Markel/USEF Dressage Young Horse Program Defines Goals for The American Breeder
Monday, June 17, 2013
Posted by Mary Phelps
"Every now and then (7 times in all), a special colt was born that I was convinced would become a valuable addition to the genetics in the United States, and they each one subsequently became a licensed breeding stallion," Yancey said. "Such was the feeling I had about Qredit Hilltop. The moment that I saw the stallion Quaterback as a young three-year-old stallion in Germany I knew that I had to breed him with my mare Dream Rubina (by Dream of Glory). They were actually quite a bit alike, the pedigrees blended beautifully, and he had just that extra sparkle. He had a powerful hind, good broad hocks, wonderful freedom in his shoulders, and nice long front legs. We were very organized in getting the semen frozen and imported early into the United States. Dream Rubina cycled early. I used one dose of semen and the result was the fabulous stallion Qredit. It was apparent from the very beginning that this was a significant colt.
The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program (for 4, 5, and 6-year-old horses) promotes the importance of selective breeding and correct training of horses in the United States, and encourages participation of breeders, riders, and trainers of young horses in dressage competition. The purposes of this program are to encourage the properly structured development of young dressage prospects through the training scale; to identify and recognize outstanding talent and the training of international-caliber horses; and to prepare these horses for future careers at the FEI level and participation on U.S. High Performance teams.
"This should further help breeders realize that they must HAVE a goal," Yancey adds. "So often, mare owners (usually young hopefuls) contact me to help plan the stallion selection for their mare. My first question to them is always, 'What is your goal for your breeding program?' Interestingly, many have not defined that goal. With the Young Horse program, a goal is already set out, and a breeders needs "only" to follow the idea and create a representation of their ideal youngster to see coming down center line as a 4 year old!
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