Ten Truths About Developing Young Jumpers For the Show Ring With Taylor Flury

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eveloping young horses isn’t so much a process as it is an art form, and Taylor Flury would know. Flury has been bringing horses up through the levels for her family’s Minooka, Illinois-based AliBoo Farm for years.

“Working with the young horses is so rewarding because you are continually seeing them change and develop — hopefully for the better — and it is a great feeling to know that you helped to make them what they are becoming,” Taylor says. “From the time when I start a young one to when they have 'ah-ha' moments where the light comes on, it is so gratifying to know that your hard work and efforts are [worth it].”

This season, Taylor has been busy competing horses for clients as well as those owned by AliBoo Farm, including Calano Z, Cosmea Z, and Role Model. Taylor has become passionate not only about competing youngsters, but also for breeding quality warmbloods. In 2015, at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium, Taylor’s Carrasca Z or “Hank” became the first stallion to be approved by the Zangersheide studbook that was bred, raised, and developed in the United States. Soon his offspring will take to...