Kate’s Knowledge - Hoof Abscesses Tash’s Training Tip - Your Seat
Lovely Loes & Delightful Danielle News From Holland - Stallion Test Good Predictor for Horse Talent
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Do you have the body you need for complete riding success? Do You: ■ Struggle to get to your dream weight for riding ■ Find it an effort to maintain your ideal weight for riding? ■ Dream of having the perfect body to ride your horse, but unsure how to get it? ■ Get frustrated at not being able to lose the weight you want? ■ Know what you should eat and when, for optimum energy when you ride, and to ensure you keep the body you want? ■ Have enough energy and vitality to power through your day? ■ Get tired after riding your horse for only a short while? ■ Find it a battle to have the strength you need to control or ride your horse effectively? ■ Want to have a fit, healthy, energetic body, so you can be the best rider you can be for your horse?
Then perhaps it’s time you learned something new… Introducing: Natasha Althoff CEO of Your Riding Success, The First Friesian Grand Prix dressage rider in Australasia, NLP Master Practitioner, Matrix Therapist and Hypnotherapist and Dressage rider for 18 years.
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From the Editor IN THIS ISSUE
• PAGE 4: NEWS FROM HOLLAND STALLION TESTING GOOD PREDICTOR FOR SPORT TALENT
Hi Fabulous Friesian Lovers!! :) Wow!! What a jam packed month we have had!! :) With a new Dream Team started on their extraordinary journey, preparations for the Health and Body Workshop, and getting prepared for the 2012 breeding season, somewhere in there we managed to get in a holiday to the Gold Coast!! :)
• PAGE 5: NOTE FROM TASH AND 2012 DATES
Check out the pic below and in the photo gallery!! We had an awesome time!
• PAGE 6-7: KIND KATE’S KNOWLEDGE - HOOF ABSCESSES
Now we are back to business as usual... this month Natasha explores your seat, I look into Foot abscesses and Loes and Danielle have some fun with the stallions and a big green ball!! :)
• PAGE 8-9: TASH’S TRAINING TIP YOUR SEAT
• PAGE 10-11: LOVELY LOES’ & DELIGHTFUL DANIELLE
• PAGE 12-13: PHOTO GALLERY INCLUDING PICS FROM OUR HOLIDAY!
I would like to say a huge thanks to Brittany, Marelle and especially Kim for all of their help with the horses while we were away - we couldn’t have even gone without you guys! I would also like to thank Mel and Georgette, the two work experience girls we had last month - we hope you had a fabulous time, and we certainly enjoyed meeting you and having you on board as part of the team while you were here! To Your Dreams Becoming Reality,
• PAGE 14: 5 MINUTES WITH LYNDAL OATLEY
Kate Langdon • PAGE 15-19: BREEDING SEASON 2012 - STALLION LIFTOUT
• PAGE 19: CONTACT INFORMATION
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NEWS FROM HOLLAND - Stallion Test Good Predictor for Sport Talent During the autumn edition of the Central Stallion Proving, Stallion Judging Team spokesman Henk van Dieren explained why the Inspections aims at stallions scoring a 6 or over. An analysis of the stallions in the 2000 to 2006 batches shows us this is a good choice. In breeding, predictors are often used. For example, during the First, Second and Third Viewing, the horse’s usability is predicted on the basis of its movement in hand and its free movement. Based on this estimate a stallion is selected for the Central Stallion Proving (CO). It’s obvious from the large number of drop-outs that this prediction is not very accurate. It does not work the other way around though. Horses that disappoint in hand only seldom develop remarkable usability at a higher age. A stallion’s performance in the Central Stallion Proving predicts its genetic talent for sport, which will become apparent later on through the performances of his offspring. The question is how accurate this predictor is and if there should be more room for stallions scoring only a 6 on average. Comparing scores To assess this matter we compared the Central Stallion Proving (CO) scores to the breeding index for sport. These indexes are an estimation made annually based on the ABFP tests, which are part of the offspring test. The problem is these numbers can only be partially compared, as the stallions deemed less talented are not approved and therefore produce no offspring and thus no breeding index. Within the group of approved stallions, we can however determine whether the stallions scoring higher in their CO eventually end up with a higher breeding index (based on their offspring) for sport than their associates with a lower CO score. An attempt was made