Breeders Battle for International Recognition in Young Jumper Series

Acorn Hill Farm is campaigning two homebreds in 2005. Free N Foolish (Freedom Z - Foolish Laura xx) and Castle View (Carrig View - Melrose Abbey). Both horses are competing in the 5YO Eastern League.

U.S. and Canadian breeders vie with Europeans in the production of top prospects for the 2005 Young Jumper Championships. USEF's Hunter Breeder of the Year Augustin Walch is represented by three products including Charles Ormston's second ranked Pour Patrice W (Pour Gagne - Rionna), and two offspring of Rio Grande, Rios Fiorella (Rio Grande - Fabulous Girl) owned by Kari Martin and Texas Sporthorses, and Rios Sandro (Rio Grande - Sandros Girl), owned by Candace Rich. Rich is herself the owner/breeder of the 5YO YJC mare Seminole Wind (Santana - Flambe).

M/M Bertram Firestone are competing two homebred under the guidance of daughter Alison and Markus Beerbaum. Milenio is a 5YO (Animo - Valdiva), and Ophelia 49 (Caretino - Tovia).

Butch and Lu Thomas produced the 2004 IJF Western League Champion, Peterbilt (Lio Calyon - Jeribos), Leah Conroy's Nonpareil (Lio Calyon - Spumoni), and 2004 YJC 5-Year-Old Western League Champion, Apache (Mezcalero - Escada), owned by Doug White.

Michael Holtkamp's Eclipse (Class Action - Celeste II) and King Ridge Stables Distant Star (Class Action - Betwixt) were both bred by Epstein Equestrian Enterprises of Canada.

The full sisters Nellatina and O'Cerafina (Caretino - Cella) both originated with Ernst Bruhn of Germany. As of April 11, 2005, Nellatina has posted a perfect score (0 faults, 30 points in her best three rounds) and leads the Western League rankings. Plaid Ranch owns the pair.

Gary Henly of Bend, OR is always represented by top jumpers from his breeding program. In 2005 he has Geri and Jerry Bidwell's Nimbus (The Ambassador - Jennessee), and Ambassador One (The Ambassador). Nimbus currently leads the Western League 5YO Rankings with a perfect score (0 faults, 30 points in her best three rounds).

Gestuet Lewitz of Germany can claim two YJC nominees in 2005: Duncan 37 (Drossan - Vision) owned by Betsy Green and Melanie Rapp's Panda (Aurelio II - Cinnamon).

Herbert Weissing of Germany is the producer of three YJC nominees in 2005: 5280 Phoenix (Landphoenix I - Fabienne), and 5280 Forstino (Foxiland xx - Linda W), both owned by Cottonwood Riding Club, and Vicki Juelsgaard's Lucas (Landphoenix I - Lola).

All but one of Hidden Creek Farm's 6 YJC horses for 2005 is homebred. The list includes fourth ranked 7/8YO HC Kendall (Quick Star - Run Rusty Run xx), HC Kodiak (Quick Star - Enduring Dream), third ranked 6YO HC Olivia (Charmant - Flighting Belle xx), HC Pebbles (Charmant - Fleurance), and HC Opal (Charmant - Anka).

Johann Vollersen of Germany is the breeder of record for Oksana (Ramirado - Ille) owned by Plaid Ranch and Quinaro (Quinar - Winnie IV) owned by Wells Bridge Farm.

Wendy Peralta's two Zangersheide geldings were both produced by Ricardo Kierkegaard. Allain Z is by Alnok Z - Flicka and Anastasio Z is by Amateur - Nombradia. Both are 6YOs of 2005.

Santa Teresita's Monique (Corrado II / Inferno - Tantaliazin Liza) and Brenna Puckett's Pikador (Pikadero - Tantalizin Liza) were both bred by Rocky Mountain Warmbloods. RMW is campaigning two more of its homebreds: RMW Sanfriese (Fast MM - Landlady) and RMW Catalina (Casi - Vera II) for a total of four YJC nominees in 2005.

Sandstone Horse Sales has three in the hunt in 2005: Meredith Riekse's Odyssey (Conway - Unze), De la Hoya (Laurinn - Imperial III), owned by Sandstone, and Lieutenant (Laurinn - Jasmin II), owned by Janine Carhart.

Stoeterij Zangersheide accounts for Split Rock Farm's Jet Blue (Catango Z - Cerise Z) and Happy Z (High Valley Z - Anais Anais), owned by Wilhelm and Patty Genn.

Tatra Farm is campaigning two IJF graduates in 2005. Moet Walk (Obscur II - Descendress) and Blue Danube (Hamar - Pearl Peak). Both horses are homebreds and earned extra honors in the 2004 IJF Regionals.