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From the top: (1) Avebury’s sire Adamant in 1994. (2) At Devon in 1975, Anne Rawle and the imported Hanoverian stallion Abundance that she hunted, drove and competed FEI dressage with. Abundance is Avebury’s sire’s sire. (3) Abundance was an accomplished hunter and loved to jump. (4) Dekor, the Westphalian sire of Avebury’s dam Dynasty WF, here in 1983.

competed in both the dressage arena to the middle levels and in the 4'– 4' 6" jumpers. If one traces Avebury’s ancestry through his male ancestors, the strong European genetic contributors of Absatz, Dominus, Duellant, Goldfisch II, and Ramzes come together with the outstanding Thoroughbred sires Palestine, To Market, Royal Coinage and Alycidon. “We try to bring together the best European bloodlines with American

Thoroughbred mares, primarily of steeplechase or distance type,” Anne explains. “Working with the AWR we are able to use domestic mares, which are the genetic base of our breeding program. They are considered equally with imported mares, not inferior, which can be the case with the European registries. After all, we’re breeding horses in the USA.” Anne is a USDF “S” dressage judge. As a result, dressage is the direction she usually takes in her horse training endeavors but she says that she has always had versatile horses. “All of our horses are jumped in their early training to test aptitude and talent, and to make life more fun for them!” An early eventer herself, she competed at Intermediate before converting to dressage. As a licensed official, she has served on the ground jury of many events, including Olympic trials during the era of Jack Le Goff. She fondly remembers an off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding named le Bleme, which she owned back in the 1960s. In one memorable season, le Bleme won a three-day event, jumped six feet in a high jump contest, won a working hunter championship—and won at Prix St. Georges level dressage!

Put to the Test

Anne Rawle did Avebury’s basic training herself but when it came time for

his performance testing she decided to have experienced eventer Ryan Wood take the reins. “I specifically chose Ryan on the recommendation of another eventer who told me the horses are always happy after he schools them,” she reports. “I can’t say enough about his attitude and horsemanship and his dressage is very correct, from my stodgy old dressage judge’s perspective. And most importantly the horses are happy. Stallions are sensitive and Ryan does a very good job.” “The owners brought him once or twice a week for four to six weeks

before the testing,” Ryan explains. “Avebury is nine years old and has just been used in the breeding program so far. When they started jumping him he showed a lot of ability, so now the idea is to get him out and get him some exposure.” As for the actual stallion testing, the Rawles took Avebury to Ryan at

Dutton’s True Prospect Farm. The stallion committee from the AWR came and observed him for several hours. Ryan explains that at the testing, “two testers came out and watched him on the flat and progressed to jumping. He warmed up a bit and jumped a course, then did some cross-country in a controlled environment over logs, roll tops, ditches and the water jump. It was interesting; they’ve got a criteria they give marks for, like rideability.” Since Warmbloods have traditionally been more popular in the dressage

and show jumping disciplines, eventers are generally not used to the approval process. Ryan notes that “it’s a new sort of thing for me, but if he gets out and about and people take notice, I’d love to ride a horse for a stallion testing again. It was fun—they came to True Prospect Farm, which was maybe a more accurate reading of the horse since it wasn’t at home

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