Hanoverian Inspection 2006

Photos by Reg Corkum

We held our fifth AHS inspection October 2nd, 2006. This year we moved the site to Sandy Lieb's lovely Pennock Point facility just north of Ocala so that we would have permanent stabling and a covered arena in case we experienced our traditional Home Again Farm monsoon season for inspection day.

We were scheduled the day after a big ISR/OLD inspection at Pennock Point Sporthorses, so I knew that the day before inspection might be a bit nerve wracking. Time was quite limited for the exit of the Oldenburg folks before the AHS folks arrived. But the two young people doing stalls were absolutely incredible. As horses moved out, they cleaned and rebedded and somehow or other most stalls were ready at 5:30 and all done by 6:30 (which was a mighty fast 28 stall clean up).

The inspection team was comprised by Suzanne Quarles and Meg Williams. Hugh Bellis–Jones was the very able and efficient secretary for the team.

The first activity of inspection day was the free jumping portion of the Mare Performance Test. Four mares were presented. They were Camilla (Contucci/Banter), a five year old owned by Mary Farr and bred by George Williams III; D'Apres (Davignport/ TB), a six year old owned by Deborah Riggio and bred by Laura Baker–Stopper; Ramina (Regazzoni/ Ravallo), a five year old owned by Jill Peterson and bred by Gerhard West; Reo Foxpaw (Rio Grande/ Eminenz), an eight year old owned by Kim Walstad and bred by Mary Pawlak. Of these, Reo Foxpaw placed highest in jumping with scores of 7 and 7.5.

Next on the agenda was inspection of the non–Hanoverian mares. In a class of eight mares, three were accepted into the Main Studbook. Champion Non–Hanoverian Mare was Tamarinde (Jazz/ Matador II), an elegant black six year old KWPN mare owned by Judy Yancey and bred by J. M. Jansen. Also accepted was a beautiful four year old Oldenburg mare, Hallelujah (Harvard/ Andiamo) owned by Stacy Jones and bred by Dr. Beata Hoemberg, and a powerful and imposing ten year old Bavarian mare, Lust und Liebe (Laphroaig/ Lanthan) owned by Dayle Holleger and bred by Wolfgang Schramm.


Champion Non–Hanoverian Mare Tamarinde



Lust und Liebe

Lust und Liebe

Next was the under saddle portion of the Mare Performance Test. The four mares that had previously jumped came back as a group and were asked for simple patterns and transitions at all three gaits. The standout under saddle was the mare Ramina (Regazzoni/ Ravallo), a five year old owned by Jill Peterson and bred by Gerhard West, and ridden very capably by Maya Sniadecky. Ramina scored an excellent 8.5 in rideability. With her previous scores for jumping and gaits, Ramina's overall score was a very good 7.44, and making her the only one of the four mares presented to pass the Mare Performance Test. This, plus her successful inspection later in the day make Ramina an Elite Candidate.


Ramina, winner of the MPT with a 7.44 and a rideability score of 8.5

After the conclusion of the MPT, the Hanoverian mares were inspected. Five previously unseen mares were inspected and the four mares that had been performance tested (and who had already been evaluated before free jumping) returned for scores and comments. One of the five new mares was out of an approved Pre-Studbook mare and was hoping to move up to Studbook with a score of 7. That mare failed narrowly to make a 7, but was approved for the Pre-Studbook. The other Hanoverian mares were all placed into the Main Studbook. Champion Hanoverian Mare was Camilla (Contucci/ Banter), a five year old owned by Mary Farr and bred by George Williams III, scoring a 7.33. Also scoring above 7.0 were D'Apres (Davignport/ TB), a six year old owned by Deborah Riggio and bred by Laura Baker–Stopper; Rubina Bellissima (Rubino Bellissimo/ Lanthan), a four year old owned by Pamela Presnell and bred by Terry Mason–Esteban; Donner Girl (Donnerhall/ Altenwalde), a thirteen year old owned by Carlene Blunt; and Ramina (Regazzoni/ Ravallo), a five year old owned by Jill Peterson and bred by Gerhard West, Germany.


