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|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on January 31, 2016 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
While at the Virginia site during the 2015 Kåring (Danish for 'grading') Tour, The Knabstrupper Network was able to see in person, Canada's first fewspot Knabstrupper stallion- Lindegaards Elliot. This young stallion was imported earlier that same year from Denmark by the Ontario based Tiara Equine owned by Meagan Maloney.
(Photo credit: Carla McKnight)
Lindegaards Elliot (John Wayne KNN 155 x Elmegaardens Efrodite KNN 2371) was presented to the judges for his preliminary breeding license and awarded Best Stallion as well as Site Champion. He is one of only two KNN approved Knabstrupper stallions in Canada and is the only homozygous Knabstrupper stallion standing in Canada.
(Photo credit: Merete Norring)
Knabstruppers are a rare breed worldwide, it's numbers in North America are in the low hundreds, but Canada in particular only has breed numbers in the teens. We asked Elliot's owner, Meagan, what first drew her to this seemingly obscure breed.
"I grew up a horse crazy kid who obsessed over breed books and really anything horsey I could get my hands on. To this day I can picture the black and white leopard spotted Knabstrupper featured to show case the breed in this book. My very first eventer at age 11 was a very athletic 16.2 Appaloosa thoroughbred mare with a very loud blanket, who not only was noticed at shows but gave me the utmost of confidence going cross country. She cemented my love for a good brain, athleticism and color!
In 2005 I broke my neck while upper level eventing and did not expect to come back to riding. Since then, I surprised everyone with my shocking recovery and I have devoted myself to developing "safe, sane and sensible" amateur horses, and teaching people to ride safely with good basics. While I still develop lower level eventers, I am pursuing dressage and hoping to represent Canada on the world stage - ideally on a Knabstrupper.
I have always strived to showcase the more unconventional horses. My barn is full of Dutch Harness', Rocky Mountains, and now I've added two Knabstruppers to the mix. The Knabstrupper seemed to perfectly fit the mold of what I was attempting to produce, in regards to athleticism combined with a great mind."
(Photo credit: Carla McKnight)
And as to how She came to import, not only two Knabstruppers (Tiara Equine is also the owner of Sartors Jet-Set), but also a stallion prospect:
"Last winter I managed to finance a trip to Europe to find the right horse for me. I visited Denmark, Prague and Germany as I didn't find anything in North America that was tall enough for me (I'm 6'1) and despite the fact I went overseas looking for a few spot mare, or a riding age stallion, Elliot wowed me with his movement and his temperament. In a strange fluke, my palet of horses fell through so I purchased Jet-Set as well, from just a video so Elliot would not travel alone.
I hope to pursue low level eventing, and upper level dressage with both horses. I am a rider who loves introducing the country to unconventional breeds as I have with the Dutch harness and I am very excited to introduce the knab to Canada. I am eager to cross Elliot with a few top quality Dutch Harness mares who offer good height, substance, excellent hock action, and a fantastic uphill build along with a great mind.
Elliot is a real character who is in your face and goofy, but very trainable. A few days ago we did our first lunging session ever, and I actually had to contact his breeder [Anja Lindegaard] after to check whether on not she had ever lunged him. He came out so focused and ready to work, and almost inherently aware of the expectations of lunging, I couldn't believe he had never done it before. I just can't wait until I can get him in the show ring and see what he produces."
(Photo credit: Carla McKnight)
For those unfamiliar with Lindegaards Elliot's pedigree (this writer has had a horsey crush on John Wayne for years, but he is a relatively unknown sire... especially in North America) his late grandsire, Felix KNN 140, has a few KNN approved (damline) grandson's standing at stud internationally, and hidden away in the states (mainly Virginia & Florida by a private stud) there are a several Knabstruppers that carry his bloodline as well. He is also the first Knabstrupper in North America to carry Hermes KNN 99 in his pedigree!
A part of Elliot's pedigree that may be more recognizable to our readers is that of Tilde af Elmegården [by Don Ibrahim]. Elliot's dam, Elmegaardens Efrodite [by Underworld xx] shares the same dam [Tilde af Elmegården] as Elmegaardens Affair. Affair is the imported Three-Day Eventing Knabstrupper mare in Ohio who was ranked #22 Novice Horse on the USEA leaderboards in 2014 and helped lead her rider to the number one Young Adult Rider at Novice Level in their first year together in the discipline. We have covered several of her stories here on the KnabNet!
Elliots unique bloodlines, along with his Leopard (Lp) gene homozygosity, make him a very welcome addition to our small North American breed community. His owner intends to present him at the next KNN Tour in 2017 for his ridden performance test (and presumably Lifetime Approvel). In the meantime, they look forward to breeding him to select mares in 2016 and seeing his first foals in 2017. He is available in 2016 to KNN approved mares via chilled semen within Canada and the states.
