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MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPORTS PONIES

 

SEIB / British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations Sports Pony Section

 

New Evaluations for Young All-Round Recreational Horses and Ponies

 

*  Supporters of British Breeding Breeders Awards

 

Baileys Horse Feeds / British Breeding Futurity Scheme

 

 

SEIB / BRITISH BREEDING YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS SPORTS PONY SECTION

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A new sports pony section has been introduced into the British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations for 2006 and these will be held at two venues, alongside those for the horses. The sports pony section evaluations are to be sponsored by SPSS and will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 20 April at Heart of England Equestrian, Stone, Staffs

 

Thursday 27 April at Catherston Stud, Over Wallop, Hants

Unlike the horse evaluation sections, the pony section is open to both 4 and 5 year old ponies (ie those born in 2001 and 2002) and the ponies may be entered in up to 2 of the following: potential dressage pony, potential show jumping pony (loose jumping) and potential show jumping pony (ridden) with the heights of the fences in the ridden section being based on the BSJA stallion assessment height for age.  Animals must be less than 153 com (15 hands) to be eligible to take part and the evaluations, which include assessments of veterinary soundness and suitability of conformation and temperament for competition, are open to all British-bred stallions, mares and geldings and to imported stallions and mares (ie imported geldings are not eligible to take part).

 

Riders and handlers may be of any age, apart from stallions who must be handled and ridden by a person born before 1 January 1994.

 

Ponies that score highly in the evaluations will also be able to take part in the Sports Pony Stud Book Potential Sports Pony Final Championship to be held during the SPSS Grading at Heart of England EC on 21 and 22 October 2006.

 

For further details please contact Jan Rogers (tel: 07725 332595 or e-mail Janrogersequine@aol.com from whom details of the web site address for a downloadable set of rules and entry form will also be available shortly.

NEW EVALUATIONS FOR YOUNG ALL-ROUND RECREATIONAL HORSES AND PONIES

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Following on from the success of the SEIB/British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations, which are designed to identify the potential elite performers in each Olympic discipline, British Breeding and the BEF have decided to bring in a similar series of evaluations and linked championship for 2006, this time aimed at horses and ponies suitable for all-round competitions at a Riding Club or similar level. These evaluations will take place as follows:

Sunday 18 June at Heart of England Equestrian Centre, Stone, Staffs

 

Sunday 24 June at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, Hanslope, Nr Milton Keynes, Bucks

There will be a special high-profile final championship at a location yet to be decided.  Again these evaluations will be open to both 4 and 5 year olds but, as this is an evaluation for all-rounders, all entrants will be expected to undergo an evaluation of their flatwork and jumping under saddle (height adjusted according to height of horse or pony being evaluated), alongside the standard vetting, conformation and temperament evaluations but no loose jumping will be required.  Again all British-bred stallions, mares and geldings and imported stallions and mares may enter (but imported geldings are not eligible to take part) and riders and handlers may be of any age, apart from stallions who must be handled and ridden by a person born before 1 January 1994.

 

For further details please contact Jan Rogers (tel: 07725 332595 or e-mail Janrogersequine@aol.com from whom details of the web site address for a downloadable set of rules and entry form will also be available shortly

SUPPORTERS OF BRITISH BREEDING BREEDERS AWARDS

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For the first time these now include awards for Sports Ponies. The Sports Pony Studbook is sponsoring the award for the most Successful Native Sire of Performance Ponies and our Treasurer Edith Rutherford will be attending the Supporters of British Breeding Annual Awards Dinner at The Grange Hotel in central London to present the award to the worthy winner, whose details will be announced on the night.

 

The National Pony Society is also sponsoring awards for the top British-bred performance ponies in each of Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing to be awarded on the same night.

BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS/ BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY SCHEME

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After a successful trial in 2005 with a pony owned by Philippa Cole, the BEF has now decided to widen the Futurity Scheme by opening it fully to ponies and having pony classifications in almost all of the age groups. This means that for 50 a year you can enrol your British-bred pony and have it assessed as potential sports pony with the highest-scoring (First Premium) ponies in each age group having the opportunity of winning substantial prize money based on the numbers of enrolled animals each year.  Last year, over 100 animals enrolled so you can see the sort of prize money that the fund is able to distribute each year once venue costs etc are paid.  Initial qualifying premiums for foals, yearlings, 2 year olds and 3 year olds are based upon scores achieved at in-hand evaluations on the following dates:

  27 July

Heart of England Equestrian Centre, Stone, Staffs

  3 August Arena UK
  10 August

Catherston Stud

  17 August

Rowallan Activity Centre, Scotland

There will be a high-profile Final in the autumn at a venue yet to be confirmed.

 

4-year-old ponies that wish to take part in the Futurity Scheme have to take part in one of the two YHE sports pony section evaluations as the results for this age group will be based upon the scores received at these evaluations. However, the Futurity Scheme for 5 and 6 year old ponies has not yet been launched due to insufficient age-specific classes for ponies in any discipline.

 

For further details please contact Jan Rogers (tel: 07725 332595 or e-mail Janrogersequine@aol.com from whom details of the web site address for a downloadable set of rules and entry form will also be available shortly.