Champion Hanoverian Mare Camilla

After a lunch break, the final presentations of the day were of the foals of 2006, with a class of seven colts, followed by a class of eight fillies.

The colts presented included the following breeding combinations: Donnersohn/ Dederick owned and bred by Lisa Dworkin; Winterprinz/ Nebelhorn owned and bred by Dr. Marilyn Maler; Pablo/ Walt Disney owned and bred by Julia Whitfield; Don Frederico/ Escudo owned and bred by Andrea Hayden; Bugatti Hilltop/ Rotspon owned and bred by Jill Peterson; French Kiss/ Weltmeyer owned by Regis and Janet Simile; and Florencio/ Donnerhall owned by me (Mary Lou Winn) and bred by Kareen Heineking, Germany. In this very strong class of colts the Pablo colt owned by Julia Whitfield was named top colt and given high praise, including being called a stallion prospect. He is certainly a sensational fellow! My Florencio colt was also given extremely positive remarks, making this owner a very happy woman. I had never seen him move like he did that day, as he's generally so calm and laid back. He was still very composed but was also powerful from behind and managed to be uphill in movement, despite being downhill in body at the moment. The colts were all very nice and well presented.

Pablo colt

Top colt — Pablo/ Walt Disney owned and bred by Julia Whitfield

Florencio colt out of EM Diva

Below, my Florencio / Donnerhall colt showing off at his foal presentation

The fillies presented included the following breeding combinations: Bugatti Hilltop/ Gesandt owned and bred by Shane Fillis; Wildcard/ Laphroag (out of the mare Lust und Liebe approved that morning) owned and bred by Dayle Holleger; Windfall/ Rubino Bellissimo (out of Rubina Bellisima approved that morning) owned and bred by Pamela Presnell; Del Piero/ Wolkenstein II owned and bred by Jill Peterson; two by Paparazzo fillies owned and bred by Louise Lovett out of her Maronjo and Graf Goetz mares; Pablo/Lehnsritter owned and bred by Laura Smith; and Stedinger/ Weltbekannt owned and bred by me (Mary Lou Winn). That day my Stedinger filly was definitely at her best and was named top filly, making me extremely pleased and proud as I bred her mother Elite Mare Wintermaske out of my foundation mare Rubizza by Rubinstein I. She was very uphill and springing off the ground with power from behind, and her type speaks for itself.

Stedinger filly out of EM Wintermaske

Top filly Soliloquy by Stedinger out of EM Wintermaske strutting her stuff

Final activity was foal branding, which went off very smoothly, followed by all packing up and heading home.

As ever, I could not have hosted this inspection without the help of so many people.

My wonderful trainer Maya Sniadecky helped set up the jumping chute the day before the inspection. Sandi Lieb, owner of the facility was a huge help,as was her barn crew. Lani Kirk helped me with checking folks in that evening, provided a lovely dinner for the inspection team and then announced for us the day of inspection.

My friend Jinx Springer was at the inspection site long before light to lay out a great breakfast for all. Dibbie Dunnam, Candace Rich, Sally Moehring, and Maya Sniadecky helped as ring crew and gatekeepers. Sterling Graburn got back from the World Singles Driving Championships in Italy in time to handle our horses. Also handling was Dean Graham. Reg Corkum came to photograph. This was the biggest inspection I have ever hosted, and all the help from friends was a life saver.

Many of those who helped out are associated with other registries. It was really thrilling to me that each one came to me during the day to say how impressed they were with the registry's procedures and how well things ran.

The folks in attendance were such nice people. Even those who didn't end up with accepted mares or who may not have gotten the scores they had hoped for were so gracious. I received many very sincere thank yous as folks got ready to leave. That made the last couple month's preparation worthwhile. As ever, it was a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow breeders and cheer one another on. Breeding can be such a lonely and heart breaking business. Days like this are what I feel keep many of us going.

Mary Lou Winn

Last Updated August 18, 2013