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Paul Schockemöhle and the future of sport horse breeding

September 25th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

The PSI empire started in 1974 when the brothers Alwin, Paul and Werner decided to purchase stallions to stand at their parents’ farm in Mühlen. Breeding has always been a tradition with the Schockemöhle family, father Alois and grandfather Alwin had owned stallions before.     The first group of stallions were a mixed lot:…[More]

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The most successful Irish international competitor of recent times, Cruising

September 11th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Earlier this week we heard that the legendary stallion Cruising died at the age of 29. Time to look back at the stallion’s career in and out of the competition arena. Cruising 1985-2014, 168 cm, Grey Registered Irish Sport Horse, Breeder – Bord Na Gcapall, Ireland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jt5aq3gFPc   Crusing was by the registered Irish Draught…[More]

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WEG competitors – A Breeding Analysis

September 5th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Christopher Hector looks at the bloodlines on show at Caen   D is for Dressage – D is for Donnerhall When we look at the start list for the dressage at the WEG, the first thing we need to observe – yet again – is the outright dominance of the Donnerhall line. He, himself, is…[More]

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2014 Dutch Breeding Values… What’s New?

August 26th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Story by Christopher Hector Photos by Roz Neave & Jacob Melissen The latest KWPN breeding values have been released, and once again, Jazz (Cocktail / Ulster) heads the dressage standings for stallions with a reliability index of 90% or better. Jazz has a breeding value of 196 and a reliability of 97%. Once again, Jazz…[More]

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Werner Schade – Hanoverians in the Brave New World…

August 19th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

It’s been seven years since my last interview with the director of the Hanoverian Verband, Werner Schade in 2007. In that time, so many dramatic changes have occurred in the world of Warmblood breeding, changes that neither of us could have predicted seven years ago. Who would have thought that the whole French National Stud…[More]

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Dr Thomas Nissen: The Holstein Future

August 6th, 2014 at 10:51 am

An interview with Christopher Hector Dr Thomas Nissen became the breeding director of the Holsteiner Association in 1989. He joined the Holsteiner Association in 1988  after completing his Agriculture degree at Kiel – the appointment was a logical next step since his thesis topic was The mare performance test and fertility of the Holsteiner horse….[More]

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New 2014 Stallion Directory and a portrait of De Niro

June 19th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Our 2014 Stallion Directory will be coming out in September with the great De Niro on the cover, as portrayed by the famous German artist Klaus Philipp. A good opportunity to take a look back at the career of this amazing sire. De Niro Born 1993, 170 cm, Black Breeder – Brigitte Pahl Licensed for…[More]

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Rohdiamant’s breeder dead…

May 27th, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hans Francksen, the breeder of Rohdiamant has died at the age of 89. I was lucky enough to interview Mr Francksen and find out something about the mare line, especially since the pedigrees provided for Rohdiamant are conspicuously silent when it comes to his dam side, the pedigree tends to stop with his grand-dam Elektia….[More]

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Dressage Stallions at the KWPN stallion show

February 9th, 2014 at 4:11 am

The decision in the dressage section of the KWPN stallion show went right down to the wire. Even the chairman of the dressage panel, Wim Ermes admitted that right until the final third round, he expected the son of Totilas out of the full-sister to Parzival would win but he looked a bit flat on…[More]

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Jumping Stallions at the KWPN stallion show

February 8th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

It is as usual a feast of fine horse flesh, and the Dutch breeders prove again that they are the masters of getting the ‘mix’ right, of picking where the action is and taking the best-of-the-best into their breeding ranks. On the first day of viewing the jumping colts, there are four stallions each with…[More]

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A Tribute to Contender

January 17th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

With the recent news of the stallion legend Contender passing away at the ripe old age of 30, we found it fitting to report on his great success at stud. Born in 1984, died in 2014. 171cm. Brown Breeder – Niko Detlef, Westfehmarn Contender is proving to be the most influential son of Calypso II….[More]

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Breeding Eventers – Blood will out

October 1st, 2013 at 9:36 am

Eventing – blood will out! I suspect that it is one of the most persistent myths of equestrian sport, that eventers are freaks, accidents – that you cannot breed to produce eventing horses. As I see it, this is just plain wrong. The limited number of people who have tried to breed for eventing have…[More]

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