Local foals show Olympic pedigree

Cathargo's Darco
Cathargo's Darco

HAZEL Offord of the Wendlebury Gate Stud in Bicester has rounded off a successful year at the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations with young horses she has bred from her stallion, Silvester.

At the final Futurity evaluations of 2012, held at Solihull, two of the foals Hazel has bred from Silvester took home highly sought after Elite premiums.

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 Olympic Champions of the future.

Over the two days of evaluations held at Solihull, Hazel’s foals took the highest marks for potential showjumpers on each day.

First up was Silver Socks, who scored an Elite premium of 9.20 before Cathargo’s Darco was awarded an Elite premium of 9.06. An Elite premium indicates that the young horse has the potential and outlook to perform at 
international level.

With both foals now for sale, Hazel said: “I am so pleased with the foals, what a brilliant couple of days at Solihull.

“Silvester is a hugely popular stallion and results such as these really do show why he is. His progeny are successful across the disciplines as they are correct and balanced, with a good hind leg and excellent temperaments.”

Hazel breeds between three and five foals a year from the Wendlebury Gate Stud, she went on to say: “The Futurity provides breeders with an experienced opinion of the youngsters presented.

“If one of my youngsters has achieved an Elite premium it is a recognised standard and reassures potential buyers that it is not just my opinion that the youngster is very talented.

“In support of the Futurity, WG stud offer Silvester’s services at half price to dams of Elite progeny.”