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Caprice Our KWPN

Updated on July 29, 2015
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At 6 Stephen fell for a small Shetland Pony abused by other children, and often fed him his lunch. So began a lifetime love of horses.

Caprice In Her Paddock

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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

Caprice in 2009
Caprice in 2009 | Source

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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!

More Pictures Of Caprice - Enjoy

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Caprice taken by our good friend Ron SmithCaprice enjoying her paddockCaprice and Rowan enjoying a mutual scratching sessionCaprice starring on our New Year CardsCaprice appreciating the view from her Dutch stall door.Caprice sharing a tender moment with me and Robin the Barn Kitten (Cat now!)
Caprice taken by our good friend Ron Smith
Caprice taken by our good friend Ron Smith | Source
Caprice enjoying her paddock
Caprice enjoying her paddock | Source
Caprice and Rowan enjoying a mutual scratching session
Caprice and Rowan enjoying a mutual scratching session | Source
Caprice starring on our New Year Cards
Caprice starring on our New Year Cards | Source
Caprice appreciating the view from her Dutch stall door.
Caprice appreciating the view from her Dutch stall door. | Source
Caprice sharing a tender moment with me and Robin the Barn Kitten (Cat now!)
Caprice sharing a tender moment with me and Robin the Barn Kitten (Cat now!) | Source

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    That is how it should be, they are hard work, but very rewarding!

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    Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    We paid her each week for the privilege and also did a thorough brushing and cleaning afterwards. She was also happy to have people to help her exercise them on a regular basis, so it worked really well for all of us. Besides, we all had fun.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You were lucky to have such a generous friend.

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    Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    My husband and I road all the time in northern NY. It was mostly western in my later years but English was my first experience in my earlier years. I never owned a horse but used a friends Appaloosa all the time and loved the challenge.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Caprice is a mare, and yes photography is one of our passions as well as the horses. We have not yet shown her as we are short of cash and time as Shauna works full-time and part-time jobs. I am trying to figure out how to make an on-line living but am lucky to exceed $1 a day! Thank you for your kind comments more will be coming as training progresses!

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    Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    What a beautiful horse, and how lucky you are to own him. You and your wife must spend a lot of time showing horses and also taking striking photographs of horses. My cousin is a horse lover and owns several horses. I can't wait to read another hub. When I took a photography course. I went to a ranch near us and photographed horses. What fun! Pinning hub. Blessings, Audrey

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you, we think so too!

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    Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    You have a gorgeous horse! I hope you write more articles about her.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    If you want it enough you will find a way!

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    Jen withFlash 2 years ago

    She is a really beautiful horse!!! You're lucky to have her :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Rhonda Lytle: She is quite energetic, but most of the time she is sweet natured and she really love Robin our barn cat!

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    Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    Caprice is one beautiful lady. Truly gorgeous. My grandparents had horses when I was little. I used to love to go see them. I bet she keeps you busy. She looks like she's full of energy :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @julieannbrady: Thank you for your kind comment and I am glad your youngest sister understands the need to help the stable owner and not just take them for granted.

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    julieannbrady 4 years ago

    Yes, a beautiful horse for sure! My two sisters both worked with horses and my youngest sister just bought a horse and takes care of horses where she stables hers.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @miaponzo: Thank you we are very lucky to have found her and she is becoming ever better and sweeter with time!

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    miaponzo 4 years ago

    Beautiful horse!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @delia-delia: We were very lucky to find Ken Mellish he is both reasonably local and a very good breeder. He started because he could not find a really good horse for his daughter, and he was a specialist cattle breeder.

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    Delia 4 years ago

    Caprice is a beautiful mare, you are fortunate to have such a high caliber bred horse.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Cash-Advance-Loan: Glad you like it.

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    Cash-Advance-Loan 4 years ago

    Your favorite horse gift is mine favorite as well.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @anonymous: Thanks!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Lovely horse

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @ShariBerry: You are all so kind.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @jolou: Thanks

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    Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

    An absolute beauty.

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    jolou 4 years ago

    She's a beauty.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @lesliesinclair: Thank you.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @choosehappy: Thank You, we think so too.

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    lesliesinclair 4 years ago

    She is truly a beauty.

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    Vikki 4 years ago from US

    Wow...she is really beautiful!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @kislanyk: She is so elegant and classic in her lines and bone structure that she makes it easy! We were blessed when we found her and there is no way we could afford to buy one at her age and with her lines now!

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    Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

    Oh what a beauty! And great photos taken as well!