By Chris Gould
Photography: Courtesy CWHBA
The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association has had the pleasure of sending a team of young people to the International Young Breeders’ Championships (IYBC) every year since 2003, and 2022 was no exception.
Coached by former team member Maria Ardito, six young women from across Canada (Mikayla Brummund, Saskatchewan, Hailey Mitford, Avery Caine and Celeste Caskanette, Ontario, Nakisha Molyneux and Tayler Mundt, Alberta) joined 150 other competitors from throughout Europe, in Ermelo, Netherlands from July 7 to 10.
Aside from the satisfaction derived from various levels of success this year, including two members who tied for second in conformation judging and one first in theory, we wanted to know what this trip meant to them.
Hailey Mitford “The opportunity to represent the CWHBA in the Netherlands this past month for the IYBC was an experience like no other. I will forever be grateful for the knowledge I attained on this trip. As someone who hopes to become an equine reproduction specialist, what I learned during these World Championships will remain with me in my future career path, and I will do my best to carry what I learned about the makings of a good sport horse in all future breeding endeavours. A big thank you to CWHBA and the IYBC for this once in a lifetime opportunity!”
Mikayla Brummund “I was honoured to be one of the members of the Canadian Warmblood team that travelled to the Netherlands for the IYBC this July. I learned so much from this experience and can’t wait to further my knowledge. I had a wonderful team and coach which made the experience even more enjoyable. I really loved meeting all the new people from around the world. Finally, my trip wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic organizations that provided sponsorship. I’m looking forward to hopefully representing my country again two years from now in Denmark”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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