By Wendy Conlon / IYB
Photography: Ridehesten.com; Wendy Conlon; ADW fotografie-Anniek de Wit
The KWPN studbook’s JongKWPN hosted the WBFSH International Young Breeders (IYB) World Championships sponsored by ‘Horses2fly’ from July 7-9. Totalling 139, participants between the ages of 15 and 25 represented 20 different studbooks from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Sweden, and host country the Netherlands.
The JongKWPN (and KWPN) hosts provided a superb welcome for all, and a truly educational as well as competitive championships, showcasing also presenting the strengths of the KWPN horse. The National Hippisch Centre in Ermelo provided a wonderful setting with its world-class and beautiful facilities of stables, arenas, and indoor schools.
Competitors arrived in Ermelo on Thursday, July 7, first completing a multiple choice assessment, including questions on breeding/reproduction, feeding/nutrition, stable management, the anatomy of the horse, equine health, and international sport. Friday followed with an traits assessment of conformation and athleticism (loose movement and jump). The aim of contestants in these assessment disciplines was to achieve the smallest differentials to the judge’s scores.
Teams were then tested on their abilities to collectively groom, plait, and present a horse, and although this does not form part of the overall championship scores, it’s still an important aspect of the event in which great pride is taken by contestants who delivered some very skilled presentations.
Saturday concluded with a presentation of horses in standing, walk, and trot, testing participants showmanship skills, control, and ability to encourage the best performance from the horses in this situation. Some masterful displays of horsemanship were witnessed in this discipline adding to the overall high standard and creating a very close-run race... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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