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Young Breeders Program

2005 Competition, Vilhelmsborg, Denmark
2003 Competition, Minderhout, Belgium

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2017 IYBC Special Edition


A Special Edition Breeder's Digest was produced in conjunction with the International Young Breeders Competition being held at Spruce Meadows, July 20-22, 2017.  Many thanks to the sponsors and advertisers.

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View the photographs from the 2017 Championships held in Canada at the prestigious Spruce Meadow on this Facebook page. Special thanks to Vivian Millard for these incredible pictures.

History of the Young Breeders Competition

The International Young Breeders World Championships is a youth orientated event sponsored by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) that occurs every other year. The event was established in Germany, and the first Championships were held in 2001 in Verden. Since 2001, WBFSH member studbooks from around the world each take turns hosting the International Championships. The event has been hosted in locations such as Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, France, Sweden, and Great Britain.

In 2017, the International Young Breeders Championships will travel to North America for the first time to be hosted at the prestigious Spruce Meadows facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association has been chosen as the host studbook for the event, which will run from July 20-22, 2017.

The International Championships typically attract youth participants from over 20 separate studbooks worldwide. Youth between the ages of 16-25 are eligible to compete, and each studbook is able to send two teams to represent them. These teams are divided into two age groups. Junior competitors are between the ages of 16-19, and Senior competitors are between the ages of 20-25. Competitors from each team are required to compete in four different categories - Evaluating Conformation on the Triangle, Evaluating Loose Gaits and Free Jumping, Showmanship, and a Written Theory Exam.

The objective of the International Young Breeders is to bring together young people from different studbooks, countries and languages and to allow them the opportunity to compete, learn, network, and have fun! The CWHBA looks forward to welcoming everyone in 2017.

The original idea for Young Breeders Competition was born in Germany, more particularly in the Hanoverian Studbook. Some twenty years ago, Dr. Ludwig Christmann wanted to involve the youth more intensively in breeding matters. His idea was warmly welcomed and soon young breeders associations were founded in all regions of the German studbooks. The regional contests resulted in a national young breeders competition in Germany.

In 2001, the Hanoverian Studbook organized a highly qualitative International Young Breeders Competition. The competition took place on the occasion of the European Dressage Championships in Verden, Germany. Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland as well as 12 German breed associations participated.

The ideas about the International Young Breeders Competitions are to bring young breeders together across breeding associations, countries, and languages. They are going to compete in five disciplines, but above all, the aim is to get together, make new friends, and create new contacts. This overall aim already seems to be fulfilled. Many contacts have been made and the young breeders have begun to use their new network for instance by visiting each other.

Report on 2005 WHFSH Young Breeders Championship

Held August 26 - August 29, 2005 in Vilhelmsborg Denmark

Pictured from left to right: Shauna Biddulph, Sabrina Gillespie, 
Wendy Gielis Chef'dEquipe, Monique Gielis, Whitney Steeves, 
Cindy Orr, Andrea Volasko

In August 2005, the CWHBA sent a team of young breeders to the WBFSH Young Breeders Championship in Denmark. The WBFSH Young Breeders Championship is held every two years and hosted by one of its members. The next competition will be held in 2007, place yet to be determined.

This was the second time Canada participated in the Championship Competition and this summer try-outs were held all over the country. Six young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were selected to represent Canada in this competition.

Team members were:
Senior team: Monique Gielis ON, Cindy Orr AB, Andrea Volasko ON
Junior team: Sabrina Gillespie AB, Whitney Steeves ON, Shauna Biddulph SK.
Chef d,Equipe was Wendy Gielis ON, who competed in the previous WBFSH Championship held in Belgium in 2003.

The competition consists of 3 parts, a written quiz on knowledge, presenting a horse on the triangle, and judging. The judging consists of 3 parts, judging mares in hand, evaluating free movements of the horse, and evaluating horses over jumps.

This year 15 teams competed, coming from Canada, the USA, Great Britain and all over Europe. Each studbook sent a team of 3 juniors and 3 seniors, for a total of 45 juniors and 45 seniors competing.

The competition gave the Canadian team members a chance to meet with young breeders from other studbooks, and also to find out how their judgment for horses and knowledge of the breeding industry measured up to members of some of the best known studbooks in the world. Although the Canadian senior team only received part of their quiz, they did very well. Monique Gielis placed 6th and Cindy Orr placed 11th individually. Monique tied for second highest score in judging and placed 3rd in presenting. Cindy, who also participated in the previous championship in Belgium, obtained the 3rd highest score in judging. Overall the CWHBA team placed 10th out of 15, a very good showing.

The competition was held at the headquarters of the Danish Warmblood Association where the competitors slept in tents. The Canadian team stayed in Denmark for a few more days and did some sightseeing. The trip was made possible by the generosity of the CWHBA and the Banyan Tree Foundation.

The CWHBA has several Young Breeders Groups across Canada. For more information contact the National Young Breeders Committee:

A group of Young Breeders at a training session at Aaross Farm, Ontario in 2005.

2003 Competition, Minderhout, Belgium

In 2003, the Belgian Warmblood Studbook (BWP) took the responsibility to organize the second edition of this competition, under the recognition of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. In Minderhout, Belgium, the first non-European team joined the competition. The participation of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association team emphasized the worldwide interest of young breeders for horse breeding.

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