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The 2017 Hanoverian inspection tour

The Hanoverian has become a part of Canada

The 2017 Hanoverian inspection tour

by Dr. Ludwig Christmann

The 2017 Hanoverian inspection tour again covered all Canada from east to west in two weeks.

The most eastern inspection was the Maritime inspection at the Crapeau Equestrian Centre on Prince Edward Island with participants from the island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This was one of the biggest inspections this year with seven mares for inspection, two mares in the performance test and sixteen foals for registration and in the foal show! The development in this area is amazing. Just four years ago – in 2013 -, we had the first official inspection with just a few horses. Now see what developed from it. Very instrumental in this development was Ruth Hanselpacker who runs her stallion station on Prince Edward Island. In the meantime, there has not only been increasing numbers. The breeders were able to upgrade the quality of their mares, purchasing some older quality Hanoverian mares. And it is not only about horses. The breeders at the Maritime live real Hanoverian community spirit, are enthusiastic and help each other.

High scoring mare in the performance test was eight-year-old Dutch mare Fizzarma with a very good jumping pedigree, descending from Verdi out of a dam by Hamlet. It was a bit surprising that on this day she scored higher in her gaits (average 7.5) and rideability (average 7.75) than in her jumping (7.0). An overall good mare, presented by Lisa Hubley from Independence Warmbloods, PEI.

The second mare in the performance test was high scoring mare in the inspection. Peter and Regula Strehler from Bonshaw, PEI, presented their four-year-old Whiskey Girl by Wolkentanz II/Don Gregory, who did a very steady test as well. It was especially amazing how she coped with everything on this day. She had an amazing temperament and was awarded with an 8 for her rideability. In the mare show section, she was selected as a Premium Mare Candidate and was the mare show winner. Two more Hanoverian mares were accepted into the main studbook. From the four non-Hanoverian mares the already mentioned Fizzarma, the KWPN mare Whitney and the Westphalian mare Phantasy were accepted into the main stud book Hanover, whereas the Canadian Warmblood mare Daisy II was accepted into the main stud book of the Rhineland.

The foal show was very impressive in both numbers and quality. Champion foal was a very typey filly by Fürst Nymphenburg out of State’s Premium Mare Brentacia by Brentano II, bred by Sharon Beard from Ontario, who already bred good offspring from Brentacia in Ontario, and owned by Michelle Degarie. Reserve champion was another filly, highly elegant with super conformation by Fabregas/Fidertanz. She was bred in Ontario by Kathleen Richardson and is owned by Shannon & Clayton Brooks from Nova Scotia. They bred another top foal who was called back on the final ring, too. This was a colt by Dante Weltino/Diamond Hit, who excelled through his powerful trot. His owner is Hilary Moore-Hebert. All these three foals made it to the Albert Kley Top Ten-Award. Lisa Hubley from Independence Warmblood had the best jumping foal at this show, a colt by Schwarzenegger out of the Dutch mare Fizzarma.

Linda Tetreault and Claude Menart hosted the Quebec inspection at their Ferme de Lys in Ulverton, east of Montreal. One three-year-old jumping bred mare was presented and accepted into the Hanoverian main studbook. Six well-bred foals were presented, four owned by Ferme de Lys. The champion foal was a very well-bred jumping foal by Calido, a filly with good conformation, really good legs and good movement. Her dam, the For Edition-daughter For Odessa, was the best jumping mare at the Herwart von der Decken-Show in Verden in 2010.

Reserve champion was a dressage filly by Sezuan/Weltmeyer, the foal with the best trot on this day. Both foals are owned by Ferme de Lys, who have been very selective in finding high-quality mares as a base of their breeding program.

A few words about the evaluation of the jumping foals. For the first time we added a pedigree score for the jumping foals. When breeding for the jumper market, the pedigree is of utmost importance, especially when jumping foals are to be sold. Criteria for this pedigree score are

  • Are both parents jumping bred over a few generations?
  • Sport results of sires and dams and further ancestors
  • Successes of dam line

This attempt was very well received all over the country.

One day later, Linda Tetreault and Claude Menart brought their four-year-old mare Li Mai de Lys by Londonderry out of State’s Premium Mare World Lady by Weltmeyer to the inspection at Joe and Louise Palmer’s Southlane Farm at Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Besides foal registration and foal show, a mare show with mare performance test was scheduled.

For various reasons numbers were much lower here than in previous years, but the quality was good. Li Mai de Lys was the outstanding mare in the show, in the inspection and in the performance test, where she finished with an overall score of 8 for gaits, 8.5 for rideabilty, and the jumping with 7.0 was also quite okay. Her outstanding gait was the walk, where she scored a 9.0. She is a big framed mare with lots of quality in her conformation and gaits and so she was also selected as a Premium Mare Candidate and she ended up as the outstanding dressage mare of this year’s tour, winning the prestigious Fritz Floto-Award 2017. There was just one more Hanoverian mare for inspection, it was a quality mare accepted into the main studbook. There was a second mare in the mare performance test, who showed up rideability problems during the dressage part and so she could not complete the test.

