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Christine Traurig, in her second year as the USEF Young Horse Coach, seeks to further develop the Young Horse Program and supports the riders, owners and breeders in the U.S. Traurig also encourages communication on the progress of the Young Horse Program, as she oversees horses and riders preparing for the World Breeding Championships in Holland as well as those preparing for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Finals in Illinois.

For more than 30 years, Traurig has been a successful rider and trainer of young horses. She was born on her parent’s farm in Altenbuecken, Germany, near Verden where they bred, raised and prepared Hanoverians for the Verden Hanoverian Elite Auction.

For the first time since 1997, the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses will be held in Ermelo, Netherlands, instead of in Verden. The event, taking place from July 28-31, will be the first where a 7-year-old Grand Prix division and horses can compete at the Prix St George level with a snaffle or double bridle.
“I will be acting as Chef d’Equipe as well as USEF coach,” she said. “I consider it my job to make riders, horses and owners feel comfortable by making sure they feel organized, supported and prepared – especially since they are going to a foreign country with a young horse. The venue alone is more than most of our young horses in the US have ever seen.”

Another milestone event this summer will come Aug. 24-28, when the Markel/USEF Young Horse Finals and Developing Horse Finals as well as the Junior/Young Rider/U25 Finals will take place at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois. Traurig calls this competition the most important of the Young Horse program because it brings together the best young horses in the country and gives a clear overview where the U.S. stands as far as raising the bar of the quality and the development of our future champions.

“The Young Horse program is part of the pipeline program designed to develop and produce top class horses for the sport at all levels and divisions in the U.S.,” she said. “The pinnacle is being that we produce horse/rider combinations that can compete against and beat the best horses on the international competition scene world-wide. It is my sincere passion to contribute to that.”

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