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An Online Auction With a Difference

British Breeding Launch the First Futurity Elite Online Auction

Unlike studbook or private auctions, the Futurity Elite Online Auction drew on around 400 Futurity entries this year to create a selection of 41 exceptional lots with superb pedigrees, but above all with the highly respected seal of approval that comes from achieving a Gold or even an Elite Premium at the BB Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations.

Says British Breeding Director Jane Marson:

“The Futurity qualification is what makes the Futurity Elite Online Auction unique: Buyers can bid with confidence, in the knowledge that every young horse or foal for sale has been through a rigorous assessment by a highly experienced, independent international team of evaluators, as well as by our head veterinarian and nutritionist, ensuring that our collection is of the highest quality, with strong emphasis on ability, performance, conformation and soundness. On top of the virtual evaluation, all the foals and young horses have been physically vetted and full reports are available on the auction listings. The 2 and 3 year olds have also had rigorous x-rays and these are available to be viewed on request from potential buyers’ vets.”

We have a selection of 41 of the best progeny available in the UK for sale via online auction from 25-27th September 2020. They are divided into disciplines with the order being oldest first and then in alphabetical order of the dam’s sire. A pre-view catalogue is available on the British Breeding website which links to each horse’s futurity result, full pedigree and further information. This is available at:

The auction website is now live with bidding starting from the morning of the 25th and ending in the evening of the 27th. Each lot is staggered by 5minutes and we start with the Dressage horses, then the Eventers and finish with the Showjumpers. We have partnered with who run the GRAND PRIX SALES auctions among others and the auction will be live on Registration to bid is very easy, so please do register before the end of the bidding period.

To register for the preview webinars and End of Season Celebration/Auction Finale, visit

A webinar dedicated to introducing the Dressage Collection will take place on Friday, 25th September at 7pm UK time.

The End of Season Celebration which coincides with the final bid ups for the auction takes place on 27th September from 5.30pm.



We have an absolutely top class group of eventing youngsters which has the higher numbers of older youngsters with two 3yr olds and two 2yr olds along with some stunning foals. The section is headed up with the stunning three year old colt, Britannia’s Bijou, who is out of Headley Britannia’s daughter, Bella Britannia. This colt is already working beautifully on the flat and has got his first mare in foal. He is by the diminutive Littledale Bright Star who has a number of top class event horses to his progeny list.

He is followed on by our other three year old, again already broken, Quirimus, who is by the 1.60m Showjumper Quirifino Z out of a Primitive Rising mare so he has the pedigree to excel.
These two three year olds are followed by the 2yr old, Pencos Highland Celt, who is by the late Cevin Z out of a Landmark mare who herself competed BE. This is a stunning colt who not only has all the conformational attributes to become a class event horse but he has a temperament to dream of – to the extent that even the vet remarked on it during his vetting. He is followed by a 2yo filly by the Grand Prix dressage stallion T Movistar (Tango) out of a Thoroughbred mare with good racing dam lines.

We then go to a list of six superb foals, you could only wish for, which is kicked off by the ELITE scoring Future Iconic Pleasure which scored 9s across the board. Bred in the purple for eventing by the exciting young stallion Future Guilty Pleasure out of a Contendro I mare and well related to a plethora or International event horses.

The quality of this foal list is incredible, with progeny of Olympic sires and dam lines related to multiple International horses.

‘We really could not have hoped for a stronger line up for the first ever Futurity Elite Auction of future eventing stars. It is a real opportunity for buyers to secure a future star’ says Jane Marson, Director of British Breeding.

Register for the preview webinar on Wednesday at 7pm at


An exciting selection are bred for showjumping and will go under the hammer 25-27 September. A preview webinar of the showjumping entries will take place on Thursday 24th September at 7pm.

We have an absolutely top class group of showjumping youngsters which is made up of two yearlings along with some stunning foals. The line up of sires of these youngsters reads like a who’s who of Showjumping stallions including two Olympic stallions; Casallco, Silvester, Je T’aime Flamenco, Christian 25, Fabrice van Overis Z, Caretino Glory, Billy Um Bongo, Contendro I, Escape Z and Cassionato. The section starts with a super yearling colt, Conco, by Casslco out of a Concorde mare. He is then followed by the stunning dark grey yearling filly by the well know Carthago stallion, Silvester. We then move onto the foals, well what a line up, starting with Springtime Flamenco, a super Je T’aime Flamenco colt, then on with one after another of the 8 foals offering superb sire and damline pedigrees that are bred to jump. We even have a ‘Captain Tom’, a lockdown foal born just after Sir Captain Tom’s 100th, who Is by Contendro I out of a Lux mare.

‘We really could not have hoped for a stronger line up for the first ever Futurity Elite Auction of future showjumping stars. It is a real opportunity for buyers to secure a future star’ says Jane Marson, Director of British Breeding

The Preview catalogue is currently available at:

Register for the preview webinar on Thursday at 7pm at

The AUCTION starts on Friday 25th September and ends on Sunday 27th September from 6pm.


