So we being the Young Event Horse Challenge 2013! (Hereinafter referred to as YEHC.) The basic premise is this… We paired seven young horses of ages 2yo or 3yo with seven talented young event riders. The goal? Take an unbroken baby from the field, develop a bond and a partnership with it, and break it to ride in 60 days. But don’t stop there…. Because this is a CHALLENGE after all! Contestants will demonstrate in August what they have been able to teach their baby and a panel of judges will vote on winners! But in reality, everyone is a winner in this competition, as these talented young riders learn (with guidance) to train a young horse from the ground up… And the young horses are ready to begin their careers. WIN WIN WIN.
So let’s introduce you to the contestants!
Emma: After a successful career in the young hunters, Emma transitioned to the eventing world in 2011 when she moved to KY from Florida. Since then, her hard work and dedication has paid off… She is now competing two horses at the Preliminary level, Widespread Panic and Alpine Ski. Emma is a Junior at Scott County High School and a working student at Team CEO this summer. (Photo at left: Emma competing at the Preliminary Level on Widespread Panic, 2013.)
Stella: Stella is a 2yo homebred Thoroughbred filly, bred by Johanna Dufort and Dufort Eventing. She is out of the mare Coyote’s Song, a paternal half sibling to advanced level event horse Northlight. She is by Strong Contender, a G2 winning son of Maria’s Mon. She is a lovely leggy young horse with lovely big feet and three nice gaits. (Photo at left: Emma and Stella starting their partnership together!)
Stay tuned tomorrow for yet another introduction to the next of our fabulous young riders!