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Inspections 2013 – by Dr Ludwig Christmann

Champion Foal in PEI by Wolkentanz II / SPS Don Gregory, bred by Peter and Regula Strehler

Champion Foal in PEI by Wolkentanz II / SPS Don Gregory, bred by Peter and Regula Strehler

Inspections 2013 – Canada Tour – Part I

This year there were two inspection tours to Canada. The first one followed the inspections of the American Hanoverian Society in the US and covered the provinces British Columbia and Manitoba. The second tour was done in conjunction with the Spruce Meadows Masters and covered Alberta, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.

In the US by the way there was a stallion licensing at Hilltop Farms in Maryland. One stallion got licensed, three-year-old very leggy and typey Sternlicht GGF, a son of Soliman de Hus out of a dam by Rascalino, bred by Rachel Ehrlich. Besides his type he also impressed with his gaits, where the canter stood out, and his rideability.

 There were two official inspections in British Columbia. The first took place at Dreamscape Farm in Langley, close to Vancouver. Jennifer and Armin Arnoldt have developed quite an impressive stallion station here. Among their line of approved stallions for example is Bon Balou by Balou du Rouet, who won the jumping portion at last year’s stallion performance test in Oklahoma. Overall six mares could be accepted for the main studbook, some of them were non-Hanoverians, but most of these with Hanoverian blood. Five foals were registered, most of them by Dreamscape stallions. This was a good first inspection at Dreamscape with quality horses.

 The second B.C.-inspection was at Dreamcatcher Meadows, Pemberton, where John Dingle and Jill Giese started an impressive Hanoverian breeding farm many years ago. They also stand two stallions, the black Weltmeyer-son Windfall CB and the Dimaggio/Dream of Glory son Dreammaster, bred by Dreamcatcher Meadows. On occasion of the inspection Jill and John organised a big reception with approximately 70 invited guests and a beautiful program where the Dreamcatcher horses were presented. The favourite definitely was the Pas de Deux of Dreammaster, ridden by John Dingle and his dam Daisy Dee, ridden by Jill Giese, both trained at least at Prix St. George level. Eight foals were presented and one mare was accepted into the main studbook. Outstanding foal here was a son of Windfall out of a mare by Lokomotion.

 The next inspection was in Manitoba, where we have a smaller but very passionate community of Hanoverian breeders. The inspection here was done together with Albert Kley at Woodhaven Farms of Kathleen Sulz in Arden. Together with Nancy Schmidt from Crooked Creek Farm, Kathleen runs a stallion station with Wolkentanz II. Here we could inspect four Hanoverian mares for the main studbook. For different reasons there were only two Hanoverian foals in the area to be registered.

 Canada Tour – Part II

The big international horse show once again offered perfect conditions for the little Hanoverian mare show at Spruce Meadows. Canadian breeders love to be part of this great and perfectly organised event. Judges at the Hanoverian dates were Konrad Böth, member of the managing board of the Hannoveraner Verband, Dr. Axel Brockmann, manager of the Lower Saxony state stud Celle, and Dr. Ludwig Christmann. Experienced Ole Köhler from the state stud did the test riding.

 From the Edmonton area, about a four-hour-drive, Kyla McKinney hat travelled to Spruce Meadows. This trip paid. Her five-year-old mare London Reign by Londonderry/Rosentau became the undisputed winner of the mare show. On the day before this impressive and powerfully moving grey mare had revealed her dressage talent in the mare performance test. For her rideability she received 9,0, for her basic gaits 8.0 and better. Her three-year-old half sister by Sir Donnerhall also looked very promising in hand and should be able to match the quality of her older sister. She won the class for three- and four-year-old dressage mares and was awarded the title Hanoverian Premium Candidate. Kyla McKinney once had received the dam of these two mares, Rosilla from Rüdiger Dupierry. He was a foundation member and president of the Hanoverian breeding club Canada West and would have been proud to see this success, for which he built the basis. We saw good quality in the class for four-year-old jumping mares. Winner of this class was Charmony by Conteur/Comic, a mare with big lines and power. In her performance test she showed very good jumping ability and good basic gaits (b.: Equitop Farms, Alberta). She received the title Hanoverian Premium Candidate as did the second placed mare, Isadora by Iberio who had passed her mare performance test in Germany with a very good result (o.: Katy Jorgensen, Alberta). On third place was Gemini by Graf Grannus, who was not awarded the title but had qualified for the Hanoverian jumper breeding program the day before because of her very good free-jumping (b.: Linda Poel).

