Wednesday, February 9, 2011
more on the meeting
On Friday, Maren Schlender of the Hanoverain Verband gave a talk on their Young Breeder Clubs and competitions. This appears to be similar to pony club or 4-H but the training and competing is from the breeders perspective. They learn all the basics of good horsemanship, in addition to bloodlines, showing sporthorses in hand and taking many quizzes. They have local, regional and in Europe an international competition for the kids that qualify complete with a breed shows, and a 'know down'. What a great way to introduce kids to breeding and horses. Most of the kids go on to compete as amateurs and/or breed one or two mares.