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W I would like to thank


you for the two articles in your March/April issue: “How Slow Sport Horses Grow” and “The Ins and Outs of Crossing Iberians.” I am preparing to put my two Iberian Warmbloods (TB x Lusitano) under saddle and both articles were quite timely. I am new to the Spanish breeds and the information contained in both articles helped me to get a clearer picture of what to expect as we move forward, both with structural maturity and how the historic Spanish bloodlines and the disciplines they were used for may infl uence the type of horses my colts have the potential to become. In researching the historic Spanish bloodlines, I found that good information was hard to come by that was not printed in Spanish or Portuguese! Thank you for doing the research for me and putting it all into articles we can understand, use, and keep for reference. Suzy Kissee, Cross K Ranch, Santa Maria, CA


I received my July/August issue and couldn’t put it


down. The “Bred in NA” logo/theme is fantastic. It ties the magazine together and works beautifully with branding this important concept. I love the logo on the editorial pieces as well as the ads. What a great tribute to North American-bred horses. I’m at the conformation article now and am going to run out and see how my horses compare. The Masterson Method piece was really good too, especially the real-world experiences that Coralie shared at the end. I think it's one of the best magazines you’ve published to date, and I’ve been reading your magazine for 2 ½ years now. I’m sorry I didn’t start sooner!


I read with interest your “Warmblood Whoas” 12 September/October 2012


Letters toWT


be U.S. bred. It’s an interesting conundrum and there is defi nitely an appeal to it in that it would hopefully drive up the quality of our breeding standards and thus the quality of the off spring. Since though, it could —hopefully, only in the short run—pull us down in international standings, maybe it could be a program that is a “build over time.” So, for the fi rst fi ve years we require X number of horses be U.S. bred, then after for ten years, X more to be U.S. bred, and so on. Or, another idea is to have an additional funding factor for U.S. bred horses, like a Made in the USA Fund. Unfortunately, it may take measures such as Sweden took to force the issue and really cause breeders to focus on the truly best, and only the best mare/stallion matches. One of the growing sport horse venues is


Jennifer Smith, Omaha, NE


column and the idea of the USEF requiring horses represented by the U.S. at international competitions


T


combined driving and I never see that represented or advertised in Warmbloods Today. At the combined driving events (referring to the big international events in the Mid-Atlantic and Florida), you will see the same trend. A whole lot of imported Warmbloods and then a few U.S. bred Warmbloods (I have a U.S. bred Rheinland Pfalz-Saar who is doing very well and moving up the levels). Even in the pony divisions, you see a lot of imports now. No doubt, there is still a strong U.S.-bred contingent of Morgans, Arabs, Fjords, Friesians, etc… and they are especially prevalent at the smaller, local events. Paula Hagen-Peterson, Illinois


Dear Paula, We agree that Warmbloods who shine in combined driving should be featured. This year we have made more of an eff ort. In our March/April edition we covered a Canadian woman who trained with world champion driver Chester Weber in “From Essay to Carriage Play,” and in May/June we interviewed pairs champion Larry Poulin and learned more about his three Warmbloods. In this issue, you’ll fi nd a fun feature about single combined driver Leslie Berndl and Uminco, both heading to Portugal for the World Driving Championships in September.


—WT staff


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