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Caprice Our KWPN
Caprice In Her Paddock
Caprice A Much Loved Dressage Horse
Caprice is one of our most loved pets, but she is much more than that. She is an exercise in love and patience, both mine and my wife's. She was in fact a dream horse one that Shauna never thought she would have. She is a KWPN which are the official letters used to designate a registered Dutch Warmblood. The Dutch Warmblood is currently recognised as being one of the most successful Sport Horse breeds of all time. They win in Show Jumping, Eventing and in particular Dressage.
If you had asked Shauna or myself 10 years ago, we would not have thought it was possible that we would ever own a horse of the caliber of Caprice. She is a daughter of Sandreo and her maternal grandfather was Florestan. These are two of the best sire's in the World for producing top quality sport horses. Sandreo is the son of Sandro Hit who was considered to be one of the best Dressage horse sires ever. More of his offspring have had breed and competition success than any other sire.
The photographs are all taken by me or my wife and a good friend and photographer Ron Smith.
Caprice In Close Up
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How To Afford A Horse Like Caprice?
We never thought we would ever be able to afford a horse like Caprice. So how do you get to own a 6 year old KWPN with her bloodlines? Well we were extremely lucky as a friend has similar interests and he sold us on the idea of buying a yearling. Not only that, but he introduced us to Ken Mellish the Proprietor of New Perth Farms. All of Ken's foals are bred double line. This means they have both a top quality father and a top quality grandfather. This is done because with horses the genes can sometimes skip a generation, or sometimes be directly passed. By breeding this way; he is pretty much guaranteed a great foal every time. If anyone wants a great horse, we thoroughly recommend him. He is a very kind man and everyone who meets him likes him. His horses are all amazing, he is gradually becoming recognized as one of the very best breeders and is very involved with the KWPN in Canada.
So after a couple of trips to PEI (Prince Edward Island - Canada) and a few thousand dollars worse off, we became the proud owners of Caprice. Our friend earlier had bought Celeste another of Ken's foals. They were born just a week apart in 2007. The first letter of the registered name denotes the year of birth in Dutch Warmbloods in 2007 the letter was "C".
Both horses are beautiful and have developed into fine mares, his is quite definitely a man's horse and Caprice is quite definitely a ladies horse so we both chose well.
The best way to evaluate a horse is to see it, so I will now let the pictures do the talking!