Quotations from article used with kind permission of WorldOfShowjumping.
Joris de Brabander, whose Stal de Muze is a powerhouse of jumper breeding, was interviewed by WorldOfShowjumping.com. He has built an incredibly successful business, starting in the 1980s, and the article is in-depth and interesting.
Mr. de Brabander talks about the effects of modern technology (embryo transfer and ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection) on breeding, offering opinions based on decades of making breeding decisions. He was one of the pioneer users of embryo transfer, but feels the emphasis today is solely on the genetics, and is missing something.
“Those that buy into good genes might know the names of the horses, but the majority don’t really know their background and history.”
“Genetics are very important, but there is so much more to breeding.”—Joris de Brabander
He discusses auctions, the importance of feel in evaluating a horse’s top qualities, and much more.
Of the breeding program he and his wife built: “The results make me happy, and the fact that we can live from something we like to do: being with horses.”