Q: Why did you buy Nimbus and keep him a
A: I always wanted
the experience of training and showing a stallion. After gelding my previous
stallion prospect, I was very careful in choosing a bloodline known for
great temperaments and high rideability. Nimbus is a half-brother to my
Grand Prix horse Caesar, so I was comfortable investing in him as a
barely-broke 3-year-old. Living up to his heritage, Nimbus has been a
pleasure to train and show so I kept him as a stallion with plans to present
him for approval after he had the required performance scores at Prix St.
Q: What made you so certain about his
A: I Trained and rode
Caesar (Nimbus' half-brother, also by Ulft). I purchased Caesar as a just
started 4 year old and trained him all the way to Grand Prix and then had a
very successful and long (10 seasons) Grand Prix career with him. Because of
my success with Caesar, I bred my two retired Trakehner mares to Fairplay,
another Ulft son. I had a total of 6 Fairplay foals, so had plenty of
experience with handling them and starting them under saddle. I also have a
two students with Ulft daughters (trained to 3rd and 4th levels).
On the mare's side, I did a lot of research and
found Flemmingh to be extremely popular in Holland -- he recently received
the Preferent status. Nimbus' breeding is among the best with many Keurs and
Preferents found in his pedigree. Nimbus is a wonderful combination of Ulft
and Flemmingh -- extremely sensible and rideable, yet high energy and very
modern in "type."
Q: You refer to Nimbus as "Modern Type" -- what
does this mean?
A: Nimbus is a very elegant
stallion with an extremely beautiful, chiseled head and a long, well shaped
neck. He has a medium length back, allowing for both strength and
suppleness. He is not light like a thoroughbred, but also is not heavy like
many of the older style warmbloods. He has a high energy level unlike the
older types that could be hard to motivate and engage.
Q: How is he around the barn?
A: Nimbus is very
easy to handle, we have many mares here at Flying Change Farm and can tack
them up on the crossties just outside his stall with only some soft
nickering from Nimbus when his favorites appear. I ship him to the shows in
a horse van with mares. While he does show the desirable stallion behavior,
he is well behaved and easy to control. He has no vices and is good to clip,
shoe and trailer.
Q: How is he under saddle?
A: Nimbus is a
"volunteer" horse -- very eager and energetic, always wanting to please and
willing to try new things. He is very brave and not spooky. He is also a
very reliable show horse.
Q: What are his strengths under saddle?
A: His medium and
extended trots are definitely a strength -- he has great elasticity and
suspension. In general, Nimbus is naturally well engaged so most movements
come easily to him.
Q: What are his weaknesses under saddle?
A: Right now -- his
one tempi changes -- he has beautiful flying changes but gets very excited
about them! He has done up to eleven one's so far.
Q: Is there a reason that Nimbus does not compete
in the Breed Shows?
A: As a four year old
I took Nimbus to one breed show where he won the 4 year Old and Older
Stallion Class, the Stallion Under Saddle Class, the Suitable to Become a
Dressage Horse Class, and was named Champion Stallion. After this I decided
that the focus would be on his performance career as he had proven himself
Q:Why did you present him to ISR/Oldenburg
NA instead of the NA/WPN?
A: Nimbus is the
first stallion that I presented for approval. The ISR/OIdenburg NA has a
very large membership, and the stallion presentation seemed straight
forward. The NA/WPN is a much more complicated procedure. I waited for
Nimbus to have his FEI Dressage scores before presenting him for Approval as
I did not want to send him to the 100 days testing. At the 2004 ISR/Oldenburg
Approvals at Hilltop Farm, he was shown in hand for conformation and
movement, and under saddle for temperament, movement and athletic ability.
He was not required to be "free schooled" or jumped because of his Prix St.
Georges scores and placings. He received Lifetime Approval.