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Question and Answer with Hunter Trainer Extraordinaire Geoff Teall

Sutherlin, OR— The Dutch Warmblood Studbook of North America (KWPN-NA) is excited to include hunter trainer extraordinaire Geoff Teall as a featured presenter at its 20th Annual Meeting in Wellington, Florida, March 6-8, 2008. The three-day event features some of the greatest movers and shakers in the sport. In addition to Teall, jumper guru John Madden and national young horse dressage coach Scott Hassler are also giving in-depth presentations with demo horses and riders. These exciting interactive workshops are just part of the festivities and educational opportunities available.

Geoff Teall has prepared hundreds of hunters and their riders for the A circuit. His clients have won championships, medals and top ribbons are major horse shows around the country, including The Devon Horse Show, ASPCA Maclay, the Medal Finals, Capital Challenge, the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and more. In addition to training, Geoff is an R judge and travels throughout North America conducting clinics, teaching and judging. He owns and operates Montoga Inc. in West Palm Beach. He is also the author of Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation published by Trafalgar Square. Teall took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer several questions that offer a taste of the topics he will cover during the KWPN-NA annual meeting.

Question

What type of horse is winning at the top levels in the hunter division?

Geoff Teall

Any horse today has to have all of the pieces! They have to be beautiful, a great jumper, at least a good mover if not great, and have a great lead change. They also have to be scopey, brave and careful.

Question

How can breeders identify if their young horses are suited for the hunters?

Geoff Teall

A hunter has to stand out, not only as a beautiful horse but also as a hunter type. The ones that have the “look” are both beautiful and good movers with a hunter style of movement. If they have these two pieces, and they need both, then I would bank on these ones. Also, they need to have a quiet temperament.

Question

As a trainer, where do you look for horses for your clients?

Geoff Teall

Anywhere and everywhere! The best place to look is always at the horse show. You have fewer questions about them. I don’t do auctions but I do go to the breeding farms and agent farms. I especially like to buy from other professionals. As a breeder, you should make a connection with a high end professional. If you get with the right person it can add value having their name associated with the product.

Question

How can breeders effectively market their horses to your type of clients?

Geoff Teall

The Internet seems to be the place people are going these days. I generally look for horses for my clients through other professionals as I have established relationships and know the type of product (horse) they represent. In general I think it is important as a breeder when marketing your horses to give them the basics under saddle. This will certainly help.

Question

In your opinion, is breeding for hunter type movement and jumping technique useful?

Geoff Teall

Yes. When I was younger I remember being at a show in Holland and standing outside watching all of the horses and deciding which ones I liked. Then I looked at the bloodlines of the horses I had picked. I found it useful that there were some common denominators. The next year when I went back to the show I sat inside and looked at the horses based on bloodlines and saw that the variation was huge. It was hard to believe. I think that we are learning now that you can breed with some consistency and we should continue to breed, map and follow the produce of a breeding program.

The KWPN-NA Annual Meeting is open to all who are interested in sport horses, breeding and training. Pre-registered members are welcome for $150; non-members and walk-in registrations are $200 for the entire event. Check out details at http://www.kwpn-na.org or call 1-541-459-3232.

About the KWPN-NA

In 1983, the Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America was established as the North American Department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN) in order to promote breeding and enjoyment of the KWPN horse in North America.

To learn more about KWPN-NA membership, stallions and breeding, visit http://www.kwpn-na.org.

 

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