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post #1 of 27 Old 12-16-2011, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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"Vintage" Knabstrupper Photos; Cool!

As some of you know, I work at a place that was, once upon a time, a world-renowned Appaloosa breeding farm. The glory days are over, most of the horses are sold, and I have been given the task of sorting through all of the old office files, separating trash and treasure. One thing I found, amidst all of the stacks of stallion reports and ancient sales brochures, was a request from a Knabstrupper farm for some leopard Appaloosas (from the 70's, I think). They wanted to export them for outcrossing, and they had very specific requirements about the horses' coat pattern, among other things. I don't recall where the farm was based--perhaps the Netherlands somewhere? I could be wrong. I don't know whether they ever bought any horses from my boss, but I don't believe they did. Perhaps the colors in the pedigree were unsatisfactory, or import costs too high, or any of a myriad of factors.

They sent along, with their request, photos of three horses to show exactly the type and color they were searching for. I love these pictures. The horses are neat, but most interesting of all is the riders' garb and the, well, creative interpretation of Western tack. See for yourself.

First is a mare called Taronga, if I deciphered the handwriting correctly. Next is a mare called Balu. The last is a stallion named--wait for it--Poco Bueno. I was able to track him down and find the name listed in quite a few Knabstrupper pedigrees, but if there was anything about his individual achievements, it was all in Danish and I couldn't read it.

If anyone has any information about these horses, it would be interesting to hear!
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post #2 of 27 Old 12-16-2011, 02:55 AM
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Hey Bubba are you looking for specific info on the three horses in the photos or info on the Knabstrupper breed itself?

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I don't know much about them, but my previous trainer had three, now two.
One she somehow aquired. Was looking for a horse for a student and turned up at this yard, her horse had been but to sleep recently.

This guy was like 'come look at my stallion' and she admired him, and somehow took him home.
Put him in the box, he broke the door down and gallopped off, so they put him in a field whilst they fixed the door, he leapt it and burgered off. She was due to go on holiday in a week. So, she called her vet (the horse was 8) to castrate. Took him on holiday.

The previous owner then phoned her to check up and said, please promise me two things firstly, do not breed from him- he has a 'fault' within the line and passing it down would be awful. and two, do not castrate him. All she said ' I will not breed from him!'

Took her to M dressage/jumping. Stunning horse, now 20yrs old and semi retired, but she swears by the breed.

The pictures above are stunning, they truly are the dalmations of the horse world!
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post #4 of 27 Old 12-16-2011, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Kiwigirl, I personally have little interest in the breed beyond what I can google, though others might. I just wondered if anyone had heard of these individuals. I get the impression that Poco Bueno may have been fairly successful at whatever he did.
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Well I thought they were cool photos....
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I like the fact that Poco Bueno's rider's vest matches him! lol

Great find
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I love old photos, they're usually very interesting to come across- human curiosity I suppose. Not sure if the horse in the first and second pic are the same, but I really like the one in the second pic, I haven't ever seen one that looks like him! Beautiful :) What I wouldn't give for a chance to ride him just one time. Thank you for sharing.
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post #8 of 27 Old 12-16-2011, 10:25 PM
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Oh my gosh Poco bueno is gorgeous. That is really neat.

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post #9 of 27 Old 12-17-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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I was just getting ready to throw the original photos out, since no one really has any use for them anymore, when I--duh--turned them over and found the old contact information there. "Askman's Knabstupper Stutteri, Daugaard, Denmark." Huh. Google turns up nothing, so they're either gone or they changed the name. But if anyone in the future looks up the name, at least they'll be directed to this thread and these photos!
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-19-2011, 06:56 AM
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Bubba13 -

If you want to contact me direct, it would be appreciated. The KNN (the Knabstrupper registry in Denmark) would love to get copies of some of what you have access to for their archives!

The horses are Balo (KNN 1080), Taronga (KNN 1079) and Poco Bueno (KNN 35). They belonged to Svend Aage Askmann in Daugaard (Denmark). He was a member in the beginning of KNN's early days.

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