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jumps,” she boasts. “He’s a heck of a jumper and he loves it. We’ve jumped him 5’ with a 6’ spread at home and he did it with no problem.” Max has been campaigning locally for the past few years, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he cleans up at nearly every show he attends. “I’ve been dealing with breast cancer for the past few years, so we’ve been doing mostly the local shows,” she continues. “He competes in the 3’6”– 4’ jumpers. He’s always Champion or Reserve...he’s always top three in the jumpers. In eventing, he’s competed up to Training Level. We want to get him up to at least Preliminary, just to confirm him at that level. He could do the height and everything, but it’s just the schooling to get there and actually getting to the shows. We’ve taken him out and schooled him over Prelim courses and he doesn’t blink an eye. He’ll go over anything in front of him.” One of Tawna’s

favorite parts about owning Max is the 16.1 hand horse’s temperament and his overall attitude. “He’s laid back,” Tawna says. “He could definitely be an amateur ride. People come over and want to breed to him...if they’re a rider, I’ll say ‘Here’s a helmet, sign a release and hop on up.’ I can even teach beginners on him. He’s got the mind and takes care of people. He’s like a big puppy dog. When we go to shows, I just have a cotton lead rope on him...I never have to put a chain shank on. We’ve gone into hunter classes with 20 or 30 horses in the ring and he just goes around and you’d never know he was a stallion. He’s a godsend as far as temperament and everything is concerned.” “He’s unique. He’s different. He reproduces himself and better than himself every time. He’s got funny little quirks, too. He’s got a little ledge in his stall and when we’re feeding, he steps up there and puts his head over to watch everything. He’s just like a circus pony; you can do anything with him. I can trust him. I can get on him even after my surgery and he’ll take care of me. To me he’s a one in a million.”

20 November/December 2009

Spotted Star

It’s difficult to find a true spotted Warmblood. Because there should be no stock horse blood in a Warmblood, any spotted horse that received its color from an Appaloosa cannot be considered a true Warmblood. There is one type of Warmblood, however, that has been covered head to tail in spots since the breed originated about 200 years ago: the Knabstrupper. Despite the Knabstrupper’s long history in Europe, they have been bred in the United States for less than ten years. The first Knabstrupper stallion, imported from Denmark, was Atlantis in 2003. Ashby Mitchell had been breeding spotted sport horses using Appaloosa blood for years when she decided to turn her attention to the Knabstrupper. As a graduation present to herself, she purchased and imported Atlantis to her farm in Ware Neck, Virginia. “The Knabstrupper has an innately good mind,” Ashby says. “They have an excellent nature, a laid back personality and a willingness that some other horses

don’t seem to have. That’s the paramount quality of the Knabstrupper.” Atlantis, like most Knabstruppers, excels in the

sport horse disciplines of dressage and jumping. Bred in Denmark, Knabstruppers were originally used for everything from carriage driving and riding horses to dressage mounts and jumpers. Ashby explained that there are two different distinct categories of Knabstrupper: the Baroque type and the Warmblood type. “They would consider the Baroque, or Lippizan type, more of the purebred Knabstrupper, where as the more modern type is bred with Warmbloods to produce a sport type horse. In Denmark they breed them in three sizes as well: large horses, ponies, and miniatures,” Ashby reports. Ashby has owned Atlantis since he

Maxamillion from Golden Venture Farm, a Dutch Warmblood x

Saddlebred sport horse.

(Photos courtesy Tawna King.)

was a two year old and has watched her graduation present blossom into an athlete. “He’s in dressage training going third level,” she says. “I’d like to see how far he can go in eventing though. He’s so Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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