By Chris Gould / CWHBA
Photography: Courtesy CWHBA and private collection
The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association has sent a team to every International Young Breeders Championship since 2003. Run biennially, the event provides young people with an opportunity to learn about the breeding side of the horse industry and to meet and engage with like-minded youth from around the world.
The CWHBA supports the program because we strongly believe our youth will benefit by making friends, visiting new regions of the world, and learning the fundamentals of breeding and selection. Secondarily, of course, we hope they will be inspired to become active breeders themselves. We are convinced that we are achieving the first goal and we are very pleased that the second is proving to be true as well.
In fact, we are so proud of this legacy that we’d like to share a few follow-up stories.
Laura Iversen – our longest-running participant – competed in the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 championships. She has volunteered at countless sales and breeding shows, at inspections running breeders’ horses, as well as breeding and competing her own Canadian Warmbloods. She is now working as a veterinary receptionist.
Heather Cowell from Ontario, a member of the 2015 team that competed in England, was the fortunate breeder of CWHBA’s 10,000th horse, and was the recently elected president of the Ontario Chapter.
Andrea Volasko (2003 participant), is an active and successful breeder of Canadian Warmbloods as well a superlative trainer and competitive rider... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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