Futurity Equine Bridge

Our Futurity graduate 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 2017 will be notified as soon as we are able.

Equine Bridge Assessors:

David Trott and/or Dan Greenwood (Dressage)
Chris Hunnable (Eventing)
Frederick Bergendorff (Showjumping)

Further information:

Society of Master Saddlers vouchers for eligible and accepted Equine Bridge horses read more

Email us

Related News

Please select a link below

Great Britain’s eventing squad announced for Europeans
The British Equestrian Federation has today, 27 July 2017, announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded eventing squad that will compete at the FEI ...
27.07.17
A statement from the Chair of the British Equestrian Federation, Joanne Shaw
It is with great regret that I can confirm that Clare Salmon has resigned from her position as Chief Executive and will be leaving the British Equestr...
20.07.17
BHS Launch the Equine Excellence Pathway
The British Horse Society launches the Equine Excellence Pathway, supporting those who want to work in the equestrian industry gain the qualifications...
17.07.17
Three British athletes set to make championship debuts
The British Equestrian Federation has today, 14 July 2017, announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded para-equestrian dressage squad which will co...
14.07.17
BEF Office Closure
The British Equestrian Federation office will be closed on Monday 10 July and will open again on Tuesday 11 July 2017.
07.07.17
BEF LAUNCHES YOUNG EQUESTRIAN PROGRAMME
The BEF have launched a new personal development programme to support athletes coming up through the youth development pathway.
04.07.17
BEF comment in response to ‘Every Sport Matters'
BEF comment in response to ‘Every Sport Matters’, the challenge to UK Sport from 11 unfunded NGBs
29.06.17
FEI Campus launches
The FEI has launched FEI Campus, a unique and free e-learning gateway for everyone with a love of horses and equestrian sport, wherever they are in th...
21.06.17