2015 Grey (was Buckskin) Connemara 143cm
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Every breeder when setting off on the journey to produce a foal, has an ambition or dream. It might be to breed a replacement from their much loved mare to compete themselves, to breed a Derby winner, they may want to win at Horse of the Year Show, or perhaps an Olympic Gold Medallist.
Those of us breeding for sport know just how much you learn along the way, how when you look back on your breeding journey, there are some things you may have done different in mare or stallion choices or in getting that foal into the right hands. And the smaller breeders often look at the larger, more established breeding operations and wonder how they will ever be so successful.
A class that always draws large crowds at the British Dressage National Championships is the Shearwater Young Horse Final, held over two days. The crowds are enticed partially by the opportunity to see one of the best young horse riders in the world (Eva Moller) try out the top 4 in each age group, and partially in the hope that they might spot a future champion from among the contenders.