|Posted by Knabstrupper Network of North America on October 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM|
October 12th thru the 20th, the Knabstrupperforeningen for Danmark (www.knab.dk) was in the United States traveling to inspect and grade the Knabstruppers being presented at the five host sites across the nation.
The third stop was to Cedar Creek Stables (www.cedarcreekstables.us) in Stuanton, VA on the 16th where we had a chance to attend. CCS certainly had the largest number of Knabstruppers presented of all five sites, and the grounds were a sea of spots!!!
The Vet Check for the two performance mares CCS Tinuvel and Peony vom Falkenhorst (both owned by Melyni Worth) began sometime around 9:00 AM. After which all the other horses were put in front of the judges and trotted in hand on a hard surface before they were then taken back to the barn to be measured and checked for microchip.
Everything was such a blurr with everyone trying to get in place and putting on the finishing touches but despite that everyone was friendly and relatively relaxed!!!
Everyone then headed out to the dressage ring on the hill for the performance test. Both mares were lovely undersaddle, and we were very impressed with the temperment of one particular mare, which we discovered had never been jumped before that day!!!
After the performance mares finished their free jump in the covered arena it was time for lunch which benefited the therapeutic riding program Ride With Pride (www.ridewithprideva.org) and got a chance to talk with the various owners, breeders, and judges in attendance.
The foal class started after lunch, with the winner of the class being Rapide bred and owned by Nicole Davison (www.spottedwarmbloods.com) despite needing at least 10 sutures from an injury earlier in the day!!! The largest class by far was the foal class with the majority sired by the Knabstrupper Stallion Ambrosius af Asgard 'Atlantis' now owned by Karri Henning of Altamont Sport Horses (www.altamontsporthorses.com). One of which, Arlington (bred and owned by Angela Gell Stanaway DVM), was Reserve Champion foal at the KNN inspection and awarded First Premium!
In the 2 year old Gelding Class, gelding Effet De Neige (also bred/owned by Nicole Davison) stole the show with his personality- having a blast in the arena, checking himself out in the mirror, and at one point even peering over the clipboard to see how he was doing!
The 3 year old Mare Class went to Padraign Av Drommana bred by Diane and Patrick Truxillo of Baroque 'N Dreams (www.baroquendreams.com) and owned by Melyni Worth (www.knabstruppers4usa.com) followed by Fanfare De Bec another one of Atlantis's progeny bred by Ashbyrne Mitchell and owned by Carla McKnight (www.knightequine.org).
The day came to a close with all of the Best in Class competing for Best in Show with many attendees leaving for home, from Pennsylvania to Florida, with the KNN heading out to California.
It was a small turnout of spectators but full of loyal fans of the breed. We weren't able to stay long after the event, but really enjoyed ourselves.
The KNN's next stop in California was hosted by Baroque 'N Dreams at Friesian Ally Farms in Menifee, CA where Branwyn Crescendo (owned by Barrie Getz) not only was awarded 1st Premium, and Best Mare, but Site Champion as well. Not bad considering all the Knabstruppers there were related to one another.
Last stop on the tour was located at J & C Stables in La Vernia, Texas were the first Knabstrupper born in the USA- Macarns American Beauty was awarded 2nd Premium!!!
There aren't enough Knabstruppers in the USA for this to be an annual event but it is certainly something that shouldn't be missed, so the next time the KNN arrives, we encourage you to attend- and don't forget to bring your knabbie if you got'em!!!
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