By Elena Zobova
Photography: Elena Zobova
Stallions giving powerful jumping performances and a jury whose reasoning can be followed – this is the regular recipe of the young horse evaluation organized by LAAA (Lietuvos Arklių Augintojų Asociacija), which this year received many entries. No fewer than 15 stallions participated and were assessed by the jury panel: Gediminas Pilipavičius, Arūnas Jurgaitis, Henrikas Martuzevičius, and Viktoras Urbonas.
To open, a few words need to be said about LAAA, or the Lithuanian Horse Breeders Association. It was founded in 1993 and granted status as a breeding institution. It was awarded the right to realize the breeding program and maintain the studbook of the Lithuanian Riding Horse, which was introduced in 2000 on the basis of the breeds of riding horses that have been bred in Lithuania for decades and are suitable for the modern type of sport horse. In 2017 LAAA became a member of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH).
According to LAAA general secretary “For us, as a jury, it was an easy selection”, says the LAAA General Secretary Gediminas Pilipavicius: “There were some really good horses presented, as well as some really good bloodlines. It is great for the jury when entries meet their expectations. For that reason it allowed us to a number of rather interesting stallions. This made the work really pleasant for us.”
Champion colt, Cinamonas
The day started with the 16 foals presented for their evaluation and the champion colt title going to the Lithuanian Riding Horse-registered Cinamonas (Caprioland - Coca x Boržomis) bred and owned by the LAAA president Almutis Raila. His sire Caprioland (Caprisio - Landrose x Landstreicher) was approved in Poland and jumped 1m30 classes under the saddle of Justė Pociunait, while his damsire Boržomis participated in numerous national competitions with Kristupas Petraitis. He descends from an Oldenburg-registered stallion Bacardi OLD (Balou du Rouet - Jovena x Argentinus) – the 2015 Sires of the World title holder... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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