Young Event Horse committee member Debbie Adams joins us on the program this week to discuss her experience with the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant, which is awarded to the highest scoring horse from the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old East and West Championships combined that is qualified as a 7-year-old and willing to compete in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion d'Angers in France. Adams’ horse D.A. Duras was the inaugural recipient of the grant in 2015, and Adams shares what it was like to have a horse compete at the Championships. She also talks about the importance of the pipeline for developing young horses, both in the United States and in Europe, and offers advice to riders, owners, and trainers who are considering participating in the Young Event Horse Program.
Next, Doug Payne comes on the show to introduce listeners to the 7-year-old Zweibrucker gelding Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy) who is the 2018 recipient of the Holekamp/Turner Grant and will be traveling next month to compete at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships. Bred by Elizabeth Callahan, Payne purchased Quantum Leap as a yearling and has produced him to the two-star level. Payne recounts what it was like to bring Quantum Leap up the levels, shares what his personality is like in the barn, and talks about some of the different training techniques he employs, both with Quantum Leap and his other young horses. He also talks about what he looks for in a young horse and how he goes about producing a string of young and talented horses.