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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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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…[More]

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French Breeding in Crisis

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STORY: Chris Hector         PHOTOS: Roz Neave and Archives The breeding scene in France was for so long the most regimented and formalised in Europe. A network of National Studs (Haras Nationaux) covered the land, headed by god-like Breeding Directors and supported by a vast bureaucracy to administer the bewildering profusion of…[More]

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Joop Van Uytert – Stallion Magician

September 12th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Words by Chris Hector & Photos by Roz Neave   Joop showed us around his farm, he’s one of those guys   who moves fast, and talks faster, and it is quite a tale. The entire operation is just 21 years old: “We started in 1993, and in the first year, we bred with our…[More]

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The Young Guns – Sir Donnerhall

July 23rd, 2012 at 11:54 am

  The Young Guns – Sir Donnerhall By Christopher Hector If we are looking at hot young dressage stallions, there is no going past the current star of the Schockemöhle stallion selection, Sir Donnerhall. No other stallion polarizes the breeding community like his sire, Sandro Hit. You either love him, or you hate him… indeed…[More]

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Breeding Values Ten Years On…

July 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am

The Breeding Values Ten Years on… Diamond Hit – looks like a real Grand Prix stallion Story – Christopher Hector Photos – Roz Neave and archives The German FN breeding values have been in operation in their current form for just on a decade – although they are now divided into three groups based on…[More]

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Breeding Dressage Horses – A Global Perspective

June 19th, 2012 at 10:40 am

What follows is the text, slightly updated, of my address to the Dressage Horse seminar at Warendorf. While the invitation was a great honour, it was also very intimidating to be asked to address such a distinguished gathering, especially on a topic that so many people present knew so much about. What I tried to…[More]

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Changes In Oldenburg

June 18th, 2012 at 11:32 am

Changes in Oldenburg Story – Chris Hector Photos – Silke Rottermann and Roz Neave Christoph Hess’ Bundeschampionate Seminar is a brilliant idea. Rather than trying to get judges and aficionados to travel the world to an educational seminar, he has grafted his educational seminar onto the world’s most exciting young horse show. Brilliant, your target…[More]

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Mr Blue – the jumping stallion that was loved after he died…

April 23rd, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Initially reject by the Dutch breeding authorities, Mr Blue is now proving one of the world’s great jumping sires…

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The Young Guns – Ampère

April 10th, 2012 at 6:13 am

Christopher Hector looks at the stallion whose sons were the stars at the recent KWPN stallion show…Ampère

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Dutch Stallions Delight – KWPN Stallion Show 2012

March 22nd, 2012 at 4:29 am

Chris and Roz report from the 2012 KWPN Stallion Show in Holland.

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Kannan – the next ‘dominator’?

February 23rd, 2012 at 12:34 am

Story – Christopher Hector The WBFSH stallion rankings are never what you’d call breaking news, year after year, the lists are pretty much the same. Seemingly forever, the jumping standings have been headed by the late, and very great, Darco – and indeed about half the top ten spots are held by horses gone to…[More]

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