Three foals have been born at Writtle College’s Lordships Stud so far this season with another two expected over the coming weeks.
The theme for the names of the foals was put to the student vote with famous sports people and Shakespeare’s characters among the options but ‘birds’ was the clear winner.
World Match, also known as Keira, gave birth to Emu, a chestnut filly by the stallion Elroom, on 1 March. Creole had a black/grey filly named Oriole at 1am on 10 March by the stallion Odermus R. Finally, Mizz Southgate foaled a chestnut filly Lori at 9pm also on 10 March by the stallion Libra K.
There are two more Writtle College foals expected this year:
• Lordships Lollipop, also known as Maddie, is in foal to Wolkenderry and due on 21 April.
• Nether Another, also known as Penny, is in foal to Wooldlander Wavavoom and is due on Monday 5 May.
Amy Mills, Lecturer in Equine Science at Writtle College, said: “The foals are doing well and represent some of the smartest, quality horses we have produced in recent years. We are incredibly pleased with all three and are looking forward to the last two. We spent a lot of time selecting stallions last year and are thrilled that the end result is as good as we had hoped!
“The students choose the theme for the naming of the foals – we have had Greek gods and goddesses as well as chocolate before but this time it is birds. They have to use the first letter of the stallion's name, hence the names Emu, Oriole and Lori. All foals this year belong to the College, so the students have had free rein on name choices! We will announce the registered names of the foals, which will include the ‘Lordships’ prefix shortly.
“We are looking forward to showcasing this year’s crop at the BEF Young Horse Evaluations to be hosted at the College’s Equine Training and Development Centre in the summer. Students will assist us with this and we are hoping for some high scores again.”
• The BEF Futurity evaluation will be hosted at the Equine Training and Development Centre at Writtle College on 14 August 2014. The horse evaluation programme aims to identify the British-bred sport horses of the future.