Out of Africa and into national limelight

Locally bred Tanganyika gains Elite status.
Locally bred Tanganyika gains Elite status.

HENDERSYDE horse breeder Livy Agnew has earned an elite premium at the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity evaluations, held recently at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre near Edinburgh, with her colt foal, Tanganyika.

The evaluation series aims to identify British-bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show-jumping or endurance, and may even find the Olympic champions of the future.

Tanganyika took a score of 9.00 and an elite premium in the eventing section, which indicates that he has the potential and outlook to perform at international level.

Tanganyika is in the second generation of horses Mrs Agnew has bred. His dam Hendersyde Limpopo, by the thoroughbred Its Without Doubt, was bred by Livy from her mare Africa.

Africa’s first son, Out Of Africa is a successful advanced event horse. He came sixth at the Bramham three-day event this year with Mrs Agnew’s daughter Charlotte.

Tanganyika is by Ken Rehill’s Trakhener stallion Grafenstolz, who heads the stallion rankings for potential eventers at the 2011 Futurity.

Mrs Agnew said: “I am thrilled at how well Tanganyika did at the Futurity. I give all my youngsters African names after my mare Africa, who is the foundation mare for the horses I have subsequently bred.

“Tanganyika is the third son we have had from Limpopo. We hope to get Limpopo back in foal next year to Grafenstolz again.”

In attaining such a high score at the Futurity, Tanganyika has qualified for the Futurity eventing final at Osberton next month and Mrs Agnew plans to possibly take him back to the Futurity next year.

She added: “The long-term aim with Tanganyika is to hopefully get him on the BEF equine pathway for talented young horses and for one of my daughters to event him. I have found the Futurity is a great showcase and it is important in its support of British breeders.”

The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 15 venues throughout the UK. All results are published on the British Breeding website, www.britishbreeding.org