Photos in this article by author Joanne Verikios except where indicated.
As a major benefit to owners, the Australian Warmblood Horse Association (AWHA) Ltd now offers Colt Selections at a venue convenient to the owners, in addition to the centralised Colt Selections which have been the norm in the past.
This innovation was successfully trialled in the picturesque Southern Highlands region of NSW on 12 December 2016.
Two beautifully presented, well-trained and well-mannered young stallions were assessed on their respective home grounds. One of these youngsters is destined for a dressage career and the other has recently begun competing with success in showjumping.
The highly experienced selection panel comprised Silvia Ahamer and Lesley Archer from NSW and Joanne Verikios from QLD.
“We were pleased to see both of these young stallions pass Colt Selection and we congratulate their connections,” said Head Classifier, Lesley Archer. “Passing colt selection means that the youngsters have qualified for lifetime AWHA Ltd Breeding Permits. If they subsequently meet AWHA Performance Requirements in open competition, their status can be upgraded to Licensed Stallions.”
Ms Archer noted that the new “at-home” process had worked smoothly because both properties were equipped with the necessary facilities to safely accommodate AWHA Ltd Colt Selection procedures. These include:
The newly Approved Colts are:
In her capacity as AWHA Ltd Federal Registrar, Ms Ahamer noted that the two colts represent a boon for the local gene pool because their respective bloodlines had previously been available only via imported frozen semen.
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.