Desiree started her breeding programme purely out of passion in 2007. She considers herself a lucky breeder already having produced a Grand Prix horse (Dominick) and having several talented young ones coming along.
«What I have learned over the years I have been breeding is to breed good quality with good qualitiy. Don’t try to breed out your poor quality you just end up with normal horses then. »
The secret to Johnson Horses’s breeding success lies in choosing only sound, quality mares with a lot of blood. These are then matched with top stallions.
“Most of our breeding mares have jumped at Grand – Prix level themselves. If the show schedule allows us to we take embryos out of our current best sport mares. Our goal is to breed a good and sound horse first. Over time they tell us which direction their career will take, whether it is the hunter, jumper or equitation ring.”
“Dominick is currently the best horse we have bred, he has jumped up to 150′ Grand Prix’s. Our best mare to date is Faith, a 10yo Nabab de Reve x Carthago mare. She is extremely careful with a wicked competitive spirit. We also have Hi five, an 8yo Nabab de Reve x Carthago gelding, his qualities are that he is extremely easy and has a lot of scope. He competed very well recently in Oliva, Spain at the 140′ level.”
In addition to our own breeding we purchase a few 2-year-old stallions every year. We select these at the free-jumping competitions such as Holstein etc. Some of our best references here are:
Favourite HBC showed up to international level
Lego showed up to international level
Country Boy sold at Hendrix auction
Chembertino sold to Wendy Vales, competed by Tiffany Foster
Castos sold to Laurie Stevens
Chembertino with Tiffany Foster at WEF
Queensland at Holsteiner Körung 2018
Queensland schooling 2020