By Amber Heintzberger
Photography: Bethany P Photography
The North American Studbook’s Young Horse Show Series presented by Spy Coast Farms included two competitions in July: a dressage-focused show at High Point Hanoverians in Maryland on July 9, and a jumper-focused show at Allforit Farm in Virginia on July 10.
At High Point Hanoverians, farm owner and rider Larissa Barilar rode several of the farm’s young horses to competitive success, and said the farm has hosted Young Horse Shows for six or seven years now. “We love it. Our head trainer, Klaus Schengber started going around the country as a handler for the series’ founder, Jean-Yves Tola, and we thought we should host a show. It’s a great atmosphere and a nice opportunity to get your young horse out before you ride it; it’s nice that you can show them at liberty too rather than just in-hand. Just seeing them on a triangle is limited, but at liberty you can see all three gaits. The free jumping is also nice. The classes are friendly and there’s not a lot of pressure. It was Riobamba’s first show and because it was at home it was easy for us. I think a lot of breeders have that opportunity.”
She explained that they have more dressage than jumper horses at their farm, so it worked out well that the show at Allforit Farm featured jumper classes. Since they have limited stabling, as well, she said it was nice to have the two shows, fairly close together, on the same weekend. While all types of horses competed at the show, they didn’t host any jumping classes.
Riobamba (Rosenthal x De Niro x Jazz) was, in fact, the high scorer of the show. “She’s three years old and has been under saddle consistently for about two months,” said Barilar. “She has a good work ethic like Rosenthal’s offspring typically do. We stood him at stud before he died and she’s the very last of his offspring, which is exciting in regards to breeding her someday. I’d like to bring her up the levels; she has a super hind leg and gaits. I call her Bumble Bee because she’s just like a worker bee.”
While Barilar only rode the one horse, another Highpoint-bred horse also saw success at the show. Capriola (Coeur d’Amour x Kannan), a two-year-old now owned by Ashley Norris, competed both in-hand and at liberty. “We bred her and sold her, and she came back to visit. It’s great to see her doing well,” she said. “Compass (Coeur d’Amour x Fürst Impression), owned by Caroline Chaney, is also one we bred that came back as a two-year-old. It’s so much fun to see them come back to our farm because the youngsters change so much in a year or two.”
Hibernia, who showed in-hand, is one that Barilar owns but did not breed. “She’s by Harvest out of a Rosenthal mare. I bought her mother in foal after she was bred because I’m obsessed with the Rosenthal line. Hopefully she’s another dressage horse for me as well as a future broodmare. The Harvest line brings something different to our program.”
Barilar was enthusiastic about the weekend. “I hope the young horse series goes on for a long time,” she said. “It’s a great avenue for breeders to show off their offspring and give them a good, positive experience. It’s a great opportunity to get them off the farm or even on the farm to see the atmosphere of a show with all the banners and things like that. We’re hoping to make it to the finals in Tryon with at least a three-year-old.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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