also to establish the prophetic value of all separate selection traits. CO scores as well as breeding indexes for sport for seven batches of stallions (2000-2006) were collected in these tables. Correlations We have established a clear correlation between CO scores and breeding value for sport further down the line. Not surprisingly, the same goes for stallions within a batch. In statistics, a correlation of 0 means no correlation, -1 implies a negative correlation and +1 represents a positive correlation. For the 2002 to 2005 batches, the correlation between CO scores and breeding indexes for sport add up to approximately +0.5. This a high correlation value, indicative of the strong relationship between CO scores and breeding value for sport. In the batches prior to 2002, these correlations are a lot lower. As it turns out, CO was clearly not so accurate a predictor for these batches. During this period of time, the manner of judging may have been changed. Our understanding of movement has changed. Please note that the period between a CO and the ABFP tests is five to six years. Moreover, the tests have constantly improved, CO as well as ABFP. Difference in selection traits Knowing the CO is a good predictor for breeding value for sport, we can now try and establish whether or not this is equally true for all selection traits. The CO traits trot, canter and suitability as a riding horse seem to bear more predictive value for the actual genetic aptitude than walk and suitability as a harness horse. We must be careful here as these calculations are based on a limited amount of stallions. For walk, this correlation is approximately +0.4, for trot +0.6, for canter as well as suitability as a riding horse over +0.5 and for suitability as a harness horse +0.3. The latter translates into a relatively large amount of stallions scoring a high mark for suitability as a harness horse in their CO without their offspring living up to the expectations. Exceptions Generally speaking we could say that the CO accurately predicts a horse’s genetic aptitude for sport. Of course, there are some exceptions. Some stallions passed the Central Stallion Proving with flying colours, but their offspring did not meet expectations, diminishing the breeding values. Also, there are stallions with a relatively modest CO score that have produced quite a good breeding value. A good example is Teeuwis 389 Sport. He has the lowest CO score of all stallions assessed, yet his offspring has generated quite a substantial breeding value for sport. This stallion would have been ‘overlooked’ had the CO bar been raised earlier. More recently Hinne 427 Sport shows fine breeding values for sport, while he was the lowest scoring stallion of his batch. Breeding cannot be predicted into detail. In a number of cases the differences between CO and breeding index can be derived from the pedigree. Stallions that did well in their CO but do not bring a strong pedigree often generate disappointing breeding values. Low-scoring stallions with strong pedigrees often make up for the score later on. This is why a stallion’s performance should always be seen in the light of his pedigree and never isolated. There are a few exceptions, but most stallions fit in. The most striking example is of course Dries 421 Sport. Apart from his highest CO score he also has the highest breeding value for sport. And that is no coincidence. Conclusions 1. The CO is an accurate predictor for the actual genetic sport aptitude (breeding value) 2. The CO’s predictive value has increased substantially over the last number of years 3. For determining a stallions actual suitability for sport offspring testing (ABFP) is still of the essence 4. The fact that there are exceptions to the rule justifies the approval of stallions with a lower CO score that bring other excellent traits, such as conformation, strong pedigree or low kinship 5. Apart from his own performance in terms of conformation as well as movement, the team should always take into account the pedigree when inspecting a stallion. An average stallion with a strong pedigree rarely disappoints while a well performing stallion with a pedigree of less quality often does 6. The CO traits trot, canter and suitability as a riding horse seem to bear more predictive value for the actual genetic sport aptitude than walk and suitability as a harness horse. Source: www.kfps.com
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Note from Tash DIARY DATES There are no competitions planned in July, with a new Dream Team kicking off and preparations underway for the Health and Body workshop in August!
