Carpe Diem's certificate of merit and rosette from Jane Buchan, Baileys Marketing Manager, at the 2013 British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  Carpe Diem is a full brother of SPSS graded stallion LE Chiffre.  Their sire, Caesar 171 is graded Elite with the SPSS in recognition of his International competition record as a member of the GB Pony Team that won Silver at the European Championships in Germany in 2000 and the Bronze medal winning team in 2002. Carpe Diem & LE Chiffre's dam, Tiger Lily, is a Westfalian mare who graded into the SPSS Head Studbook in 2006 and then, with LE Chiffre at foot, was Champion at the 2007 SPSS In-Hand Premium Show. 

Godrics Carpe Diem

(Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter)

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

 

 

 

Photo by kind permission of Trevor Meeks

Top Pony Sires 2012

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As in 2011, the minimum number of progeny for a stallion to appear on the sire rankings list was set at 5 (previously it had been 3). As a result, only 2 stallions had enough pony progeny forward to appear in the Pony Sires ranking list but both are SPSS graded. One is the popular sire Bernwode Brokat (Brillant x Diamant II) who was Leading Pony Sire from 2009 to 2011 and was awarded the “All Years Sire” award for the years before that. In 2012, Brokat’s average score for his top 5 progeny was 8.53. After a few years focussing on his stud duties, Brokat recommenced his ridden career in October 2011 and has competed at international FEI Pony Dressage in 2012 ridden by 13 year old Ruth Hole.  Brokat remains the highest ranking pony stallion in the complete stallion list of all years and all disciplines based on the average of the top 5 scores.

 

However, Penny Walsters’ British-born Bathleyhills Monet (Casino Royale K x Matcho), had the higher average score for his top 5 progeny of 8.87 and so was the Leading Pony Sire in 2012. This is an excellent result for a young first season sire who, as well as siring an Elite premium foal, had six other progeny evaluated and they showed a remarkable consistency with five gaining High First Premiums and the other one gaining a First Premium. Bathleyhills Monet was awarded a SPSS Merit Certificate and Rosette to reward this remarkable result.

 

As well as finishing as the Leading Pony Sire in 2012, Monet also ranked 5th on the 'All Time' Sire Rankings when the average of all scores is used and only stallions with 5 or more progeny are included.  The 'All Time' Sire Rankings are based on the average of all progeny scores across all disciplines and all years, since 2007.

 

Bathleyhills "Harold"

(Bathleyhills Monet x unknown)

 

Silverfield Jubilation

(Bernwode Brokat x Sandbourne Royal Ensign)

Photos by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

 

Name

Average of Top 5 Scores

Average of Top 3 Scores

Average of all Scores

Progeny Scores Included

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Bathleyhills Monet

8.87

8.96

8.73

7

Here
Bernwode Brokat

8.53

8.64

8.33

9

Here
 

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Top Pony Dams 2012

 

In the pony dam rankings list, there are 6 mares who had 2 progeny evaluated this year and all are SPSS Graded.  The highest scorer, Bathleyhills Flashlight is by the SPSS graded WPCS Sec B, Thistledown Copper Lustre out of SPSS graded part-bred Arab, Aklah Twilight Star.  Flashlight's two progeny both gained High First Premiums, with her yearling, Bathleyhills Sunlight (by Bathleyhills Chocolate Dream) scoring 8.77 and her Bathleyhills Monet foal (Bathleyhills Daylight) scoring 8.66.

 

This is the third time that Penny Walster's Bathley Hill Farm Stud have owned the Leading Pony Mare but the first time she’s been a home-bred.

Bathleyhills Flashlight and her 2012 foal by Bathleyhills Monet

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

 

Name

Sire

Dam Damsire

Average of both progeny scores

Bathleyhills Flashlight Thistledown Copper Lustre Aklah Twilight Star Shamil 8.715
Bathleyhills Sea Spray Chateau de Brion Loveden Sea Swallow Gigman Jacma 8.560
Goodenbergh Rosie unknown unknown unknown 8.445
Bathleyhills Sea Swift Thursden Vallye Raphael Loveden Sea Swallow Gigman Jacma 8.430
Loveden Sea Swallow Gigman Jacana Loveden Sea Witch Downland Sea Eagle 8.335
Rosewater Manakin Manitu N Barkway Riverdance Baledon Commanchero 8.220

Premium Definitions (from BEF Futurity 2010 Factsheet 9)

 

 Premium  

 Criteria  

 Elite (9.00 or above)  

 A horse or pony that has an average of excellent or very good scores across the criteria to be assessed which means that it has the potential and the outlook to perform well at international level, if veterinary guidance is followed and the horse or pony is appropriately cared-for, produced and ridden.  

 Higher First (8.50 - 8.99)  

 A horse or pony that has an average of very good or good scores across the criteria to be assessed which means that it has the potential and outlook to perform well at national level, if veterinary guidance is followed and the horse or pony is appropriately cared-for, produced and ridden. The difference between a higher first and a first is that the evaluators believe it shows greater athleticism and a greater potential to perform well so as to set it apart from a First premium horse.  

 First (8.00 – 8.49)    A horse or pony that has an average of very good or good scores across the criteria to be assessed which means that it has the potential and outlook to perform well at national level, if veterinary guidance is followed and the horse or pony is appropriately cared-for, produced and ridden.  
 Second (7.50 – 7.99)    A horse or pony that has an average of fairly good or good scores across the criteria to be assessed which means that it has the potential and outlook suited to performing consistently within affiliated, riding club and unaffiliated competition, if veterinary guidance is followed and the horse or pony is appropriately cared-for, produced and ridden.  
 Third (7.00 – 7.49)    A horse or pony that has an average of fair or fairly good scores across the criteria to be assessed which means that it has the potential and outlook suited to performing in certain competitions, if veterinary guidance is followed and the horse or pony is appropriately cared-for, produced and ridden.  

  FUTURITY SCORE RANGE: 0 Not shown; 1 Very poor; 2 Poor; 3 Fairly Poor; 4 Not acceptable; 5 Acceptable; 6 Fair; 7 Fairly good; 8 Good; 9 Very good; 10 Excellent.

 Futurity scores are an indicator on the day of assessment, not a guarantee of future potential  

 

 

The Sports Pony Studbook Society

Studbook Office:   The Last House, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe, Bedfordshire MK44 2JJ

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