“WE select the stallions starting in August and watch around 250 to 300 stallions. Eight, nine years ago, we had about 500 to 550 stallions and then the horse business goes down. So now we have about 250 stallions at the beginning of this year and we selected 71, then the vets check them and all the radiographics [X-rays].

“Some years we have dressage stallions, it varies between one and five, but this year there was only one. We say to our breeder, ‘we have to concentrate on producing jumping horses’. We do not want to combine jumping mare lines with dressage lines, because otherwise we have neither good jumping or dressage horses.