Markel Renews as US Young Horse Title Sponsor

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San Shivago ridden by Louise Koch. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
San Shivago ridden by Louise Koch at Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships in Wayne, Illinois. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Florida, Mar. 18–Markel Insurance has renewed as title sponsor of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Young Horse Dressage Program for four, five and six-year-olds for 2010.

The USEF said Thursday that Markel’s support that began in 2002 “helps ensure the development of a strong future generation of horses through the Young Horse Program.”

“We are inspired by the passion and teamwork that is shared between American young dressage horse breeders, owners, trainers and riders,” said John Seger of Markel Insurance. “These are the stars of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program and we thank them for their commitment to excellence.”

The program promotes the importance of selective breeding and correct training and to identify and recognize outstanding talent capable of competing at international levels.

“The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program has continued to mature every year, and I am excited about the four and five-year-olds which we saw in last year’s Championships and which will be returning in 2010 as five and six-year-olds,” said Scott Hassler, USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach. “We have a terrific relationship with Markel Insurance, and without their continuing support this program would not be as successful as it is today.”

Qualifying is under way for the 2010 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program. Details are available at http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/2004yhProgram.aspx.

Selection trials for the FEI World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany will be held at Dressage at Flintridge, California (Western) and Dressage at Lamplight in Wayne, Illinois (Central) in May and at VADA/NOVA Summer June Dressage in Leesburg, Virginia (Eastern) June 4-6.

For the second year in a row, Lamplight Equestrian Center will host the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships July 22 – 25.