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Latvian Warmblood Studbook supports young breeders

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In-hand presentation during the October 2023 Latvian Young Breeders Championships. Liana Stulpina, Latvian Young Breeders senior champion

By Laine Orbidane / IYB
Photography: Aija Luse, Luize Dinsdorfa, Jolanta Rothberga

The activities of Young Breeders of the Latvian Warmblood studbook supported by the Latvian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association started only two years ago, in 2021. Membership of International Young Breeders was the first step alongside building a team to participate in the 2022 World Champinships in Ermelo, the Netherlands.

In October 2023 we hosted our first Latvian Young Breeders National Championships, and Diana Pelsa, a senior member of the Latvian World Championship team in shares her experiences: Progressing from her involvement in young breeders, Diana recently used her experiences and knowledge gained to offer back as a judge at the recent National Championships during the in-hand discipline. She is also studying and practicing to become an inspector for the Latvian Warmblood Studbook in the future.

LWB Young breeders in training clinics during preparation and team building for the
championships. (l-r) Anna Sellere, Liana Stulpina, Sendija Samohvalova, Alise Lutinska, coach Laine Orbidane, Diana Pelsa, Evita Bogomola, Velta Krustina, Madara Soma

First steps in horse breeding

According to Diana; “I have always aspired to breed horses – it’s been my dream, my plan. When I first came across a social media post about pre-selection for the Latvian Young Breeders team and the opportunity to take part in the Young Breeders World Championship, I made the decision to devote 100% of my efforts towards it. I felt the opportunity presented as a step toward realising my dream.
“I bought my first horse already with the intention of breeding. She was a four-year-old, Latvian Warmblood (LWB) mare that I sourced in 2017 directly from her breeder with whom I was training at that time. In 2022, I celebrated my first foal from this mare. Then in 2019 I purchased a wonderful nine-year-old LWB gelding for jumping training, who turned out to be a bit ‘spicy’.
“I graduated from the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies in 2021 with a Professional Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and Zootechnician in Breeding. Furthermore, also in 2021, I joined as a member Latvian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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