The World Breeding Championships

Every year, the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses (WBCYH) in the three Olympic disciplines (dressage, jumping and eventing) are held in collaboration with the FEI

A Brief History of the

World Breeding Championships

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    • Jumping
    • Dressage
    • Eventing
      • WBCYH - Jumping

        The first World Breeding Championships for young jumping horses was held in 1995 in Lanaken/BEL, and it still takes place there every year in September, hosted by Studbook Zangersheide.

        The event has become an institution and the competition is high. Studbooks and their national federations carefully select the horses that will represent them at this prestigious event. The purpose of the Championships is to highlight the achievements of breeders and studbooks in the sport, which is why the competition is only open to 5,6 and 7-year-olds.


        First Jumping World Breeding Championship 1995 LANAKEN (BEL)

        5 Year Old - WELTFRIEDE (OLDBG) ridden by Michael Forsten

        6 Year Old - HARLEY (KWPN) ridden by Kyra Aaldering-Swelhem

        7 Year Old - LA ZARRAS (HOLST) ridden by Soren Knudsen

        Jumping Championships 2021

      • WBCYH - Dressage

        The first World Breeding Dressage Championships took place as a pilot project in 1997 in Verden, Germany, the home of the Hanoverian Studbook. The first official World Breeding Championship for young dressage horses then took place in Arnheim, Netherlands in 1999 and again in 2000.

        From 2001 until 2015 the Dressage Championships became a regular feature in the Verden calendar, until the event moved to Ermelo for 2016-2019. In 2020 the competition was set to return to Verden, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled. Until 2015, horses competed in age groups of 5 & 6 year-olds. Since 2016, a Championships for 7-year-old horses is also part of the event.


        Pilot project in Verden 1997

        5 Year Old - DUVALIER (HANN) (Davignon / Bolero)

        6 Year Old - RENOMEE (OLDBG) (Rubinstein / Weltcup)

        First Dressage World Breeding Championship 1999 ARNHEIM (NED)

        5 Year Old - ROYAL INVESTMENT (KWPN) (Investment / Uniek)

        6 Year Old - SANDRO HIT (OLDBG) (Sandro Song / Ramino)

        Dressage Championships 2021

      • WBCYH - Eventing

        Although an annual eventing competition at the Haras National in Le Lion d’Angers on the Domaine de l'Isle Briand / France has been held every year since 1979, it was in the year 2000 that the first Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses took place. The horses compete in age groups for 6 and 7-year-olds.

        The grounds of the Haras National today span about 180 hectares and the cross country course is spectacular, characterised by the uniquely themed obstacles.


        First Eventing World Breeding Championship 2000 LE LION D’ANGERS (FRA)

        6 Year Old - GALAN DE SAUVAGÈRE (SF) (Joly Jumper / Julius Caesar)

        7 Year Old - PRIMMORE’S PRIDE XX (Fair Oak XX / Ben Faerie XX)

        Eventing Championships 2021