Our Long Term Equine Development (LTED) programme is called The Futurity Equine Bridge.
Horses which have scored at least 8.5 in their three year old Futurity assessment will be invited to a Futurity Equine Bridge selection day under saddle as four year olds. The aim of the day is to assess the horse once it has begun its ridden work and includes a simple ridden assessment on the flat for dressage horses and on the flat and over a small course of fences for showjumping and eventing candidates. Sports ponies are also included. All horses then undergo a vet/farrier assessment.
Following the selection days, if horses are believed still to demonstrate their Futurity potential, they will be invited on to the Equine Bridge.
Once on the Bridge, horses receive support by way of vouchers which are redeemable against saddle and bridle fitting courtesy of the Society of Master Saddlers, coaching, training, treatment and a variety of other support and development initiatives.
The Equine Bridge was has been running since 2013 and <20% of those which attend are accepted. This is why it is very important to maximise your chances by having your horses carefully and quietly produced by accomplished professional young horse producers.
On the Equine Bridge selection day, four year old horses are expected to be able to move forwards supply and elastically and remain balanced through turns and transitions. Fences will be no more than 80cm for showjumpers and eventers (smaller for sports ponies if required, but most do not require it) and the same principles apply. Eventers must gallop. We do not expect horses to have been over produced, simply be willing to move forward in a supple and balanced way.
This point is worth making again: Early production and standard of riding is very important. Rider ability and confidence has a crucial impact on your horse's way of going.
Equine Bridge days 2016 will be at Solihull in late November. Invitations will be sent to eligible horses by email.
David Trott and/or Dan Greenwood (Dressage)
Chris Hunnable (Eventing)
Frederick Bergendorff (Showjumping)
Society of Master Saddlers vouchers for eligible and accepted Equine Bridge horses read more