2009 Inspection

We held our 8th AHS inspection on Wednesday October 14th 2009 at Sandi Lib's wonderful facility Pennock Point in Reddick, Florida. Our inspectors were Volker Ehlers and Sharon Garner, ably assisted by Hugh Bellis-Jones as secretary.

This was the smallest inspection we have had in many years. We had only two mares for the mare performance test. Both were bred by me and prepared for the MPT by my trainer Maya Sniadecky. Champion mare was Wolkenstanza MLW (Wolkentanz I/ Rohanna/ Rohdiamant) who was back in training this year after producing her first foal in 2008. She scored an overall 7.66, with less than stellar jumping scores that were predictable owing to her dressage pedigree, but with a 8.5 in rideability. Because she had already produced a foal and had an inspection score of 8.5, she is now an elite mare. Also doing her MPT was my three year old filly Dominique MLW (Don Schufro/ Rohanna/ Rohdiamant). Seeing these two mares in their MPT together was especially interesting as they are half sisters out of the same mother. Dominique showed her greenness under saddle, yet still passed her MPT with an overall score of 7.11 and an outstanding score of 9 for rideability.

Only two non—Hanoverian mares were presented, both Thoroughbreds. Champion non—Hanoverian mare was the incredibly impressive mare Mama Tink (Fortunate Prospect xx/ Cutlass xx), owned by Linda Peterson of Ocala, with the very exemplary score of 7.66. This was one of the best TB mares I have ever seen at an inspection, with classic TB quality, excellent sporthorse conformation and presence.

Only three Hanoverian mares were presented. All were accepted into the Main Studbook and two had scores high enough to make them Elite eligible. Champion Hanoverian mare was the very modern, elegant and type Paulea (Paparazzo/ Maronjo), owned by George Toccalinoand bred by Louise Lovett, with a wonderful score of 8.33. My filly Dominique who had done her MPT earlier was reserve with an overall 7.66, making her an Elite Mare Candidate.

We had a huge group of foals — 23 in all. Most were of tremendous quality and I would have hated to try to decide on top colt and filly this year. When the dust cleared, the inspectors managed to choose. The top filly was by Romanov out of EM Diva by Donnerhall, owned and bred by a breeder who had leased Diva. EM Diva is my own mare who produced the top colt from 2008 by Royal Prince. The top colt was by Stedinger out of EM Her Highness by Hohenstein, owned and bred by Jennifer Klein Lind.

The branding went quickly and uneventfully. All participants were packed up and on their way home at an early hour.

As always my thanks to all who helped and all who attended.

Last updated October 20th 2009