Watch this space next month and get ready for the Ebony Park team to come out guns blazing!! :)
Hi Friesian lovers! :) How was your June? Can you believe we are in July already?!?!?! EXCITING!!!! :):):):) How was the last 6 months? Are you where you want to be? I hope so!!!! :) As a thank you to my amazing star A Team here at Ebony Park HQ, I took them all for a week up to the Gold Coast to get a bit warmer and to relax, before we go full throttle at breeding season! I trust you enjoy the pictures! We also had a party on Facebook where you all could come onto our page and ask us any questions you wanted! That was a lot of fun, and I want to say thank you to all who came and participated! If you didn't hear about it make sure you 'like' us on facebook by going to this link. We are also VERY thrilled to announce our new TV show coming this month!!!! We will be sending you an email as well as posting the episode on facebook, so be sure to look out for it!!! :) I am also working very very hard on a new workshop I am designing with my friend Craig Blythman, who is a Commonwealth medalist and personal trainer for over 20 years. He helped me gain the strength I need in my body, core and seat, to ride the stallions and stay still and balanced when I apply the aids. We are combining his wealth of knowledge around training, success and weightloss, with my degree in Nutrition and knowledge of NLP in self sabotage, unsuccessful and unresourceful strategies and looping, to give you the knowledge, skills and resources to be strong, slim and have the body you need and want for riding success! We are both really pumped to transform peoples bodies and minds, so if you ever struggled to get to your dream weight or maintain it, or would like to know what exercises to do to gain strength and balance riding this is the answer! Click here to read more and make sure you get in before the early bird special finishes!!!! To all of you have an amazing July, stay warm and give your horses a kiss from me!!!! To your success!!!
Natasha Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Kind Kateâ€™s Knowledge - Hoof Abscesses WIth the muddy winter weather well and truly here, I have heard of numerous horses with hoof abscesses, and thought this month I would talk a bit more about what they are and what you can do about them!! :)
So firstly, to understand what a hoof abscess is, you need to have a bit of knowledge about the structure of the hoof. Basically the hoof is like the last part of a human finger, covered in a tough fingernail... the hoof capsule. The hoof capsule protects many important structures within the hoof, including the various bones and tendons, blood vessels and nerves. What you need to remember is that like a fingernail, the hoof capsule is not connected to the rest of the hoof by bones or tendons, but by interlocking bits of tissue called laminae.
So what is a hoof abscess? In itâ€™s most basic form, it is an infection which is in the sensitive laminae of the hoof (that connects the hoof capsule to the rest of the hoof). This leads to a build up of pus inside the rigid hoof capsule, and causes lameness because this build up causes pressure, and therefore pain!
The Structure of the Hoof. Source: Americanfarriers.com
What are the signs? Generally, your horse will be fine one day, and then the next really, really lame... I have seen some horses on 3 legs which causes a bit of a panic I can tell you!! :) The hoof might also feel warm to touch, and you can feel a pounding pulse in the back of the hoof (called a digital pulse). Left: A hoof abscess. Source: thehorseshoof.com Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Kind Kateâ€™s Knowledge - Hoof Abscesses Ok, so you suspect that your horse has a hoof abscess - what do you do to diagnose the problem and therefore treat it? Generally you will need to get your vet out, or a good farrier that will apply hoof testers to the area to determine where the hoof abscess is... drainage is the key to relieving the pressure in the abscess, and getting rid of the infection, so treatment usually consists of digging a hole through the base of the foot near where the hoof testers have determined the abscess is sitting within the hoof capsule... this creates an outlet for the pus to come out, and the vet or farrier may also want to apply a poultice which will prevent anything getting in from the outside, while at the same time drawing out the infection. Once you have managed to lance the abscess, and it is draining, your horse will be much more comfortable... and your vet may put your horse on antibiotics for a couple of days to prevent further infection, as well as a painkiller like bute so that it is comfortable. Itâ€™s a good idea to make sure your horse is up to date in vaccinations, as if the abscess is caused by a nail
possible. So the best that you can do during the wet months, is to make sure you maintain good hoof care - make sure the farrier comes out and trims/ shoes your horse regularly. It is really important to seek treatment from your vet or farrier as soon as you suspect a hoof abscess, as most Using hoof testers to find secondary problems such as where the abscess might be. the infection extending deeper Source: bare-foot-horses.com into the hoof and affecting other from a shoe being nailed too far structures such as the pedal in (rather than just in the hoof bone, occur when there has capsule) or another foreign been a delay in the treatment of metal object, tetanus is a real the initial abscess. possibility! To Your Dreams Becoming
So now that you know what they are and how to treat them, how do you prevent a hoof abscess in the first place?
