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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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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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Why Import A German Sport Horse

March 14th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

 Rebecca McIntyre Benjamin Schildwaechter of the Westfalian Verband asks the question…   Australia has done much to expand its equestrian sport horizon the past years. The breeding of an Australian sport horse has gone from nonexistent to internationally recognised. The standard of competitions is becoming higher and there are more of them. Young Australian riders…[More]

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German Breeding Values – what do they mean?

January 24th, 2013 at 11:51 am

The German Breeding Values are supposed to be a guide to the top Sporthorse stalliions – but are they? Looking at this year’s top ranking there are a few very undistinguished horses in the list…

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Wolfram Wittig – Rider, Breeder, Trainer

October 18th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

From The Horse Magazine Archives… I guess it’s hard for Australians to understand just how specialised the German Horse scene is. While in Australia lots of our top riders have bred their own horses, in Germany the breeders tend to be one group, the riders and trainers another, with not a lot of communication between…[More]

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Breeding Philosophy with Jan Greve

October 15th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

From The Horse Magazine Archives… Jan Greve and his pride and joy, Tjungske. This young stallion is by the great Carthago Z, out of a mare by Dr Greve’s English thoroughbred stallion, Julio Mariner, who was in turn out of Kwiggy, who twice descends from Dr Greve’s foundation mare, Twiggy. Bred to Almé, Twiggy produced…[More]

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Games Horses Breeding Analysis

October 10th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

One of the problems in setting down your opinions in cold hard print is that they can embarrassingly come back to bite you. Scarce had the ink dried on a survey of the first ten years of the German Breeding Values in action, in which I gently condescended to Don Schufro and Sandro Hit for…[More]

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