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February 12, 2013
Two more stallions were accepted by the KWPN today at the under-saddle presentation, and one of them is Escobedo (Vivaldi x Havidoff x Roemer) You got it! The Roemer in the pedigree is Charites--this Orchis's nephew. Congratulations to my friend, Gerard Vervoorn, breeder of this horse. Nice to see our mareline doing so well!
February 11, 2013
Topic: Couple News Items and Stallion Show 2013 Report Share
OK. If you requested the Google Drive Share of the 2013 Stallion Show Report, it's sent; so, if you didn't get it, let me know and I'll reshare the document with you.
News from the KWPN: There's significant talk about discontinuing foal inspections for newly approved stallions. Evidently, it's considered too expensive for the benefits it provides. Hmmm. Not sure how I feel about this. There are certainly stallions I've avoided because of their foal reports, but, then again, there are stallions who had crappy foal reports and turned out to be top producers of sport horses. Personally, I get a lot of information from watching the collection of foals, all in one place, at one time, or on one video feed. There's really not another time in a stallion's breeding career when people get to see so many offspring at the same time. The different jury members get to see multiple offspring, but breeders don't. Since the bulk of the expense for a stallion's foal inspection is borne by the stallion owners, and there more owners of multiple stallions, my guess is that they are the ones complaining about the expense. If van Uytert has to hold five foal inspections each year, it's going to cost him thousands and thousands of euros to do it. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this.
It sounds as if next year's KWPN-NA Annual Meeting is going to be held in Holland again, at the Stallion Show. From what I can gather, this was a really successful experience for people. The biggest complaint I heard was having to sit in the Sky Box area of the VIP seating. These are terrible seats. It's crowded, and you're way too far way from the ring to really be able to see much. If you do go on this trip, head up to the Sky Box, have a couple drinks or a cup of coffee, then sit yourself closer to the main ring or stand out back by the warm-up area. You'll get a much better view of the horses.
Speaking of the Stallion Show 2014, my tables are already almost full. There are only two or three seats remaining. If you want to sit with us, let me know now.
February 7, 2013
Topic: Stallion Show Report Update
Don't get impatient! I'm four pages in and just finished the Johnson son. Since I'm sharing it through Google Drive, I think it will be easier to let you know when the whole thing is done, rather than have to send separate notifications for each entry. Thanks for all the requests! I'll post here when I've shared the document. If you didn't get a notification and you emailed me your request, then drop me another email and I'll try to figure out what happened.
February 5, 2013
Topic: New Format for Stallion Show Entry
The Stallion Show was fantastic, and I've got a ton to say about it. For a couple of reasons that will make me sound like an asshole if I explain them, I want more control over who reads my thoughts and opinions on the stallions and what I perceive to be going on with the KWPN and KWPN-NA. So, I'm creating this year's entry in Google Drive. If you drop me an email, I'll add your email address to the "share" component of the document. It will give you access, but you can't share it, give anyone else access, or copy and paste from it. I realize this is slightly awkward, but you're going to have to bear with me. I've barely started the piece, so don't look for anything for a couple of days, but Google Drive should send you an email alerting you that you have access to the document. If you have trouble, give me a shout and I'll talk you through it.
January 10, 2013
Topic: Happy New Year!
Can you believe it? 2013? I remember sitting in my second-grade class, realizing I'd be 40-years-old at the turn of the century and thinking how far away that seemed. Crazy.
Short entry today: I still have one seat left at our tables for the Stallion Show. Carol can't go due to work constraints. If you'd like to join a collection of Dutch and American breeders and enthusiasts,
sitting at two VIP tables, in den Bosch, please give me a shout. Last year, we have great tables, right at the ringside. It's absolutely the best way to see the Stallion Show.
For those of you who can't make the Stallion Show, I'm planning a detailed accounting of the dressage stallions, so look for that in early Februrary.