Breeder’s horse is among country’s elite destined for stardom

STAR OF THE FUTURE -- Jo Hobson's colt foal, Fascinize, with his mother, Donna Diana. (PHOTO BY: Kevin Sparrow).
STAR OF THE FUTURE -- Jo Hobson's colt foal, Fascinize, with his mother, Donna Diana. (PHOTO BY: Kevin Sparrow).

A foal, owned and bred by a horse-lover from Clowne, has been identified as one of a select band in the country with the potential to compete at international and even Olympic level.

Fascinize is a colt belonging to Jo Hobson, who also owns his mother, Donna Diana. His outstanding promise for the future emerged at a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity event for young horses, which was held at Catherston Stud in Hampshire.

Fascinize was one of only two or three per cent of foals on show to gain an elite premium score. His evaluation of 9.30 was the joint top score of the day and indicated that he has the potential and outlook to perform in international events.

“I am so pleased,” said Jo. “It is brilliant. Fascinise is by the dressage stallion, For Romance. But the quality of the mare is so crucial to breeding success. My mare, Donna Diana has now had four foals, another of which has just been awarded a stete preium in Germany. I am so grateful to Christiuan Heinrich, who found Donna Diana for me.”

More than 800 young horses, up to the age of three, are being evaluated at the BEF Futurity series this year. The aim is to identify horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance.

Fascinize will now receive the direction and support he needs until he matures as a four-year-old, ensuring sustained mental and physical development that prepares him for the competitive arena.

The BEF’s head of equine development Jan Rogers said: “The Futurity premium is a useful aid in assessing horses. We are seeing a marked improvement in the standard of youngsters, which is very good news for British breeding.”