Young Sporthorse Finals Set for Wellington Dec. 8-9

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WELLINGTON, Florida, Nov. 10–The Young Horse Show Series Year-End Championship with $10,000 in prize money will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Dec. 8-9.

The year-end championship of dressage, eventer, jumper and hunter horses and a stallion show featuring six to eight stallion is hosted by Equestrian Sport Productions in partnership with North American Studbook and Spy Coast Farm.

Judges for the finals will be Jan-Olof Wannius of Sweden and Jos Sevriens, with Nicho Meredith announcing.

Jan-Olof was Sweden’s most winning rider for 11 years and was the Swedish riding team’s captain for 10 years, spanning three Olympic Games. He is the show director of the Falsterbo Horse Show and served for 10 years as chairman and judge in the Swedish selection committee for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old stallions. He has instructed the Swedish judges for free jumping for 10 years and has judged young horses in Denmark, Germany, England, Canada and Finland.

Jos Sevriens is a native of the Netherlands, and has been living in Georgia since 1985. He was an instructor at the Dutch National Riding School and is a certified instructor through the USDF. He is a USEF ‘r’ breed judge and has been involved in the breeding and training of young horses, specializing in young stallions. He has trained the Belgian eventing team as well as many jumper and dressage riders. He is the former president of the American Holsteiner Association and has judged at many keurings in the United States.

Nicho Meredith speaks 13 languages and is well known for his upbeat and informative announcing skills.

Over 78 horses qualified for the final over the five shows held at three different show venues during 2011.

Don Joseph, owned by Gaye Scarpa (in background with husband, Joseph), ridden by Ilse Schwarz dominated the 5-year-old dressage division of the Spy Coast Farms Young Sporthorse show in Wellington. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“We are impressed with both the level of participation and the quality of the young horses presented during our first year of having Young Horse Shows,” said Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm. “There was clearly a need for this type of show in the U.S.”

To help fill this void, Equestrian Sport Productions partnered with North American Studbook and Spy Coast Farm to offer the Young Horse Show Series and Year-End Championship for sport horses aged one to five years.

“Europe has a system of shows that have classes which are designed to highlight a young horse’s talent, while simultaneously building their exposure and their confidence,” said Jean-Yves Tola of North American Studbook.

“There are many such local events throughout Europe where youngsters are developed in a low-cost, low-pressure environment and where their mistakes, kinks and hijinx are understood and forgiven. We are very happy that Equestrian Sport Productions was enthusiastic about partnering with us in this effort.”

The shows are attended by breeders, trainers, riders, owners and spectators.

General ddmission for the final round is free but International Club tables of up to 10 can be reserved for $25 per person. Open seating will be available at the door. Table seating includes a light buffet and a glass of Moet Hennessey Champagne compliments of White Horse Tavern. A cash bar will be available to everyone.

For prize list click on: Prize_List_YHS_WEF_Finals_2011