Knaresborough based breeder Steve Pullan has earned a coveted Higher First Premium at the Baileys Horse Feed/BEF Futurity Evaluations held at Richmond on 10th August 2010, indicating that his Cleveland Bay filly, Jaguar Moon may well be destined to compete at the very top of his sport. The Futurity 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.
Jaguar Moon, was awarded an overall score of 8.50 and a Higher First premium, indicating that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform well at top level. The yearling filly is out of CB Premium mare, Knaresborough Moonbeam, who took the Champion Cleveland Bay title and Rare Breeds Champion title at Equifest recently. Jaguar Moon’s sire is the talented French show jumping stallion, Jaguar Mail, who competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with Swedish rider Peter Eriksson.
WHAT IS FUTURITY?
The 2005 Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales called for 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.
The BEF Futurity started in 2005 with 100 young horses to be evaluated and will see over 900 in 2010. 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. BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, was delighted with the results, she said: “The Futurity’s support has exceeded all expectations this year and the standard at Richmond was excellent.
“The Futurity is showing itself to be an assessment system which British breeders value, because it enables them to demonstrate, long before a horse is able to compete, that it has performance potential. It is serving as a valuable marketing tool for British breeders and we are delighted that so many people want to be part of it”.
The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 15 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 Futurity website, and afterwards feature with those horses’ performance records on NED, the National Equine Database. For more information, visit www.bef.co.uk/british_breeding.
All Futurity results are listed against each horse’s passport record on the National Equine Database, NED at www.nedonline.co.uk and also are in a fully searchable format (by venue, age and discipline) on the Futurity entries page, which is accessible from the NED website.
Part bred Cleveland Bay filly Jaguar Moon at the
Richmond Futurity Evaluations in August 2010.
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In January 2011 we heard that the two year old part bred would be travelling the county show circuit in the year ahead with show producer Peter Richmond. “Sunny”, as she is better known, went to her new home in late February to start training for a busy season. The filly is to be aimed mainly at Sport Horse classes but certainly will be at The Great Yorkshire and Equifest shows to support the Part Bred Cleveland Bays. Club Member Steve said that it would be very strange seeing someone else showing his star filly but that she deserves the chance to do well. He is particularly pleased that Peter selected her to join his team. We have asked Steve to keep us informed of progress and will bring you the latest news as we receive it.
A CAREER MOVE FOR JAGUAR MOON IN 2011