The Swedish Warmblood Horse

Background to our Swedish Warmblood horses

The Swedish Warmblood horse is one of the oldest Warmblood breeds in the world.  Horses have been bred in Flyinge since the 12th century, when the Danish Archbishops held a fortified stronghold with mounted troops there.  After the Swedes negotiated a peace treaty in Roskilde in 1658, King Carl X Gustaf ordered the establishment of a Royal Stud at Flyinge.

While most Warmbloods were initially bred primarily for agriculture and carriage horses, Swedish Warmbloods were bred specifically for riding.  The military selected stallions which could produce comfortable and rideable horses for the army, carefully choosing thoroughbred and other Warmblood stallions to introduce desirable characteristics.  Farmers owned the mares, breeding offspring suitable for purchase by the army.  This was the classic model for modern Warmblood breeding.

The Swedish Warmblood Association (SWA) was formed in 1928 with the encouragement of the Army.  Their main purpose was the development of high and uniform quality mares.  When the Army ceased using horses in the 1970s, the breeding program was transferred into the hands of the SWA.

The official Swedish Warmblood website (in English) is www.warmblood.se.  The AVSH is the official Swedish Warmblood registry.  The only other country, outside of Sweden, where official Swedish Classification of mares and stallions takes place, is the USA.  SWANA (Swedish Warmblood of North America) has its own website, www.swanaoffice.org.

How then, did some of these horses end up in New Zealand at the other end of the world from Sweden ?

In 1990, six Swedish Warmbloods arrived from the USA with their owners who had decided to emigrate to New Zealand.  These horses were –

Maniara

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an Utrillo daughter and pregnant to Callaghan – the progeny was subsequently named Maestro and he still stands at stud in the South Island of New Zealand

Callaghan was a Swedish Premium State A breeding Stallion who was imported to the USA in the late 1980’s.

Maniara had also been imported to the USA from Sweden in the late 1980’s.  Maniara had been the highest scoring Swedish mare in history to that point

Maria (Lester daughter)

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Idahana

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a Warrigall daughter and pregnant to Silvan – the progeny was subsequently named India who was the dam of our Stallion, Moschinno.  (The people who brought these horses into New Zealand have subsequently said that Idahana was the best conformed and moving horse they ever owned but they did not recognize this until after they had sold Idahana.)

Silvan was a Ceylon son who started life as a show jumper in Europe and was then sold to USA where he became a dressage horse.  Silvan was half-brother to the great dressage horse, Master.

Photos of Silvan and Master here

 

Gibraltar II

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Callaghan out of Garbi – sire of our Stallion Moschinno

Lohengrin

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Callaghan out of Lovisa – Lohengrin is still alive but now retired north of Auckland, New Zealand.  Callaghan and Lovisa stayed in the USA and produced another well-known son, Legacy who became a multi-disciplined US Champion.

Meteor

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Callaghan out of Micara

Apart from Maestro, Lohengrin, Legacy and Moschinno (our own Stallion) all these horses are now deceased.  While the Swedish have always introduced “outside” horses to their breeding programmes it was never as rapid as it has been over the past ten or so years.  With the progeny from Moschinno and Miranda and Madiera, we have a genetic pool which appears to have now virtually disappeared from Sweden and largely from the USA.  In addition, the use of our Stallion together with either of our two foundation mares, we have combined the bloodlines of three great Swedish breeding lines, that of Urbino, of Ceylon, and of Utrillo, which has not been replicated (to our knowledge) anywhere else in the world.

Our Stallion, Moschinno, is a New Zealand-bred sport horse, by Swedish sire, Gibraltar II, and Swedish mare India II (see above).  India’s sire, Silvan, and grand dam, Idahana, are former Grand Prix dressage horses in the USA and Sweden.  Moschinno’s sire, Gibraltar II, was New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1997.  Moschinno completed his in-hand career when he was judged “Sport Horse of the Year” at the 2001 Horse of the Year Show, Hastings.  Six months earlier Moschinno was chosen as the “EFS Senior Champion” at the NZ Warmblood Association’s, “Stars of the Future” show at Ti Papa in Auckland.  At these two shows, Moschinno was chosen over and above any other Warmblood competitor, by two highly acclaimed German (Hanoverian) Judges, Harry Boldt and Manfred Lopp, as being fully deserving of these two titles.

Moschinno is very strong on both sides of his pedigree.  There are a number of Swedish Stallions regarded as having huge beneficial influence in breeding stars.  Moschinno has Urbino, Callaghan and Gaspari on his sire’s side (Gaspari was the Grandsire of Gauguin de Lully).  Ceylon and Silvan are on his dam’s side.

Photo of Urbino/Callaghan/Gaspari/Gauguin de Lully/

Ceylon

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Classified as an elite Stallion in Sweden.  Amongst the progeny he produced were four sons who became approved Stallions in their own right.  One was Master, Kyra Kurkland’s dressage star.  Master is recognised as being one of the great dressage stallions, winning 19 FEI events in 19 starts.  Silvan was another son.  Silvan started competing in Europe as a show jumper and won a number of European Championships at the 1.40 metre level of competition.  Injury forced his early retirement.  Silvan was then sold and exported to the USA where he started a career in dressage.  He reached Intermediare Level II where again, injury curtailed his career.  Silvan sired approximately 26 fillies in North America, all of whom became much sought after for breeding.  One of these was India II, Moschinno’s dam.

Callaghan is Moschinno’s Grandsire and the son of Urbino.  Callaghan has produced a number of quality horses in Sweden and the USA, in dressage, show jumping and eventing.  One of the better known USA-bred Stallions is Legacy, who received amongst the highest grades possible at his stallion classification.  Legacy is a younger but full brother to New Zealand’s Lohengrin.

Our two foundation broodmares are also full blood Swedish Warmbloods.  Miranda and Madeira are sisters (some four years between them) with their sire being Lohengrin and their dam being Maniara.  They have Utrillo (Hanoverian) as their grandsire.  As already stated earlier, Maniara was classified in Sweden and achieved the most points for a mare in their breeding history.  Maniara sadly passed away in New Zealand earlier this year aged almost thirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I love about Swedish Warmbloods, and I’m appreciating it more now than ever before, is their general good health, their vigour and their power.  The past 700 to 800 years of culling and selection for good cavalry mounts has provided the genetics for good feet, good teeth, robust digestive systems, and healthy, although slow, skeletal development in the core of the breed.  If temperament is inheritable, and many would argue that it is to some degree, then this breed is “very” domesticated – they bond with people, they pay attention, and they are usually easily trained.  These are traits that I really want in a horse that is going to live in my barn (Emily Robertson, 1997 – retired North American Warmblood breeder)Our time with these horses has only reinforced these sentiments.

Manuka Sporthorses is a boutique breeder of Swedish Warmblood Horses, based on the banks of the Manukau Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand and only twenty minutes away from New Zealand’s main international airport.  Our philosophy is to breed fine equine athletes using superior national and international bloodlines.  Our horses are raised in open fields all year round as New Zealand has a wonderful temperate climate.  In particular, we give our young horses time to grow and mature before starting their education.

Manuka Sporthorses began in 1997 with the purchase of a two year old full blood Swedish Warmblood colt we named, Moschinno.  We have expanded our stud with the subsequent purchase of two full blood Swedish Warmblood broodmares.  We primarily breed “full-blood” Swedish Warmbloods although we do combine with Thoroughbred bloodlines including Westminster (son of Grovesnor by the famous New Zealand Thoroughbred Stallion, Sir Tristram).

Our stud presently has the following resident horses –

Moschinno –                         Foundation and resident Stallion (photograph attached showing Moschinno alongside two three year old progeny – we allow the young ones to spend two – three years in the paddock next to their father)

Miranda –                               Foundation brood mare (photographs attached showing Miranda with her two week old foal and being ridden during a dressage lesson)

Madiera –                               Foundation brood mare and full sister to Miranda (photograph attached showing Madiera with her one year old filly foal, Mystle – sire, Moschinno)

 

 

Manuka Mention My Name –

Eight year old gelding, Moschinno out of a Westminster Thoroughbred mare;   Currently competing and winning at 2nd Level Horse Trials (in the attached photographs the rider is Cecilia Karlsson, Swedish Eventing rider) (For sale)

Manuka Southern Cross –

Eight year old gelding, Moschinno out of a Fiesta Star Thoroughbred mare;  Currently competing at Horse Trials and Show jumping (in the attached photographs the rider is Jacob Razak, Grand Prix Show Jumper) (For sale)

Manuka Magni –               Four year old gelding, Moschinno out of Miranda (photographs attached).  Powerful; conformationally correct;  Wonderful elevated paces;  Ideal future dressage horse.  (For sale)

Manuka Mieleke –           Four year old filly, Moschinno out of Miranda (photographs attached).  Powerful;  conformationally correct;  Wonderful elevated paces;  Ideal future jumping horse;  Wonderful genetics to breed from.  (For sale)

(Yes, Magni and Mieleke are siblings produced using embryo transfer.)

Manuka Mystle –              Yearling filly, Moschinno out of Madiera (photographs attached)

Manuka Magdalene –   Two week old filly, Moschinno out of Miranda (photographs attached)

Manuka Memphis –        Three week old colt, Moschinno out of a San Mateo mare (Show jumper) (Photographs attached)

 

Some background to our Swedish Warmblood horses –

The Swedish Warmblood horse is one of the oldest Warmblood breeds in the world.  Horses have been bred in Flyinge since the 12th century, when the Danish Archbishops held a fortified stronghold with mounted troops there.  After the Swedes negotiated a peace treaty in Roskilde in 1658, King Carl X Gustaf ordered the establishment of a Royal Stud at Flyinge.

While most Warmbloods were initially bred primarily for agriculture and carriage horses, Swedish Warmbloods were bred specifically for riding.  The military selected stallions which could produce comfortable and rideable horses for the army, carefully choosing thoroughbred and other Warmblood stallions to introduce desirable characteristics.  Farmers owned the mares, breeding offspring suitable for purchase by the army.  This was the classic model for modern Warmblood breeding.

The Swedish Warmblood Association (SWA) was formed in 1928 with the encouragement of the Army.  Their main purpose was the development of high and uniform quality mares.  When the Army ceased using horses in the 1970s, the breeding program was transferred into the hands of the SWA.

The official Swedish Warmblood website (in English) is www.warmblood.se.  The AVSH is the official Swedish Warmblood registry.  The only other country, outside of Sweden, where official Swedish Classification of mares and stallions takes place, is the USA.  SWANA (Swedish Warmblood of North America) has its own website, www.swanaoffice.org.

How then, did some of these horses end up in New Zealand at the other end of the world from Sweden ?

In 1990, six Swedish Warmbloods arrived from the USA with their owners who had decided to emigrate to New Zealand.  These horses were –

Maniara –             an Utrillo daughter and pregnant to Callaghan – the progeny was subsequently named Maestro and he still stands at stud in the South Island of New Zealand

Callaghan was a Swedish Premium State A breeding Stallion who was imported to the USA in the late 1980’s.

Maniara had also been imported to the USA from Sweden in the late 1980’s.  Maniara had been the highest scoring Swedish mare in history to that point

Maria –                                     a Lester daughter

Idahana –              a Warrigall daughter and pregnant to Silvan – the progeny was subsequently named India who was the dam of our Stallion, Moschinno.  (The people who brought these horses into New Zealand have subsequently said that Idahana was the best conformed and moving horse they ever owned but they did not recognize this until after they had sold Idahana.)

Silvan was a Ceylon son who started life as a show jumper in Europe and was then sold to USA where he became a dressage horse.  Silvan was half-brother to the great dressage horse, Master.

