General

 

Pohlands Stud is situated on 3000 hectares of mixed grass and bushveld in the Eastern Cape.  Our broodmare herd consists of 10 mares, carefully selected for type and pedigree.  These include mares from Holland and Namibia, thoroughbreds and home bred South African Warmbloods.  Our horses live out all year round in camps of at least 10 hectares, with plenty of opportunity to exercise and mature as nature intended, but with the benefit of supplementary feeding.

 

The aim of my breeding programme has always been to produce show jumpers with, hopefully, above avaerage movement. To this end, we use local knowledge of bold thoroughbred lines and we still have one or two of our foundation mares. A horse bred for show jumping can "make it" in dressage as has been proved internationally by horses such as Ferro, Salinero and Sunrise. However, I'm not aware of horses with a high dressage index makingt top class show jumpers. Today, there appears to be more and more specialization in breeding but we aim for an athletic horse, which has the heart for jumping and some movement too. Pohlands horses have won in all disciplines; dressage, eventing, showing and show jumping, although the show jumping arena is where you will find most of the horses bred here.

 

Our foundation stallion, Wachmann III, died in 2007 at the age of 27, but his proud heritage remains.  He is the sire of over 30 open grade showjumpers, including Alzu Woodlands, who won in South Africa, the USA and Canada.  He has been the top producer of A-grade horses in South Africa for many years and in addition, his sons Walkabout, Wunderbar, and Wedekind, have themselves sired A-grades.  Not only has he proven himself as the most consistent sire of top showjumpers over many years, but his daughters have also given him the distinction of being a top dam sire of showjumpers.  Alzu Quincey and Alzu Quixote are probably the best-known international A-grades out of Wachmann mares.

 

We stand one imported stallion at the moment, dutch bred Milan.  Milan's sire, Holland, and grandsire, Concorde, are both known for producing a high percentage of jumpers.  Milan has been used sparingly up until now, primarily due to use of Wachmann III, but his progeny first started in the arena in 2003 and are looking very promising with regard to both jumping and dressage.

 

Apart from our own stallion, we use many outside Warmblood bloodlines (locally and internationally) to broaden our gene pool.

 

PO Box 249, Grahamstown, 6140     Phone / Fax: +27(0)46 622 7725     info@pohlands.co.za