I always say “the horses have to come from somewhere.” In recent years the trend has been to go abroad and find horses and young prospects and produce them in the U.S. or buy horses who have records already in Europe. A handful of good breeders do exist on this side of the pond, but even fewer and farther between are good professionals willing to take the time to produce young horses correctly. Enter Taylor Flurry, a young professional who is doing just that. Together with her supportive family and based at their Aliboo Farm in Illinois, she has been slowly and calmly making a difference breeding and bringing along nice horses. At AliBoo, athletic and talented youngsters are produced in a relaxed and methodical style for heart and determination, and for rideable horses who want to do their jobs.
This year that work has certainly paid off….Several special awards were given out during the Young Horse Finals at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The inaugural high point Best American Bred Perpetual Trophy was won by Diamant d’Heure ABF a 4 yr. old BWP Stallion bred and owned by AliBoo Farm of Minooka, IL with his score of 9.45 in the 4 yr. old jump chute. He also earned a score of 8.82 in the 4 yr. old in-hand/at liberty division, an 8.78 in the 4 yr. old under saddle, and a score of 8.03 in the 4 yr. old jumping under saddle. Wilbur as he is lovingly known by all, is by Diamant d’Semilly who is currently ranked #3 on the World Breeding Federation sires list and out of Grand Rose ABF (Rio Grande x Lord Incipit) a winning hunter mare. He is the grandson of AliBoo Farm’s foundation mare Viva La Rose and the first approved stallion to be bred at ABF. Last year he was champion in the 3 yr. old jump chute at the YHS Finals. Wilbur does have his first foal crop due next year and will be used as a breeding stallion as well as campaigning to the highest of his potential. One of the things always remarked about upon him is his great character.
It has long been a dream and goal of Flury’s to compete in the Young Horse Showjumping World Championships for horses aged 5-7 years of age. This is an event hosted by Zangersheide in Belgium during late September and only the top young horses around the world are invited to attend. Each country is issued so many invitations for their top young horses to compete; the United States is issued 2 invitations per age group. On average 250 horses from each age group of the best 5, 6, and 7 year old horses around the world attend this event. These are the best of the best young horses and riders invited to this event; there will be Olympic and World Championship riders attending.
This year Flury was issued an invitation for Catania Saflo Z, a 5 yr. old mare AliBoo Farm purchased as a 4 month old and has brought along and developed ever since. She is currently ranked #1 in the United States in the 5 yr. old Young Jumpers and has earned many prestigious awards already this year. She was the only 5 yr. old to jump clean and win both classes at Devon, a very prestigious and challenging horse show on the East Coast, and she was Circuit Champion this winter in Gulfport, MS. After winning all 5 classes she was entered in over the course of two weeks. She is a very special young horse and the Aliboo team believes she has the talent and the heart to be the first winner from America and set the stage for America to produce the next generation of winners.
Flury thinks she has a strong chance of bringing home a medal from this event to the States. She is looking at the big picture and believes a win would make a change in the world’s impression of breeding and raising young horses in America and this is her goal to continue to produce good, even great horses, and make a difference in the future of sport horse breeding in the US.
All of us at Malvern Saddlery wish Taylor the best of luck and invite you to support her in her efforts! Click here if you would like to learn how to help Taylor in her quest for the European Young Horse Championships!