Posted on 26th November 2019

Equine Bridge toppers receive free BE 2020 Season Tickets

Tinka’s de Niro (Dark Deniro x Tinka’s Boy, breeder Lynn Stageman) and Catherston Oakley (Opposition Bombshell x Dutch Gold, breeder Anne Dicker ) topped their respective age groups of six year olds and five year olds at the Equine Bridge Assessment days each earning their BE prize of a Horse Season Ticket for the 2020 season.


Tinka’s de Niro’s breeder Lynn Stageman was delighted with the outcome of the two day assessment of her talented horse, ridden by Laurence Hunt: “We had a great two days and found the feedback invaluable. The training with Yogi was fantastic and we are excited about the future with ‘Leon’.

Charlotte Dicker, owner of Catherston Oakley was delighted with her horse and found the two days educational and the professional feedback invaluable. 

Hosted over two days at Addington Manor in October, the horses with their riders had a 45 minute training session with Yogi Breisner, a 45 minute feedback and evaluation session with the senior veterinarian Dr Jane Nixon together with a team of a professional saddler, farrier and nutritionist, provided by Baileys Horse Feeds. A 20 minute evaluation followed by a team of international experts, under saddle with their own rider, as well as with the test rider, 2018 European Young Rider bronze medallist Alex Kennedy, who provided valuable feedback on the horses.

Darrell Scaife was the eventing expert on the assessor panel, joined by Rik van Miert from Belgium, who has been instrumental in the World Breeding Federation Association, Mikael Nolan who in Sweden is responsible for the assessment of young horses and stallions for the Swedish Warmbloods and Frank de Kok, a renowned dressage horse producer from the Netherlands.

British Eventing offers the following prizes at the Equine Bridge days:
Top three four year old horses: the owner or rider receives a Day Pass Membership and three horse Day Passes
Top three five year old horses: BE Full BE Horse Season Ticket
Top three six year old horses: BE Full BE Horse Season Ticket

The Equine Bridge was re-launched in 2019 with a new format allowing for independent assessment of talented British-bred horses by a highly respected international panel of sport horse assessors. For a horse to be eligible for the Equine bridge it has to be British-bred and must have scored a British Breeding Futurity assessment of 8.00 or higher for new Futurity participants. (or 8.5 or above under the old pre-2018 system). To qualify your three, four or five year old, British Breeding are again running three to five year old Futurity qualifiers in 2020 and welcome experienced Futurity participants and newcomers alike. Dates will be announced on the British Eventing and British Breeding website.

British Eventing, together with British Dressage and British Show Jumping, work with British Breeding to encourage the development of young British bred sport horses for all competition levels with the ultimate goal to have British teams on British bred horses on the highest international podiums.

British Breeding published the list of 2019 Equine Bridge eligible horses on their website here