A colt foal, bred at Writtle University College’s Lordships’ Stud, received prestigious ‘Elite’ status at The British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity on August 1st 2019.
Lordships Bare Necessities, known as ‘Baloo’, topped the foal showjumping category and received one of only two Elites awarded at the event. He gained the highest score of the day: 9.25 out of 10.
The achievement was made even more impressive by the link between Baloo’s sire, ‘Balou For Pleasure’, and Writtle University College. The stallion’s dam, Lordships La Rochelle, was also bred by Lordships Stud.
Higher Education Equine Lecturer, Caroline Farr, said: “The students and staff worked hard to prepare and present our own and livery clients’ young horses at the Futurity evaluation and we were extremely proud of the result.
“This is the first Elite award that one of our young horses has received at Lordships Stud and is an amazing achievement. It is testament to the hard work and dedication that the staff and students put into the stud unit and the breeding decisions that are made.”
Baloo wasn’t the day’s only success. Filly Lordships Summerbleum, who was also bred at the stud, received a Gold award in the two-year-old dressage section. Writtle University College’s livery horse, ‘Makin Rock N Rule’, was granted a Gold in yearling eventing.
Writtle University College has excellent equine facilities and is the only UK educational institution to have its own bespoke equine stud on campus. The University College has been acting as a host for The National Futurity grading series since 2010. The series encourages breeders, owners and trainers to bring their young horses forward for evaluation in the areas of dressage, showjumping, eventing and endurance. It runs throughout July and August in a range of venues across the country.
Pennie Wallace, Stud Groom, commented: “We were proud to host the British Breeding Futurity once again this year. It gives our students past and present the opportunity to become involved with a high profile event for the British horse breeding industry and to produce and exhibit our homebred horses from Lordships Stud, which is an integral part of our teaching facilities at Writtle University College.”