Okay, so I suppose other people know more than me, but when I saw Jody Hartstone's new stallion Whisper IV (registered in Germany as Weltstar 38), I wasn't too impressed. Sure, he's gorgeous and got that stallion power, but dear god he can't piaffe to save his life! Whisper will be the first stallion by the immortal Weltmeyer to stand in New Zealand - which is supposed to be a good thing, right? I used to idolise Jody, but now, I'm not so sure. It seems like, after all her Andrew Maclean style training and morals when it comes to rollkur, she's encouraging NZ to follow the trend and go for these big flashy warmbloods that can't sit for a good piaffe or find their ass because it's so far behind in extended trot. Which, because of the good lack of trend-following and rollkur in NZ, is a sad thing. I'm probably going to get a hiding for this, but I actually think this horse is worse than Moorlands Totilas, and for me, that's saying a lot. I'm not saying I'm an expert in any way, I'm just stating my opinion and hoping to hear some back (and I'm curious to know how he compares to the better know international Weltmeyer stallions) - so leave your torches at the door.
On a side note, I love this photo I took of Whisper at KCHOY. =D