Kate Langdon Source: www.abec.net.au
As I mentioned above... hoof abscesses are most common during wetter periods, when it is muddy and hoovers are standing in the wet and mud all day. In conditions like these during the winter months, prevention is difficult because A hoof that has been drained and is now generally every wrapped in a poultice - helps to drain paddock is the same, and moving a the abscess and doesnâ€™t let anything else horse into drier in. Source: horsechannel.com conditions is just not Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Tash’s Training Tip - Your Seat Hello brilliant riders! How are you this month!??!?! This month I would like to look at the seat and how important it is to make sure you are relaxed and confident, to assist in your perfect seat. Just close your eyes for a moment and I want you to imagine your perfect seat. What does it look like to you? I want you to picture yourself as if you are looking at yourself. So how do you look? Are you still, poised and elegant? What are you ankles doing? Your thighs? Your stomach? Then I want you to step into your body and feel how it feels to have a perfect seat. How it feels to move with your horse in motion and go with the movement. What do you hear, what do you see and what do you feel?
thinking are the hands still enough for the horse to comfortably and easily go into the bridle and stay steady on the contact. Still hands are vital for a horses head to be still. The hands can only be still if the seat is sufficiently developed to keep the balance and not rely on the hands for balance. The seat is also the core to effective dressage riding. You know when you watch the top riders and you are staring really hard … and you still can’t see them doing anything!!! And the horse is dancing underneath them. Well that’s riding with seat. Where you can go with the horse and influence the horse with your body.
It’s almost like your thoughts become his and your back becomes his back. So there are three keys to a perfect seat: 1. Balance – you must have balance first. You must be able to sit in the center of the saddle and not have to rely on anything to grip or get tight to stay in the centre of the movement. 2. Relaxation – to have a supple back that can swing with the horse you must be relaxed and not tight. The biggest mistakes trainers make is when they say shoulders back, or heels down, the rider if they are very eager will force their heels down or shoulders back using all the muscles they have to achieve this.
Ok so “how????” I can hear you screaming at me! Well good question but lets first look at why? To me seat is the single most important tool when riding a horse. When I am working with a client seat is at the fore front of my mind all the time. Lets say I have a client coming to me saying “my horse doesn’t keep his head still or stay to the contact”, I could talk about driving to the bit and engaging behind and riding the hind leg and I do … but I am also Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Tash’s Training Tip - Your Seat This results in tight tired muscles and is not the point of a supple seat - the rider will never have the ability to go with the horse. Muscles must always be supple. Now that doesn’t mean soft and not engaged as the muscles do need to work. But with relaxation! I know it’s a paradox! Aren’t most things in riding?!?!?! When I am assisting clients with this I ask them to think of holding a glass of water, now hold it too tight with all the muscle strength you have in your hand and the glass will break, completely relax your hand and the glass will drop and break. There is a muscle tension in the middle ground that is enough to hold the glass. It’s the same for riding. Enough tension to keep you in the movement but not too much that you will become tight, rigid and blocked. 3. Going with the horse’s movement – you must be able to go with the horse and not be left behind. It’s about being the
leader, always knowing what will happen next and being ready for it. This means you must have a braced back and an engaged core. Once you have developed your perfect seat you can then use
your seat to influence the horse, slow and quicken it only with seat and turn and perform lateral movements with your seat in conjunction with your legs and reins. So remember relaxation is so important. It’s a must. If you are worried about falling, you will be gripping and be tight and your seat can’t go with the horse. If you are not balanced you will grip to stay on and your seat can’t go with the horse.
So work on your balance in the saddle, make sure you stay relaxed and supple with positive muscle tension and then allow your body to go with the horse. This is where riding in your mind can help. You can only do so many hours in the saddle practicing but you can do many more hours in your head. The best thing is in your head you never make a mistake and y o u r unconscious mind can’t tell the difference between real and imagined, so all those n e u r a l connections a r e strengthened even if you’re not on the horse!
To Your Success,
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Lovely Loes & Delightful Danielle HORSE PLAY!! Hello everyone!! After such a busy month, we decided to have some fun with the horses! Danielle bought a big green ball that is 110cm in diameter!! Of course we had to give it a go with the stallions and see their reaction!!! :) It’s a great thing for horses to be introduced to new objects all the time... this gets them desensitized to things that they might encounter and perceive as new and scary - as you introduce them to more and more different things, they get less and less scared of different places and objects, and if you make it fun and rewarding, it turns into a good experience that is just another game to them!!
