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T e Canadian Warmblood Old World Bloodlines – New World Vitality


Mountains, wide prairies and fertile farm land, for which Canada is famous, are an ideal environment to produce top quality Warmblood horses—horses that are strong, sound and sane, having grown up as a horse should, developing with plenty of space to run and play and interact. Since its inception in 1988, the Canadian


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Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) has fostered the European prin- ciples of Warmblood breeding following the traditional role of a national stud book. In 1995, it took its place in the World Breeding Federation (WBFSH) along side the Dutch Warmblood, Swedish Warmblood and other national Stud Books as the fi rst North American association to be given full membership in this important international body. T rough close adherence to international


methodology and through the generous assistance of a number of notable experts such as the late Manfred Lopp from Germany and Ingvar Fredricsson from Sweden, the CWHBA has been able to provide Canadian breeders with a full range of services including mare inspections, stallion licensing and testing, riding horse testing and marketing assistance through its annual auction sale.


Impressive Bloodlines Canada has a history of success in adopting breeds and advancing


them to new heights. T e immortal T oroughbred stallion Northern Dancer and the Olympic Silver Medalist, Trakehner stallion Abdullah, are but two well-known examples. Warmbloods are no exception. Canadian riders have long utilized Warmbloods in international competition. Examples are Ian Millar and Big Ben, Cindy Ishoy and Dynasty, Mario Deslaurier and Aramis, Gail Greenough and Mister T and of course Eric Lamaze and Hickstead. T e demand for competitive Warmblood horses inevitably spurred on Canadian breeders, who recognized that long term competitive success in international equestrian sport is ultimately tied to a successful national breeding program.


hen you think of Warmblood horses, Canada is not the fi rst country that comes to mind. Many people, however, are discovering that the well known Rocky


Germany (the cradle of Warmblood breeding), long


dominant in Olympic equestrian sport, is now being successfully challenged by the vast improvement in international breeding. Canadians, like breeders in other countries, are utilizing the best bloodlines available. T e over seven thousand registered Canadian Warmblood horses have pedigrees that read like the who's who of Warmblood breeding, both modern and historic. T e modern era (post 1960) legendary stallions such as Ramiro, Donnerhall, Alme, Abglanz, Cor de la Bryere and others are well entrenched in Canadian bloodlines. Besides these, the universally infl uential late nineteenth and early twentieth century stallions like Alderman I, Goldschlaeger, Flick, Rubico, Cicero and Vas Y Donc are omnipresent. Current super star stallions like Indoctro, Cassini,


Baloubet, Jazz, Sandro Hit and Stakkato are all making their mark in the Canadian Warmblood breeding program and the results are very impressive. Canadian-bred Warmblood horses are providing Canadian and American riders with high quality competitive mounts at all levels and in all disciplines: Sandra Donnelly's home bred Olympic T ree-Day Event horse Buenos Aires (Bajazzo x Arkansas), Bonnie Bonnello's 2010 WEG Grand Prix Dressage horse Pikardi (Pointmaker x Diamont) and Ian Miller’s After


Shock ( El Futuro x Apalatin). T ese elite horses are just the top of a pyramid of developing young horses such as Travolta (Ferro x Landwind II), a rising star dressage horse, and the late Ulando (Corland x Ahorn) three-day-event coming star (who tragically passed away in May), both qualifi ed for the Canadian Olympic team nomination for 2012. Canadian-bred horses now comprise the bulk of entries at the amateur level—Canadian amateur enthusiasts are better mounted than ever before.


Top: Mares and foals at Touchstone Farm in Alberta. Middle: Michele Hinrichs rides Graphiti W (Garfi eld W x Glory W/ Gauguin de Lully), 1998 gelding; bred by Sigma Warmbloods; shows under the name Patronuss. Bottom: Stiletto Dancer (Elute x Lady Session / Grey Counter), 2004 grey mare, bred by Linda Todd ridden by Stephanie Jensen.


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Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association


Photo courtesy Linda Todd


Photo by Dennis O’Neill


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