Pictured: From Left to Right: Mr. Thodo Garbade, Mr. Fonk Genis (Breeder), Mr. Riaan Verster (Stud Manager and Trainer), Mr. Reinhardt Voigts, Mr. Rolf Barth, Mr. Heiko Freyer, Dr. Axel Brockmann and Mr. Claus Kock.
The annual Namibian Warmblood Horse Society Stallion Licensing took place on the 17th of May 2016 at the premises of Dr. Wolfgang Späth; owner of the Seeis Warmblood Stud, situated in the Khomas District of Namibia.
The licensing committee consisted of local breeders Mr Thodo Garbade, Mr Reinhardt Voigts, Mr Rolf Barth, Mr Heiko Freyer and Mr Claus Kock. The committee was headed by Dr. Axel Brockmann, State Stud Head at Celle; the main breading centre for Hanoverian horses in Germany.
Stallions presented for licensing are judged on confirmation, type, correctness of paces, movement, jumping scope and jumping attitude and technique. If the stallions are successful in this test they are registered as Namibian Warmblood Stallions and may be used for breeding.
Five stallions were presented to the committee on Tuesday, two of which belongs to Duneside Stud which was recently bought by Mr. Keith Keating and Ms Yolanda Meyer. The two Duneside stallions, bred by Mr Fonk Genis (previous owner of the stud), were accompanied and presented by Mr Riaan Verster, Stud Manager and Trainer.
Duneside Mission is a seven year old Arabian stallion out of Eks Maranello (sire) by Kairo-Star Muzri (dam). He was successfully presented and accepted into Warmblood breeding for refining purposes. Dr. Brockmann mentioned his exceptional jumping performance (not typical to Arabian horses); as he cleared an obstacle of 140 cm high by 120 cm wide, himself only measuring 153 cm’s. He scored an 8.5 out of 10 for his jumping attitude and technique.
Duneside Cloud Nine is a four year old Warmblood stallion out of Tanzpartner (imported Trakehner stallion) by Duneside Clarion Call (dam). He was licensed with an average of 7.94 out of 10; this being a very good rating for a stallion. Duneside Cloud Nine scored 9 out of 10 for jumping attitude and technique. He received the award of Champion Stallion of the year. Dr. Brockmann commented that Duneside Cloud Nine would have easily passed a stallion test in Germany as well. This is an indication that Warmblood breeding in Namibia is at a high standard and internationally comparable.