Jump Training (JT)
Blair Horse Trials
Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair is Scotland's leading equestrian event, running over four days in August each year. Olympics medallists compete alongside amateurs in the four International event classes, whilst British Showjumping and showing classes provide a platform for riders in other disciplines to compete at Blair. Baileys are sole feed sponsors and suppliers for the event, and are also on hand to discuss feeding at our tradestand.www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk
BD Novice Freestyle Championships
Novice freestyle to music was originally the brainchild of Jenny Loriston-Clarke, whose Catherston Stud first hosted and sponsored the series, and was responsible for encouraging numerous novice riders to take part. Its popularity has grown enormously over recent years, with the number of qualifying competitions growing from 12 to around 30 throughout the country from May to December.
The top three riders from each qualifier are eligible to compete at Regional Semi-finals, with the prize winners there competing in the final at the Winter Championships at Hartpury College. 2008 saw the Championship divided into Restricted and Open finals for the first time, giving more riders a chance to win a national title as well as the other great prizes on offer.
To find a current list of qualifying competitions for Baileys Novice Freestyle, click here www.britishdressage.co.uk/competitions
NPS Supreme Mountain & Moorland Ridden Championships
Baileys’ support of the NPS Supreme Mountain & Moorland Ridden Championships (previously held at Olympia) began over 25 years ago when a Connemara pony, Tiercel Mystical, bred by the Chairman, George Knowles’ sister-in-law, won the title. Baileys is pleased to continue its long-standing support of the National Pony Society and were particularly excited when the Supreme Ridden Championships moved to the Horse of the Year Show in 2011.
For more details visit www.nationalponysociety.org.uk
BREEDING & STUD
Futurity Young Horse Evaluations
The Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluation series was developed to encourage breeders, owners and trainers of eligible young horses, from foals through to 3 years, to bring their horses forward for evaluation in the areas of Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Endurance.
Youngsters are awarded marks out of 10 for a range of attributes from conformation and paces to athleticism and suitability for their proposed discipline, with those gaining the highest marks being awarded Premiums reflecting these marks. Those scoring an average of 9 or above receive an Elite Premium and are considered potential international performance horses.
As series sponsor, Baileys Horse Feeds takes an active role in each participant’s assessment, considering the condition of each young horse as a reflection of the diet it receives. This provides a valuable insight for breeders into how nutrition can support correct growth and optimise the horse’s ability to fulfil its potential.
Baileys’ qualified nutritionists use a universally recognised Body Condition Scoring system alongside one whereby the horse’s top line and muscle development are assessed. Owners are given a sheet with the nutritionist’s comments and may take the opportunity to discuss the youngster’s diet, whilst Baileys records the data to support their research into sport horse nutrition.
Evaluations take place throughout July and August with 16 dates at 14 venues around the country, from Cornwall to Edinburgh. A youngster may only be evaluated once per year but may be re-evaluated each year as a foal, yearling, two-year-old or three-year-old. Top scorers in each age group and discipline are rewarded at the British Breeders’ Awards Dinner in the January.
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British Breeders' Awards Dinner
The British Breeding Breeders' Awards Dinner is held each January and organised by the registered charity, The British Horse Foundation, with a view to raising money to help support initiatives which promote British breeding. The dinner provides a platform for the recognition of British breeders’ successes during the previous year and is where top Futurity participants receive their awards and certificates.
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BBSH Stallion Event
Baileys support the British Bred Sports Horse (BBSH) by sponsoring the Stallion event, held annually at Hartpury College, in January. This popular event enables breeders to view top class stallions, across a variety of disciplines and available for the season ahead, before the Continental Stallion Shows.
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Horse Driving Trials are like ridden eventing, with dressage, marathon (cross country) and cones phases all contested as part of the same competition. Baileys have supported British Young Drivers (BYD) through the British Horse Driving Trials Association (BHDTA) since 2000 and have helped many youngsters progress through the grades to National, International and Senior competition.
BYD Training Camps
A major part of Baileys’ support goes into a residential annual training clinic held at the Unicorn Trust in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, every Easter. Here youngsters are coached in all aspects of driving technique, stable management, feeding and competition planning.
Young Drivers' National Championships
Held at Newby Hall in August the Baileys Young Drivers’ National Championships offer young people the chance to compete against drivers of their own age separately from the National Driving Championships for Senior drivers. Drivers are aged between 10 and 25 years of age and may compete with single ponies, pairs or tandems.
Annual Endurance GB Awards
Baileys provide prizes for the main championship winners at the annual Endurance GB awards which reward the riders that gained the most points throughout the season.
Point to Pointing
Baileys support a number of regional point to points each year as well as point to point jockeys, Mark Wall and James Owen. Mark Wall rides and has his own small yard of horses in training, whilst James Owen acts as assistant to prolific trainer, John Ferguson.