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Stone horse has Olympic potential

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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A MOTHER and daughter horse breeding team from Stone have been told one of their horses has Olympic potential.

Toni and Claire Ballantyne, of the Heart of England Equestrian Centre, have gained an elite premium with their colt foal at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held last week at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe.

The colt foal, Dvorak, bred and owned by the pair along with Judy Smith from Melbourne, Australia, attained an elite premium of 9.19, which was one of only three elite premiums awarded out of a total of 49 horses evaluated.

An elite premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international level. The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British-bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. It may even find the stars of the future who will go on to compete at World Championships or become Olympic champions.

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Claire said: "We are just delighted with Dvorak. He is the first foal we have bred and he has attained sensational marks."

Dvorak was bred from Claire and Judy's dressage mare, Fame.

Claire said: "Judy and I bought Fame in 2002 as a four-year-old. She has gone on to compete for 10 consecutive years."

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