 Five non-Hanoverian mares were presented for inspection, four were accepted, all of them of a really pleasing quality. A Holsteiner mare by Contendro/Calido also fulfils the criteria for the jumper breeding program, the other ones were an Oldenburg mare by Sonny Boy/Rubinstein with really good gaits, a Thoroughbred mare and a Canadian warmblood mare by Westporte and out of a Dutch mother line.

 Seven foals were presented in the little foal show. Four jumper foals and three dressage foals. Top pick of the foals with jumping lines was a colt by Earl/Autocrat, bred by Heather Smith. Top dressage foal was a chestnut filly by Rascalino/Westporte out of a non-Hanoverian mare which had been accepted into the studbook on the day before. A highlight for all breeders was the quadrille of the German state studs. For the first time the ten German state studs presented a quadrille of ten stallions in Canada. Celle had Heinrich Heine with Ole Köhler on that group. Other Hanoverians were Fürst Wettin for the state stud Prussendorf and Hochfein for the state stud Marbach.

A very popular meeting point is always the Hanoverian Evening on the day of the mare show in a wing of the Spruce Meadows barn, where it is also a tradition that the German team come and visit. The plate for the most successful Hanoverian in the show ring this year went to Lars Nieberg from the German team with his Giorgio son Galippo who placed second in the Six Bars on Friday night. There could not have been any better winner, as Lars Nieberg did not only breed this horse himself, but he also rode his sire Giorgio and his dam’s sire For Pleasure very successfully in many international competitions. It was a little consolation for Lars Nieberg who had a bad fall on Saturday evening and broke his collarbone so that he was unable to ride the Grand Prix.

 Spruce Meadows is always such a great spot and we owe a big thank you to the Southern family for their continuing support of the Hanoverian. This is very special for us.

 After Spruce Meadows I had a long flight from Calgary to Prince Edward Island, where I met our Canadian judge Inga Hamilton. For the first time we had an official Hanoverian inspection in the Maritimes. There have been very passionate breeders there for years and we had a growing interest, so we promised an inspection if they have enough numbers. Ruth Hanselpacker started a Hanoverian stallion station with her two stallions Bonheur and Schwarzenegger. The show took place at the Agriplex of Crapaud which proved to be a suitable site. There were three mares in the performance test. High scoring mare was four-year-old Dakota by Danone/Fabriano, bred by Peter and Regula Strehler and presented by Judy Harvey. A tall mare with a good frame who especially stood out because of her temperament and rideability where she scored 8 and 9.

 There were five mares in the little mare show. Here, too, Dakota was chosen as champion and as the only premium mare. Overall six mares were accepted for studbook, three Hanoverians and three non-Hanoverians (one KWPN, one Canadian Sport Horse, one Westphalian).

 Four foals were presented in the foal show. Winning foal was a very typey and very well developed filly by Wolkentanz II/Don Gregory. This filly was bred by Peter and Regula Strehler who are also the breeders of Dakota. The Strehlers have been breeding Hanoverians on Prince Edward Island for many years and this show was a good proof for the quality they are producing.

 All in all this was a really good premiere for Hanoverians in the Maritimes. It created quite a bit of interest there and I hope, that we will get some good numbers also in the future so that we can have an official inspection there on a regular base.

 The next inspection was at Southlane Farm in the eastern part of Ontario, close to the border to Quebec. Joe and Louise Palmer again hosted this inspection which really expanded in size during the last few years. We started with a foal show, where 20 foals were presented. The ranking was divided for dressage and for jumping. Winning jumping foal was a colt by Hunters Scendix out of a newly inspected Holsteiner mare by Caletto I. A typy foal, well muscled and also with really good gaits. Other foals called back on the final ring were by For Play/Rio Grande (b.: Horse Vision Farm), a filly by Valentino/Graf Grannus (b.: Ferme de Lys) and a filly by Providence/Ginsberg (b.: Southlane Farm).

 The dressage class was won by a colt by Belissimo M/Weltmeyer, bred by Ferme de Lys, an older colt who showed good gaits and very correct conformation. Other foals who were asked for the final ring were a colt by Sir Wanabi/Winterprinz (b.: Sandra Laprise), a filly by Fabregas/Wolkenstein II (b.: Sophie Corchetiere) and another filly by Fabregas/Genever (b.: Southland Farms).

 Mare performance test and mare show took place on the second day. The pedigrees this year were more dressage based. Free jumping went well but without a real highlight. Top mare in the test at the end was the De Niro/Longchamp daughter Detyana, bred and ridden by Lea Wouters. Detyana was champion foal at the inspection four years ago and she developed into a big framed mare, who had a good show in all three parts of the test so that she finished with an overall score of 7.75.

