Lexington, KY: The AHS has many youth members riding, showing and breeding Hanoverian horses. We would like to bring these members together for some fun, education, and camaraderie. We hope to educate young people about breeding care, presenting horses in hand and free jumping, and judging conformation. Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 are invited to participate. Once this group is well established, they can compete together in International Young Breeders competitions. These competitions are meant to bring young breeders together across breeding associations, countries, and languages at an annual international meeting. They compete in five disciplines, but the aim is to get together, make new friends, and create new contacts. We are looking to educate young people (under 25) in the hopes of one day putting together a team to represent the United States in the International Young Breeders World Championships.
Whether you own a horse or not, and even if your family isn’t involved in breeding, there is a place for you here to enjoy horses and like-minded friends! We hope this will be a great experience to learn to evaluate the suitability of sport horses of all different breeds and for all different disciplines. It is a good opportunity for the riders to learn to judge the horses’ potential from the ground. You will learn about the horses’ conformation, and how to evaluate the horses’ strong and weak points. Also you will learn how to present the horses in-hand, evaluating free-jumping, and theory. Competitions consist of 3 parts, a written quiz on knowledge, presenting a horse on the triangle, and judging. The judging consists of 3 parts, judging mares in hand, evaluating free movements of the horse, and evaluating horses over jumps.
One of our first goals is to make some connections between all of you and what better way to do it then on Facebook! So be sure to like the American Hanoverian Society Young Breeders Club Facebook page!
Our longterm vision is to plan a young breeders camp, clinics, and eventually field a junior team to the International Young breeders Championships. Be sure to check out the following link to learn more http://www.young-breeders.com/. While exploring the site go to World Championships and then Regulations. This page tells you all about the program and gives additional links with written questions, and judges’ cards. Another terrific part to read is the history page. There you will learn that the original idea for Young Breeders Competition was born in Germany, more particularly in the Hanoverian Studbook. Some twenty years ago, Dr. Ludwig Christmann wanted to involve the youth more intensively in breeding matters. His idea was warmly welcomed and soon young breeders associations were founded in all regions of the German studbooks. Nine years ago, the regional contests resulted in a national young breeders competition in Germany.
Please fill out the following short questionnaire and send it back to Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz, Program Coordinator. Also mark your calendars for the January 2014 AHS Annual meeting. We hope to have many of you attend and will try to plan some Young Breeder activities and get togethers. We look forward to hearing from you!