British Young Breeders sent four teams to represent the UK at the recent World Breeding Federation For Sport Horses (WBSFH) International Young Breeders (IYB) Championships (8th and 9th August) supported by Baileys Horse Feeds. The British teams represented four studbooks; British Hanoverian Horse Society (BHHS) Warmblood Breeders UK (WBS UK) Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHB-GB) and the Anglo-European Studbook (AES). The squad of 14 was supported by The Elise Pilkington Trust and The Stallion Company. The Championships were held for the first time in the UK at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.
The championships are for teams from member studbooks of the WBFSH. There are two sections; Junior (16-19 years) and Senior (20-25 years). Each team member and individual is assessed in each of four sections; breeding theory, loose jumping and paces, conformation and in-hand presentation.
The WBS UK team was the best of the British in the senior division taking 11th place. This very experienced team scored consistently across the four assessment sections. They also took first place overall for turnout. Team members, Rebecca White and Emily Abbott both gained 100% in the theory section. Camille Best took 6th place in the senior conformation assessment and Rebecca went on to take joint second place in the loose jumping section and 12th in presentation. This was another very solid team performance from Rebecca who was also a key team member of the WBS UK team at the previous World Championship in 2013 in Bollerup, Sweden. Overall, Rebecca finished in 7th place individually and Camille in 15th.
Camille said, “I am thrilled with how well we did. The team score was brilliant and I am delighted to be 15th in the World. I have worked at both Twemlows and Woodlander stud which has given me some really good experience. I am hoping to further my experience over the next two years for the 2017 World Breeding Championships which will be held in Canada”.
The British Young Breeders Senior SHBGB team took 12th place at the Championships. Again an experienced team, of Rosie Bowen, Claire Nicklin and Josh Rees, all of whom had previously represented their country at the World Breeding Championships. Highlights for the team included Claire attaining 100% in the breeding theory test and Rosie finishing best of the British in the senior conformation in 6th place. Josh took 10th place in the loose jumping assessment.
In the junior teams at the Championships, the British AES team finished in 18th place. The team members were Nick and Lotte Van den Oetelaar and the youngest member of the British team Joe Fernyhough (16). The highlight for the team was the junior loose jumping. Nick won this and in doing so earned the title of Junior World Champion for lose jumping, and Lotte finished in fourth place in this section.
Iona Fife represented the SHB GB Studbook as a junior individual at the Championships. Iona scored in the top 25% of competitors in the conformation section with an overall mark of 86%.
Celia Clarke the organiser of British Young Breeders (BYB) commented; “We had some very experienced team members at Hartpury, several of whom have competed in World Championships before. This experience really showed with some fantastically consistent results being recorded. We have some very talented and enthusiastic juniors coming up through the ranks who are learning all the time and are being helped enormously by the team of enthusiastic breeding trainers, including Lynne Crowden and Eva Maria Broomer that the British Young Breeders are so lucky have”.
Lynne Crowden said, “We are delighted with the success of the World Breeding Championships at Hartpury. We were determined to put on the best possible Championships at an amazing venue and so many people ensured that this happened. We are very grateful for all those that lent us horses for the Championship. We needed 30 horses for 70 competitors to run with each day, they all need to be horses that are straightforward and good to handle. Opinion was very positive on the horses we had”.
British Young Breeders is open to anyone aged 15-25 who is involved with the breeding of sport horses and ponies, including riders, students and stud employees. Supported by British Breeding and The British Horse Foundation, BYB provides training in the theory and practice of sport horse breeding as well as developing a lively social network.
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