Endurance horse wins top futurity spot

August 4, 2011

The top four scores at The 2011 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations at The Grange, Devon all came from different disciplines and attained Higher First Premiums.


Yawl Hill Maverick
The popular event on July 14 attracted a wide range of entries and an endurance horse went home with the highest score of the day.

The top score of the day 8.82, was awarded to three-year-old Yawl Hill Maverick, by successful international in-hand Arab show stallion, H Tobago. Endurance rider and breeder Kirsty Wiscombe has owned Yawl Hill Maverick's dam, the exceptional Burrowshot Lass, since she was a three year old, she was on the endurance intermediate squad in 200 and has also evented. She has had five foals altogether including the FEI 3* stallion Yawl Hill Billy.

Maverick's sire, H Tobago, is a successful international in-hand show stallion who also has performance bloodlines.

"I plan to break Yawl Hill Maverick in over the Summer" Wiscombe said. "He will then spend the winter competing in indoor showjumping and have twice weekly flatwork lessons, before beginning his endurance career. All our horses are well schooled and have a lot of variety in their work."

She is kept very busy combining competing in endurance, breeding horses and working locally in senior healthcare in a residential care home.

Filly foal Barum Diamante was top in the Eventing section and second overall with a score of 8.75. This bay filly foal, by AES registered Jumping stallion Urkel, impressed evaluators Bridget Parker, Judith Davis and Mark Shaw. Owner and breeder Claire Howarth has owned Barum Diamante's mother Royalbrook Supreme for about 10 years and has bred six foals from her, five of whom have gone on to success in the Futurity. Her son Baron Silver Willow gained an elite premium and all the others attained either a Higher First or a First premium. Barum Diamante, by jumping sire Urkel, of Graham Hill's Vauterhill Stud, was born on June 5 this year, so this is a great achievement to do so well at this very young age. "She was nearly sold before we took her to the Futurity, and she definitely is now," Howarth said.

"Barum Diamante will go to event rider Tamsyn Hutchins, and in time will event. She is entered for the North Devon Agricultural Show before she goes to Tamsyn."

The dressage colt foal, Hillgrounds Wolkenhall, scored 8.68. Clare Skinner bred him from her mare Akilah, who she bought from The Netherlands as a foal specifically to breed from. The sire, Wolkenderry, was originally bred for dressage but he is now successfully eventing with international rider Alex Hua-Tian.

"We are so pleased with this result" Skinner said. "Hillgrounds Wolkenhall is the first crop of Wolkenderry offspring and his movement and temperament are second to none."

Skinner concentrates on breeding high quality dressage horses and has both evented and competed several horses up to Prix St Georges level. She believes that "mares are exceptionally important when it comes to breeding - just as, if not more so than the choice of stallion."

Another foal, this time from the Show Jumping section, also took a Higher First premium. Chicago Niaish, by Broadstone Chicago, out of the SHB Rosa II, came in with a score of 8.54 for owner/breeder Corienne Hall. Hall bought Chicago Niaish's dam, Rosa II, several years ago to be a brood mare. She has had three foals, including a full brother to Chicago Niaish, Chicago's Dylan, who earned an Elite premium at the 2009 Futurity as a foal. Her sire, the Hanoverian Broadstone Chicago, also stands locally at the Vauterhill Stud for owner Graham Hill and the plan is to breed another foal by the same parents next year. "I breed one foal a year for interest and take them to the Futurity and showing in-hand," Hall said. "Chicago Niaish is entered in next week's Woolsery show, where I hope she will do well."