You can keep up-to-date on Lindegaards Elliot by 'Liking' his Facebook page!
|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on January 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
(Photo credit: Merete Norring)
Congratulations are in order for Patriot, her owner, & breeders! Patriot av Drommarna (Pegasus vom Niehaus-hof x Nadia), a 2010 American bred Knabstrupper mare from Baroque' N Dreams in Anza, California was awarded 1st Premium- with a very impressive Overall Score of 9, Best Mare, and Site Champion after being presented to the KNN judges for Mare Approval during last year's 2015 KNN Karing/Grading Tour at the California Host Site. Patriot was handled by owner, Keebler Hunt.
(Photo credit: Michelle Hunt)
Not only were Patriot's scores the highest of any North American, KNN-graded Knabstruppers in 2015, but to date (and to the best of The Knabstrupper Networks knowledge) her scores are the highest of any KNN graded Knabstrupper born in America! And when The Knabstrupper Network asked Patriot's owner whether she was surprised by her mare's scores, this was Keebler's response,
"Yes, I was stunned. So surprised I cried- in happiness of course. I suspected she would do well, but never dreamed she would do that well."
(Photo credit: Michelle Hunt)
When asked about future plans, her owner has said that Patriot is just starting under saddle and is hoping to have her ready for her performance test by next inspection , which would give her the RKNN status.
"Eventually we will start showing together in local and regional Eventing shows, but I'm concentrating on bring her along at her [own] pace, adding in other activities to enrich her very intelligent mind."
She continued, "I'm incredibly thankful for being her human every single day. I have never had a horse of this caliber before, and I hope I can do her justice. I am constantly impressed with her ability to remember things we have worked on months before, and her amazing temperament."
We asked Keebler if there was anything she wanted people to know about her impressive mare, and she had this to say,
"She is surprisingly good with my 9 year old, and allows her to do things that I would never dreamed another 5 year old doing, like allowing Aubrey to put her hoof into her lap while sitting on the ground to pick it. Patriot is a true gem in the equine world- one of those 'one in a million' kinds of horses."
Patriot at age 2.5 and Audrey at age 6 (Photo courtesy of Keebler Hunt)
The Knabstrupper Network can't wait to see what awaits for Patriot av Drommarna and wish these to the best of luck!
Patriot has her own Facebook page-You can like it and follow her and her owner's progress!
|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on January 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
The Knabstrupper Network has been tenativelly following the progress of Elmegaardens Affair and her rider Michael Wilham from their Nutrena Sponsership to their Win at Southern Pines and it seems this dynamic duo is to be (belatedly) congratulated on having a great season in 2014. Affair's rider was ranked the number one Young Adult Rider at Novice Level on the USEA leaderboards while she was ranked #22 Novice Horse.
Having had their 2014 season cut short, and 2015 season off due to a slight tear in her superficial digital flexor tendon, here's to seeing Affair and her rider competing again in 2016!
|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on October 13, 2015 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations are in order to Halifax Middelsom KNN 201 (Harlequin Middelsom x Xeleste Middelsom) and his team for his acheivements at Dressage at Devon in 2015. This 2006 15.3hh Whiteborn (Fewspot) Knabstrupper Stallion owned by Melyni Worth placed 6th in the USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice on Thurday (October 1st) and placed 4th in the Open USEF Fourth Level Test 1 on Friday (October 2nd).
Photo: Halifax Middelsom & Rider Jontelle Forbus
Melyni Worth (Owner) had this to say,
"I really should brag a bit about our boy, Halifax and his trainer /rider Jontelle Forbus. Back last year I concieved of the idea that I would like to attend Dressage at Devon, the USA's most prestigious dressage show as performance competitor not just a breed show competitor.
Halifax at the time was doing 4th level, just! He is only 9 yrs old.
So Jontelle was given the ride with this goal in mind, well in my mind anyway.
And she and Hal succeeded admirably. Hal was 6th in the 4th level TOC on the Thursday night and they were 4th in the 4 th 1 test on Friday night, having to go in horrible conditions and freezing cold rain.
Getting a performance ribbon at DaD is no easy task, the competitors here are the best on the East Coast of the USA and come from everywhere just to ride at this show. The judges are tough and demanding. You have to qualify with sufficiently high scores from the year just to go there.
The classes are full of gorgeous, outstanding beautiful horses, most them International quality and ridden by the best most experienced riders. There were 7 Olympic riders in Hals class!
But he is such a stalwart, solid little guy and such an honest performer he got out there and did his best. And Jontelle made no mistakes and rode him to the best of his ability, and he made it!
It is really an achievement for him and his breed to even qualify and then to place 6th was outstanding.
What a super fella and many, many thanks to Jontelle for all her hard work training and prepping him!"
Photo: Halifax Middelsom & Rider Jontelle Forbus
In addition to his performance scores at DaD, Halifax was also the winner (Score 77%) of the Knabstrupper Individual Breed Class at Devon.
Photo: Halifax in the Dixon Ring for the Individual Breed Class
But, if his own acheivements this year were not enough, during the 2015 KNN Tour going on at about the same time (Oct. 2nd-9th) Halifax recently became the sire of two KNN approved sons- The Mick (owned by Donna Current) and ASH Orion (owned by Karri Henning/Altamont Sport Horses).
