Young breeders representing 20 breeding associations from 9 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Sweden and the United States of America) competed at the W.B.F.S.H. World Championships of International Young Breeders in Stadl-Paura, Austria, in July 2019.
Each participating studbook has the option to enter 4 individuals in both senior (20-25 years) and junior (16-19 years) age classes. In this case the best three individual scores comprise the team score for that studbook in the age class. It is also possible for a studbook to enter only three individuals to comprise a team or optionally to just enter individuals. 71 seniors and 68 juniors competed at the championships with German young breeders coming out on top in both age classes.
Hanoverian Verband Wins Overall World Champion's Title
Young breeders representing the Hannoveraner Studbook won the juniors age class as well as the senior age class earning them the overall studbook world champion title.
In both age class team rankings the Holsteiner teams were silver medal winners.
The junior team bronze medal went to Brandenburg-Anhalt, while the organising association from Austria, the Central Association of Austrian Horse Breeders, achieved the bronze medal in the seniors.
Schuldt and Tronnier Win Individual Titles
Success in the theory phase of the championships laid the foundation for a successful overall result. Five of the six individual medal winners achieved 100% in their theory tests
In the individual rankings all medals went to German breeding associations. In the juniors Laura Schuldt (Hannover) won gold ahead of Nele Habermann (Hannover) silver and Marie Jurga from Brandenburg-Anhalt bronze. Among the seniors, Leonie Tronnier from Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar won gold ahead of Johanna Boysen from Holstein silver and Wiebke Poppe from Hannover bronze.
In the individual disciplines of conformation assessment and athleticism assessment the medals were earned by a variety of breeding associations:
In athleticism assessment seniors Sophie Asp (Danish Warmblood) earned third place jointly with Denise Biedermann (Bayern) behind second place Leonie Tronnier and first place Emily Menzenbach, both from Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar. Sophia Malter (Trakehner) earned first place in the senior conformation assessment ahead of second placed Johanna Boysen (Holstein) and multiple joint thirds Nikki Jantzen (KWPN), Anja Thorup Hansen (Danish Warmblood), Clara Strandberg Zarotti and Katarina Karlsson (both Swedish Warmblood). In the in-hand presentation discipline seniors Isabel Fütz was first ahead of her team-mate Lara Luise Treu both from Sachsen-Thuringen second, and joint second to Elisa Bischoff (Baden-Württemberg).
Nicoline Holm Larsen of the Danish Warmblood earned third place jointly with Claudia Jacobs (Swedish Warmblood) and Dani Riendau (Canada) in the athleticism assessment of the juniors behind second place Sandy Knudnsen (Danish Warmblood) and first place Maike Reuter (Westfalen).
Lisa Ernst (Sachsen-Thuringen) earned first place in the junior conformation assessment ahead of joint second placed Jana Celine Wulf (Holstein) and Mate Lehmann (Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar). Among the younger starters in the horse presentation Laura Schuldt from Hanover won in front of second placed Leon Pferdmenges (Rheinland) and joint third placed Madita Wohlers (Holstein) and Marie Jurga (Brandenburg)
Meeting of IYB Delegates
Alongside the competition, the meeting of the International Young Breeders' organisation (IYB) took place, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
Carolin Kathmann of the Oldenburger Verband was re-elected in her office as a treasurer. Vice President Lieve de Greeff of the Belgium Warmblood association was also re-elected in office. The President of the IYB Inken von PlatenHallermund thanked Verena Nowak, President of the Austrian Young Breeders, for the excellent preparation and delivery of the event:
"A worthy World Championships, everyone felt very welcome. Performances in the supporting programme have given everyone an impressive insight into the diversity and tradition of Austrian horse breeding."
New elements to 2019 World Championships
- For the first time an F.E.I. Steward, Kerstin-Celin Lemmer, was engaged to oversee the World Championships. This was a positive experience, and the practice will be continued for future championships.
- The new assessment of athleticism scoring sheets with additional elements suppleness/elasticity; attitude; technique divided into front legs and hind legs worked well and will also be retained.
- Issues were experienced with the scoring sheets on the evening of presentations at 2019 World Championships which caused delays; investment in scoring technology which ensures accuracy is becoming imminently important to solve.
- A changeover to linear scoring in the future is desired. However, technology is also required to support the scorer in arriving at timely results at world championships. Any suggestions for technology that could be utilised to bring surety and efficiency to results calculations would be most welcome.
In 2021, the World Championship will be held by the Royal Dutch breeding association KWPN in Ermelo, Netherlands.
Complete results here.
Photos © Hans Kraus