Triumph for British sport horse breeding

October 5, 2010

Cool Mountain's eventing gold and silver medals at the World Equestrian Games this week are the icing on the cake for British sport horse breeding.


William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain © Kit Houghton/ FEI

Cool Mountain is a graduate of the British Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Evaluations, the forerunner of the annual BEF Futurity Evaluations that are proving popular with breeders.

Bred by Mrs Jane Pilkington and now owned by The Hon Mrs Theresa Stopford-Sackville, Cool Mountain is by the renowned thoroughbred stallion and champion sire of event horses, Primitive Rising, and out of a ¾ thoroughbred mare, Ice Lolly by Idiot's Delight. Cool Mountain scored highly at the BEF Young Horse Evaluations as a 4 year old in 2004.

Two other members of the gold medal winning team were also riding British bred horses; Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz, a sport horse by Fleetwater Opposition, owned and bred by Rosemary Search, and Tina Cook with Miner's Frolic, a British thoroughbred by Miner's Lamp, out of Mighty Frolic by Oats, bred by Maurice Pinto and owned by Mr and Mrs Nicolas Embiricos and Mrs Sarah Pelham.

"This is a fantastic result for Britain and for British breeders," said Jan Rogers, BEF's Head of Equine Development.

"The Young Horse Evaluation series was the pathfinder programme for identifying talented young horses early, and like Futurity, showed 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.

"As the horses that have passed through the evaluation system reach maturity as competition horses, their results demonstrate the value of that early recognition".

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 stars of the future.

The series takes place at 15 evaluation venues throughout Britain with entries 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.