Photo: The Mick during his 2015 KNN Performance Testing (Halifax Middelsom x Delware Skrodstrup)
Halifax Middelsom is a fully licensed Stallion with the KNN, having passed his ridden performance test in 2010 and is currently standing at at Cedar Creek Stables (Staunton, VA)- Visit their website for more information.
|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on October 12, 2015 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
We'd like to put the spotlight on the lovely 2013 colt, D'Artagnan Skrodstrup (Colorado Skrodstrup x Gala Moonshadow), who is bred & owned by Adrienne Mitchell.
Photo: 4th Place Ribbon at USEA Event
D'Artagnan placed 4th in the 2015 USEA Future Event Horse East Coast Championship- 2 Year Old Class (handled by Klaus Shengber) October 8th, 2015 at the The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm II. He was the only Knabstrupper in attendance.
According to his owner,
"He qualified for the FEH East Coast Championships his first try in July and also did a USEA jump chute clinic where he got a fabulous reception and comments from Robin Walker. He jumped through the chute cleanly, showing incredible scope, and it appears that he has a good shot at becoming an upper level event horse. . . He is for sale and has been in full time professional training since June 2014. He is going under saddle lightly and in November will be doing a 30 day boot camp focusing on hacking out quietly as well as ring work. . . I would like to see him in a show home doing dressage, eventing, or jumpers at a high level of sport, and while his personality is amateur friendly, he would be best suited for a serious competitor."
It should probably come as no surprise. Colorado Skrodstrup, D'Artagnan's sire, made history in 2010 by becoming the first Knabstrupper stallion in America to have successfully completed a 70 Day or 100 Day Stallion Testing in North America, finishing 3rd in Dressage and 5th overall against a very impressive group of warmblood stallions. Dart's dam, an unraced Thoroughbred, won several prestigious steeplechases at the fourth level in addition to showing rated hunters on the HITS circuit and elsewhere.
Photo: D'Artagnan Skrodstrup at Dressage at Devon
This colt also attended Dressage at Devon this year (September 29th - October 4th) as one of only three Knabstruppers at the event. Dart placed third (with a score of 73%) in the Knabstrupper Individual Breed Class (handled by Bill Payne) and 10th (with a score of 73.3%) in the 2015 USDF Prospects In-Hand Two-year-old Colts and Geldings Class- which was also against other traditional breeds.
Photos: D'Artagnan Skrodstrup at Dressage at Devon
Last year at Dressage at Devon, Dart was the winner (76% Score) of a large Knabstrupper Individual Breed Class, 3rd (74.4%) in the Rheinland Pfalz-Saar IBC, and 9th (70%) in the USDF Prospects In-Hand Class as a yearling (handled by Bill Payne).
Congratulations to D'Artagnan Skrodstrup & Adrienne Mitchell!
Photos Courtesy of Adrienne Mitchell
|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on March 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM||comments (0)|
This years Michigan Horse Expo (held March 7th-9th 2014) had it's very own Knabstrupper in attendance at booth 817/818. Sanders Salik (Sanders Califf x Taekkers Snehvide) is a 2012 Knabstrupper colt bred by Jenda Sanderson (www.sanders-knabstruppers.dk) and owned by Amy Lyn Sep/AA Equestrian Center, LLC (www.aaequestriancenter.com).
This was his first official trip off the farm since he was imported from Denmark in May of 2013 as a weanling. Over the three days Sanders Salik (AKA. Sinclair, or more affectionately- 'Si') handled himself very well and by the end was certainly showing off for the crowd.
Of his performance, "Yesterday [March 7th], during his arena time he was very alert, but still respectful. We had a moment of nervous excitement when everyone started clapping but he quickly calmed down for the exit." Said owner of the bay leopard colt.
According to Amy, by the second day [March 8th], "He was much more relaxed when we entered [the arena]." Sanders Salik apparently has the typical Knabstrupper personality. Amy noted that even before everyone started clapping, he was at the center of the ring nodding his head in approval. "Then, as we walked back, he decided to show of his favorite move- the passage!"
She recalled with a chuckle, "It was not exactly perfect, but a great rough draft..." and then continued, "...everyone loved it, so he tried to get a little bigger with it! When we got to the gate he stopped and calmly walked back." By the end of the day Sanders Salik was certainly in his element. "He LOVES the attention because he certainly was showing off like a peacock!!!"
The last day [March 9th] there was a bit more nervous excitement in the arena when two horses, which hadn't been seen in the previous two days, were found hiding in the corner. He took a nap in his stall before taking the trip back home and handled the cold, windy, traffic filled trip to be loaded into the trailer like any respectable Knabbie would- brave, sensible, and without any problems.
Sanders Salik taking a nap after a long weekend.
Si's owner is really proud of her 'little man', who at 21 months old already stands somewhere over 15.2hh, and will not finish growing until age six. "I haven't done terribly much marketing on him yet because he is not yet a licensed stallion due to his age [Must be at least two-and-a-half before eligible for a (limited) breeding license with the KNN], but I am starting to put the word out."