A unique weekend for horse breeders

A unique weekend for horse breeders

 

 

The International Young Breeders (IYB) Championships will for the first time ever be taking place in the UK this summer. Hosted by the British Young Breeders organisation this event, that brings together young horse breeders from stud books around the world, will be taking place at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire over the first weekend in August 7th – 8th.

 

The IYB championships are affiliated to the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH). Teams of four in senior (20-25yrs) and junior (16-19yrs) categories will compete against each other in various disciplines that are related to the breeding of horses. These include assessing conformation, loose jumping and movement, presenting a horse on the triangle to best show its paces and conformation, as well as taking a short theory test. Prizes will be awarded to the stud book that presents the best teams as well as to successful individuals. At the last championships, which were held in Sweden in 2013, the young breeders representing the Holsteiner Verband Studbook won the overall team championship. This year four British Stud Books – the Anglo European Studbook, the British Hanoverian Horse Society, Warmblood breeders UK and Sport Horse Breeding (GB) – will each, be putting forward a team for the two day event. Against them will be teams representing 18 other WBFSH member studbooks including the Hannoverian Verband, the Holsteiner Verband and Dansk Varmblod.

 

On the Sunday after the championships participants, who will have travelled from Canada as well as Germany, France, Denmark, Austria, Slovenia and Sweden have the opportunity to visit the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park or stay at Hartpury to spectate at the British Breeders Network (BBN) Showcase – a special event for foals, youngstock and mares aimed at British breeders and producers of sport horses. All in all the weekend promises a unique three days of competition especially for those interested in the breeding of sport horses.

 

“The International Young Breeders Championships will be a new concept to many in the UK,” said British Young Breeders Chair Celia Clarke. “We therefore hope that people will take the opportunity to not only come to Hartpury to support us but because we want as many as possible to come and see what it is all about. Hopefully the atmosphere and camaraderie will motivate young people who are interested in breeding to join up and help build the young breeder’s movement in Britain – as they are the future of sport horse breeding in the UK.”