Optimising Youngstock Growth and Development

The Gerald Leigh Lectures were once again held at the Sales Paddocks, Newmarket on the 12th June 2024 by kind permission of Tattersalls.

Gerald Leigh was a prominent owner breeder of racehorses based at Eydon Hall Farm in Northamptonshire. He established himself as a leading international breeder by developing strong families with a small but select broodmare band.

On the racecourse, he achieved international success with Classic and Group 1 wins in England, Ireland, France, America, Canada and Australia. Amongst these victories, Markofdistinction delivered a first Group 1 success for jockey Frankie Dettori in the 1990 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. His homebred Barathea, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in a course record, was named “European Horse of the Year” at the 1994 Cartier Awards. Among his commercial successes in the sales ring, his broodmare Korveya was sold for a world-record $7 million in 1998.

The BCET are incredibly grateful for the continued support from his Charitable Trust.

This year’s theme was entitled “Optimising Youngstock Growth and Development” which attracted a large audience to hear some prominent and distinguished guest speakers discuss some very relevant topics.

Refreshments and a delicious lunch were provided by Crown Caterers.

Introduction - What has changed in last 20 years of preparing youngstock for sales

Fred Barrelet MRCVS

Rossdales Ltd

Influence of Maternal and Environmental Factors During the Prenatal Period on the Athletic Potential of the Foal

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer Palmer DVM, Ph.D.


The Effect of Season on Mare and Foal Nutrition

Joe Pagan, Ph.D.

Kentucky Equine Research, USA

An Overview of Foal Purchase at Public Auction

Jamie Railton

Parasites and Resistance on UK Stud Farms How worried do we need to be?

Professor Jacqui Matthews, FRCVS

Austin Davis Biologics Ltd

Pasture Management to Optimise Parasite Control

Paul Overton

Integrating Diagnostics into Sustainable Equine Helminth Control Programmes

Professor Jacqui Matthews, FRCVS

Austin Davis Biologics Ltd

Surgical Solutions for Limb Deformities & Long Term Follow Up

Abigail Kent, MRCVS

Rossdales Ltd

Raising the Foal for Optimal Future Performance

Dr Rebecca Mouncey, MRCVS

Royal Veterinary College

A Stud Manager's Approach to Soundness

Julian Dollar

Newsells Park Stud Ltd

Growth and Development of Youngstock: Finding the right balance

Joe Pagan, Ph.D.

Kentucky Equine Research, USA


Fred Barrelet, MRCVS

Rossdales Ltd