A group of four young breeders who are members of the British Young Breeders’ (BYB) programme have received financial awards to enable them to fine tune their knowledge of conformation, handling and breeding of horses over the next few months. A generous donation made to the charity the British Horse Foundation by the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust has been earmarked for four recipients to use during 2014 to attend breeding events and to expand their knowledge and skills.
Selected when they took part in the training and competition for the 2013 International Young Breeders’ (IYB) Championships in Bollerup, Sweden, these young people will be using the funds to attend a range of events across the UK and Europe, enabling them to build on their successes. Where they are still within the eligible age brackets, they will also be seeking squad selection to represent British World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses studbooks at the next International Young Breeders’ Championships at Hartpury College in 2015.
The bursaries made available by the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust mean that British young breeders can, for the first time, benefit from real investment in the future, bringing them more in line with their continental counterparts. With British bred horses having experienced some high profile successes in the last few years, it is important that investment enables this to continue and helps to shore up the future of British breeding.
Recipient of the senior bursary is Rebecca White who was individual fourth at the IYB Championships, and the junior bursary goes to Felicity Aldridge-Newman who was the top scoring junior, in spite of having joined the programme late in the day.
Additional bursaries are also awarded to Rosie Bown and Stena Hoerner for their commitment to the young breeders’ programme and their overall performance in Sweden.
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Photo Courtesy of Carole Mortimer.