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River House’s 23rd annual Hanoverian Inspection took place on Sunday, 25 July 2010. Despite some runway problems in Milwaukee, which prevented two of the AHS delegates from attending, the 2010 Inspection ran rather smoothly! Fortunately, it only takes one judge for the show to go on and one judge, Gerd Zuther, was able to attend. His wife Yvonne, stepped in to assist in recording the scores. The five River House foals were very cute and showed off well, although I (Nora) must admit that Rue Baby was the star! Of course, I am not biased, or anything like that. We also presented three of our mares for the Studbook inspection: Mandolin (Maronjo/Argentan/Matcho x, better known as Emma’s ‘Mandy’), Bette Davis RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer/Lord Udo xx), and Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon/Matcho x). All three easily passed and were accepted into the Main Studbook. Bahai was the Reserve Champion Hanoverian Mare for this in-hand inspection of the mares, while Eliza Rutherford’s lovely Royal Corazon (Royal Prince/Donnerhall) was Champion. Valerie McCloskey’s Thoroughbred mare, On April’s Dawn, was named Champion Non-Hanoverian Mare. Judge Gerd Zuther congratulated all of the breeders on the exceptional quality of the mares, as well as the foals, presented at this inspection site. I also chose to present Bahai in the Mare Performance Test. The MPT consists of free jumping and an under saddle test in which both the gaits under saddle and rideability are scored. Bahai did exceptionally well, receiving an overall score of more then “8″ and receiving a “9″ on rideability! Again, Gerd complimented the breeders and riders of the mares for their overall quality, preparedness, and presentation at the Mare Performance Test. These scores make her an Elite Mare Candidate. All she would have to do to receive the title Elite Mare is have a foal… I’m thinking embryo transfer. I am very proud of the little Bahoodles! Below are some photos from the inspection, including the food at the Saturday night Inspection party! Here’s a link to EMC Bahai free jumping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP8OAK8oOrI

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