Say British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer:

“It is always difficult to comment on a collection like this and identify particular favourites or stand out lots. The strength of this selection is its diversity and a direct reflection of what makes the Futurity so interesting: a way of taking the pulse of Britain’s breeding industry and highlighting its creativity and ingenuity in creating a compelling cocktail of top international sires and the very best of Dutch, Danish, German and of course a good dose of homegrown British lines. Above all, we see breeders increasingly investing in excellent motherlines, which is extremely encouraging.”

One example of a very interesting use of motherliness is Lot 7, bred by Liz Ball of Bramble Stud, in the catchily named colt foal Womble of Wimbledon.

Womble is by the British bred stallion and son of Farouche, Woodlander Wild Child, who is now standing at the State Stud in Celle. What is interesting is that Womble’s mother, Duffy Diamond, comes from the same family as Farouche, the line of Erlenkette. Crossing F-line blood back onto this mare family created not only Farouche, but also the Bundeschampionat winner Fürst Fabio and Sönke Rothenberger’s international Grand Prix horse Favourit. Fürst Fabio is, in fact, out of Duffy Diamond’s mother Waldrose who also bred the Grand Prix horse Sir Eon and who has two grandchildren at international PSG/Inter I level in San Fabia and Penhaligon’s Juniper.

Other Lots represent different approaches, such as Lot 15, Wickwater Riley, bred by Laura Davis, who stayed resolutely Dutch in her choices. This colt foal will be particularly interesting to fans of the great Glamourdale, with whom Riley, by Lord Leatherdale out of a Negro mare, shares ¾ of his pedigree, which proved to be such a successful combination over the years.

The auction candidate with the highest Futurity score is bred by Andrea Nigam in Lot 8, Primero’s Ultimate Dream GHS, a colt foal who was awarded a Futurity Elite, which means that his overall scores from the vet, and scores from the international panel for conformation, walk, trot and canter, averaged over 9. He is by Dream Boy out of a Don Primero mare with showjumping lines behind that produced the Grand Prix showjumper Elpasso.

Another Futurity Elite entry is Lot 11, RHL Valhalla’s Law, a colt foal bred by Emma Jackson and Becky Jackson-Colwill of Roundhill Law Sport Horses. He is by Vitalis out of a Florestan mare who has already produced PSG progeny in Rezzonico by Rubin Cortes and who is the full sister of three advanced level dressage horses. The direct motheline produced the licensed stallion Flavigny, also by Florestan.

Says Dr Eva-Maria Broomer:

“This year, out of over 400 entries, only 7 Elites were awarded across all ages from foal to 4 years old, and across all disciplines, which shows what a fantastic achievement this really is. We are delighted to have 2 of them in our dressage collection!”

Of course this year, the Futurity had to rise to the challenge of Covid 19 and come up with some innovative ways to ensure the continued input of international evaluators, which is key to the series’ philosophy. Through Zoom conferencing, the Futurity brought together, from Germany, the highly successful breeder and respected judge Hans-Heinrich Brüning, the journalist Drs Bert van Wanrooij who looks back on decades of experience in Dutch equestrianism, as well as Rik van Miert, who served many years as the Vice President of the World Breeding Federation for Sports Horses, and as a director of the BWP.

Says Futurity evaluator Drs Bert van Wanrooij:

“This year it was my first time evaluating at the British Breeding Futurity, but it certainly won’t be my last. It is a totally unique system, having the veterinarian input, but also the way in which a lot of time for consideration is given to every entry, looking carefully at conformation, walk, trot and canter. At big events on the Continent, you can sometimes be in a rush and you rarely get to see the canter, which is so important. At the Futurity, each entry is given plenty of time for careful consideration for a thorough and fair evaluation.”

Highly valuable input was provided by veterinarian and nutritionist experts, who were meticulous in assessing every entry and provided what makes the Futurity unique: A rounded assessment not only to recognise excellence and assess correctness of conformation, but also to support the management of the Futurity candidates in view of improving long term soundness and welfare. To be considered for the auction, all entries had to score highly in their veterinary assessment in particular.

Says Jane Marson:

“Online auctions deliver exactly what vendors and buyers are looking for now: an accessible and convenient way of promoting quality youngsters and connecting breeders, owners, riders and producers from across the world. We are excited to be at the forefront of these developments and to offer our Futurity breeders this truly outstanding new opportunity.”

The auction selection can be pre-viewed on the British Breeding website,, where interested buyers can access the details of each lot’s Futurity evaluation. Full preview catalogue can be viewed at
Bidding on the website opens on 25th September and finishes on 27th September. Live auction in association with at

Says Rachael Holdsworth:

“In the run up to the auction we will be holding several interesting webinars, in which we will talk to some of our evaluators and to industry figures about our lots to give interested buyers a detailed insight into the wonderful foals and young horses available. We will also invite some of our breeders to join us, so you have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the background of our auction lots. To round things off, and also to celebrate the fantastic Futurity season we had this year, we will hold a final Futurity Roundup and Celebration webinar on the last night of the auction.”

A webinar dedicated to introducing the Dressage Collection will take place on Friday, 25th September at 7pm UK time.

The End of Season Celebration which coincides with the final bid ups for the auction takes place on 27th September from 5.30pm.


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