By Raigo Kollom/ESKS
Photography: Courtesy ESKS
The Estonian Sporthorse Breeders Society (Eesti Sporthobuste Kasvatajate Selts) has already been sponsoring and organizing national young horse championships in Estonia for many years. The annual competition rotates between different equestrian centres in Estonia and in 2019 it will be hosted by Perila Stables (40 kms from the country’s capital, Tallinn).
A leading figure and the owner of Perila Equestrian Centre, Paul Argus is himself a Grand Prix level rider. Last year he won the six-year-old class at the Estonian Breeding Jumping Championship for Young Horses with his Estonian sport horse (ESH) Jay Zee B (Johnson x Lord Z, bred by Dina Ellermann).
However, the highlight for all Estonian sport horse breeders was in 2017 when Argus finished in sixth place at the showjumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken with his five-year-old Estonian sport horse (ESH) Ping Pong V (Ponsee V x Calvino Z, bred by Peeter Viiard). As he recently sold his Grand Prix level horse Caesar (Cash x Agrovorms Amerigo, bred byt Hinno Nokkur) to China, we can now proudly say that we have an ESH ambassdor in Asia.
The Estonian Breeding Jumping Championship for Young Horses is a two-day competition for four- to six-year-old years old horses, that attracts around 30 participants in each class. The champions within each age group are determined by a jump-off on the second day. Many Estonian Grand Prix riders enter in order to showcase their future stars, some they’ve bred themselves, or sometimes presenting young talents bred and trained by other breeders.
When the Estonian Breeding Jumping Championship for Young Horses began it was mostly imported horses who became the champions, but over the last decade the tables have turned, and in recent years we are delighted to say that championship titles have been taken by Estonian sport horses.
Recently, the most popular imported semen for Estonian spot horse breeding has come from well-known stallions such as I’m Special De Muze, Quality Time, Vigo d’Arsouilles, Eldorado van de Zeschoek, Starpower TN, etc., as well as other representatives of the BWP and KWPN studbooks.
If you are interested in seeing future stars in Estonia ‘live’ person, please visit Perila, July 20-21, or follow the live broadcast on the studbook website: