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Which Warmbloods was he using?
“My grand-dad Jim had a stallion, Lynjool Monopoly (by the
imported German stallion Monopoly out of a Thoroughbred
mare, a great grand-daughter of Precipitation). We had
quite a bit of those bloodlines, Monopol, Lander... we did
eventually breed it all out of them...”
We are all laughing at this point at the memory of some of
those early Holsteiners that came to Australia...
You got rid of the pre-historic monsters...
“Big, boof-headed things they were. They jumped, but
they were very old fashioned.”
So where did you go then?
“We used a horse called Conquest, who was by Contango
II, for quite a few years, and bred quite a lot of dressage
horses. After that we went to Warrego Sandon (by Warrego
Jens - Salute / Lander - out of a mare by the Thoroughbred,
Olrich) who was my good World Cup horse for a number of
years. Sandon threw a lot of jumping horses. His dam, the
Thoroughbred mare, Warrego Sally was the great great
great great grand-daughter of Dad’s first mare, and she had
ten foals, and five jumped World Cup - for a Thoroughbred
brood mare, that is pretty good. Not amazing World Cup
horses but they all jumped around nicely, and got some
ribbons. Sandon is the only one that won one.”
Are you still breeding horses?
“Yes, this year we had five, three by Sandon, and two by
Co-Pilot. Unfortunately, Sandon died at the start of this year.
He was nineteen and fit and sound, and Christy was going to
Amateur him this year. That was my deal, I was going to swap
him for Co-Pilot. We made the deal and Sandon died, but I
still kept my part of the deal. He just died in the paddock, no
injury, nothing, just died.”
I really enjoyed watching your horse in the class he won,
because he really does canter... so many of them look like
cocktail frankfurts with toothpicks stuck in the corners - but
yours can bend a hock and get under himself...
“He has naturally a very good canter, but we’ve done a lot
of years of producing it as well. The last line in the jump off
was eight strides, he did it in seven and still had to wait there
- because he can canter.”
Who taught you to do that stuff ?
“Mostly Dad early on. I got some lessons from George
Sanna when I was quite young. I spent quite a bit of time
with Chuggy, a few years ago before he left. Jamie Coman has
helped out a bit - and I watch a lot of Europeans ride. I rode
‘naturally’ until I was about 21, 22, then I thought I better
knuckle down and learn to do it properly.”
How ambitious are you?
“VERY! The plan at the start of this year was to do as well
in the World Cups with Co-Pilot, as we could, and see how he
went and decide after that whether we keep him for another
twelve months. He’s ten years old now, it’s a good age to sell
him and make some money and go and buy a couple more
Robert Goodwin and Co-Pilot - stylish winners
Still breeding at Warrego
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