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Beautiful and Courageous is a World Filled with Horses
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Sound and careful development of horses has been in the human interest for thousands of years. We have coexisted for many reasons deriving from both passion and necessity. In the origins of this relationship, horses athletically agreed to plow our fields, deliver milk, bread and mail. They carried us across the four corners of the earth and even road us bravely into war. For centuries, we have very carefully genetically predisposed them with select breeding in order that they desire to perform for us. As living creatures and a close functional part of our early social survival horses have evolved into a relationship with us as one of our closest inter-species companions. They were both a technology and a necessity. The horse/ rider team relationship, the language and passion that can evolve is virtually inexplicable to the uninitiated. Almost anyone however with a little courage and a true heart can grow from the soul that can be found in the beauty of horses.
This business of breeding, posted here presents horses that are best suited for schools of English riding. Three of the primary English disciplines are also are competed and performed in Olympic Games: Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage.
Developing horses is a long endeavor. Genetic selection over many generations creates animals which pass on traits and abilities that can be measured not just in terms of physicality but also in character. Another ethically important consideration is of course environment, which can be understood with regard to sound, safe and healthy surroundings, as well as knowledgeable, patient, caring and timely training.
Europeans have been working on the creation of equestrian equine excellence for a very long time. They also had the horses of origin to work with. Especially In the world of show jumping and dressage, Europeans are often thought of as being way ahead of us in the creation of their equine athletes. This may actually be true, or at least have been until recently and it only takes a short history lesson to understand why: Here is a simplified example and a scale of relativity. My personal and primary residence is in one of the older neighborhoods of the Capital of city of Canada, called the ByWard Market. It was built in about 1850. It is a very, very old residential area by Canadian standards but in Europe it would make up only a small fragment of their evolutionary timeline. Let’s ponder for a moment however that my “not so old” neighborhood by European standards still predates the Automobile and all forms of gas driven technology by almost 70 years. Recall the old adage that ‘All roads that lead to Rome,’ although much is uncertain, what we do know for sure is that, if at all possible, people were preferring not to being walking them.
I have trained, ridden and loved horses for over 42 years. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to happen upon a young Dutch two year old mare we called Roxy Long Island. She was amazing and remains so, in her career with her current owner, Quebec based rider Natasha Fry. Roxy’s pedigree is a phenomenal combination of proven European athletes from Holland and Germany. My personal coach, originally from Estonia and Germany is the founder of the Canadian Warmblood Society. She has owned many Grand Prix animals including two time Canadian Olympian, Big Ben. She is 91 years old. She suggested I find and buy Roxy’s mother and enter into the business of creating top athletes and great horses right here in Canada. So, on a very small and select scale here are these wonderful horses currently both for sale and in training as well as a small write up about their character, predispositions and origins.