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Dear <<First Name>>,

Well spring has sprung and here in the Waikato we are enjoying plenty of rain which is keeping the grass green and making the prospect of cutting bailage and hay this summer very viable.  It is so exciting to see all the foals being born around New Zealand on Facebook and other Social Media platforms.

However, each year we are reminded of the perils of breeding too – with calls going out for Foster mares and sad tales of foals who are sick, injured, or worse.  A wise friend once said to me  “Have Horse, Have Heartache”, but of course we also know the joy that horses can bring.  However breeding them is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Since the NZWA AGM the committee have been ticking along making progress in various aspects of running the Association.

As President I have been in talks with ESNZ with some exciting ideas to move the breeding side of Equestrian Sport forward. 


I also took a side trip to Dublin when I was in Europe last month to meet with the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland (WSI) Directors. This Stud Book is of particular interest to the NZWB as they are of similar size and the horse cultures of both countries are comparable.  It was a very interesting and profitable meeting where I gained a better understanding of how smaller Studbooks operate in the European Union and the challenges and trials they face. 

The WSI is owned partially by the KWPN (Royal Dutch Studbook) and means they have the best of Holland’s Mare and Foal assessment teams come to inspect their stock. 

I was lucky enough to be there during the foal show and approvals which also included very good lectures from the expert team that had been flown in from the KWPN.  Being part of the KWPN allows the WSI members access to all of the data that the KWPN have collected over the years for the conformation scoring of foals, stallions and mares.  This is very powerful information indeed and the Dutch really lead the way in this form of linear scoring system. 

For more information on the scoring system follow this link: - it is very interesting stuff!


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NZWA Swearing In - World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses

At the end of this month I will be jetting off to Budapest to represent the NZWA at our first ever World Breeders Federation General Assembly where NZWA will be officially sworn in as a member. 
This will be a watershed moment for NZ Warmblood Breeders and has been a long time coming.

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The North Island Warmblood
In-Hand Showing Championships

These were held during Equidays at Mystery Creek and were run under the banner of the North Island Premier Show.  Entries were again very small this year, but we are hoping that bit by bit more people will bring their warmblood show horses here to present them.

The weather was at best very unkind – with bitter cold wind and rain throughout most of the day but somehow the horses and their handlers still managed to look the part. 

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Photos: (above top) Joseph's Dream - owned by Anne Watts,     (above left) Lysander W - owned by Barbara Clarke,   (above right) KL Grandeur 'N' Colour - owned by Cheyne Stanaway.

There was a magnificent trophy donated by former NZWA Registrar Kelly Mason from Kelaray Stud International and this went to the Supreme Champion Exhibit - Robyn Hirst's Furstin Feliciana.  This mare is by Furst Romancier and was bred by Robyn.
Photos: (above) Furstin Feliciana [Furst Romancier / Anamour] - owned by Robyn Hirst

Champion Youngstock went to Dawn Runtle’s lovely homebred Whisper gelding Whistar who is out of a Rockstar mare whose dam was Silver Reef – a highly competitive dressage mare by Ramazotti who took out National Titles under the NZWA Vice President Kieryn Walton.  The dam line also contains the Grand Prix mare Silver Fern and the Grand Prix stallion Master – so one to watch in the future!  Scott Morris presented this young horse very ably on Dawn Runtle’s behalf. 

Thank you to Marie Richards photography for the photos.

Photos: (above) Whitstar - [ Whisper / Rockstar / Ramazotti ] - owned by Dawn Runtle, shown by Scott Morris.

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The South Island Warmblood
Showing Championships
After a hiatus of several years the South Island Warmblood Showing Championships are back – bigger and better than ever!  They are to be held as part of the South Island Premier Show and there are both ridden and in-hand classes. 

Please see the following forms for details….




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2019 Classification Tour
– End of March 2019

The NZWA Committee are excited to announce there will be another tour in 2019.  This time we have invited Frank Weisskirchen from Germany who comes highly recommended from the German Trakhener Assn. 

The Tour will be held across NZ and expressions of interest for the Tour will be put forward soon – watch this space and keep an eye on the facebook page….

Here is an introduction of Frank for you – we look forward to welcoming him here to NZ shores:

Frank Weisskirchen 

  • International Breed Judge (Zuchtricher FN - German National Federation)
  • German Trakehner Association (Trakehner Verband) - Board of Stallion Owners
  • More than 20 years of experience in warmblood breeding, especially Trakehners with significant thoroughbred influence
  • More than 20 years of experience in international horse marketing
  • Successful and internationally recognised breeder of, and agent for high-class sport horses for eventing, dressage and show jumping


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Classification Tour – Sponsor Needed!

We are looking for a Stud or a business who would be keen to support the NZWA Tour by way of sponsoring the sashes for the overall champions and reserves of each division.  Walton Dressage Stables have sponsored these awards for the past couple of years but are stepping aside this year for another sponsor to take advantage.  Please contact the NZWA for details….

