Hanoverian Inspection 2007

Photo Credits — Alicia Frese Photography

What a day we had at the AHS mare inspection held at Pennock Point Sporthorses and hosted by Home Again farm August 29th! Our judges were Karin Himmelmayer and Meg Williams. This was my sixth time hosting and it is just amazing how the mares and foals keep getting better each year. This year the Champion Hanoverian mare scored an amazing overall 8.5, the highest score given on the AHS inspection tour in 15 years!

Wolkenstanza

Wolkenstanza received the highest score given in 15 years — an amazing 8.5 overall

We had 5 mares for the mare performance test, with four passing the test. Two were definitely bred to jump and the others were much more dressage types. Despite that, two of the dressage type mares ended up jumping 4 feet with decent style.

Winner of the MPT was John Gillien's homebred mare Esperanza, a 4 year old by Escudo I out of a Prinz Gaylord dam. She made 8 and 9 on her jumping, gait average was 7.5 and she received an 8 for rideability, for an overall score of 7.66. Second in the MPT was another jumping mare, Fly Girl (Fuerst Gotthard/ Kalypso) bred by Stephanie Morse and owned by Tracy Ramirez. She made 7 & 8 on jumping, 7 on gaits and an 8 on rideability, for an overall score of 7.61. Third was Ballerina MLW (Bugatti Hilltop/ EM Wintermaske by Weltbekannt) bred by Mary Lou Winn and owned by a Andrea Hayden. She made a 6 & 7 on jumping, 7.16 for gaits and an 8.5 for rideability, for an overall score of 7.38. Fourth in the MPT was Renada Nova VT (Rienzi/ EM Laudable by Leibniz), bred by VA Tech and owned by Lauren Kline . She made 6 & 7 on jumping, 7 on gaits and an 8 on rideability, for an overall score of 7.16.

Esperanza

Esperanza winner of the Mare Performance Test

Fly Girl

Fly Girl showing off her great jumping form

Ballerina under saddle

Our own Ballerina showing off her rideability which scored 8.5, ridden and trained beautifully by Maya Sniadecky

One non Hanoverian mare was inspected and named non-Hanoverian Champion with an overall score of 7 — Fleury by Fellini 10 out of a Master mare, owned by Maya Sniadecky and bred by Yolanda Williamson. This sweet mare was so laid back. I believe her score would have been much higher if she had been a more impressed with the atmosphere.

Fleury Champion Non-Hanoverian Mare

Fleury Non-Hanoverian Mare Champion

We had a strong Hanoverian mare class, with three mares coming back from the MPT for their inspection on the triangle and three mares that did not do the MPT.

Champion Hanoverian mare was Wolkenstanza MLW (Wolkentanz I/ Rohanna by Rohdiamant), a three year old owned and bred by Mary Lou Winn. Her overall score was 8.5, which the judging team said was the highest score given to any mare on the AHS tour in the last 15 years. She received 9s on head, neck, type and feminity, impulsion and elasticity, walk, and overall impression and development, 8s for saddle position, front leg, overall conformation, with the rest of her scores 7s. Worth noting — this mare was shown only inhand at the trot as she was coming off of three months of stall rest for a pasture injury. To say that I am thrilled is a gigantic understatement. I have always believed in this filly and the judges' comments and scores were a huge validation. I will be floating on air for a few years.

Wolkenstanza at the trot

Wolkenstanza showing off the trot that scored a 9 in hand

Wolkenstanza

Wolkenstanza showing off her Champion ribbon

Champions talking

Champion Hanoverian Mare Wolkenstanza and Chamion Non-Hanoverian mare Fleury comparing notes

Second in the Hanoverian mare class was Baroness Baurasu (Baroncelli/ SPS Wattfee by Walt Disney), a four year old bred by Erida Lutjeu, Germany, and owned by Julia Whitfield. She received 9 for her head, 8s for type and feminity, impulsion and elasticity (both inhand and free), walk and overall impression and development, for a final score of 7.66.

Third in the Hanoverians class was Ballerina MLW (Bugatti Hilltop/ EM Wintermaske by Weltbekannt), a three year old bred by Mary Lou Winn and owned by a Andrea Hayden. She made 9 for head, 8s for neck, conformation overall, type and feminity, walk and overall impression and development, for a total score of 7.5.

Ballerina jumping

Ballerina — a far cry from the little orphan that we raised

Fourth in the Hanoverian class was Roundelay (Rotspon/ SPS Wattfee by Walt Disney), a three year old owned and bred by Julia Whitfield. She made 8s on saddle position and impulsion and elasticity, with a total score of 6.83.

