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The Knabstruppers went to Dressage at Devon Breed show

October 3, 2012

Thank you to all the Knabstrupper owners, breeders and enthusiasts who came out to support the first Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Individual Breed Class (IBC) for Knabstruppers at the very competitive Dressage at Devon (DAD). The class was sponsored by Altamont Sport Horses and was open to both RPSI and KNN registered Knabstruppers. With 7 horses entered this was an excellent turnout for a first time IBC class especially considering the rarity of this special breed.

Rapide winner of the Knabstrupper class at DAD

Congratulations to Nicole Davison, owner/breeder of 1st place Knabstrupper – 2012 filly Rapide, by Ravaldi and Effet de Neige (Snow Effect) 2010 gelding by Ecuador that took 2nd place. Congratulations to Melyni Worth, the breeder/owner of the 3rd, 4th and 5th place horses as follows: CCS Boromir 2009 gelding by Ravaldi,

Effet do Neige

CCS Shadowfax 2012 colt by Halifax Middelsom, and CCS Tinuvel 2007 mare by Ravaldi. Congratulations to Nicole Davison’s Perseid, 2011 colt by Pegasus who placed 6th and Angela Stanaways mare, Chocolat Cat Cracker by Apollon who placed 7th.

CCS Shadowfax in the IBC class at DAD

All the Knabstruppers present were of good sport type, well mannered and excellent ambassadors for the breed. Indeed, many DAD attendees had never heard of, or seen, a Knabstrupper until today.

We were happy to have a few extra Knabstrupper enthusiasts in attendance to support the effort and cheer them on – Carla McKnight (owner of Fanfare de Bec by Ambrosius af Asgard “Atlantis”), Louise Jordan Beam, owner of Captain also by Atlantis and Martha Mitchell the owner of two 2012 Knabstrupper fillies Astrid af Midgard and Freyja af Midgard (both by Atlantis).

CCS Boromir in the IBC class at DAD

The Knabstrupper riding horses, CCS Tinuvel and CCS Boromir, ridden by April Schultz, represented the breed well in the open under saddle classes for young horses.

CCS Boromir was 8th place in a big class of 3 yr old colts/geldings and an a very impressive 4th place in the 3 yr old Materiale class.

CCS Tinuvel in the 5 yr olds Materiale class at DAD

CCS Tinuvel was 4th in a big class of Broodmares under saddle and was 6th in a HUGE class of 4/5 yr old mares Materiale. There were some very impressive mares in this class including the eventual Show Chmapion, so she really did hold her own in open competition against the best or the best.

Thank you to all the owners, handlers and volunteers who presented these horses and worked hard behind the scenes to make the IBC class a success. We’re already looking forward to the 2013 DAD Knabstrupper IBC and hope to see more young Knabstruppers competing in the open under saddle classes next year. Now is the time to set your goals and start working towards getting your Knabstrupper ready for the ring for 2013. Have fun!

CCS Boromir in the 3 yr old colts/gelding Materiale

KNN inspection schedule 2012

October 2, 2012

Monday Oct 14th, Hinckley OH

Cedar Creek Stables, VA, Weds Oct 16th.

Baroque’n’Dreams, Anza CA Oct 18th,

La Vernia, Texas Oct 20th.

The KNN are coming- Oct 16th to CCS

The Knabstrupper judging team is returning to CCS on Oct 16th to inspect Knabstruppers. Please come on out and watch.
We have at least 13 horses entered, including 2 for the ridden test.
It’s gonna be a fun day. Lots of Knabbies to look at and watch.

Lunch will be by Ride with Pride, yours for a donation.
I full day of Knabbie watching.

Belated blog on the new foals

April 19, 2012

Double Trouble

It’s been a crazy month, and I totally forgot to post about the new foals. We have had all 3 foals born. First came CCS Shaowfax, a nr leopard bay based colt by Halifax out of Windham (Wenzel 1). An easy birth up in the morning, up and nursing within an hour. Windham is an experienced mother so it was all routine for her.

Then while we were at the March Magic show Grosie (Anatasia Bonita) had her filly by Halifax. Again Grosie is an experienced mother so things were pretty routine. CCS Vanya is almost identially marked to Shadowfax, and the two are inseparable companions.

CCS Shadowfax

CCS Vanya

About 10 days ago Demi had her filly CCS Elendil. Demi is a first time mother so things were not so smooth, plus the foal was malpresented. But with the help of Dr Julie Bullock we got things straightened out and the filly arrived. Mother and child had to spend a few days at Mountain View but all is now well.

The pictures of Elendil are not the best but I plan to get better ones.

CCs Elendil

2012 KN tour is in the works!

March 3, 2012

I have had an email from Ena, the 2012 KNN tour is in the works. The dates will be Oct 12-21st. So if you are wanting to organize an inspection, or if you want a horse inspected speak up.

We will for sure have a West Coast inspection at Diane and Patrick Truxillos. and there may well be one in Texas and /or Oklahoma. Keep watching this site we’ll keep you posted with the news.


We get to test our work!

February 27, 2012

Sunday both April and I rode in a schooling show. I did I1 and April did PSG. Our trainer the Great Jim K, felt that we needed to get out and show our new skills to a knowlegeble person and have them assessed so so off we went.

We have been working on getting X rounder and more consistently on the bit, so that I can put a leg on and get a forward response without him lifting his head and tensing his back. It does seem to have worked. he stayed rounder and softer, I got a forward trot, which Halleluja! I was able to sit! He didn’t drop his shoulders in the flying changes so his right hind came through properly. No late changes or short stepping ones even in the two tempis. I still can’t sit the extended trot but I can now sit his collected and some of the medium. I did ride backwards in the right pirrouette and let him get out of rythmn, but otherwise we were pretty respectable. Even April said so.

On the bit is such a poor phrase for it, it’s the back and the tension of the back and neck muscles which need to be soft and loose, it really hasn’t anything to do with the bit!

April rode Levi who did not have a good day.We knew we were in trouble when he refused an apple treat! He broke away when unloaded and did a tour of the parking lot! Thankfully there were only a few trailers in it! Then he warmed up fine, but as soon as he went into the arena he decided that ALL the letters were just too scary! I mean seriously, how many dressage letter has this horse seen in his life! They battled on and finally finished. Oh well there will be other shows.

It’s down to our final week. We go home a week from today.
I have really enjoyed it, and I have learned so much. My horse is going so much better, I have made new friends and reconnected with old ones. But it is time to go home. I can feel it.

It’s getting warm down here and I do not enjoy heat, plus the the things I need to do are piling up at home. But I am very glad we came.
Hopefully I’ll get to return next year.

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