2019 Land Rover Horse of the Year Show Bonanza

**This has got to be one of the most exciting initiatives the NZWA has ever put forward!**

$5000 in cash to be given out to NZWA registered horses at the 2019 Land Rover Horse of the Year Show.

The concept is simple, and entry is FREE!  Before the start of the show the NZWA will perform a draw to select which classes will be eligible for the cash prizes. 
$500 is awarded to the horse who is the highest ranked registered NZ Warmblood placed in the top three in the selected classes.  That’s $250 to the breeder and $250 to the owner – or $500 if you happen to be both!

We are very excited about this concept and look forward to a fabulous time at the 2019 Land Rover Horse Of The Year.


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Mare Studbook Upgrades

At the 2018 AGM a new system for awarding Studbook Mares who have performed well in sport was announced.  The new criteria is somewhat stricter than the old criteria.  Mares, for instance, now need to have at least one foal registered with the NZWA before they are eligible for their status upgrade to Principal or Elite.  The new criteria is more thought out to be as equal as possible through the disciplines.

The NZWA is proud to announce the three mares who have gone through to be our first mares to be recognised.  Each owner and breeder receives a Certificate with a gorgeous plaque also going to the current owner of the mare.

The first is Astek Ohh La La.

Astek Ooh LaLa has been awarded Principal Mare Status for her achievements in Showjumping.

She was bred by John Cottle and Sue Fowler from Astek Stud.  She was a product of frozen semen breeding, by the French stallion Fetiche Du Pas out of a Ramirez mare Madonna.  Her jumping career started with John Cottle and she was also formerly ridden by Julie Davey, Tess Williams and Lisa Cubitt.  She jumped right up to 1.45m including the prestigious Lady Rider of the Year Class at the Horse of the Year Show.
Now owned by Penny Rieter,  Astek Ooh LaLa enjoys a relaxed life with lots of hacking out,  She has won 3 event starts and even got 68% in a dressage test – proving that she’s not just a jumping star!  She has one filly foal on the ground by Cachassini II which is now a yearling.  She has also produced an embryo transfer foal by Cachassini II called Cachava HS who was presented at last year’s classification tour for 75%.  Astek Ohh La La herself was awarded a Merit (78%) from Gerd Kust during the same tour.  Penny tells us the mare loves being a mother and will be bred again this year, to a sire yet to be decided.

Secondly we have the mare Collette owned by Georgia Sheard of Roseflats Equestrian. Astek Ooh LaLa has been awarded Principal Mare Status for her achievements in Showjumping. Here is what she had to say about Collette...
Collette was bred by Candace Bagnall in Auckland, by Carpaccio and out of her Wolher II mare. She started her competition career in the dressage arena, working her way up to level 3 before switching over to do show hunter as well with Daniel Blundell. They turned out to be very competitive in show jumping with wins at Pro-Am before she was sold to Georgia Sheard to be her Junior Rider horse. After one season at that height the decision was made to retire her (aged 12) due to an old issue, and she was put in foal. Last season she had a wonderful blingy colt by Cachassini II, and is currently awaiting a Daminos baby later this year.

And thirdly there is the now Elite mare Angeleen. It's exciting for the NZ Warmblood Association to have a mare of Angeleen’s calibre in the studbook – she is the first to be awarded Elite Status under the new rules.  

Bred by Brenda Bishop, Angeleen is by the prolific dressage sire Anamour out of the Dynamit mare Blue Willow.  Mandy Littlejohn, who still owns Angeleen purchased her as the three-year-old, newly broken filly and produced her herself to the higher levels of dressage sport.

Together they competed up to Level 8, just below Grand Prix and took out many championships around the North Island along the way. 

In 2016 she had a stunning Donnerubin filly called De Angelo who has been sold to Christine Reynolds, and she is currently in foal to Fugato, due next month.

This season she will be put to Furst Romancier, a cross that has Mandy very excited.
Angeleen was awarded Merit status (79%) during the 2018 Classification Tour with Gerd Kust.

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Before the new rules pertaining to Principal and Elite Studbook status were rolled out, the following mares achieved their Principal status:
Vollrath Waldfee (Worldwide PB / Depot xx / Palatable xx) owned by Michelle Nelley
Donnerstar CDS (Donnerubin DC / Gymnastic Star / Kaliber) owned by Ellen Mitchell and bred by Jacinda Younger
Southwind Roulette (Rameriz / Kev’s Girl xx) owned by Janelle Sangster-Ward
Gemstar (Galanthus / Keenan xx)  owned by Phillippa Thompson
Frangelico (Fiji R / Jive Magic / Medallion) owned by Sophie Griffith
Vinny (Imp Holland) (Sandro Hit / Lorenz / Karrat) owned by Brugs Nicholls
Warm Regards,

Jody Hartstone

NZWA President 

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