Four young horse breeders in Britain have been awarded grants to enable them to attend breeding events and to expand their knowledge and skills.
A generous donation made to the charity the British Horse Foundation by the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust has been earmarked for four recipients, who are members of the British Young Breeders’ (BYB) programme, to use during 2014.
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 Rosie Bown who was the top scoring junior, in spite of having joined the programme late in the day.
Additional bursaries are also awarded to Felicity Aldridge-Newman and Stena Hoerner for their commitment to the young breeders’ programme and their overall performance in Sweden.
British Young Breeders (BYB) is open to anyone aged 15-25 who is involved with the breeding of sport horses and ponies, including riders, students and stud employees. BYB provides training in the theory and practice of sport horse breeding as well as developing a lively social network.
The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust looks to help educate young people in the importance of responsible breeding in order to reduce indiscriminate breeding and welfare cases. In educating young people, Mrs Pilkington’s Trustees hope to be able to encourage responsible breeding in future generations by supporting training in breeding better horses with good temperament and conformation, suited to the purposes for which they are needed.
The British Horse Foundation is a Charity which was founded in 1991 to promote education in the breeding of horses and ponies and help prevent unnecessary suffering to them by cruelty. The Trustees, chaired by Richard Meade OBE, believe that the best way to avoid cruelty to horses and their being abandoned or neglected is through the introduction of programmes to educate and inform on ways of producing horses and ponies with a higher worth.
Rebecca White: 22 years old, from Lutterworth in Leicestershire. Becca is a graduate in Equine Science from Writtle College in Essex and works full time as a PA/Stud Secretary at the Woodlander Stud in Northamptonshire. Becca took 4th place individually in the Senior section of the 2013 International Young Breeders Championships. This is the highest ranking ever at the Championships for a British competitor.
Rosie Bown: 21 years old, from Norwell in Nottinghamshire. Rosie is currently studying for a BSc (hons) in Equine Breeding and Stud Management at Writtle College in Essex. Rosie took 44th place individually in the Junior section of the 2013 International Young Breeders Championships.
Stena Hoerner: 21 years old from Conwy in Wales. Stena is in her second year studying German and Dutch at Sheffield University.
Felicity Aldridge-Newman: 18 years old from Towcester in Northants. Felicity is currently studying for AS Levels and combining this with breeding and bringing on horses.