Five foals were presented. Champion foal was a colt by Contendro/Sir Donnerhall, bred and owned by Grand Coteau Stable. This is not the classical dressage breeding, but it really worked out, as this foal showed. A colt with good type, lots of presence and good gaits at the trot and at the walk. “The dam by Sir Donnerhall is quite versatile; she jumps well and I wanted to have a stallion who is versatile as well”, this was Samuel Jeanson’s explanation for this breeding. There was a very well-bred jumping colt. Bonny Bunda bred her Escudo/Don Carlos-mare Echo to Arko, a son of Argentinus, who years ago was the number one ranked show-jumper of the world with Nick Skelton and got a very promising colt with good type and conformation.

The second Ontario inspection again was again at Parkwood Stables in Rockwood, Ontario, where the Parkinson family has their wonderful farm and does a great job every year hosting the inspection. There were three three-year-old Hanoverian mares in the performance test – proof that it is possible to do good tests at this age at the end of the basic education of the mares. High scoring in the test was Firefly by Fabregas out of a dam by Belissimo M. Firefly is not the tallest horse and in hand and at free running, she did not really stand out. What then happened under saddle and during the test exceeded the expectations of the judges. She was extremely cooperative and responsive to the rider (rideability 8.5), showed a lot of elasticity and rhythm (Trot 7.5, canter 8, walk 8) and also the jumping with 7.25 was quite good. So this good result helped her in the mare show, where she was selected as a premium mare candidate. The title of premium mare candidate also went to Amy West’s three-year-old DeLorean by De Niro/Escudo after successfully completing the mare performance test and the mare show. She is a versatile, typey long-legged brown mare with a beautiful front end. She was still a little green, but she showed quality gaits and had a good jumping score, rewarded with an 8. Third mare in the test was Parkwood Stable’s Fabrekate by Fabregas/Feiner Stern. She was an elegant, modern mare with a good walk. Grace Wanyura, our guest judge, liked her very much as a hunter.

Along with the mares from the performance test two two-year-old mares by Fürstenball and Fabregas and four-year-old Wilhelmina by Wolkentanz II were presented in the little mare show. Highlighted as high scoring mare in the show was two-year-old Felicity by Fürstenball out of a real quality young mare with a good frame, good gaits, good legs. She is a big promise for the future. Her dam is St.Pr.St. Bellalula by Belissimo, who is also dam of Firefly, the high scoring mare in the performance test.  In total nine mares were inspected and accepted into either the Rhineland or the Hanoverian studbook. Five Hanoverian mares, who all went to the Hanoverian main studbook, a Canadian Sport Horse mare, a Dutch mare and an Oldenburg mare were accepted into the main studbook Hanover as well, whereas a Canadian Warmblood mare was accepted into the Rhineland main studbook.

A great group of sixteen foals was presented for the foal show. At the end Kathleen Richardson, who presented three foals, among these the champion foal as well as the reserve champion, dominated the show. Champion foal was a chestnut colt by For Romance/Don Bosco. He was a great type with lots of presence, beautiful front end, good frame and with lots of movement. He became the champion dressage foal of the whole tour. It is quite interesting that his mother line goes back to a very successful Hanoverian dam line for racing. There is a very small population of Hanoverians with a very high percentage of Thoroughbred blood, who is bred for racing. Reserve champion was a beautiful, highly elegant filly by Fürstenball out of a Contucci/Bordeaux-dam with good legs and especially with a good walk. Both of these foals later on made it to the list of the Top Ten foals for the Albert Kley-Award. Marjorie Haus presented the top jumper foal, a colt by Balou du Rouet out of a dam by Contendro. He was a really athletic looking colt with presence and an excellent pedigree. Both his sire and dam’s sire have produced numerous successful horses for international competitions. There was an interesting experiment at this inspection. The breeding club had invited Grace Wanyura, a very renowned judge of hunter shows to comment on each foal individually for its suitability as a hunter and also at the end to highlight the top hunter foals. The result was a bit surprising to me. Our two top dressage foals were Grace’s top hunter foals. This proves the old saying ‘A good horse is a good horse’. Another dressage foal was called back to the final ring, a filly by Quaterhall/Glorioso Noir, bred by Naomi Williams. She as well as a Checkmate/Samarant filly, owned by Chantal Ruijs, belonged to Grace’s top picks as hunters – two chestnut fillies!

On my way west there was a stop in Manitoba. Numbers dropped here, since the breeding station of Kathleen Sulz and Nancy Schmidt closed. However, Helen Page and Barbara Beckmann have been very loyal and dedicated breeders over decades. Some quality foals by Fabregas and Lord Adonis were registered and Barbara presented a well-developed, promising quality three-year-old mare by Escudo II/Autocrat.

