CWHBA Young Breeders Program

The 2024 International Young Breeders Championships will be held in Denmark next July. A great team has been chosen. See below.

Founded in 2003, the CWHBA young breeders team was the first non European organization to participate in the International Young Breeders Competition. The CWHBA young Breeders Program encourages youth to connect and gain knowledge on the breeding industry, while providing guidance and support to ensure they are prepared to have a positive impact on the equine community as a whole. The main activities of our program include but are not limited to; training and information sessions, encouraging participants to volunteer at CW events across the country, national competition, and participation by selected team members at the world championship competition representing the CWHBA Studbook. 

Team Coordinator: Maria Ardito

2024 Team (click on the name to read the bio)

Junior Team – We had fantastic scores for our tryouts, especially our junior team!

Avery Caine (Ontario)

Mikayla Brummund (Sask)

Tayler Mundt (Alberta)

Katelyn Mullin (Ontario) 

Senior Team – We had so many entries this year that we were able to place a reserve which is fantastic. Congratulations to our team!

Hailey Larkin (Ontario)

Amy Van Oosten (Alberta)

Vera Bos (Ontario)

 Jessica Larkin (Ontario)


Meet the 2022 CWHBA Young Breeders Team

Coach Maria Ardito – Maria is the owner and operator of Blue Spruce Equine Services as well as coach of this years Young Breeders team. Maria has been engulfed in the equine industry for most of her life,… read more

Mikayla Brummund – I’m a grade 12 student at the Eston Composite School. I live on a grain farm in SW Saskatchewan near Eston.   I plan on attending the University of Saskatchewan … read more

Hailey Mitford – Hailey has been riding out of Ridgedale Equestrian in Grimsby, ON since the farm opened 4 years ago. Hailey began volunteering in 2017 around the farm … read more

Avery Caine – I am a 17 year old from Rockwood, Ontario. I am currently finishing up grade 12 and will be heading off to Hartpury University (located in the UK) to study Equine Performance and Rehabilitation … read more

Nakisha Molyneux – I’m 21 years old and I live in Central Alberta, Canada. I’ve been riding since I was 13 years old and, if you ask my parents I’ve always been … read more

Celeste Caskanette – I am from Ontario Canada. I am currently attending university, where I am pursuing an Honours of Science degree. I started riding horses when … read more

Tayler Mundt – I am a fifteen you old with a big passion for horses. I live in a small town in Alberta. Currently I am in grade ten. I started riding when … read more

Are you interested in learning more about breeding and in international travel? To see what is involved click on the links below to learn about the application and tryout system for future CWHBA Young Breeders Teams. Please see the virtual tryout package. Start with the document titled IYB CWHBA TRYOUT APPLICATION 2024 and go from there.

Download the PDF forms here

You can also view and download a full information PDF by clicking here

View Young Breeders Photo Gallery here