In South Africa we are so limited and restricted with imported semen that it creates a major challenge at times. I believe that most horses are imported for their training and not their pedigree, and just because a horse is an import, does not make it automatically better than a horse that was bred here.
In Europe, a new stallion will breed at least 50 foals in their first season and therefore it is easier to judge his progeny in his first crop. In South Africa, there are few foals bred annually by one stallion and therefore it takes a lot longer for a stallion to prove himself as a strong sire.
I believe that the foundation of warmbloods was in Germany and therefore focus a lot on the older proven German lines, combining them with more modern ones also from other countries.
As a young child I remember saying that one day I would own many boy horses….. and one thing I do love is a stallion and the relationship of trust and love that can be created and experienced with these magnificent animals. At the same time, I believe that stallions are born and not made, and have often known at birth if a foal was going to be a stallion or not. I am also a firm believer that a gelding is a happier horse than a stallion, and therefore it must be something extra special to subject that animal to the life of a stallion in intensive conditions.
I imported a lot of frozen semen from Germany before the embargo was placed, which I have successfully used and produced many top foals.
This year, 2023, will see me importing semen from the prestigious Zangersheide Stud in Belgium and being their contact here in South Africa. Many exciting foals will be arriving from now on!