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Bloodlines at the European Champs – Breeding for dressage – is it random?

April 29th, 2016 at 12:40 pm Christopher Hector analyses bloodlines at the 2009 European Championships... Continue reading Read Article

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Georg Sieverding – Oldenburg Master breeder

April 22nd, 2016 at 3:42 pm The absolute highlight of the Summer Meeting was the visit to the farm of Georg Sieverding. Forget the politics, the BLUP indices, the bling of modern breeding – here is what it is all about. You walk directly from the historic barn, through the door, and you are in the house – open one of the stable doors and out comes one of the most beautiful mares you have ever seen in your Life, not one mare, but one after another. This was a Line up of mares the Like of which I have never ever seen anywhere! You know immediately that the man who put this collection together is a thinker and a horseman with a wonderful eye… and it is no surprise to Learn from him that his mentor was the great Georg Vorwerk. Continue reading Read Article

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New eventing formats – new directions in breeding?

April 5th, 2016 at 12:08 pm When the changes in the format for eventing were mooted, there was much discussion of the way in which the new CIC competitions would favor a different type of horse from the more traditional (albeit modified) CCIs. The general feeling was that the CICs would favor the Warmblood bred horses, while the Thoroughbred type would continue to dominate the CCIs. Continue reading Read Article

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sBs – Jumping to the Top

January 19th, 2016 at 2:54 pm It is really nice when a breed society welcomes you with open arms - and that is exactly what happened with the Belgian studbook, sBs... Continue reading Read Article

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Frozen Semen: Why is it different?

January 12th, 2016 at 11:13 am Historically, the insemination of mares with frozen stallion semen often resulted in disappointing results and high veterinary bills. There have been considerable advances in recent years in how stallion semen is frozen and how mares bred with frozen semen are managed in order to achieve good pregnancy rates... Continue reading Read Article

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WBFSH World Stallion Rankings Analysed…

December 18th, 2015 at 2:52 pm The first thing to note with the release of this year’s Rolex WBFSH rankings, is just how consolidated dressage breeding has become in the past 20 years. Where once all sorts of weird and wonderful stallions - like Rusty’s sire, Rebuss - could make it to the top of the standings on the basis of one exceptional freak of a foal, now the top ten stallions are all clearly dressage sires and their points earners, purpose bred. Continue reading Read Article

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Travelling through Oldenburg

November 20th, 2015 at 6:49 pm Oldenburg has always prided itself on its flexibility and openness to new ideas, and those qualities were well on display at the recent Oldenburg Summer Meeting. The team at the Oldenburg Verband is young and bright, and the Meeting was co-hosted by Dr Andre Hahn, who is in charge of overseas developments, and publicity person, Saskia Albrecht, and the major theoretical address came from assistant breeding director, Katrin Burger. Continue reading Read Article

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Young horse stars or Grand Prix stars? That’s the question…

November 10th, 2015 at 3:29 pm I started going to Warendorf and writing about the Bundeschampionate back in 1999. At the time there was a tendency to suggest that the winners never went on to successfully compete in the ‘big sport’. This just wasn’t true as any examination of the results – particularly in the five and six-year-old Dressage Classes - would show. Continue reading Read Article

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Bundeschampionate 2014 – Looking at the Bloodlines…

September 18th, 2014 at 5:19 pm Words by Christopher Hector & Photos by Kiki Beelitz and Roslyn Neave Alas, this year as the Bundeschampionate clashed with the WEG, I was not there to see the action, but I hope this little analysis of the breeding of the … Continue reading Read Article

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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 … Continue reading Read Article

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