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Equestrian by Kathryn Pearn, September 25

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 25, 2013

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THE potential endurance horse, Shahkeira, gained the highest score ever awarded to an endurance horse in the 2013 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation Futurity Evaluation series held at Tall Trees Arena, Camelford.

Jo Claridge from Phoenix Field Arabians, Cardinham, has been breeding horses for 23 years and Shahkeira is out of her mare, Shahlua.

The filly scored 9.23 to emerge with an elite premium indicating that this youngster has the potential and outlook to perform at international level.

"Shahkeira is the sixth foal we've bred from Shahlua and the fifth one by R Ali Bey," said Jo. "Shahkeira's full brothers, Ali Shahrif and Ali Shahmahl did well at the Futurity and Ali Shamahl has just competed in his first pleasure ride."

Shahkeira is destined for a high level career in the sport as the future partner of Jo's daughter Rachael, an international endurance rider.

"I'm thrilled with Shahkeira," said Jo. "She's destined to be an endurance horse but in the meanwhile I'll do some in hand showing with her until she is old enough to be broken in."

Potential eventer, Dallaglio received a higher first premium of 8.97 for owner and breeder, Sandie Newton of Callington. Colt foal, Dallaglio is by Woodlander Del Amitri, out of a thoroughbred mare, Flora Joy, by Alflora.

"Flora Joy's dam lines go back to Grand National winners, West Tip and Royal Athlete," said Sandie. "We breed a few racehorses, and have some in training both on the flat and national hunt but this is the first time we've bred a warmblood."

Pentire Chilli Edge, owned and bred by Chrissie Hogg of Helston, came away with the distinction of being the highest placed foal in the 2013 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation Futurity Evaluation series.

This son of Chilli Morning, who was partnered to an individual bronze medal by William Fox-Pitt at this year's European Eventing championships in Sweden, secured the highest overall score for a potential eventer to date in the prestigious series.

"I'm on cloud nine that Chilli Edge has been awarded the best eventing score ever," said Chrissie."I only have one mare to breed from each year which makes it even more special. She's my ex-event mare Heligan who was in-hand champion at Stithians Show last year."

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.

Chrissie took advantage of the local evaluation at Tall Trees Arena, presenting Pentire Chilli Edge for inspection and gaining an elite premium and a record breaking score of 9.46.

"In the past I've used our local stallion, My Eclipse," she explained. "But as artificial insemination has become more widespread I branched out and used Chilli Morning."

Chrissie's broodmare Heligan is ranked second in the Futurity all-time dam rankings for eventing and Pentire Chilli Edge has now been bought by Anne Evans of Hampshire to compete in eventing.

"Anne always liked Heligan and so I promised Chilli Edge to her," said Chrissie. "I've also this year sold Heligan to Sue Barr in Somerset and she is now in foal to Royaldik."

Chrissie has another daughter of Heligan's at home, Pentire Yorke, by My Eclipse, who is starting her eventing career this season with her niece, Alex Hogg. She also has a yearling, full brother to Yorke, Pentire Milo, who will go to the Futurity next year with a view to being selected 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 four and five 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 second highest national score in the eventing section stayed in Cornwall going to the filly foal Sweet Revenge, owned and bred by Hayley Kidd of St Ives. This lovely filly is by Elsa Strandberg's black leopard spotted stallion Palousa San Sebastian who has clocked up a successful showjumping record with Andrew Williams of Camborne.

"Sweet Revenge is out of my mare Belle and is the first foal on the ground by Palousa San Sebastian," said Hayley. "I competed Belle at many local one day events before selling her to a pony club family. When she injured herself they gifted her back to me to breed from and Sweet Revenge is Belle's first foal. This was my first time at the Futurity and I found the honest opinions and advice from the evaluators and vet really helpful and friendly. I plan to take Sweet Revenge back to the Futurity every year until she is three and hopefully she will get on to the Equine Bridge."

Kari Christopher of the Vorvashill Sport Horses, St Ives, bred potential showjumper, filly foal, Vorvashill Quintessential who attained the highest score of 9.04 for a potential showjumper at the Tall Trees Evaluation.

"Quintessential is a stunning filly foal and we are very pleased with her," said Kari. "We are a very small breeding operation and Quintessential is out of a mare, La Jolie who I bought from the Quaikin Stud in Shropshire. She's by Westpoint Quickfire and is now back in foal to Chiron for 2014."

Kari also presented her two year old son of Grafenstolz, Vorvashill Vertigo, who scored a higher first premium of 8.96 in the eventing section.

Diary dates, page 96.

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