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Trakehner Young Breeders: A focus on the future

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Gabriel Lucano at a Trakehner stallion licensing in Neumünster

By Lukas Weber
Photography: Meike Düsterwald

The Trakehner Young Breeders are like the Trakehner horses and their history: unique. Trakehners originally came from East Prussia from where they had to flee with their breeders in 1945 during the Second World War.

Many settled in Schleswig Holstein, where the Trakehner association is still located today. Trakehner studs, however, exist all over Germany. Therefore, the Trakehner association is divided into 10 breeding districts – each of these with its own youth representative, as we young breeders are located all over Germany, just like the horses. It is therefore challenging to train together on a regular basis, making it all the more enjoyable when we meet again at training courses or competitions, when they occur.

Trakehner Young Breeders at a foal registration: (l-r) Luca Mandler, Tim Vester, Leonie Anders, Gabriel Lucano, Femke Düsterwald, Stella Porath, Sarah Weber, Johanna Kraus, Gwendolyn von Feilitzsch, Moritz Gremmes, Raffaele Lucano, Moritz Hoth

We also support the Trakehner Association at numerous events. The two annual highlights are the licensing in Neumünster and the international Bundestunier. In addition, we also support a variety of both large and small breeding events such as the mare registrations or photo and video sessions for foals. At these and similar events we take on numerous responsible tasks, including the braiding of manes and tails, whip guidance (arena party tasks), and in-hand presentation, linear scoring, filming of the horses, and much more. Through this regular and varied work side by side with the professionals we have the opportunity to learn a lot. These events are a lot of fun and afford us the opportunity to make friends for life.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the Trakehner Verband for their immense trust in us, most especially our current Breeding Director, Neel Heinrich Schoof, who himself began his own career as a young breeder. The wide variety of experiences our members receive working with the Association are not taken for granted, we appreciate that we are very fortunate... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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