The Trainability and Rideability of Hanoverian Horses

By Dennis M. Moore N

ot one, not two, but three of Kim Kobryn-Cal- laway’s home-bred horses have succeeded at the highest levels of dressage with Kim in the irons. Not many small breeders in the United States can top

Kim Kobryn-Callaway’s breeding, training and riding achieve- ments. Since Kim started breeding Hanoverian horses in 2008, she has bred just 18 foals. Of those, she has personally trained and competed three of them at the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) levels in dressage. Kim’s success with her home-breds exemplifies the trainability and rideabil- ity of Hanoverian horses.

How She Began Kim was one of those lucky young girls who began riding horses very young, in her case at just eight years old. She started with hunter/jumper lessons and got her first horse, an eight-year-old Paint, when she was just 16. (Committed horsewoman that she is, she still has him; he’s now 27.) Kim continued her riding in college at Delaware Valley University in southeastern Pennsylvania. While there, she competed in USEF and USHJA competitions and was also introduced to dressage and horse breeding, two activities that captivated her at the university. She sought out additional private lessons in dressage with

local southeastern Pennsylvania trainer Robin Millett. From the time of her first lesson on a Warmblood, she was con- vinced she wanted to ride and breed Warmblood horses. She found them easier to ride because they were naturally forward and easy to “put on the bit,” in other words rideable because they are naturally built for the sport of dressage. After getting her university degree Kim married Gary Call-

away. Clever woman that she is, she found a husband who also wanted a farm. In 2007, the newly-married couple purchased a 14-acre property in southeastern Pennsylvania, near Delaware Valley University, that they turned into a small horse breeding farm, Callaway Farm. Tey built an 11-stall barn, fenced the pastures, installed run-in sheds and do all the farm and horse care chores themselves, including performing inseminations for the mares and delivering the foals. Kim currently has 11 horses on the property, but she started much smaller.

ABOVE RIGHT: EM Academy Award (Anamour x Graf Landau), Kim Kobryn-Callaway’s first broodmare.

Acquiring Broodmares Right after Kim acquired the farm property, she wasted no time in finding what were to become her two foundation brood- mares. In fact, she used some of their “wedding money” to start her small broodmare band. Her first find was Academy Award (Anamour x Graf Landau), a black Hanoverian mare born in 1999. Academy Award had been imported into the United States from Australia as an event- ing prospect. She had been trained and shown up to Second and Tird levels in dressage when Kim found her. Also attractive to Kim were the mare’s good inspection and mare performance test scores. Academy Award was already an Elite Mare candidate, having achieved high scores on both her inspection and mare performance test. Te mare had proven her good conformation, movement and rideability to Hanoverian inspectors, such that the mare came to Kim with previously-demonstrated trainability and rideabil- ity. And, that was confirmed when Kim rode the mare herself. Academy Award was also an attractive broodmare prospect

because she carried the genetics from three of the strongest and most successful Hanoverian bloodlines. On her sire’s side, the mare carries the genes of the “A” breeding line that descends from the Trakehner stallion Abglanz. Trough his Hanove- rian son, the famous Absatz who stood from 1964 to 1982, this breeding line has had one of the biggest influences on the changing appearance of the Hanoverian within the last 20-30 years to a more modern, elegant type. Overall, the line has been very versatile in sports ability, with success in dressage, jumper and hunter competitions. Today, the influence of this breeding line is most frequently seen on the dam side of the pedigrees of some of the most popular and influential breeding stallions, such as DeNiro, Rotspon, Weltmeyer and the recently promi- nent Franziskus. In addition, Academy Award carries the genes from the

venerable “G” breeding line (many will remember the U.S. Olympic dressage horse, Gifted, ridden by Carol Lavell, for example) as well as from the “Der Lowe” line. (All of the fol- lowing Olympic dressage horses carry this blood on their


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