learn about the Danish Knabstrupper Society (KNN), visit their
learn more about the history of the Danish Knabstrupper, see:
Photo credit: Kim Sparre
Knabstrupper Has Arrived in the USA
second confirmed Danish Knabstrupper has arrived in the
USA! "Menetti," as she is called, is an
extraordinary "few spot" Knabstrupper, meaning
she is homozygous for producing "characteristic"
Knabstruppers. Menetti, is approved by the Danish Knabstrup
Society (aka KNN) and is carrying a foal by the black leopard
spotted, approved Knabstrupper/SHOC stallion, Figaro, due
to foal in June 2002. She was purchased and imported to
the USA by Dawn DeProfio. Menetti is truly "few spotted"
as shown in this photo of her, taken at her KNN approval,
graciously provided by Kim Sparre, with the KNN in Denmark.
Look for Menetti, and her foal, in the show ring,
in the future! Congratulations to Ruth Westergaard, seller
of this mare and owner of Figaro and also to Menetti's new
owner, Dawn DeProfio!
First Knabstrupper Has Arrived in the USA
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Photos taken and provided by Kim
Mølager Monique, KNN
1774 (sire: Xanthos, KNN 112 and
SHOC - Elite; dam: Mølager Columbine, KNN
first Danish Knabstrupper has arrived in the U.S.A, exported
recently from Denmark. This is the first Knabstrupper confirmed
to exist in the U.S.A. The mare is a gorgeous Leopard spotted
KNN registered Knabstrupper sired by Xanthos, who is one of
the top two Knabstruppers in Denmark. Congratulations
to the new owners and to the Danish seller of this very fine
mare (who wish to remain unnamed at this time)! We hope
to see Monique and her new owner in the winner's circle, in
the past couple of years, SHOC has received many claims of Knabstruppers
existing in the U.S. but this is the first "confirmed"
Knabstrupper in the U.S.! SHOC's re-introduction and worldwide
exposure to this remarkable Danish spotted breed of warmblood,
has proven to be of immense interest to color breeders worldwide,
particularly in North America.
SHOC makes this announcement to celebrate the exciting and historical
news of the FIRST confirmed Knabstrupper in the U.S.! The
information about Monique was provided directly to SHOC, by, and
with the permission of, the Danish seller of the horse, requesting
that she remain unnamed as she is not in the "business"
of selling horses, but rather had only this one outstanding mare
Danish seller, in Denmark (former owner of Monique), personally
expressed in a phone conversation with SHOC's Founder and Director,
Lori Wagner, a genuine fondness of Monique and is particularly
excited to know Monique is apparently equally cherished by her
new American owner who reportedly received Monique as a Christmas
gift from her husband. (Wow!) Honoring the request
by the Danish seller and Elizabeth Rufenach who also spoke
directly with Lori Wagner, stating that she is the American agent
for an American man buying the horse for his wife, SHOC refrained
from announcing this news until late January, after learning that
the American agent and the Danish were finally letting
out the exciting news of the arrival of Monique in the U.S. SHOC
shares their enthusiasm and wishes Monique and her new American
owner the very best for a wonderful long lasting relationship.
date, SHOC has had no direct contact or communication with the
actual exporter/owner of Monique. We, at SHOC, look forward
to eventually meeting the actual owner of Monique. We also
look forward to her/their involvement in SHOC and the receipt
of their "article" about the Knabstrupper search, as
offered by the American agent, in her e-mail to SHOC. SHOC
understands the difficulties they experienced ...
We hope this clarifies any existing confusion as to SHOC's interest
in this celebrated event. SHOC's Founder has enjoyed several
years of positive relationships with Directors and members of
the KNN and will continue to work in cooperation with the KNN
in Denmark for many more years to come. Any one wishing
to learn more about the Knabstruppers
or any one who would like to contact the KNN
may do so through their website. There are several
KNN members who speak very good English and they are very pleased
to answer questions about Knabstruppers.
Original Message -----
From: "Elizabeth Rufenach"
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2001 11:51 PM
Subject: THE SEARCH FOR A SPOTTED SPORTHORSE
We are currently working on purchasing a
Knanstrupper from Denmark and would like to get involved in the
have imported warmbloods in the past, but recently got an interesting
request from a man looking for a "spotted warmblood"
for his wife. This, he explained to me, is the horse of her dreams
and nothing else will do.
loves these horses, rare as they are. We called a dozen places
here in the US and did not find a single Knapstrupper under saddle
for her. She wants a horse that can "do it all"--distance
ride, jump, dressage. This is the breed she chose-and leopard
spots her horse must have.
If you are interested, we would be happy
to write an article on this long and very educational search for
the perfect horse for your publication.
In the meantime, our search is not over, and any information you
can provide on the breed would be appreciated. Also, if there
are other owners here in the Los Angeles area--and SHOC events
as well--please let us know.