First 2013 Trakehner Inspection Held in Quebec

August 5th, 2013 10:47 AM | Comments Off on First 2013 Trakehner Inspection Held in Quebec

High Score Trakehner Mare “Gonzess,” (right) by Magritte, bred by Jean Lepine, Melbourne, QC, owned by Andrée Chagnon; and Reserve High Score Trakehner Mare “Komedie,” (left) by E.H. Herzzauber, bred and owned by François Boulianne, St. Etienne de Lauzon, QC.
Photo credit: M. Chagnon.

Newark, Ohio. – For the first time in 10 years, the American Trakehner Association has held an inspection in Quebec.  Five mares were approved for the Trakehner stud books and two foals inspected for voluntary marks.

Inspection host Andrée Chagnon of Haras des Andards farm in St. Paul d’Abbotsford, Quebec, said it was a real pleasure for her and her team to organize the inspection for mares and foals held June 29. Of the long lapse in the inspection schedule, Chagnon explained that, with the vacancy left by the late, well-known ATA breeder Connie Kempter of the Rappenhof Trakehner Stud, she is now one of only a few who continue breeding Trakehners in the province of Quebec and, “the territory is immense!”

“It has now been several years since I began to breed Trakehners,” she said. “At the beginning, it was simply for pleasure. But in the past few years the breed has become more and more important. With the acquisition of stallions, new broodmares, and all the efforts put into improving the quality of the young foals offered for sale, we also hope to be able to continue offering an inspection location. This is a good opportunity for the breeders in Quebec and surroundings to have their horses entered into the ATA stud books. It is our intention to continue to promote this very beautiful breed of refined horses and to hold other inspections long before another ten years go by!”

Celebrating 280 years of history, the Trakehner is the oldest warmblood breed in the world and has been carefully bred since 1732 for elegant movement, endurance and intelligence. Originally developed as cavalry horses by the father of Frederick the Great, Trakehners were sought-after by the military of many European countries. The breed came to the precipice of extinction by the end of World War II and has had a long road to recovery since then.

But Trakehners are not just about the history—they’re about performance engineering.  Strict adherence to the original breeding principles from the main stud farm in Trakehnen, East Prussia and a closed stud book have slowly brought the breed back from a small number of war survivors. Today Trakehners are recognized as both international performance horses and refiners for other warmblood breeds, producing horses such as the World Equestrian Games dressage gold medalist and current world dressage record-holder, Moorland’s Totilas.

The ATA is the official Trakehner Verband organization in North America. For more information on it or the Trakehner horse, check out its page on Facebook, or go to www.americantrakehner.com.

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