he will stick his nose on it... and maybe nudge and start playing by himself! It’s a great idea to have one of these balls around for a young horse to play with, especially if he is in the paddock by himself and getting bored or up to mischief like pulling the floating balls out of the automatic water feeders!! If your horse really likes the ball and is happy to play with it, then you can let them loose in the arena where they can go nuts headbutting it around, and sometimes even jumping on it (not
So how did we go with introducing the ball...? Firstly, we have the ball stationary in the middle of a safe large space such as a paddock, or in our case the arena. It’s best to take the horse up to the ball rather than the ball to the horse. Make sure you are watching their reaction are they scared or not, are they going to turn and run or just stand there and snort? If the horse isn’t scared, see if Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Lovely Loes & Delightful Danielle all horses will - in fact some will totally ignore the ball)!! If the horse is scared, make sure you take it easy and take your time, allowing your horse to adjust to the big scary green ball!! If your horse is food motivated - make it rewarding... so maybe a step towards the ball is rewarded with food and lots of praise... and even if your horse isnâ€™t scared of it, food rewards can teach him tricks with the ball, such as nudging it will his nose around the arena! Horse play is very important as they are just like kids and LOVE to play!! It entertains them (as some horses need more then others!), stimulates the mind, is good exercise and makes the horse happy! =) C h e c k o u t ze u s w i t h h is f i rst experience with the ball!! H o rs e p l ay c a n a l s o h e lp yo u r relationship with your horse, as it is another way to spend time and build trust with your horse, as well as another training exercise that is a bit outside the square - it can keep both you and your horse from getting bored, while at the same time learning something new! As you all know,
having a horse is not just about riding, they are your friend and you need to have some play time!! So make sure you have some fun and play around with your horse and try something new!! Until next month (we may have to give you an update on our equine soccer stars then!)
Loes & Danielle
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Loes continues Danteâ€™s training above
Tash and Abe in the GP above
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5 Minutes with Lyndal Oatley When and where did you begin this sport? She was put on a horse "basically as soon as I was born" and began riding from a very early age. "Coming from a horsey family learning to ride a horse was just like walking." Hero / Idol "Not one particular person. Instead choose to be inspired by the strengths of other competitors, whether it be their ability or mentality." Hobbies Photography, Gardening, Water skiing, and snow skiing. Memorable sporting achievements Representing Australia at the 2010 Altec World Equestrian Games with Potifar. Winning my first Grand Prix in 2010 in Europe. Winning the Dietmar Specht Memorial Trophy in 2005 and also my first big win. The Medium/Advanced freestyle at the Wynergy Dressage Festival, also in 2005. Nominated for Young Australian of the Year, and of course being selected for the 2012 London Olympic games!
Why Dressage? It was always clear that my life was destined to revolve around horses. My mother was obsessed with horses and despite not coming from a horsey family, wanted to be surrounded by her passion-horses. It was not uncommon for Mum to ‘find’ horses and have them in my Grandparents backyard in their sweet Sydney suburb. Mum followed her desire and rode dressage, and was involved in breeding of New Forrest Ponies and Thoroughbreds. Dad came from a very horse orientated family, with his father Robert Oatley importing one of Australias first Warmblood Stallions, while also establishing a successful thoroughbred breeding stud, and competing in Harness Driving. Dads talents were walk and canter, but never quite got the hang of the trot, but none the less has always been a part of the families enthusiasm for horses. It feels like I rode from the moment I arrived from the hospital, and my passion never faded. I began riding at Denman Pony Club and enjoyed the challenges of a little black Shetland pony as most of us do when we start out. Many cute white ponies taught me to ride and slowly we headed towards the show ring. What was your inspiration for focusing on dressage? It was also in 2000 that I sat and watched the Dressage at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. I left the Olympics feeling so inspired and made Dressage my new total focus. Thanks to previous trainers such as Rozzie and Heath Ryan and the team at the Hunter Valley Equestrian centre, and Vince Corvi, I had a solid training background, but it was Matthew Dowsley who took my riding to the next level. We purchased HP Anagram, and it was with ‘Anton’ that I was able to fast track my learning and competed at Small tour level. Anton also gave me a very good feel in the collective work, and I have not ridden a horse to this day who could so effortlessly do the piaffe, passage and one tempi changes. Other sports She is a two-time Australian champion in hacking. Sporting philosophy / motto "Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect!"
