Sporting Chance Farm and our
horses were featured in the "Horse International in two successive
issues! Read the article on Utopia and the 2004 Keuring below!
"The Secret is in
or see text below!
Dr. and Mrs.
Carlos and Karin Jimenez are long-time, active breeders
and members of the NA/WPN. Carlos, who is a well-respected equine
veterinarian, and Karin both attended the University of Florida and met there
after crossing paths many times at the UF Horse Teaching Unit. They have
developed one of the most successful Dutch breeding programs in North America.
Their particular goal is to produce international quality jumpers that have
three excellent gaits and are "hunter pretty".
Carlos and Karin have tight requirements in their mare
selections that rival the strictness of the KWPN system. Their criteria in a
stallion include the stringent requirement that each stallion must have
scored no less than a 7 in ANY category during his performance testing to be
considered. This greatly narrows down their choices, but has worked
for them in creating talented "all around" horses.
This year must seem like the height of accomplishment
for them. Their
home-bred mare, Utopia (Idocus x Wanroij), became the high scoring ster
mare in the NA/WPN keuring system and, in the inaugural year of the DG Bar
Cup, won the young horse division at the Iron Spring Farm keuring. Of
special interest is that Utopia finished in the top two spots in all
three categories for ster mares. She was first in movement, and second in
both jumping and conformation. Utopia also ended the year 5th in the
NA/WPN Top Ten list for the DG Bar cup. On top of this, the Jimenez
breeding program scored a top ten foal with Zulft (Ulft x Silvio I) and sold
part ownership of another first premium colt, Zenith (Indoctro x Consul), to
the famous VDL stud in the Netherlands as a stallion prospect. Zenith is out
of Nova "keur", the full sister of international jumping sensation,
Judgement ISF. And, for those of you who are suspicious of keuring results, the
Jimenez horses rocked at Dressage at Devon with every horse bringing home
top ribbons and securing second place in the coveted Breeder's Group for the
Jimenez's breeding program. In addition, they were the only breeders in the
High Point awards at DAD with more than one horse!
In addition to Nova, the Jimenez's broodmare band is
made up of the
ster mare, Jolie (Wanroij X Enchante xx), dam of Utopia, and the imported
elite mare, Marie Louise (Silvio 1 X Sit This One Out X Saluut), dam of
Zulft and top keuring horses in the Netherlands.
The heart of the Jimenez breeding program is in
research, education, and participation and adherence to the KWPN breeding
goal. In a recent telephone interview, Mrs. Jimenez recounted the moment,
during an NA/WPN meeting lecture, when the linear score sheet concept
for her. She went on to explain how useful that the specific information
provided by the KWPN indices and linear scoring has been to their selection
process. She also talked about the now-infamous year among North American
Dutch breeders that the NA/WPN was put on par with the KWPN in the keuring
system--the year the bar was raised. At first, it was a difficult
transition; however, for the Jimenez family, as for many of us, it was a year
that has made all the difference.
"You have to learn not to take it personally.
learn from what the jury is telling you."
From where I sit, it looks as if Carlos and Karin have taken
own advise, and it's working. Congratulations on your successes, and
thank you for the quality horses you've produced to represent the NA/WPN.
Readers can learn more about the Jimenez's breeding program on the web, at