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deserve to be called “premium,” and which foals, riding horses and stallions will be accepted for the auctions. The only difference today is that semen from any stallion in Germany is readily available for the 4,000 registered Warmblood mares, and that means that a potential buyer can find the same bloodlines here as he can find in Holstein, Oldenburg, Westphalia or in the Hanover region. Like all breed associations the southern registries have a number of annual showcases as well as foal and riding horse auctions. The dates can be found on websites such as www.pzv-bw.de or www.suedpferde.de. Because of their small size the southern breed registries

do not invest a lot of time and money in international marketing, and therefore are not very well known in North America, although horses like Robert Dover’s FBW Kennedy (USA) or Cindy Ishoy’s Proton (CAN) represented their nations at Olympic Games. Even Conrad Homfeld’s unforgettable Abdullah had ties to the state stud Marbach, because he had the famous Trakehner stallion Pregel on his sire side. Pregel was one of the Trakehner stallions that was successfully used to refine the Württemberg Warmblood, and he stood at stud in Marbach for many years.

One U.S. breeding facility

was bred to Don Schufro last year, and her 2009 colt was awarded stallion prospect status by the German Oldenburg Verband. Serendipity had already produced a premium foal by Sir Donnerhall in 2007. Over the years Bob and Lynn kept using frozen semen from some of the top stallions that are licensed with the southern breed registries, such as French Kiss (Florestan x Donnerhall) and Sir Oldenburg (Sion x Contender). There are also a number of Württemberg approved stud stallions in the North America. One of them, Corlago (Coriolan x Larome) won the 1997 licensing in Baden- Württemberg, and was later on sold to the U.S. His owner Juan Pablo Gnecco showed him successfully as a Grand Prix jumper, but Corlago also proved to be a wonderful mount for Juan’s young daughter Cristina, who competes with him in hunter shows. Corlago even managed to qualify for the 2009 Kentucky Hunter Derby. Candillo Junior (Candillo

discovered the quality of the Württemberg breed six years ago when friends told Lynn Randle and her husband Bob DeGour about the foal auction in Riedlingen, one of the annual events of the Württemberg breed registry. They ended up purchasing two fillies and a colt. The colt by Denaro (Deniro x Volturno) out of a Lanthano mare is now considered an FEI dressage prospect after receiving his initial training in Germany. The fillies were shipped right away to Bob and Lynn’s beautiful Red Hawk Ranch in California and are now very valuable broodmares. One of the mares, Redhawk’s Delaware Bay by

Dacaprio, produced a premium foal by Fidertanz two years ago. The other one, Serendipity by Sir Oldenburg,

Sir Nymphenburg (Sir Donnerhall x Regazzoni x Brentano II), champion of the 2008 Munich stallion licensing, standing at stud in Marbach, Germany. (Photo by Kube)

Z x Caretino) was imported in 2009. He is also licensed as a Württemberg stud stallion. At the 30 day test in Schlieckau he received a 10 for his jumping technique. He is now in training with Isauro Flores in Langley, British Columbia. Another winner of a

southern German stallion licensing is Southern Spirit, who is now owned by

Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania. He is not used for stud because the focus is on his dressage training. Other Württemberg horses that are currently

successfully shown in the U.S. are the mare Charisma (Cabaret x Winchester), who won her very first Prix St.Georges in 2009 with Adam Lastowka of Madison, Georgia. Then there is the gelding Cappuccino (Cartusch x Weichsel), who is ridden by Heidi Degele of Loxahatchee, Florida. She is currently showing him in Intermediaire I and is schooling Grand Prix. Although there are plenty more in America that I’m not aware of, lastly I can’t forget my own big black Württemberg gelding, Forrest Gump. WT

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