What's a yearling?
A yearling is a male or female horse in its second year of existence. In human terms, yearlings could be compared to teenagers: they are in an intense phase of physical as well as mental growth and can be a little rebellious!
In horseracing, with thoroughbreds growing a lot faster than showjumping breeds, the yearling stage is where most horse change hands, not long before they are broken in and sent into training.
While showjumpers are later maturing types, buying a yearling rather than a foal offers more insight into the physical potential and temperament of the animal. Our breeding expert says that a yearling with the best genetic qualities and physical aptitudes for sport will become, the following year, an approved Stallion and or in the case of a female, constitute a foundation of a breeding with exceptional mother line. In both cases, the those yearlings are potential future perfomers.