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!
Emily: Emily is currently a sophomore in college, working towards a degree in Nursing. She originally hailed from Bowling Green, KY. Emily first came to Team CEO at 16 years old to be a working student for the summer, and she quickly became part of the family! The following year, we helped her find a new OTTB named The Bright Side. Since then, they have progressed all the way to the Preliminary Level in eventing. Emily is very very tall and Koda is a pint sized 15.2h, but these two are absolutely the perfect pair and they have successfully climbed through the ranks of eventing together. Emily WON the 2012 YEHC aboard Dizzy’s sister, Chaos!
Dizzy: Dizzy has quite the weight of the world on her shoulders! Bred by Team CEO Eventing, her family lineage screams event horse. Her dam Moonlight Memories is our foundation broodmare, and the dam of our advanced level event horse Widespread Panic. Her sire, Catherston Dazzler, was one of the top eventing sires in the world and has sired dozens of upper level event horses. Her half sibling, Widespread Chaos, was the winner of this challenge last year! Those are some big shoes to fill! Dizzy is a stunning, leggy type (alot like her rider) and a gorgeous mover to boot. Her sire is known for producing amazing athletes but with perhaps challenging temperaments, so her progression will be slow and careful to ensure a future successful career at the upper levels. We are so excited about Nemo’s little sister!
Good luck to Emily and Dizzy!
Now that you’ve met each of the contestants in the challenge, stay tuned for weekly updates as they progress through the stages of training with these fabulous young horses!