Day 3 featured the Individual Breed Classes (IBC) with more than 20 breeds from Andalusians, Hanovarians and Haflingers to Warmbloods and Lipizzans.
Two new classes were added this year – Akhal-Teke and the Drum Horse. The Akhal-Teke is from Turkmenistan where they are a national emblem. They have a reputation for speed and endurance, intelligence and a distinctive metallic sheen. The breed is tough and resilient, having adapted to the harshness of Turkmenistan lands.
The Drum Horse was first used by the Queen of England in her ceremonial Band of the Life Guards. The Drum Horse carries large silver kettle drums during parades and other pageantry – thus the name. Today, the Drum Horse is proving to be the “ultimate heavy riding horse” according to the International Drum Horse Association.