Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Performances Earn National Awards Top Performances

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Performances Earn National Awards Top Performances

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HORSE breeding in the North East is gaining national recognition with three locally bred horses gaining top awards at the recent British Equestrian Federation Futurity Event, held at Richmond Equestrian Centre, writes ANNA HARRIS.

One of the young horses put forward - Ciao Bella, owned by Samantha Brown from Leamside Equestrian Centre, Houghton-le-Spring - has been tipped for success on the world stage after being awarded an elite premium of 9.00 in the dressage section. Such a score indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international level. And two further young horses from the region gained a higher first premium, indicating that the horse has the potential to perform at national level.

These were a two-year-old colt owned by Sarah O'Neill from Newcastle, which attained a score of 8.75 making him the second highest scoring potential endurance horse of the day, and a pony filly foal owned and bred by Louise Smales of Cornsay, Durham, which scored 8.94 in the eventing section.

The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British-bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. Samantha Brown's filly foal Ciao Bella was bred by Lynne Crowden of Northampton. Samantha, who is a former member of the British Junior Dressage team and a member of the British Young Breeders team, bought Ciao Bella's dam Weltregenin when she was in foal with Ciao Bella.

Her mother Beverley said: "We didn't have a young horse for Samantha to ride. Samantha was talking to Lynne Crowden who said she had a perfect mare to breed from and why were we breeding ponies when we wanted a horse?! We are so grateful to Lynne and Samantha is very excited about the future for Ciao Bella."

The foal is by the young stallion Clapton.

Sarah O'Neill's two-year-old gelding Samba B, bred by Anne Brown, was awarded a Higher First Premium in 2013, when he was the highest placed endurance yearling, and he repeated the success this year. …

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