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David had to laugh. Another horse he bought in


Germany, DiCapriole, trained in California to Grand Prix, then was sent to Germany, was shown by Ullrich’s wife Bianca and then sold back to an American buyer. “The horse has more frequent flyer miles than I do.”


n ANKE MAGNUSSEN About 10 years ago, Anke Magnussen of Royal Oaks Farm, Thousand Oaks, California, bought a two year old stallion prospect in Germany. She sent him through the approval inspection when the representatives from the Holsteiner Verband were in California. “The German judge looked


at him and asked me, ‘How did you get this horse? We need him in Germany.’The horse was by the stallion Cantus


who had died. The judge said he was the best Cantus stallion he’d seen.” Shortly afterwards the Holsteiner Verband in Germany


made Anke an offer to buy or lease the horse. Instead she sold him to a buyer from Los Angeles. “These things can happen. If you have a very special horse and the breed organization realizes you have this horse in this country. But that only happens seldom.” In fact, the horses bred in the U.S. and exported from


the U.S. to Europe are more likely to be Quarter Horses than Warmbloods. “Europe has a lot of horses. Way more than we have here. That is why we are buying in Europe. And they have very good bloodlines. Holland has even more horses than Germany. Since 2009, with the market not very good, everyone wants to sell horses. Breeding went down 30 percent in all of Europe,”Anke says. “For a breeder in the U.S. to breed to sell in Europe is


not very realistic,” states Anke, who sells both Holsteiner show jumpers and dressage horses. “Most of the horses I’ve heard about have gone back to Germany because they haven’t worked out for our riders.” To promote a stallion is expensive in North America, says Anke who explains that the cost of showing in the U.S. is much higher than


in Europe. She has been successful with buying young horses in Europe, training them here and selling them at age five or six before the high costs kick in. Most of her sales have been in the U.S. “I have sold two horses back to Germany. One was to a


friend visiting from Germany who fell in love with a horse I had. The other was a six-year-old stallion that I imported at one-and-a-half with incredible potential. Contefino is now a Grand Prix jumper in Europe. I sold him to Giovanni Bonomelli. But he was one in a million,” says Anke, who has been in the horse business for 30 years. “He had unbelievable scope and he was very careful.” For Anke, the path to making a sale—especially an


international one—has remained the same. “People new to the business use the Internet these days. But it’s not how I do business. I rely on personal relationships developed over the years.”


n DEBRA TYLER In April 2005, Debra Tyler had set up the export of her home bred three-year-old Trakehner stallion Lord Luciano to Germany. She planned to send the American stallion to live in Germany and go through the German Trakehner approval process and, if all went well, to stand at stud in Europe. Lucky Lord Luciano would


be a better name for this horse. Since he had never been


off of Debra’s 540-acre Tylord Farm in Benson, Vermont, Debra didn’t want his first


experience away from home to be an airplane ride. So she sent him off to a nearby trainer’s for a couple months before the flight.


Three weeks after he left the


farm, at 2:30 a.m., lightening struck the weathervane on the cupola of the Tylord Farm stallion barn. Within three hours the barn and covered arena burned to the ground. All the horses inside died, including Luciano’s brother and his famed father Enrico Caruso.


Shortly after the tragic event, Luciano flew to Europe


carrying bloodlines of his German-bred sire Enrico Caruso, who was the grandsire of the well known Gribaldi. (Gribaldi is the father of Totilas and Painted Black. Enrico


Left, top & bottom: The stallion Contefino that Anke Magnussen sold to Italy. Photo courtesy Borgo la Caccia Above right, top: Lord Luciano in 2009 in Munster ridden by Tehri Stagers. Bottom: Debra on Enrico Caruso. She worked with such dressage greats as Alex Konyot, George Williams, Karl Mikolka, and mostly with Carol Lavell. Both photos courtesy Debra Tyler


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