Your horses seem to do very well in the evaluations judged by Dr. Oulehla
- have you ever considered having them evaluated by anyone else to see if they're really that good?
Of course we're very pleased that Dr. Oulehla
likes the type of Lipizzan
At this point in time we see no reason to change to another evaluator and for several reasons.
First, I don't think there's anyone in world better qualified than Dr. Oulehla
Why do I say this?
He was named to head the Lipizzan stud at Piber (the only supplier of horses to the Spanish Riding School) in 1983 then was appointed Director of the Spanish Riding School as well in 1985.
A crisis in the breeding of the Lipizzan
led to this appointment of one person to head both institutions and Dr. Oulehla
was the man deemed able to deal with the crisis.
held these positions for 18 years, until his
retirement in 2001.
Consequently you're not likely to find any other single person who has seen so many Lipizzans from conception to Grand Prix and since we breed our horses for dressage, not driving or any other endeavor, we feel strongly that he's
the man to keep us on the right path.
visits to the U.S., Dr. Oulehla
has repeatedly emphasized that the Lipizzan
should not exceed 15.2hh 1/4" and has gone so far as to recommend that horses over 15.3hh not be accepted for registration.
That's when Dr. Jaromir Oulehla, Director of the Spanish Riding School and the Piber Stud Farm, began coming to American to evaluate the Lipizzan horses here.
Serious breeders have their horses inspected each time he
comes and take into account his
observations when making breeding decisions.
I remember at the first evaluation someone asked Dr. Oulehla
would ever consider taking a horse from America to Vienna and he
answered with an emphatic, "No!
Thus it was particularly gratifying when, at the 2003 evaluation at our farm he
suggested that it might be nice if our young stallion, Pluto Gisella, (that he
had just awarded a score of 93.5%) might stand in Europe after a few years of breeding in America!
At the 2005 evaluation he
even state, "You should be selling stallions to the Spanish Riding School
(I have it on tape!) Dr. Oulehla
has since retired but still returns to the U.S. every other year to evaluate Lipizzans. #2 - The Lipizzan
is bred as a performance animal not, as many breeds of horses in years passed, for display at halter.
The foremost consideration in selecting breeding stock has always been the trainability of the horse.