 Of course the mares in the performance test were also presented in the mare show. There was a ring with six three-year-old mares. Clear winner of this ring was the very tall Belissimo M/Sherlock Holmes daughter Bellarina, bred and owned by Southland Farm. She is a mare with a lot of potential, who still has to fill her big frame. On second place was Sibneigh by Sir Wanabi/Salvano. She is a smaller mare, but really balanced in everything and presented herself very well in all three parts of the test under saddle. Both of these mares were awarded as premium mare candidates.

The ring for four-year-olds saw six mares as well. Detyana, winning mare in the mare test took the lead here, followed by the RCMP mare De Garance by Dancier/Rubin-Royal who showed her talent as a dressage talent in the performance test, the Sandro Hit/Donnerhall mare Soraya from Patricia Close and Penny Lane by Providence/Ginsberg, the only jumping mare who was performance tested last year (bred and owned by Southlane Farm).

 At the end Detyana was chosen as the winner of this mare show.

 In the studbook inspection twelve Hanoverian mares were newly accepted into the studbook and four non-Hanoverians. One Thoroughbred mare did not pass.

From Ottawa we went down to the Toronto area, where we had a Hanoverian show again at Parkwood Stables in the Rockwood area. It was a very well organised event with some sponsored prizes. Here, too, we started with the foals, judged by Ferdi Haupt and Dr. Ludwig Christmann. 19 foals were presented. Top jumping foal was a filly by the Holsteiner stallion Cranach out of a mare by Cassini II, bred by Mike Boyd. A typy, feminine looking filly with good conformation and also elastic gaits. Overall it was a strong top group of jumping foals which were called back. These were Katie Lalonde’s long-legged filly by Novalis/Landor, Andrea Phillips’ filly by Grandom/Wallstreet Kid and Sheri Whittaker’s Bon Balou/Longchamp filly.

 Top dressage foal very clearly was the Valentino/Dauphin colt presented by Marjorie Haus. This foal already looked like a little stallion and by far showed the best trot of the day. A good example that some jumping blood can do well in a dressage breeding program. Other foals who were called back were Elaine Parkinson’s filly by Fabregas/Hochadel, Heather McNaughton’s filly by Sir Wanabi/Anhaltiner and Elaine Parkinson’s filly by Fabregas/Lauries Crusador xx.

 In the mare performance test the following day, judged by Ursula Hosking and Dr. Ludwig Christmann seven mares were presented. High scoring mare was Bellalula, three years old by Belissimo M/Weltruhm, bred by Christine Stec and owned by the Parkinsons. Bellalula is a very balanced young horse with three good and elastic gaits and good rideability. Also in the free jumping she presented herself well. There was only one jumping mare who met the criteria for the jumper breeding program. This was Mike Boyd’s Sassy Gina B by Stolzenberg out of a mare by Graf Grannus. A big positive surprise in the rideability was Sarah Harvey’s Georgia CSF by Graf Grannus/Lucid, who as a just three-year-old looked pretty much bombproof and very easy to ride. These mares were presented in the mare show as well. The first ring were two- and three-year-olds. Winning mare on this ring was three-year-old typey and big framed Winslett by Wolkentanz II/Lauries Crusador xx, bred and owned by the Parkinsons. On second place was her two-year-old half sister Fleur de Liese by Fidertanz. Other premium mares were Mike Boyd’s Sassy Gina B and Bellalula, high scoring mare in the performance test. In the ring for four-year-olds Ferdi Haupt’s very typey Scolari/Londonderry mare Suzie took the lead as the only premium mare out of three mares. Winning overall mare of this show was three-year-old Winslett.

 Elaine Parkinson with the good help of Inga Hamilton had the good idea to present a mare family. This was the mare Liesel with her daughter Winslett, champion mare of the show, and her two-year-old Fidertanz daughter Fleur de Liese. A really good collection where breeding progress could clearly be seen at a high level. This mare family was classified as an elite family.

 Overall six Hanoverian mares were newly inspected and accepted into the studbook. Two out of three non-Hanoverian mares were accepted. One Thoroughbred mare did not meet the necessary higher score of 7.

All in all the inspections in Canada went very well. I have not been to Eastern Canada for a few years and I see quite some progress. There were many new names, which means, that new members are attracted, and the quality is getting better and better. I am pleased that we have a good number of breeders, who focus on the jumping horse and who qualify their mares for the jumper breeding program. Therefore it is important to have separate rings for jumping foals and dressage foals to make clear that we are dealing with two different breeding philosophies.

From the Pacific Coast in BC to the shores of the Atlantic – we had more official inspections in Canada then ever and we had them because we had the demand. This is a really good development. I thank our breeders who are attending our central inspections. It is very important, that we have showcases for our breed, events were breeders meet and were qualities are compared. This is the way to form a community of Canadian Hanoverian breeders – and I feel were on a good way.

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