Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sorting through the stock....

This morning Silva and I ventured out to the Carrolls Ranch, an equestrian facility just ten minutes down the road from my parents' farm. The head trainer, Stevie Shakoff, who used to be a working student for us here in Australia, has two of our horses in work.

Enyo W, (pictured below), a three-year-old chestnut gelding by the Hanoverian stallion Escudo out of a Brilliant Invader (Reddy Teddy's sire) / Silvineer mare, looked fantastic. This little champion has it all: nice type, great mover and a sensational jump. I am very excited about this guy and we plan to import him over to the States in March of 2010.

Vroom W, (pictured below), is a grey, four-year-old Warmblood/Thoroughbred mare by the Belgian Grand Prix show jumping stallion Vivant. This mare was a little bit of a disappointment to us. She is a nice enough type, but really did not have very good movement for dressage. She is a little small as well. I suppose the great thing about her is that she has an incredible jump, great technique and plenty of scope. After a long think, I rang my good friend and Grand Prix show jumping rider, James Mooney, who will take on the horse to start its jumping career.

At the end of the day, Silva and I are only intrested in bringing over top class event and dressage horses. If the horses we have bred aren't superb, its great to have riders like James that can produce the horses to a high level here in Australia and then sell them.


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