Photo by Ken Braddick
DOB: 27/06/1980 Height: 176cm Weight: 58kg Birthplace: Sydney, Australia Handedness: Left Coach: Patrick Kittel (who is also her husband)
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Ebony Park Jor!t Jorrit is an exceptional dressage stallion that made it through to the very prestigious 70 day performance test for approved stallions. In the performance test in Holland, Jorrit was within days of being approved as a stallion but a muscle strain hindered his movement and was unfortunately eliminated late in the test. He was also awarded a breeding permit from the KFPS when they came out for the 2009 Keuring. This is only awarded to very select Friesian stallions who possess the desired characteristics of the breed. There are only a few Friesian stallions in Australia that hold a current KFPS permit, and Ebony Park is very proud to offer Ebony Park Jorrit to the discerning Friesian breeder. This permit is limited to only 20 mares so please Born 12/05/2003, 16.2hh, Jet Black book quickly and as early as possible to avoid imported Friesian ster stallion disappointment! By the Grand Prix Dutch Approved Dressage Friesian Jasper 366 Scored 82% for the IBOP (2009 Keuring) Foalbook ster stallion with a Current KFPS Breeding Permit for 2011-2012 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0305 315
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Ebony Park Elko
Unfortunately, due to a paddock injury to his knee, Elko is no longer able to be ridden, and has been retired from the competition arena. Ebony Park is extremely disappointed and upset by this incident, however we are very happy that he is still able to be bred, and has still retained his breeding permit (not something to be taken lightly, as the KFPS are very strict about awarding breeding permits!). When Elko was able to be ridden he was destined to be Natashaâ€™s Olympic Grand Prix horse. He had everything! Three amazing paces, the desire and trainable temperament, and was quick to learn and improve. In his short career he scored up to 72% in preliminary and gained 44 grading points qualifying him for the 2006 Australian Dressage Championships in Novice in only 2 months of competition.
Born 21/04/2001, 17.1hh, jet black imported Friesian ster stallion By the Champion Approved licensed Dutch Friesian Stallion Teunis 332 Foalbook ster stallion with a Current KFPS Breeding Permit for 2011-2012 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0120 011
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Ebony Park Abe
Abe has had consistent results of over 62% at the Inter I level, and currently competing and winning at the Grand Prix level in 2012 with scores over 60%, improving with each competition! Early in his career Abe was the horse to beat in Novice bringing home 3 Novice Championships with scores up to 71%. He also took home an Advanced Championship in 2008 and competed and qualified for the prestigious Dressage with the stars in the PSG and Inter I Kur in March 2010.
Abe is now establishing himself in Grand Prix and he hasnâ€™t disappointed. His piaffe/passage is amazing and we are now waiting for him to develop the strength to catch up. This horse is destined for a legendary Grand Prix career. Ebony Park Abe is an exceptional stallion to ride. He is powerful and responsive and carries you through any situation with pride and attitude.
Born 29/03/2000, 16.2hh, jet black imported Friesian ster stallion.
To ride him is pure joy! He is solid, strong and powerful! First Friesian stallion in Australasia to Abe takes you into a test almost like a war horse taking compete and win at Grand Prix level in you into battle. He is proud, noble and loves to show off dressage. and be the centre of attention. Abe has been awarded the sports predicate from the KFPS. He is the first stallion in Australia to achieve the award due to his outstanding results in the dressage arena. By the Champion Approved licensed Dutch Friesian Stallion Anne 340 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0010
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Zeus of Ebony Park Zeus is Elko’s first son that we have bred, and we have eagerly been waiting the years until he was old enough to work. At 4 1/2 he is already competing in Novice level dressage, with scores over 68%! Zeus is a delight to work with, having an exceptional canter just like his father, and a swinging, easy trot. He is still taking time to mature with some growing to do, but in another year we are so excited to see where this boy is at! He has inherited the beautiful, willing Friesian temperament from both sire and dam. This will be Zeus’s second season standing at stud, with his first babies due later in the year, and a wonderful opportunity for people to get access to Elko’s bloodlines!
Born 22/11/2007, 16hh, jet black Friesian BBook1 stallion. By our imported Friesian stallion (who has a breeding permit) Elko van der Woalderhoeve Registration Number: AU0360 0420 0706 076
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Ebony Park Friesian Magazine July 2012
Published on Jul 2, 2012
Ebony Park July 2012 Friesian Magazine... This month we look at your seat, hoof abscesses, having some fun and heaps more!! :)