Gibraltar II –       Callaghan out of Garbi – sire of our Stallion Moschinno

Lohengrin –         Callaghan out of Lovisa – Lohengrin is still alive but now retired north of Auckland, New Zealand.  Callaghan and Lovisa stayed in the USA and produced another well-known son, Legacy who became a multi-disciplined US Champion.

Meteor –               Callaghan out of Micara

Apart from Maestro, Lohengrin, Legacy and Moschinno (our own Stallion) all these horses are now deceased.  While the Swedish have always introduced “outside” horses to their breeding programmes it was never as rapid as it has been over the past ten or so years.  With the progeny from Moschinno and Miranda and Madiera, we have a genetic pool which appears to have now virtually disappeared from Sweden and largely from the USA.  In addition, the use of our Stallion together with either of our two foundation mares, we have combined the bloodlines of three great Swedish breeding lines, that of Urbino, of Ceylon, and of Utrillo, which has not been replicated (to our knowledge) anywhere else in the world.

Our Stallion, Moschinno, is a New Zealand-bred sport horse, by Swedish sire, Gibraltar II, and Swedish mare India II (see above).  India’s sire, Silvan, and grand dam, Idahana, are former Grand Prix dressage horses in the USA and Sweden.  Moschinno’s sire, Gibraltar II, was New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1997.  Moschinno completed his in-hand career when he was judged “Sport Horse of the Year” at the 2001 Horse of the Year Show, Hastings.  Six months earlier Moschinno was chosen as the “EFS Senior Champion” at the NZ Warmblood Association’s, “Stars of the Future” show at Ti Papa in Auckland.  At these two shows, Moschinno was chosen over and above any other Warmblood competitor, by two highly acclaimed German (Hanoverian) Judges, Harry Boldt and Manfred Lopp, as being fully deserving of these two titles.

Moschinno is very strong on both sides of his pedigree.  There are a number of Swedish Stallions regarded as having huge beneficial influence in breeding stars.  Moschinno has Urbino, Callaghan and Gaspari on his sire’s side (Gaspari was the Grandsire of Gauguin de Lully).  Ceylon and Silvan are on his dam’s side.

Ceylon was classified as an elite Stallion in Sweden.  Amongst the progeny he produced were four sons who became approved Stallions in their own right.  One was Master, Kyra Kurkland’s dressage star.  Master is recognised as being one of the great dressage stallions, winning 19 FEI events in 19 starts.  Silvan was another son.  Silvan started competing in Europe as a show jumper and won a number of European Championships at the 1.40 metre level of competition.  Injury forced his early retirement.  Silvan was then sold and exported to the USA where he started a career in dressage.  He reached Intermediare Level II where again, injury curtailed his career.  Silvan sired approximately 26 fillies in North America, all of whom became much sought after for breeding.  One of these was India II, Moschinno’s dam.

Callaghan is Moschinno’s Grandsire and the son of Urbino.  Callaghan has produced a number of quality horses in Sweden and the USA, in dressage, show jumping and eventing.  One of the better known USA-bred Stallions is Legacy, who received amongst the highest grades possible at his stallion classification.  Legacy is a younger but full brother to New Zealand’s Lohengrin.

Our two foundation broodmares are also full blood Swedish Warmbloods.  Miranda and Madeira are sisters (some four years between them) with their sire being Lohengrin and their dam being Maniara.  They have Utrillo (Hanoverian) as their grandsire.  As already stated earlier, Maniara was classified in Sweden and achieved the most points for a mare in their breeding history.  Maniara sadly passed away in New Zealand earlier this year aged almost thirty.

We chose this Warmblood type for our stud for the following reasons –

  1. Their correct conformation and powerful vertical movement;
  2. Their wonderful neck set and hind quarters;
  3. The freedom and flexibility of their shoulder;
  4. Their athletic ability and trainable temperament.

 

Craig & Rosemary Sharp

Manuka Sport Horses

Karaka, Auckland, New Zealand.

rosemary@swedishwarmblood.co.nz or craig@swedishwarmblood.co.nz www.swedishwarmblood.co.nz

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