The inspection in Calgary had a new location. For the first time Michele McWilliam hosted the show on her Bri-Mel Farm at Okotoks, half an hour south of Calgary. She and her team did a great job. In the east the majority of the horses we saw were dressage bred, now in the west hunter and jumper types and pedigrees were more dominant. Five mares were presented for inspection, all non-Hanoverians. A fifteen-year-old Thoroughbred mare with a big frame and still good gaits was accepted into the Hanoverian studbook. Two Westphalian mares by Escudo II and Landkönig, which means they had a lot of Hanoverian blood, were accepted into the Hanoverian main studbook. A Canadian Sport Horse mare by Glückspferd and an Oldenburg mare by Harvard were accepted into the Rhineland main studbook. Seven well-bred foals were presented in the foal show. High scoring foal was a jumping bred filly by Chacoon Blue out of a dam by Mr. Blue, bred and owned by Nordic Farms of Linda & Maren Reinbold, Black Diamond, Alberta. This was a really athletic long-legged filly, good looking and refined, with three good gaits and very well bred. Reserve champion was another jumping bred filly. Chris and Tara Lambie also specialized in breeding for hunting and jumping. They had used Escudo as a mate to their Graf Top-mare Goldika and the result is a really harmonious filly with good conformation and good legs. Both of these two top foals made it to the top ten group at the end with the Chacoon filly being the champion jumping foal of the tour.

The second official inspection in Alberta was at von Platen Farms in Camrose with mare performance test, mare show and foal show. Two premium mare candidates from previous years were in the mare performance test to meet the requirements for premium mare. Splendor is by Sarkozy/Autocrat and then traces back to a Thoroughbred dam line. She was bred by Dr. Heather-Lynn Smith from Tebar, Alberta, and is owned by Thelma & Louise Sport Horses. She is a big framed and typey dressage mare and was selected as premium mare candidate 2015. She has since developed very well. Under saddle, she was very expressive and correct in all three gaits, resulting in an overall score of 8 and a 7.5 for rideability. The second mare was premium mare candidate Quintana by Quidam’s Blue. She is a very willing mare with good rideability and three solid gaits and also met the premium mare requirements. She was bred by Gerrit and Ute Brinkmann, New Norway, and is owned by Gerd Juister, Fort St.John.

Three Hanoverian mares were presented for studbook inspection and the little mare show. They were all accepted into the main studbook, but none of them qualified as a premium candidate. The ribbon for the best Hanoverian mare was given to the Wolkentanz II/Likoto xx daughter West Indies, bred and owned by von Platen Farms. Three non-Hanoverian mares were presented, too. A typey Thoroughbred mare with a good trot, Honolulu Baby xx, was accepted into the Hanoverian studbook, whereas the Oldenburg mare Moana by Romanov Blue Hors and Canadian Warmblood mare Royle Empress by Wolkentanz II were accepted into the Hanoverian main studbook.

Five foals were presented. The award for the top dressage foal went to a really typey filly by Finest/Rascalino, bred by Thelma & Louise Sport Horses, whereas Elisha Weaver’s colt by Diacontinus/For Jump got the ribbon for the top jumping foal.

The two last official inspection sites were in British Columbia. The first stop was at Jennifer and Armin Arnoldt’s Dreamscape Farm. There were three foals and one mare, all owned by Dreamscape. The mare was a Dutch jumping mare, successful at 1.40 metres. Her foal by Chacco’s Rubin of course was bred for jumping. A real top foal was a colt by Sir Gregory/Royal Prince, who had a gorgeous front end and a lot of self-carriage in his movement. He made it on the list of top ten foals for the Albert Kley-Award.

In the Pemberton valley is the beautifully located farm Dreamcatcher Meadows, owned and run by Jill Giese and John Dingle. There was a big dinner there with invited guests when I arrived to celebrate twenty years of Hanoverian breeding at Dreamcatcher Meadows. This year’s foal crop was presented with three foals. The top foal, very elastic, was by their own stallion Dreammaster by Dimaggio out of the Thoroughbred mare Western Where xx.

After the inspections in the Vancouver area, another visit had been planned in the Kamloops area, where Linda Poel has her Hanoverian stud farm at Lone Butte, BC. Because of the forest fires in the area this visit had to be cancelled for the second time and people living there had to be evacuated. The whole Hanoverian community keep their fingers crossed that the whole situation will soon be changing for the better and that nobody, no people and no animals, get hurt.

At the end of this tour I would like to thank everybody involved. Hosts of the inspection, my co-judges, Inga Hamilton, Ferdinand Haupt and Ursula Hosking, the always helpful Mike Boyd and Georg von Platen, who spent a lot of time to organise the Western inspections. You all did a wonderful job.

Thanks to all the breeders who are so enthusiastic about our wonderful Hanoverian horses. Thanks especially to those breeders who supported the inspections by presenting their mares and foals there. These inspections are very important for the promotion of our horse in Canada. For the breeder it is also good to compare his products with those of others. So please continue to show your horses at the inspections.

I do enjoy Canada every time I visit. We have very good and very dedicated breeders in this beautiful country. Canada celebrates her 150th birthday. The Hanoverian has been home to Canada for almost 60 years, the Hanoverian horse has become a part of Canada.

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