The Big Issues

WBFSH studbook and breeders rankings 2017

October 18th, 2017 at 11:19 am Christopher Hector looks at the latest WBFSH stud book rankings... Continue reading Read Article

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Breeding for Amateurs or Breeding for Professionals?

June 27th, 2017 at 10:56 am Horses for Pros or Horses for Ammies? That is the question. Or is it - new French research suggests otherwise... Continue reading Read Article

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Volker Steinkraus – carrying on the Butts’ legacy

May 18th, 2017 at 3:30 pm When Michael Jung won the 3* at Marbach in May 17, riding Lennox, Sunlight xx/Heraldik xx, bred by Prof Dr Volker Steinkraus, it was a welcome indication that the eventing horse... Continue reading Read Article

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French and Dutch breeding values

February 14th, 2017 at 3:59 pm Christopher Hector tries to make sense of the 2016/17 breeding values in France and in Holland... Do you know how the BLUP works? Continue reading Read Article

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Breeding Values – something old but something is VERY NEW

January 30th, 2017 at 9:08 am Christopher Hector tries to make sense of the new breeding values... Continue reading Read Article

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Verden Auction – a brand for success!

January 9th, 2017 at 3:23 pm The Verden Auction system has offered a huge range of horses for over 60 years  Isabell Werth does it, Dorothee Schneider does it, and Christian Ahlmann, too. Kristina Bröhring-Sprehe as well. They are all riding Hanoverian horses, discovered and purchased at … Continue reading Read Article

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French Eventing: Part Two – The Anglo-Arab

January 7th, 2017 at 10:20 am It is something of a tragedy, that right at the time eventing riders are discovering that a good dollop of French Anglo blood is just the thing to produce an international eventer - the breed is in danger of disappearing! Continue reading Read Article

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Kalman de Jurenak and the horses of Hannover

January 3rd, 2017 at 4:00 pm Kalman de Jurenak was one of a number of very talented instructors who came to Australia from Europe at the end of WW2, for a while he was assistant national coach, before he returned to Germany to take charge of … Continue reading Read Article

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French Eventing – What made France great? Part One: The Breeders

December 6th, 2016 at 4:34 pm The French Eventing Team won the Gold Medal in Rio in spectacular style. A tough, coordinated team effort that kept pushing right to the line, right to the showjumping where they snatched a gold medal, and their number one rider, Astier Nicolas took home silver on Piaf de B’Neville. How has the French team ridden to the top? Our horses, is usually, the reply, our French horses are so good... and there are also so many of them. Continue reading Read Article

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Who’s who in the dressage classes at the Bundeschampionate?

October 5th, 2016 at 9:42 am Christopher Hector analyses the breeding at the Bundeschampionate... Continue reading Read Article

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Breeding insights with Arnaud Evain

September 28th, 2016 at 3:06 pm It is a stimulating experience every time I catch up with the French breeding expert, Arnaud Evain. Each time he seems to have a new project and a head full of new insights into the business of breeding jumping horses. I’m lucky, Arnaud’s daughter and grand-children live in my home city of Melbourne, and that makes him a regular visit.. Continue reading Read Article

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Breeding at Rio: Updated

September 23rd, 2016 at 10:13 am Christopher Hector analyses the breeding at Rio... Continue reading Read Article

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