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There are a lot of mom and pop breeders there and they give buyers a lot to choose from. Buying them there is more expensive and flying them is high—but there are not many breeders over here. The whole market is down right now. We’ve always talked about breeding, but Loxahatchee is not ideal for breeding, and we are focused on training and sales right now.” She has also found great success with the Swedish

Warmblood gelding Dacardo (D-Day x Azisterne) and with the aptly named Danish horse Succes (by Blue Hors Silvermoon x Wapati/World Cup I.) Melissa took Succes to Gladstone in 2005, 2006 and 2007. “Succes is an amazing horse; the bad thing is that he

spoils you!” she laughs. “It’s effortless for him to piaffe and passage. He’s got full Trakehner blood and he’s one hot tamale—sometimes he just launches! I think his electricity

is what helps him to be so brilliant; he is not the perfect build, he has really straight hind legs, but his hotness makes him special.” On the increasing popularity of the Danish Warmblood,

Melissa comments, “I think that people in the United States pay attention to breeding, so they see one or two nice horses, the horses start winning and then people really pay attention. Seeing Danish horse after Danish horse at the shows, they become more popular. If you were never interested before, you might become interested after seeing a few nice horses do well. Take Matine and Andreas Helgstrand—that’s an awesome horse! Lars bought that one as a youngster for Blue Hors.” What do Melissa and Lars look for in a prospect? “I think our Danish horses all have three naturally good gaits. We don’t have to work hard to make that better. We have a


Their website states, “Our breeding policy is to produce a riding horse with the ability to perform in dressage or show jumping competitions at an international level. The Danish Warmblood is noble, well-boned, and supple, possessing good durability and a high reproductive capacity.” Though they are not as common as long-standing breeds like Dutch Warmbloods and Hanoverians, Danish


horses are gradually increasing in numbers in the United States. There are currently 440 horses registered with NADWA and they have 195 members. In 2008 there were 71 horses inspected: 41 foals, 23 mares and 7 stallions. The foals are inspected and branded so that they can obtain breed papers. All the mares were approved and three stallions were approved, (one pending the performance results). In 2009, 348 Danish Warmbloods were declared for the U.S. Dressage Federation’s All Breeds Awards, compared

to 2,581 KWPN North America (Dutch) horses and 2,322 from the American Hanoverian Society. Additionally the NADWA offers Sport Horse Awards for both hunters and jumpers. Mares that are registered with Dansk Varmblod can be bred to

approved stallions from registries other than Dansk Varmblod in the interest of improving the breeding stock. There are numerous breeders of Danish Warmbloods in the United

States, notably Oak Hill Ranch in Louisiana, standing the elite stallions Willemoes, a Grand Prix show jumper who competed under Danish rider Tina Lund, and Rambo (pictured at right, deceased—frozen semen available). Danish horses bred in the United States are registered through NADWA and can be inspected and branded during inspection tours conducted every other year by Dansk Varmblod. Jane Hayes, a native of Denmark who now lives in California, is

treasurer of the NADWA and an avid dressage competitor. She explained that in order to register a foal both parents have to be inspected and branded. “Danish horses are absolutely becoming more popular in the United States,” said Hayes. “It’s amazing how

many Danish horses there are in the top ranks of the USDF; they are obviously well suited to the American rider.” She also attributes their popularity to their recent success on the international show scene, plus the fact that prices are often better in Denmark than buying a horse in Germany or Holland.

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Rambo from Oak Hill Ranch.

stablished in 2001 by Richard Freeman, Jr. of Oak Hill Ranch, the North American Danish Warmblood Association (NADWA) is the North American region of the Danish association “Dansk Varmblod” (Danish Warmblood). NADWA is a volunteer-run organization and in 2003 they obtained not-for-profit status. 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  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90
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