“To breed talented jumping horses with a good pedigree; that is my ambition.”
“The passion for horses comes from my father. Thanks to him, I grew up with horses and to this day I still enjoy it. Previously as a rider, now as a breeder.
In my opinion breeding is not a gamble. Of course, they are living creatures, but good preparation does wonders. I often go to stallion shows and competitions. There you come across stallions that you like. But in order to achieve a good match I always do virtual breeding first. I do that via the website HorseTelex. This way I base my choice of stallion on feel, but also on statistical information.
I look nine generations back on the dam’s side. Then I add a stallion that I think could be interesting for my breeding program. Then I print out a long list and start looking. Which sires and dams appear twice? How much pedigree is in the bloodline? What did the sire achieve? If it all fits then my choice is made. But above all, it must feel right.
Horses with a fair amount of blood, that is what I like. If a stallion is less than 50% thoroughbred then I do not breed from him. It has to be thereabouts. At 65% I start to be a little cautious again. I find that a little too much. A thoroughbred of between 45% and 55%, that is what I often find to be the best combinations. The horses from my stud have speed and power. Increasing the amount of thoroughbred results, in my opinion, in temperamental horses that are less easy to ride.”