As the new year starts in full swing, the 2012 Markel Young Horse Program gets underway with many young horse hopefuls planning their training and competition schedule to qualify for the 2012 Markel/USEF Dressage Young Horse Championships which will be held once again at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Wayne, Illinois, August 22-26. To inspire young horse owners and breeders exciting news is about to be announced in support of this program, so stay tuned to DressageDaily! Check out this video posted from the USDF 2004 National Symposium with Christoph Hess featuring the Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh) Sir Sinclair went onto win the 2005 USEF/Markel FEI 6 Year Old Championship, and has enjoyed an illustrious breeding career at ISF.
Also featured in the video is Dr. Katie Stanton and her beloved KWPN mare Savannah by Jazz who won the 2004 and 2005 High Score for Amateur rider at the championships. Now a "Mom" Stanton and Savannah excelled in Prix St George, with the Young Horse Program contributing to the a solid foundation in her training.
Christoph Hess has worked for the German Equestrian Federation's training department since 1978 and is presently Director of Training and Education at the German Olympic Committee. He is also an FEI Level 3 (I) judge for Dressage and Eventing. He is actively involved internationally in the education of judges and instructors, and has judged and provided commentary for the FEI Young Horse Championships, Stallion shows and the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Hess comes to the United States frequently throughout the year to judge and instruct at Symposiums and Training programs. Hess is the presenter for the Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers' Conference to be held January 16-17, 2012 at High Meadows Farm, in Loxahatchee, Florida.
- May 18-20 – Dressage at Lamplight, Markel/USEF Young Horse Central US Selection Trial, Wayne, Illinois
- May 24-27 - Dressage at Flintridge, Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Coast US Selection Trial, Wayne, Illinois
- June 8-10 – VADA/NOVA Markel /USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial, Morven Park, VA
- August 2-5 - FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses, Verden, Germany
- August 22-26, Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships, Lamplight, Wayne, Illinois