Great results for British young breeders

By: Horse Deals

Great results for British young breeders
Great results for British young breeders

British Young Breeders (BYB) took part for the first time in the International Breeders Championships in Lyon, France last week.  Sponsored by The Stallion Company and Unipart Leisure they had impressive results.  The Championships were set up to help nurture promising young handlers and breeders from around the world to become the grading judges of the future. 

The International Championship tests young breeders skills in breeding theory, conformation judging, the assessment of paces at liberty and loose jumping and handling on the triangle.  There are two sections for the Championships, Junior (16-19 years) and Senior (20-25 years).

Sammy Render of the Anglo European Studbook senior team was 10th individually in the hotly contested senior section competing against more than 60 representatives of major European studbooks that have been training for and taking part in these sorts of competitions for over 20 years. An individual silver medal went to Laura Humphreys of the Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK senior team for the senior conformation judging section and individual bronze to Emma Williams of the British Hannoverian Horse Society senior team in the loose jumping judging section. Best junior was well-known young dressage rider Samantha Brown of the BHHS junior team, which came 2nd.

Celia Clarke, the BYB coordinator was quick to thank all those that helped make this first trip so rewarding, "we are all very grateful to Lynne Crowden, Judith Davis, Katy Holder-Vale and Nicole Nelson for preparing the young breeders so well. The UK team members had to spend not only hours at home studying the theory of sport horse breeding but also many days at various studs including Woodlander, Witcham House and Hawtins learning how to both present horses in grading style and judge them."

Lynne Crowden of Woodlander Stud, who not only led most of the training but also attended the Championships themselves as team trainer, guide and mentor, said "I am very proud of all the team members and they have been a pleasure to work with".

The Championships are held bi-annually, they will next be held in 2013 at the Flyinge Stud in Sweden. In the meantime the training in the UK will devolve to the separate studbooks using an agreed common syllabus and possibly a UK national Young breeders championship to help assess progress.

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