Making the same score of 6.83 was Gran Elite (Granulit/ Wunderlich by Wallstreet Kid), a four year old mare owned and bred by Lisa Philipson.

Sixth in this strong class of mares was Renada Nova VT (Rienzi/ EM Laudable by Leibniz), bred by VA Tech and owned by Lauren Kline, with a score of 6.5.

All the mares inspected were enrolled into the AHS Main Studbook. Becoming Elite Eligible were those mares that scored over 7 on their inspection — Wolkenstanza, Baronessa Baurasu and Ballerina MLW. Because Ballerina had a successful MPT, she is now and Elite Mare Candidate and will become an Elite mare when she has produced a foal. Esperanza and Fly Girl had both been previously inspected with scores over 7. Esperanza is now an Elite Mare Candidate and will become an Elite mare when she has produced a foal. Fly Girl has already produced a foal and that makes her a new Elite Mare.

There were eight colts and eight fillies presented. All the youngsters received very positive comments. Some were at obviously better stages of development than others and the judges kept emphasizing that the quality was high overall and that the top foals were only top foals that day.

Colts presented were:

Rascalino-SPS Blanche A/Bon Bonaparte, owned and bred by Annmarie Gatto
Winterprinz-EMC Diantha/Dederick, owned and bred by Ruth Cantrell
Freedom Z-Etouffee/Evergreen, owned and bred by Andrea Hayden
Graf Genius-EMC Fabia/Fabriano, owned and bred by Elaine Militello
Don Frederico-Frolichkeit/Wertherson, owned and bred by Andrea Hayden
Sandro Hit-EM Wolkenrose/Wolkenstein II, owned and bred by Sandra Werner
Stedinger-EM Wintermaske/Weltbekannt, owned and bred by Mary Lou Winn
Pablo-SPS Wattfee/Walt Disney I, owned and bred by Julia Whitfield

Fillies presented were:

Sandro Hit-SPS Withney/Wolkenstein II, owned and bred by Jill Peterson
His Highness-SPS Pretty Girl/Prince Orac xx, owned and bred by Annmarie Gatto
Fabuleux-Glitzer/Graf Goetz, owned and bred by Louise Lovett
Fabuleux-EM Garnet/Gesandt, owned and bred by Jo Johnston
Rio Grande-Fabulous Girl/Feiner Stern, owned and bred by Barbara Britt
Fabuleux-Rubizza/Rubinstein I, owned and bred by Mary Lou Winn
Sandro Hit-SPS Whitney/Wolkenstein II, owned and bred by Jill Peterson
Windfall(Trak.)-Eclipse TLM/Escudo I, owned and bred by Andrea Hayden

Called back for the top colt selection were the Stedinger out of Elite Mare Wintermaske by Weltbekannt and the Pablo out of SPS Wattfee by Walt Disney. The Pablo showed a bit stronger power from behind and was named top colt. Congratulations to Julia Whitfield!

Pablo colt

Top colt — Pablo-SPS Wattfee/Walt Disney I, owned and bred by Julia Whitfield

Stedinger colt

Reserve colt — Stedinger-EM Wintermaske/Weltbekannt, owned and bred by Mary Lou Winn

Wintermaske

Elite Mare Wintermaske wondering why she didn't get any ribbons

Called back for the top filly selection were the Sandro Hit out of SPS Rose by Rotspon, owned and bred by Jill Peterson and the Windfall out of Eclipse by Escudo I, owned and bred by Andrea Hayden. The Windfall filly got the not for top filly of the day. Congratulations to Andrea Hayden! The filly's new owner Karen Price was all smiles!

Champion filly

Top Filly by Windfall out of Eclipse by Escudo I

Fantastica

And even though she was not top or reserve filly we have to share our pretty Fabuleux filly Fantastica with you. We think this one is a sleeper and will be very special when she is all grown up!

Thanks to all who pitched in and helped. As ever, Maya Sniadecky and Sterling Graburn were irreplaceable — Maya in her training and riding, Sterling in his handling. Maya Sniadecky and many of the inspection participants helped set up the jumping chute the day before the inspection. Sandi Lieb, owner of the facility was a huge help. Lani Kirk announced for us and did her usual outstanding job.

My friend Jinx Springer was at the inspection site bright and early to lay out a great breakfast for all. Dibbie Dunnam, Candace Rich, Sally Moehring, and Maya Sniadecky and my son helped me as ring crew and gatekeepers. Alicia Frese came all the way from Newnan, Georgia to photograph and did a fantastic and enthusiastic job. You folks and the breeders really made the day!

Congratulations to all who participated. I can hardly wait to see next year's mares and foals!

Mary Lou Winn

 

 

Photo Credits — Alicia Frese Photography

Last Updated August 18, 2013