Assessing the Young Event Prospect

Many will look to buy a young horse and bring it up through the ranks. But how can you tell if that gangly young horse standing in a field will be the perfect match for you and your eventing ambitions? Canadian eventer Leahona Rowland of Orangeville, ON, is currently residing in England, based with Irish eventer Niall Griffin and Polly Jackson. The pair also run a yard in Ireland, Monart, which hosts a popular elite sale focusing on quality event horses of every age and experience level. (Canadian connection: one notable sales graduate is Shandiss McDonald's Rockfield Grant Juan, who placed 16th at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky CCI****.) Leahona recently sat down with Niall over a pint of Guinness to pick his brain on the subject of how to assess young eventing prospects. Where is the best place to find young event horses, and who is doing the best job…

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